There will definitely be a new champion in class 2A boys
this year after Olpe was moved to class 1A last fall. While Plainville appears
to have a slight upper-hand heading into this year's meet, it's likely to be a
tightly-contested team race on the boys side.
This is an experience-laden division with more than half of
the individual state champions from last year returning this year. Sophomores
Faith Little of Jackson Heights and Kya Johnson of Bennington won state titles
in the distance events as freshmen last year.
Boys - Plainville, Stanton County, Washington County
Girls - Kiowa County, Valley Heights
Events that I'm
excited to see
Anything that Ness City's Chandler Stiawalt competes in! The
senior standout won three state titles last year and will go for a sweep again
this year. He's ranked No. 1 in the triple jump, but is No. 2 behind Ellis'
Trey Hudson in the long jump, and No. 3 in the high jump.
A great matchup in the 1600 meter run is on tap between
defending champion Faith Little of Jackson Heights, and Bennington's Halle Johnson, who is ranked No. 1 in class 2A this year. I think Valley Height's
Samantha Vermetten and Wabaunsee's Madeline Hess also could mix it up with
those two in what could be a blanket finish.
Speaking of blanket finishes, Brooke Brownlee of Maranatha
Academy is the defending champion in the 100, but she's one of five girls in
class 2A that have season bests within eight one-hundredths of a second.
Three athletes have regularly thrown over 180 feet in the
boys javelin. Washington County's Dawson Miller had the best throw in the state of
194-11 until two weeks ago. Jacob Schrick of Jefferson County and Jerrod Hoover
of Washington County could make this a back-and-forth battle.
And, Hill City's Alyssa Miller is ranked No. 1 among all
Kansas discus throwers. Her season-best is 153-9, which is still a little under
her all-time best of 158-0.
champions (with current grade level)
100 - Brooke Brownlee, senior, Maranatha Academy
200 -- Brooke Brownlee, senior, Maranatha Academy
800 - Faith Little, sophomore, Jackson Heights
1600 - Faith Little, sophomore, Jackson Heights
3200 - Kya Johnson, sophomore, Bennington
Discus - Alyssa Miller, senior, Hill City
Shot put - Alyssa Miller, senior, Hill City
High jump - Skyler Saunders, junior, Valley Heights
Triple jump - Kayla Smith, junior, Valley Heights
200 - Sam Kaup, senior, Plainville
Discus - Hunter Kier, senior, Washington County
Shot put - Levi Armon, senior, Ness City
Pole vault - Kaden Meitler, senior, Smith Center
High jump - Chandler Stiawalt, senior, Ness City
Long jump - Chandler Stiawalt, senior, Ness City
Triple jump - Chandler Stiawalt, senior, Ness City
2016 Team Champions
Boys - Olpe (now in class 1A)
Girls - Valley Heights
Experience means a lot at state, and Valley Heights has it.
And in what will likely be a close team battle with Kiowa County's girls, I think
Valley Heights again comes out on top. Defending champions Skyler Saunders (high jump) and Kayla Smith (triple jump) are likely to repeat, and freshman
newcomer Samantha Vermetten is a star on the rise in the 400, 800 and 1600