April will roar into May in the Kansas track and field
scene, if the past week's meets are any indication.
Nearly half of the state's top marks for boys and girls - 17
of 36 events - were put up in the past few days, many of them at the Seaman
Invitational, a meet that is well-known for producing excellent competition
over the years.
Aarika Lister of Leavenworth threw down 24.28 in the 200
meters to grab the top mark in Kansas in that event this season. She is nearly
six-tenths of a second faster now than Newton's Kalli Anderson - her main rival
in the 100 and 200 in class 5A this season. Lister had already run the state's
top time of 24.73 in the prelims of the 200, then lowered it even further in
Lister also won the 100 in 11.92, after running 11.97 in the
Clyde King, Jr. of Manhattan and Hayden Goodpaster of
Shawnee Mission Northwest thrilled the Seaman crowd, as well.
King, Jr. outdueled Goodpaster in the 200, lowering his
state-leading mark to 21.98, while Goodpaster was second in 22.10 - tied for
the second fastest time in the state this year.
But Goodpaster turned the tables in the 400, winning in a
state-leading time of 48.30 while King, Jr. took over the No. 2 spot in Kansas
with a time of 48.51.
Manhattan's Cooper Schroeder took full advantage of the
speedy Seaman track, clocking a 22-second PR in posting the state's top time in
the 3200 meters. He won in 9:18.77, about 19 seconds ahead of teammate Daniel Harkin - who has the No. 2 time in class 6A at 9:37.11.
Harkin also rose up the national leaderboards among all U.S.
freshmen, currently sitting as the No. 7 freshman 3200-meter runner in the
country, and just seven seconds off the nation's best freshman time.
Joey Guzman and Jackson Caldwell of Olathe North placed
third and fifth at Seaman (9:42.70 and 9:44.80) for the No. 3 and No. 4 times
in class 6A right now.
Manhattan's strong day at Seaman was also highlighted by
javelin thrower Sam Hankins, who posted a career-best mark of 212-10 to win
over a familiar foe - Lawrence's Hunter Krom, who was second at 197-4. Krom
finished second to Hankins at last year's class 6A championships.
Hankins remains at No. 4 in the U.S. rankings in the javelin
- tops among all sophomores - while Krom is at No. 17 in the country.
Other state-leading marks this week include:
* Belle Peters of Smoky Valley soared to 12-8, winning the
pole vault at the James Thomas Invitational. Peters is just a freshman, but
already establishing herself as the state's best. She currently sits at No. 2
among all U.S. freshmen, and No. 28 overall nationally;
* McKenzie Wilks of Pittsburg had a pair of state-leading
marks at the Girad Optimist Track and Field Invitational. First, she won the
1600 meters in 4:57.30, then turned around the win the 800 meters in 2:16.62.
Both times are career bests;
* Cale Carson of El Dorado won the 800 meters at his home meet
with a time of 1:55.29, more than a full second faster than he ran to place
second in the class 4A state championships a year ago;
* Bryce Merriman of Maize South notched a career-best of 4:25.42 to win
the 1600 meters at the El Dorado Invitational;
* Timmy Lambert of Smoky Valley knocked more than a second off
his career-best in winning the 300 meter hurdles in 38.38 at the James Thomas
* Abby Smarsh of Andale re-established herself as the state's
top 300 meter hurdler, winning the El Dorado Invitational in a time of 45.07.
The time is a career best and about two-tenths of a second faster than she ran
to win the class 4A state championship a year ago;
* Leeroi Johnson of Tonganoxie, the class 4A defending state
champion, launched a throw of 190-3 in the discus to win the De Soto
* Wesley Shaw of Hillsboro put up a career best by nearly four
and one-half feet, winning the shot put with a mark of 59-10 at the James
* Bailey Turner of Olathe East notched a career best in
winning the long jump with a mark of 19-6.25 at the Gardner-Edgerton
* Wichita East's boys grabbed the top mark in the 4 X 100
meter relay, clocking 42.44 at the Hutchinson Invitational;
* Arkansas City's boys put on a show to cap their home meet,
notching the state's top time in the 4 X 400 meter relay in 3:22.19;
There was a long list of other solid performances in Kansas
this week, including a 5-8 high jump by Thunder Ridge's Mariah Stauffer at the
Hill City JV meet. It's a career-best for Stauffer, whose previous best was
5-4, and moves her into a tie for the No. 2 spot in Kansas this season.
Gilbert Peters of South Gray had a good day, notching a
career best in the shot put (58-3) to win at the Kiowa County Invitational. He
also won the discus with a throw of 176-7.
There were several meets where the javelin throwers were
letting it fly. State leader Dana Baker of Olathe North won the Seaman Relays
with a throw of 163-6, While Camryn Huggans of Campus won the Ark City
Invitational with a toss of 140-9. Kayla Kurtz of Baldwin won the De Soto
Invitational at 131-4 and Katy Commons of Andale won the El Dorado Invitational
with a toss of 140-7.
Sherrie Jones and Savannah Adams of Junction City added more
power to the defending class 6A state champions, showing their mettle at the
Seaman Relays. Jones won the shot put with a toss of 41-9.5, while Adams was
second at 37-8.25.
Sydney Johnson of Beloit swept the shot put (42-4.5) and
discus (143-8) at the Beloit Relays. She is the already the state leader in
both of those events. Jessica Williams of Concordia also impressed at Beloit,
winning the pole vault with a mark of 11-6.5.
At the same meet, Tyler Palic of Marion won the boys' discus
with a throw of 172-11, and the shot put at 50-1.5.
Wichita Southeast star Christal Mosley swept three events at
the Hutchinson Invitational, winning the 200 (25.10), 400 (57.58) and high jump
At the St. Thomas Aquinas Invitational, held at Blue Valley
District Stadium, class 6A state cross country champion Riley Beach of Blue Valley Northwest won the
1600 in a time of 5:06.34, just edging St. James Academy's Sarah Murrow
(5:06.67). It was a career best for Murrow, the class 5A 3200 meter champion in
At the same meet, Sophie Scott of Blue Valley North - the
2017 class 6A state champion at 800 meters - won the 3200 meters in a career
best 10:56.84. It's just the third time under 11:00 by a Kansas girl this
season, and currently ranks as No. 2 in the state rankings.
Jessie Stindt of Shawnee Mission East soared 38-10.5 to win
the girls' triple jump at the St. Thomas Aquinas Invitational.
At the Gardner-Edgerton Trailblazer Invitational, Samantha Vanhoecke of Paola and Kendra Wait of Gardner-Edgerton put on a good show in
the girls' pole vault. Vanhoecke cleared 12-0 for the win, while Wait placed
second at 11-6.
At the Ark City Invitational, a pair of field event stars
posted impressive wins. Caleb Hentzen of Labette County won the high jump with
a leap of 6-10 - currently tied for the second-best mark in Kansas - and
Matthew Everett of Winfield threw the discus 172-11 for the win.
Ashlynn Doebele of Burlington jumped 19-1 for a narrow win
over Kaylie Johnson of Humboldt, who leaped 18-8.75 in the girls' long jump at
the Burlington Wildcat Invitational.
For complete results from many of Kansas' track and field
meets this past week, see the results page on Kansas MileSplit.