Olathe North's Dana Baker breaks state javelin record

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There may not have been a whole lot of suspense, but Olathe North senior Dana Baker broke the Kansas state record in the girls javelin Friday with her third throw of the preliminary round.


Baker's third throw measured 163-2, just about a foot better than the state record of 162-5 set in 2015 by Maize's Keiryn Swenson. She then stretched the record even further with a throw of 168-8 on her first throw of the finals, which turned out to be the winning throw of the competition.


Also on the track Friday morning, Wichita Southeast's Christal Mosley broke a 38-year-old record when she won her preliminary heat of the class 6A girls 400 in 54.26. Mosley, who will run for Barton County Community College next year, is the defending state champion in the event. The previous record of 54.40 was set in 1980 by Jocelyn Bentley of Highland Park.

 

Baker is ranked No. 1 in the United States with her season- and career-best of 175-6 which she threw to win the regional meet last week. She will compete later in the meet in the class 6A girls shot put and discus.


Baylee Unruh of Lawrence threw the javelin 142-4 -- a distance that in a lot of years would have won the class 6A state title -- for second place. Brenna Davidson of Gardner-Edgerton placed third in 129-2 and teammate Kennedy Comstock was fourth at 126-4.


Another nationally-ranked javelin thrower -- Manhattan's Sam Hankins -- led from start to finish to win his second straight title in class 6A boys. Hankins had three throws over 200 feet, the best being 212-1 on his first throw in finals. It was plenty good enough to get by 2017 state runner-up Hunter Krom of Lawrence (204-4) and Alexander Miller of Lawrence Free State (198-10).


Hankins, now a sophomore, won the class 6A state title last year with a throw of 204-10, and has thrown 220-9 this season for the No. 3 mark in the United States. Krom's throw of 204-4 in the first round of finals is the 11th best throw in the United States this season.


Also highlighting Friday's field events, Elle Barret of McPherson won two state titles, including an all-class record in the triple jump. First, she won the class 4A girls long jump with a mark of 18-1.5, beating out Ashlynn Doebele of Burlington (17-6.5) and Elysia Kunkler of Iola (17-2.5). Then, Barret won the triple jump with a state record of 39-11.5, beating Jefferson West's Mariah Murdie (38-4.5) and Andale's Madison Lies (36-3).

The triple jump win marks a career best for Barrett, a senior, by nearly a foot, and is the best jump in Kansas this season. It also places her at No. 55 in the United States. The previous record was 39-1 set in 1998 by Heidi Yost of Perry Lecompton.


Bradon Rose of Buhler also won two state titles on Friday. First, he won the class 4A shot put with a throw of 54-2.75, then turned right around to win the javelin with a throw of 194-4. In the shot put, Rose held off a strong challenge by Tonganoxie sophomore Cole Sample, who was second at 53-11.5. Cooper Beebe of Piper and Grant Fairchild of Andale both threw 53-7.25, but Beebe got the third place medal based on next-best throw.


Peyton Lane of Clay Center was second in the javelin with a career-best throw of 187-9,while Bryson Meinhardt of Marysville was third at 181-8.


Lane rebounded to win the class 4A boys' pole vault, clearing 15-0 and successfully defending his state title. Marcus Wallace of Piper and Matthew Lindhorst of Marysville placed second and third, respectively, both clearing 13-6.


In other field events for classes 4A-6A Friday:

* Shawnee Heights' Michael Hoffer got the Cessna Stadium crowd on its collective feet when he cleared 6-10 to win the class 5A boys' high jump. Hoffer, who has cleared 7-0.25 this season, made three attempts at 7-2.25 (a quarter inch over the class 5A state record), but couldn't quite get over the bar.


* Hoffer added a second state title about two hours later when he won the class 5A boys triple jump with a leap of 46-9.25. Hoffer entered this year's state meet with class 5A's top marks in the high jump, triple jump and long jump -- which takes place on Saturday. Jack Ebright of Bishop Carroll placed second at 44-4, and Dawson Morstorf of Seaman was third with a jump of 44-3.75.


* Federico Harvey of Campus flew 46-6.75 to win the class 6A triple jump. Chanler Taylor of Shawnee Mission Northwest was second (45-9) and Malik Bauer of Blue Valley North was third (45-2.5).


