KANSAS STATE MEET: Logue's Four-peat Highlights Day One

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NOTE: Complete results of Friday's events at the Kansas Track and Field championships, and live results of Saturday's events, are available at www.HeartlandTiming.com


WICHITA -- For many folks, it may have been a foregone conclusion that Girard's Cailie Logue would win her fourth straight 4A state championship in the 3200 meter run during Friday's opening day of the Kansas Track and Field championships at Cessna Stadium.


Just don't count Logue among those folks.


The relentless Logue won in 10:28.8 to break her own state record and cap her high school career undefeated against Kansas competition in the 3200 meter run. The fourth consecutive win matches the four wins she completed at the state cross country championships last fall -- just the seventh Kansas athlete ever to win four cross country titles.


"It's very exciting," she said. "It's very awesome to be able to do this at my last state meet."


She won the race by a whopping 1:01 over Independence freshman Renee Trout (11:29.52), who out-kicked Maize South's Sierra Mortensen (11:30.62) to the finish line.


The same Logue who has a predator's mentality on the track is equally humble and unassuming off it. She said winning by wide margins doesn't diminish the respect she has for her competitors.


"It's very hard to be able to do so well at state every year and even be at the state meet every year," she said. "I really respect all my competitors and everyone who competed here."


Logue will try to repeat as champion in the 1600 and 800 meter runs Saturday afternoon. Win or lose, the Iowa State recruit says she's going to enjoy the end of her prep career.


"I love being a Kansas track and field athlete and being at the state meet all four years," she said. "I love coming to the state meet."


The 3200 meter run was the only event final on the track Friday, but Logue wasn't the only repeat state champ on the day.


Senior Emily Venters of Lawrence Free State won the 6A title, putting a nice bookend to the title she won as a freshman three years ago. It was the fourth state title of Venters' high school career, counting a 1600 meter and a cross country title in 2014. She'll be running to win the 1600 meters again on Saturday.


Kyler True of Olpe won the 1A boys 3200 meters in a blistering 9:12.51 -- easily the fastest time of the day. It's the ninth state championship of his career in cross country and track and field. It's also the third straight year he's won the 3200 and he's a huge favorite to win the 800 and 1600 meters on Saturday.


Autum Princ of Sylvan-Lucas seems ready to take over as the darling of Kansas distance running. Just a freshman, she won the state cross country title last Fall, and added the 3200 meter title on Friday. She's going for the Grand Slam of Kansas distance running on Saturday when she runs the 1600 and 800 meter runs.


Elizabeth Kettler of Hiawatha won the 3A girls title in dramatic fashion for the second year in a row. The sophomore clocked 11:50.45 to edge Beloit's Hannah Burks, who was timed in 11:52.22. Last year, Kettler won in a finish-line lean. Her win Friday keeps her on track to become a four-time Kansas winner.


Also in 3A, Robert Pearce of Kingman won the 3200 meters in 9:49.83, backing up the cross country title he won last Fall.


Olivia Sovereign of St. Thomas Aquinas almost added the 3200 meter run title to the cross country title she won last Fall. However, officials ruled that Sovereign interfered with St. James Academy's Sarah Murrow in the last 10 meters of the race and she was disqualified. Murrow won the 5A state title in a time of 11:22.07. It was the first state championship of her career.


Other newly-crowned state champs in the 3200 Friday included:


2A boys: Hadley Splechter of Yates Center, 9:46.82


2A girls: Halle Johnson of Bennington, 11:11.06. Johnson was the state runner-up in the event the past two years


4A boys: Ethan Kossover, Maize South, 9:34.57


5A boys: Alex Moen, Andover


6A boys: Adam Owens, Blue Valley, 9:44.72.


Class 6A Highlights


We already knew that Manhattan's Sam Hankins was a pretty darn good javelin thrower. What we didn't know was that he had a flare for the dramatic.


Hankins, the No. 10 ranked thrower in the United States and No. 1 in Kansas, trailed Lawrence's Hunter Krom in the finals of the boys javelin through five throws. But on his sixth -- and final -- throw, Hankins uncorked one for 204-10 to edge Krom by eight inches.


For Krom, the 204-2 was a season best, but it may have been little consolation having been so close to beating one of the country's best for the state title.


Hankins' win and third places finishes from Tom Haug (high jump) and Cooper Schroeder (3200) have Manhattan sitting in first place after one day of competition, with 24 points. Pre-meet favorites Shawnee Mission Northwest and Topeka High are lurking, however, and have several point-getters in line for Saturday's finals.


