WEEKLY WRAPUP: Born Out, But Many Others Have Punched Their Tickets to State Meet

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If not for the weather, much of what took place during Kansas regionals week served as little more than a sleepy setup to the state track and field championships. The teams and athletes that were supposed to do well and advance to this week's championships did just that.

Ho-hum…which in many cases, is a good thing.

However, it was anything but business as usual at the Shawnee Mission Northwest regional, where class 6A girls distance running felt a shockwave. Shawnee Mission Northwest distance ace Molly Born did not compete in the meet, reportedly due to a stress fracture.

Born, a junior, won the 1600 and 3200 meter runs in 6A as a freshman and sophomore. She was the odds-on favorite to win again this year. Her absence at state will make Lawrence Free State's Emily Venters -- state champ in those events three years ago -- as the favorite this week.

Lakeside's girls track and field team set themselves up nicely for a shot at the 1A team title. Star hurdler and defending state champion Rachel Miller won the 100 hurdles and placed second in the 100 meters to Victoria's Kali Weber, the state runner-up in that event a year ago.

Weber will be busy at state. She also won the 200 and runs the anchor leg of Victoria's 4 X 100 relay, which also won the regional title.

Sylvan-Lucas freshman Autumn Princ won the 1A cross country title last fall and  now is seeking three more on the track. She won regional titles in the 800, 1600 and 3200.

Two teams that set themselves up well in class 2A boys are Yates Center and Washington County. Before regionals, they may have been thought of as having outside shots at the state title, but that thinking may change quickly.

Washington County will score huge points in the throws, with regional winners Hunter Kier (discus), Jae Eaton (shot put), Jerrod Hoover (high jump) and Dawson Miller (javelin). Eaton and Miller also qualified in the discus, while Kier and Miller also throw the shot put. Hoover also qualified in the long jump and javelin.

Yates Center's Hadley Splechter is a top 3 contender in the 800, 1600 and 3200 -- he won all three events at the region 17 meet Thursday. Yates Center qualified athletes in 10 of 11 track events.

Stanton County is an early favorite in class 2A boys. Distance standout Caleb Carrasco won three regional events -- 800, 1600 and 3200 -- and Stanton County also won all three relays.

In class 3A, Carter Swindale of Osage City notched the division's only new No. 1 mark of the week. He tossed the javelin 194-11 to improve on his own state-leading throw of 189-6.

Andover Central's Jewell Bolden is no doubt ready to light up the class 4A state meet. She scored regional wins in the 100 hurdles (14.61) and long jump (18-7.5). She'll also run on her team's state-qualifying 4 X 100 and 4 X 400 relays.

Collin Ellis of Clearwater and Davon Spexarth of Andale held what may amount to a state preview of the boys' javelin. Ellis won the region 12 meet with a throw of 187-3 (ranked No. 1 in 4A) to beat Spexarth (181-5).

Jacob Horsch of Andale moved up in 4A pole vault rankings, taking over the No. 2 spot with a jump of 14-6 this week.

Kassidy Johnson of Maize South, who holds the state-best time in the 800 and No. 1 in the class 4A 400, won both of those events at regionals with times of 58.31 and 2:20.97.

Many of class 5A's best easily punched their ticket to state. St. Thomas Aquinas' Noah Green, who is a nationally-ranked hurdler, won the 110 hurdles in 14.10 and the 300 hurdles in 37.49. He won 5A titles in both events for Blue Valley Southwest last year.

Taylor Muff of Pittsburg is a favorite to win the 5A girls hurdling events. She won the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles at regionals, and was second in the shot put. A year ago, she was the state runner-up in the discus, but did not compete in that event at regionals this time around.

Isaac Smallwood of Wichita Heights pushed his No. 1 ranking in the triple jump even higher. He had previously jumped 46-5.5 to lead all Kansas triple jumpers, but won the regional meet with a nifty 47-0 to further push his dominance in the event.

At the region 6 meet, Kade Remsberg of Newton set himself up nicely for state, winning the 100 and 200 meter runs.

