2023 KSHSAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
This year's 1A State Meet will be a 3-way battle on both sides. For the girls, keep an eye on scores from Little River, Washington County, and South Gray. For the boys, it's Quinter, Axtell, and Kiowa County in the mix.
1A is undoubtedly the most crowded division, with 118 member schools. 95 of those qualified at least one athlete, so points are much more widely distributed. For the girls, 50 points will likely be enough to win.
1A Girls Rankings | 1A Boys Rankings
Another sprints-jumps athlete to watch is Axtell's Brandon Schmelzle. He'll battle with Turner in all four events.
Axtell also has Grady Buessing scoring well in the distance events. He is the favorite in the 800. The other distance events are wide open, with Kaleb Arnold (Olpe), Evan Pearce (Wallace County), and Brenden Ellis (Ingalls) all having a shot in the 1600 & 3200.
Quinter's team is led by Bradley Bogart, who qualified as the #1 seed in the 400, #2 seed in the 110 hurdles, #3 seed in the 200, and #4 seed in the 4x400. His teammate Lakin Getz will also contribute in the javelin & discus.
One of the biggest storylines of the season has been Pawnee Heights' Alec Carlson. The senior is favored to score in all 3 jumps, as well as the javelin throw.
Brewster's Brock Woolf is one to watch in the throws, entering with the top marks in the shot and discus.
Keiondre Smith from Caldwell & Will Ast from Ingalls will highlight the hurdle races, while Dighton's Max Neeley is one of the best in all classes in the pole vault.