Friday's other field event winners in class 6A boys include Topeka's Richard Newman (high jump); Garden City's Demarcus Elliott (shot put); and Haysville-Campus' Federico Harvey (triple jump).


6A girls champions on Friday included Washburn's Laurel Haley (discus); Olathe East's Bailey Turner (long jump); Olathe Northwest's Rachel Mayberry (pole vault); Wichita East's Astrid Same (shot put); and Shawnee Mission East's Jessie Stindt (triple jump).


Mayberry's win in the pole vault and runner-up finishes by Audrey Fisher in the long jump and triple jump have helped Olathe Northwest out to a huge early lead in girls 6A. The Ravens have 37 points for a 12 point lead over Lawrence Free State.


Class 6A pre-meet favorite Junction City, however, is right where they need to be. They scored just three points on Friday, but they are a sprint-rich squad that will shine in Saturday's finals. On Friday, the Blue Jays moved 6 of 8 individuals and the 4 X 100 and 4 X 400 relays into Saturday's finals. Star hurdlers Kiena Newman, ranked No. 1 in both the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, is looking good, and Junction City's 4 X 100 team had the top qualifying time on Friday.


Class 5A Highlights


Bishop Carroll is off to a good start in trying to knock off class 5A boys powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas. They have 26 points after one day for a 12 point lead over Aquinas and Maize. Anthony Gallardo had the top finish for Bishop Carroll on Friday, placing second in the javelin.


Aquinas' boys are set up well, though. Devin Diggs qualified for Saturday's finals in the 200 and 400, and nationally-ranked hurdler Noah Green moved on to defend his state titles in the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles.


Class 5A champions for the boys on Friday included Matt Pile of Eisenhower (javelin); Markalyn Eamon of Liberal (long jump); Isaac Schreiner of Seaman (pole vault); and Konner Swenson of Maize (shot put).


Newton, the defending champions in girls 5A and a favorite to win again this year, will have a lot of catching up to do on Saturday. Mill Valley is the early leader with 44 points, while Eisenhower is second with 35. Newton currently sits in eighth with 12 points, but has advanced all of its sprint individuals and relays to Saturday's finals.


Mill Valley's lead was highlighted by a 1-2 finish in the high jump where both Morgan Thomas and Megan Eckman cleared 5-6. Thomas won the title based on fewer misses.


Eisenhower also had a 1-2 finish on Friday. Ryleigh Jackson was crowned the state champion in the long jump with a leap of 18-3.5, and teammate Jaden Damon was second at 17-10. Jackson also placed third in the pole vault and Damon was second in the triple jump.


Class 5A champions for the girls on Friday included Taylor Latimer of Valley Center (discus); Halie Brown of Ark City (javelin); Hannah Buller of Goddard (pole vault); and Daeshia Turner of Pittsburg (triple jump).


Class 4A Highlights


Jacy Anderson was second in the girls discus (118-9) while Julie Archer (136-6) and Katy Commons (134-0) placed 2-3 in the girls javelin to key Andale's first day lead in the girls division of the class 4A championships. Andale has 28 points to lead Paola with 21 and defending champion Baldwin with 13.


Andale was the pre-meet favorite and it's clear after a day that anyone wanting to pull an upset will have to do so coming from behind. Andale qualified all of its athletes from prelims to Saturday's finals, including top-ranked hurdler Abby Smarsh in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles.


State champs in 4A girls Friday included Bea Pomatto of Paola (discus); Megan Elliott of Wichita Trinity (high jump); Kayla Kurtz of Baldwin (147-0); and Aubrie Sorrell of Labette County (shot put).


Andale is also leading the 4A boys standings after one day. Tristen Dagenais won the state title in the boys high jump, clearing 6-8, to lead Andale's first day total of 24.5 points. Abilene is a bit of a surprise on the first day's leaderboard; they're in second with 21.5 points, keyed by a state championship performance by Ben Veach in the long jump (21-8) and a second-place finish by Veach in the triple jump (45-8.75).


Other state champs on Friday in 4A boys included LeeRoi Johnson of Tonganoxie (discus); Cameron Key of Bishop Miege (triple jump); and Peyton Lane of Clay Center, who cleared a career-best and state-best 15-6 in the pole vault.


Class 3A Highlights


Hugoton's Tony Kinser followed up his win in the 4A high jump last year by winning the 3A state championship this year, clearing 6-8. His win keyed a good first day for Hugoton, which leads the 3A boys field with 21. Beloit is second with 16 while defending champion Norton is third at 11.5.