The Newton girls, who are a solid bet to win the class 5A title this year, poured it on in the sprints, getting relay wins in the 4 X 100 (48.74) and 4 X 400 (4:04.12), and individual wins in the 100 (Kalli Anderson (11.93), 200 (Savannah Simmons, 25.64), and 400 (Taylor Antonowich, 59.62). Maggie Remsberg also won the 100 hurdles (15.01) and 300 hurdles (45.90) and long jump; and Brooke Lachenmayer won the shot put (37-0).

Newton's girls qualified athletes in 16 of 18 events.

In the region 5 meet, the top 3 ranked 5A runners in the 1600 meters competed against each other. Sarah Murrow of St. James Academy has the season's third-best time, but this week she ran 5:12.12 to beat St. Thomas' Olivia Sovereign (No. 2 in 5A) and Pittsburg's McKenzie Wilks (No. 1 in 5A). Wilks also qualified in the 800, which she won in 2:19.60.

Christal Mosley of Wichita Southeast put up a monster time in winning the 400 meters at the class 6A region 2 meet. Mosley lowered her own state-leading time with a win in 55.48. Mosley also won the 200 and was second in the high jump.

At the same meet, Junction City's girls served notice once again that they are for real. Kiena Newman won the 100 hurdles (15.52) and 300 hurdles (46.80) , and the Blue Jays got wins in the 100 (Lyric Holman, 12.75) and all three relays. Ayi-lissa Dotson also won the high jump (5-4). Junction City, which picked up several second place and third place finishes, is the pre-meet favorite to win the 6A girls state title.

A couple of U.S. top 10 ranked javelin throwers took care of business. Manhattan's Sam Hankins (No. 9 in the U.S.) won the region 2 meet with a throw of 197-11, while Dana Baker of Olathe North (No. 2 in the U.S.) won the region 3 meet with a toss of 159-10.

Baker has a season-best of 164-2, which is about two feet better than the class 6A state record. She'll have a chance to get that record later this week.

Shot put standout Astrid Same of Wichita East also already held the No. 1 ranking in Kansas with a throw of 45-3 earlier this season. She won the region 2 meet with a toss of 43-7.5, well ahead of any other competitor in class 6A this year.

Pole vaulters Zac Chandler of Washburn Rural and Kristopher Wood of Derby staged a back-and-forth battle at the region 2 meet. Both cleared 14-0 -- the fifth best marks in 6A this season -- but Chandler got the regional win with fewer misses.

Sophomore Maddi Righter of Olathe Northwest, the No. 1 ranked high jumper in class 6A, held off a challenge from Summer Kragel of Olathe South. Both cleared 5-6, but Righter got the win on fewer misses.

Jumel Otiankouya of Olathe North put up the No. 2 triple jump in 6A this season when he won the region 3 meet with an effort of 45-5.25. At the same meet, Bailey Turner of Olathe East won the girls long jump at 18-8.5.

At the class 6A, region 4 meet, Sophie Scott of Blue Valley North benefitted from Born's absence. Scott won the 1600 in an impressive 5:03.61, and later won the 800 in 2:16.68 -- the No. 1 time in the 6A 800 meters this season.

Destiny Ray of Shawnee Mission East punched two tickets to state, winning the 100 in 12.40 and the 200 in 25.71.

Shawnee Mission Northwest's boys set themselves up nicely for the 6A state meet. They easily won the region 4 meet, highlighted by event wins in the triple jump (ZhanArden Vil, 44-10.25), shot put (Travis Morrison, 52-11.5), high jump (Alex Oleson, 6-6), discus (Reid Stimach, 182-1), 400 meters (Hayden Goodpaster, 49.00) and the 4 X 400 relay (3:23.30).


NOTE: Results from regional meets have been slow coming in from Kansas schools. We are asking coaches and meet directors to please send results of your meet, if you have not already done so. Please send HTML or PDF to madisonj@westelk.us. This story might be updated as more results are received by KS Milesplit.