* Samuel Macklin of Shawnee Mission South won the class 6A long jump with a mark of 22-9.25. Campus' Federico Harvey (21-9) and Cameron Harvey (21-6.5) placed second and third, respectively.


* Nicholas Orr of Blue Valley North won the class 6A boys discus with a throw of 166-1, edging Hunter Degarmo of Hutchinson, who tossed the discus 164-11. Manhattan's James Higgs finished third at 161-0.


* The class 5A girls high jump was a nailbiter. Emma Wondra of Kapaun Mt. Carmel cleared 5-4 on her second attempt to win the state title, and beat out seven others who had cleared 5-2. Olivia Young of Emporia and Paris Bond of St. Thomas Aquinas were awarded second place based on fewer misses.


* Jackson Durst of Shawnee Mission West won the class 6A boys high jump, clearing 6-8 on his final attempt. Dayton Williams of Gardner-Edgerton was second at 6-6, missing three times at 6-8. Marcus Davis of Olathe North was third at 6-4.


* Bishop Carroll pole vaulters Ethan Hull and Augustine McCormick posted a 1-2 finish, putting their team into a lead that they're not likely to surrender the rest of the weekend. Hull won the event with a mark of 15-1 while McCormick was second at 13-6. Braxton Schooler of Great Bend was third at 13-0.


* The 5A girls pole vault crown went to another Bishop Carroll vaulter -- Taylor Linn, who cleared 10-6 and won on fewer misses over Ryleigh Jackson of Goddard Eisenhower. Victoria Maxton and Georgia Bell of Salina South tied for third with a vault of 10-0.


* The class 6A girls pole vault went to pre-meet favorite Abigail Kelly-Salo of Shawnee Mission Northwest, who cleared 12-0 for the win. Kelly-Salo has previously cleared 13-3 for the No. 12 mark in the United States this year. Josie Hickerson of Lawrence and Kendra Wait of Gardner-Edgerton were second and third, respectively, both clearing 11-6.


* Jacob Schmitz of Kapaun Mt. Carmel won the state title in the class 5A boys discus with a throw of 165-9. Myles Livingston of Emporia was second at 159-4 and Mitchell Miller of Seaman was third at 159-2.


* Faith Turner of Pittsburg put her team into the early lead with a win in the class 5A girls long jump. Turner, who placed third in this event last year, won with a jump of 17-4.75. Maggie Remsberg of Newton was second at 17-4, and Shelby Butterfeld of Shawnee Heights was third at 16-10.25. Remsberg had a busy morning as she qualified for the finals of the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, and ran a leg on Newton's 4 X 100 meter relay that also qualified for the finals.


* Travis Morrison of Shawnee Mission Northwest scored a big win for his team, tossing the shot put 54-4.5 for the class 6A state title. Joshua Carter of Wichita Northwest was second at 52-5.75 and Tucker Richey of Topeka was third at 51-11.25.


* The class 5A girls shot put went about as expected as top-seeded Markita Swanagan of Leavenworth won the state title with a throw of 40-8. Goddard sophomore Kade Hackerott was the runner-up with a mark of 39-7.25 and Emily Fuhr of DeSoto was third at 38-6.5.


* Libby Schurle of Valley Center won the state title in the class 5A girls javelin with a toss of 137-6. Briana Lowe of Blue Valley Southwest was second at 130-2, and Adelle Warford of Mill Valley placed third at 127-1.


* Maddie Rivers of Spring Hill won the state title in the class 4A girls high jump in a tightly contested match that had four jumpers clear 5-4. Rivers and Wichita-Trinity's Megan Elliott both cleared 5-4 on their second jump, and were clean on all jumps before that. But Rivers won the title because Elliott had passed earlier at 4-8 while Rivers had cleared that height on her first jump. It's a season- and career-best for Rivers. Jessica Williams of Concordia placed third in the competition.


* The class 4A girls title in the discus went to Alyssa Garza of Jefferson West, who won by more than 11 feet with her throw of 134-2. Jacy Anderson of Andale was second at 124-11, and Halie Brown of Arkansas City was third at 123-0.


* Abbee Rhodes of Augusta claimed the state title in the class 4A girls shot put with a throw of 42-6.75. She beat the pre-meet favorite, Katy Commons of Andale, who was second at 39-5, and Camy Williams of Spring Hill (37-6.25).

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