Kansas Relays Highlights Great Weekend in Kansas T&F

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ALSO SEE: Recap of Friday's morning and afternoon sessions at the Kansas Relays.


The 91st annual Kansas Relays at Rock Chalk Park wrapped up on Saturday with several more dominating performances by Kansas high school athletes, putting a cap on what was the highlight meet of the week on the state's track and field scene.


Leavenworth speedster Aarika Lister wrapped up a stellar meet, winning the 100 meter dash in 12.05 on Saturday. In Friday's preliminary round, she ran a wind-aided 11.86. It was the second time in three years that Lister has won the 100-meter title at the Kansas Relays.


Lister also ran on a pair of Leavenworth relays that hit the medal stand. The squad won the girls 4 X 100 Sunflower Showdown (50.12) and finished second in the girls sprint medley relay (4:26.91).


Lister's performance certainly stood out, but so did Manhattan's Sam Hankins. The third-ranked javelin thrower in the United States currently, Hankins put up six throws of 194 feet or better, winning the boys javelin with a mark of 205-2. Lawrence's Hunter Krom, who placed second to Hankins at last year's class 6A state meet, was second on Saturday with a throw of 189-7.


Blue Valley Southwest was pretty impressive in winning the boys' 4 X 800 meter relay, clocking 8:02.87 for a half-second victory over Ames (Iowa). Maize South, also a 5A school in Kansas, was fourth, just a little over two seconds off the pace, finishing in 8:05.05. It certainly sets up a great matchup if and when those two schools meet in the class 5A state championships in about a month.


Shawnee Heights' Michael Hoffer also won gold on Saturday. He soared 22-5 to edge Blue Springs (Mo.) standout Tre' Wheaton in the long jump, who also had a mark of 22-5. Both registered their mark on their last jump of the finals.


Hoffer settled for second in his other specialty event, the high jump, on Friday even though he had cleared the same height. This time, the tiebreaker -- in this case, the next best jump -- fell in Hoffers' favor. He had earlier leaped 22-1.


Olathe South's boys won the Sunflower Showdown 4 X 100 meter relay in a time of 44.10 in a blanket finish. Lawrence Free-State was second (44.31), Blue Valley third (44.35) and Olathe Northwest was fourth (44.36).


The Sunflower Showdown 4 X 400 meter titles went to the St. James Academy girls (4:03.69) and the Shawnee Heights boys (3:27.54). Shawnee Mission Northwest's boys placed fourth in the Kansas Relays 4 X 400 in 3:26.29, a mere one-hundredth ahead of Olathe South (3:26.30).


McKenzie Wilks of Pittsburg continues to impress. She nearly ran down Blue Springs South (Mo.) superstar Victoria Findley in the girls 1600 before settling for second place and a career-best time of 4:57.67. It's just the second time Wilks has ever run under 5:00 -- the first time was one week ago -- and currently sits as the fastest girls time in Kansas this season. She also has the No. 1 time in Kansas for the 800 meters.


Class 6A 800 meter state champion Sophie Scott of Blue Valley North -- who was runner-up in the 1600 a year ago as well -- finished fifth in the 1600 Saturday in a time of 5:02.98, and Manhattan's Clara Mayfield was sixth in 5:06.57.


The second heat of the boys 1600 held high drama for Kansas athletes. Wichita Collegiate's Lakelin Conrad snuck by Great Bend's Kerby Depenbusch at the finish line, winning that heat in 4:27.72. Depenbusch, who had rallied in the last 200 to grab the lead, finished in 4:27.89. Those are the sixth and seventh best times in Kansas this season.


In an event not typically run in Kansas, Hayes Pateidl of Blue Valley West placed second in the boys 2000 meter steeplechase, clocking 6:26.69. Barrett Houchen of Maize was third (6:31.99) and Jonathan Jones of Derby was fourth (6:33.26). Abby Stewart of Emporia was the top Kansas finisher in the girls 2000 meter steeplechase, placing fifth in 7:44.31.


Tyler Watts of Caney Valley placed second in the boys' 110 meter hurdles, clocking a time of 14.34. Watts has a season best of 14.25 -- the top time in Kansas this season -- and continues to impress against all levels of competition. He was the only Kansas runner that made the finals in that event.


For complete results and wrapups from this year's Kansas Relays, visit www.KansasRelays.com.


In other meets around the state this week:

* Scott Community's Marshall Faurot was flying -- almost quite literally -- as he cleared 16-0 in the boys' pole vault at the Scott City Invitational. Faurot had never cleared 15-0 in the event before doing it four days earlier at the Smoky Valley Invitational. He now has the best vault in the state by nine inches.


* Another Kansas vaulter -- Concordia's Jessica Williams -- scored a season-best when she cleared 11-7 to win the Phillipsburg Invitational. Williams, who has cleared 12-2.75 in her career, now moves to No. 4 in Kansas for the 2018 season.


* While Leavenworth's Lister was running at the Kansas Relays, her top foe in class 5A sprinting was putting up an impressive performance at the Campus Invitational. Kalli Anderson of Newton won the girls 100 in a time of 12.08, and the 200 in 25.37. Lister and Anderson are on a collision course to a dream matchup at this year's 5A state championships -- Lister was the 100 meter champion in 2016 and Anderson won the title in 2017.


* Wichita South's Phillip Landrum is rounding into fine form. He won the 100 meter dash at the Campus Invitational this weekend in 10.82, the 200 in 23.00, and the 400 in 50.30. He is the class 6A defending state champion in the 100 and 200.


* At the Kingman Invitational, Katelyn Fairchild of Andale put herself into the top 10 rankings in Kansas with a career best throw of 137-2 in the girls javelin. She sits at No. 8 in the state right now.


Check out more results from all across the state on Kansas MileSplit. Results are updated as they come in; send meet results to Jim Madison at jmadison719@gmail.com.


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