WEEKLY WRAPUP: State Rankings Take a Beating as League Champions are Crowned

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For complete coverage of league meets around Kansas, see the MileSplit KS page for League Championship Central

Well, I hate to tell you I told you so, but...

I told you so.

League championship weekend was every bit as good as was expected as Kansas athletes put a huge dent in the state leaders' listings. There were 43 new No. 1 marks among the six classifications, six new state-leading marks, and one that made the top 10 rankings in the United States.

Welcome to the top 10, Sam Hankins. The Manhattan freshman has burst onto the prep scene this year, and has been ranked No. 1 or No. 2 among all freshman throwers in the nation. Friday at the Centennial League championships, he uncorked his best throw yet -- a 205-11 that puts him at No. 9 in the United States currently.

As impressive as that was, the Centennial League meet may have stolen the show for the weekend with numerous marks that make the state's rankings. So that's the meet that I'll lead with this week…

Centennial League Rocks the State Leaderboards

The Centennial League meet at Seaman High School had a definite championship feeling to it, and it had much more to do than the fact that famed Kansas announcer Don Stephens was at the microphone.

Stephens had a busy day calling out numerous exciting performances that put Centennial League athletes at or near the top of the 5A or 6A rankings.

It started early when he urged the crowd to clap and cheer for Topeka high jumper Richard Newman, who needed third attempts to clear 6-8 and 6-10, before clearing 6-11 on his first try.

Newman narrowly missed on his third jump at 7-0, but still established a new league record and the No. 1 ranking in Kansas.

Moments later, Manhattan javelin thrower Sam Hankins -- the No. 1 ranked freshman in the United States -- let go with an effort of 205-11 to take over the No. 1 ranking in Kansas this season. His winning throw is the ninth-best in the country this season.

Newman also nabbed the state's No. 1 ranking in the long jump, soaring 23-1.5 to tie Shawnee Heights' Michael Hoffer for the top spot.

The track events then got going, and they were special. Seaman's Benton McCann and Manhattan's Ko Saito were elbow-to-elbow for much of the 110 meter hurdle race before McCann leaned for the win in 14.72. Saito was second in 14.80.

Those two staged a repeat performance in the 300 hurdles, with McCann again coming out on top, 39.16 to 39.53.

Manhattan's Cara Melgares became just the fourth Kansas girl to eclipse the 5:00 mark in the 1600 meters when she won the league title in 4:59.71. Pierce Flanders of Washburn Rural put up the state's second best time of the season, winning the boys 1600 in 4:19.40. Both of those times were the fastest 1600 meters run in the state this weekend.

Junction City's girls, which scored a 10 point victory over Manhattan for the team title, put their sprint power on full show. Amaya Booker (12.51) and Lyric Holman (12.55) went 1-2 in the 100 meters, and Kiena Newman took the state's No. 1 ranking in class 6A in winning the 100 hurdles (15.01) and 300 hurdles (45.42) --

Holman (59.64) and Tiara Smith (1:00.32) swept the top two spots in the 400.

Booker, Holman and Newman placed 1-2-4 in the 200, and the Blue Jays put a nice lid on the league title by winning the 4 X 400 relay in 4:05.13.

Around the state…

Some of the highlights from other league meets this weekend include Maggie Remsberg's three wins at the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League meet (Division 1). The Newton sophomore won the 100 hurdles (14.90), 300 hurdles (46.05) and long jump (18-1).

Her brother, Kade Remsberg, won the 100 (10.76) and 200 (21.94).

At that same meet, Yazmine Wright of Hutchinson put up the weekend's top time in the girls 400 -- at least for a little while. She won in 56.87. But at the Greater Wichita League, Wright's class 6A rival Christal Mosley of Wichita Southeast won in 56.86. Those two are pure electric anytime they run, and they'll meet in less than two weeks at the class 6A state championships.

Mosley also won the 200 in 25.20.

At the Sunflower League championships, freshmen Maddie Righter of Olathe Northwest and Dani Winslow of Olathe South put on a good show in the high jump. Both cleared 5-6, but Righter got the win based on fewer misses.

In the Sunflower League pole vault, three of the state's top four girl vaulters squared off. Natalie Lanman of Shawnee Mission North cleared 11-9 to win over Olathe North's Rachael Mayberry (11-6) and Shawnee Mission Northwest's Abigail Kelly-Salo (11-0).

On the guys' side, Clifford Robinson of Leavenworth won Sunflower League titles in the 100 (10.67) and 200 (22.00) and anchored the winning 4 X 100 relay to the state's best time this year, 42.19.