It sets up what looks to be an exciting Saturday in the 3A boys team chase. All three teams are likely to trade blows with competitors in the field events and on the track.


Other state champions on Friday in 3A boys included Tyler Palic of Marion (discus); and Colin Budke of Beloit (long jump).


The team chase may not be so close in girls 3A. Defending champion Beloit, again loaded this year and the pre-meet favorite, is off to a first-day lead with 27 points. Nemaha Central is in second at 18.33 and Lakin is third with 18 points.


Beloit's Kourtni Hubert won her fourth consecutive 3A title in the girls javelin, winning with a throw of 147-10. Beloit also got a runner-up finish from Hannah Burks in the 3200 meter run on Friday. If Beloit is susceptible, it's because other than Burks in the 1600, they won't have any girls in Saturday's track finals. Their strength is in the field events, and that will have to carry them to the state title.


Other state champions on Friday in 3A girls included Kaylee Line of Lakin (high jump); Grace Stohs of Marysville (pole vault); and Alaina Gfeller of Russell (triple jump).


Class 2A Highlights


In what could be a battle between 5 or 6 teams, Plainville and Washington County have struck first in class 2A boys.


Zachary Pierson of Plainville won the discus with a throw of 157-8 in what some might consider a minor upset over Washington County's Hunter Kier, who finished second at 156-7. It's the difference between Plainville leading after one day with 32 points, and Washington County in second at 31 points.


Kier was ranked No. 1 in the 2A discus while Pierson entered the state meet ranked No. 2 in the division.


Willie Wilkerson of Plainville was third in the discus (151-0) and teammate Riley Nyp was fifth (146-4) in what may turn out to be a huge event for Plainville in their quest for the state title. Plainville picked up 12 more points in the shot where Nyp was second (53-3) and Pierson was fifth (49-3.5).


Other state champions on Friday in 2A boys included Jerrod Hoover of Washington County (high jump); Kaden Meitler of Smith Center (pole vault); and Levi Armon of Ness City (shot put).


Defending champion Valley Heights has already served notice that it is intent on defending the girls team championship in class 2A. The Mustangs scored 28 points on Friday for an early eight point advantage on Chase County.


Valley Heights got their points in big bunches. Skyler Saunders defended her state title in the high jump (5-8.5, the best jump of the day in all classes), Kayla Smith won the long jump (17-0.5) and freshman Samantha Vermetten placed second in the 3200 (11:33.58). Smith also qualified for Saturday's finals in the 200, and she'll try to defend her state title in the triple jump, as well.


Bailee Swift of Chase County won two state titles on Friday. She threw the javelin 141-8 for the win there, and also nabbed the shot put crown with a heave of 40-4.5. She'll be gunning for a third title on Saturday when she competes in the discus.


Class 1A Highlights


Kian Coffey of Stockton won the long jump (22-8) and triple jump (45-7.5) on Friday, leading surprising Stockton to a first day lead in the boys 1A standings with 28 points. Stockton's Kylar Williams was second in the long jump (22-0).


Stockton has only the 4 X 100 relay to score points on Saturday, so it's lead probably won't hold -- though it's never bad to have a great first day at the state meet. The likely contenders for the boys' 1A crown continue to be South Gray (second after Day 1 with 24 points), and Olpe (fourth with 15 points).


South Gray qualified two of three individuals to Saturday's finals, as well as its 4 X 400 relay team. Olpe has 3200 meter winner Kyler True and Matt Burkert in the 800 and 1600. True will likely win both of those events, and Burkert may be in the top 3.


Other state champions in class 1A boys on Friday included Gilbert Peters of South (discus); and Dylan Boeckman of Centralia (pole vault).


Defending champion Centralia is intent on keeping the big gold trophy. They're out to a first-day lead in girls 1A with 23.5 points, keyed by a state championship throw by Madison Lueger in the javelin (142-4).


Centralia also got a 2-4 finish by Breanna Schmitz (10-6) and Breanna Hasenkamp (9-0) in the pole vault.


Pre-meet favorite Lakeside sits in sixth place with 11 points after Day One, but Rachel Miller qualified for Saturday's finals in the 100 hurdles and 200 dash, and the 4 X 400 relay also made Saturday's finals.


Dighton is in second place with 18 points, after standout Jordan Speer won the javelin (137-6) and was second in the shot put (45-8.75).


Other state champions in class 1A girls on Friday included Avery Gates of Beloit-St. Johns (pole vault); and Brianna Vogts of Olpe (triple jump).


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