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
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
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
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).
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