Cameron Waldo of Olathe South grabbed the No. 1 ranking in the boys 400 with a time of 48.75. Possibly the most exciting race at the Sunflower League was in the boys 4 X 800 where Shawnee Mission East nabbed the state's No. 1 ranking with a time of 8:03.91, narrowly edging Olathe South's 8:04.22 that is No. 2 in Kansas so far.

Johnathon Ball of Hoisington provide some excitement at the Central Kansas League, clearing 15-3 in the boys pole vault to take over the No. 1 ranking in the state.

Two javelin marks went down at the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League meet (Division 4). Katy Commons took over the No. 1 ranking in class 4A girls with a winning throw of 144-0; and Collin Ellis of Clearwater is No. 1 among 4A boys now after his throw of 190-11.75.

At the North Central Kansas League meet, speedster Ninti Little of Chapman appears ready for regionals and state. She won the 100 (12.46), 200 (25.97) and long jump (17-6.25).

New No. 1 Marks at League Meets

Maybe it's the tamer Kansas weather, or maybe it's a result of athletes moving closer to their season peak. Whatever the case, the state's ranking lists took a beating this week.

Here's a list of new No. 1 marks, by classification, from league meets:

Class 1A

Girls pole vault -- Avery Gates, St. Johns-Beloit, 11-0.

Class 2A

Girls shot put -- Takyra Hilton, Hill City, 42-2.75;

Girls long jump -- Madalyn Nelson, Hill City, 17-4.75;

Girls 100 hurdles -- Madalyn Nelson, Hill City, 15.78;

Boys long jump -- Trey Hudson, Ellis, 21-9.75;

Boys 200 -- Jacob Faerber, Sacred Heart, 22.76;

Boys 400 -- Deon Dyke, Republic County, 49.94;

Boys 4 X 100 relay -- Plainville, 43.74.

Class 3A

Boys pole vault -- Johnathon Ball, Hoisington, 15-3 (also No. 1 in Kansas);

Boys 400 -- Kaden Davis, Ellsworth, 48.98;

Boys 1600 -- Robert 'Owen' Pearce, Kingman, 4:31.17;

Boys 300 hurdles -- Jace Ruder, Norton Community, 40.01;

Boys 4 X 100 relay -- Norton Community, 43.82;

Boys triple jump -- Colin Budke, Beloit, 44-1.5;

Girls long jump -- Alaina Gfeller, Russell, 17-3.75.

Class 4A

Girls 200 -- Ninti Little, Chapman, 25.97;

Girls javelin -- Katy Commons, Andale, 144-0;

Girls 4 X 400 -- Baldwin, 4:05.73;

Boys 4 X 400 -- Paola, 3:23.50;

Boys shot put -- Micaiah Noel, Piper, 56-9;

Boys javelin -- Collin Ellis, Clearwater, 190-11.75;

Boys 400 -- Corey Minks, Maize South, 50.75;

Boys 300 hurdles -- Bryce Stegman, Pratt, 39.70.

Class 5A

Girls 200 -- Savannah Simmons, Newton, 24.52;

Girls 4 X 400 -- St. James Academy, 4:00.40;

Girls pole vault -- Alyssa Wheeler, Kapaun Mt. Carmel, 11-9.75;

Boys javelin -- Matt Pile, Eisenhower, 195-8.75;

Boys 4 X 100 -- Leavenworth, 42.19 (also No. 1 in Kansas)

Class 6A

Boys javelin -- Sam Hankins, Manhattan, 205-11 (also No. 1 in Kansas);

Boys high jump -- Richard Newman, Topeka, 6-11 (also No. 1 in Kansas);

Boys long jump -- Richard Newman, Topeka, 23-1.5;

Boys 300 hurdles -- Adrian Brown, Derby, 39.44;

Boys 1600 -- Pierce Flanders, Washburn Rural, 4:19.40.

Boys 400 -- Cameron Waldo, Olathe South, 48.75 (also No. 1 in Kansas)

Boys 800 -- Carter Jacobson, Shawnee Mission North, 1:56.96

Boys 4 X 800 -- Shawnee Mission East, 8:03.19 (also No. 1 in Kansas)

Girls 100 hurdles -- Kiena Newman, Junction City, 15.01;

Girls 300 hurdles -- Kiena Newman, Junction City, 45.42;

Girls 4 X 100 -- Olathe Northwest, 48.64;

Girls 4 X 400 -- Hutchinson, 4:02.50;

Girls shot put -- Astrid Same, Wichita East, 45-3;

Girls discus -- Laurel Haley, Washburn Rural, 136-1;

Girls long jump -- Bailey Turner, Olathe East, 18-6.5.


For complete coverage of league meets around Kansas, see the MileSplit KS page for League Championship Central