You're competing for second place at this week's Kansas
Track and Field championships.
That is not a statement about the quality of teams in
class 3A boys, but rather a strong testimony to the juggernaut that is the
Scott Community boys track and field team.
Get this: Scott Community could leave standout senior
Marshall Faurot home this weekend and probably still win the state title by 20
But indeed, they will not be leaving him home. In fact,
Faurot probably figures he's got a few scores to settle at this meet.
You see, Faurot has 10 state meet medals in three years -
three as a freshman, three as a sophomore, and four last year. Five of those
medals are for second place; none of them are gold.
It seems as though Faurot has been a star in class 3A for a
very long time, and yet he has not experienced the thrill of climbing to the
top of the podium.
He hopes to change that this year as he enters the 2019
championship with the No. 1 ranking in the pole vault and the 110 hurdles. He's
also No. 4 in the high jump, and will probably run a leg on one of Scott
Faurot's chances in the 110 hurdles got a lot better when Timmy Lambert of Smoky Valley chose to forego
that event this year in favor of running a relay for his team. Lambert is one
of the state's best sprinters, and is a huge favorite to win the 100, 200 and
Marshall Faurot's brother, Loren Faurot, has the division's
No. 2 mark in the pole vault, while teammate Hunter Yager is at No. 5. Those
three swept the top three places at regionals last week, and have a
legitimate shot to do it again this week.
Scott Community also stands to rack up the points in the
1600 and 3200 meters with senior Jack Thomas, the 2017 cross country champion
who was unable to run the open distance events last year because of a hip injury.
In the 800 meters, Wyatt Hayes and Kaden Wren have two of
the top four times, while Wren and Brandon Winderlin could go 1-2 in the 400.
Some or all of those guys will team up to give Scott Community some very good 4
X 400 and 4 X 800 relays. Hayes is the defending state champion at 800 meters.
Smoky Valley's Lambert anchored his team's 4 X 100 to the
top time in class 3A in winning the regional meet last week. If he can win all
three of his events - and it would be an upset if he didn't - and get his relay
team to the line first, Smoky Valley could find itself in second place at the
end of the day Saturday.
But Perry-Lecompton is more likely to grab the runner-up
trophy. They have a bit more depth to go with its top-end talent, which
includes triple jumper Colton Mallonee, sprinter Shane Quinlan (who runs the 200
and 400), and all three relays.
Beloit's boys could also be in the mix. Colin Chandler has
the division's best throws in the shot put and discus this season, and
Creighton Johnson is also strong in those two events. Beloit should also get
solid scoring from javelin throwers Brennan Walker and Bryce Mason, and
hurdlers Vincent Palen and Zach Meier.
Halstead is a darkhorse pick. They probably won't cover a
lot of events, but they've got a solid threesome in the 800 meters in Andrew O'brien, Josh Talbott and Braden Gerber. Those three swept the top spots at the
regional meet and all could be contenders down the homestretch in the finals of the 800.
They will, naturally, also be in the mix for a state title
in the 4 X 800 relay.
Among individuals, Cheney's Trey Patterson is the No. 2
javelin thrower in Kansas, and No. 7 in the United States. He is nearly a lock
to win the class 3A crown. Teammate Riley Petz is likely to make it a close
race with Marshall Faurot in the 110 hurdles, and with Lambert in the 300
There will likely be a couple great distance races in this
division. Scott Community's Thomas, who has the division's No. 1 time in the
1600 (4:21.73), will go up against Kingman's Owen Pearce, who has a season-best
of 4:21.88. Pearce is the only runner to have beaten Thomas this season. Four
others have run 4:35 or better this season, include 3A cross country champion
Matthew Oglesby of Galena.
Many of those same runners will knock heads in the 3200
meter run. Pearce is the defending champion in the 3200, and a former cross
country state champion.
A few individuals you won't be seeing in the class 3A
meet: Jordan Schippers of Colby, Jason Hubener of Cheney, and Lakin's Jose Perez. Schippers was the class
3A 200 meter champion a year ago, but seemed to injure himself in last week's
regionals and did not qualify in any events. Hubener, ranked among the top 5 in class 3A this season, also seemed to be injured as he was unable to grab a top four spot at regionals.
Perez was the 300 meter hurdle champ last year, but has not
competed for Lakin at all this season.
Holcomb's Isaiah Armstrong has the No. 1 time in class 3A
this season in the 400 - an impressive 48.40 -- but you're not going to see him run that event. For
reasons unknown, he did not compete in that event at regionals, instead running
the 200 where he qualified with the No. 2 time in the division. He will,
however, have to go up against Smoky Valley's Lambert in that event.
In class 3A girls, Nemaha Central could win the state title
without having to step on the track. That's because that squad is a dominating
force in the field events, led by senior standout Jacy Dalinghaus, who is the
top-ranked thrower in the shot put and javelin, and No. 2 in the discus.
Teammates Hannah Macke and Hannah Scott come into state with
the No. 2 and No. 3 marks in the javelin, so it's not out of the question that
Nemaha Central could get a whopping 24 points out of one event.
In fact, between the shot put, discus and javelin,
Nemaha Central has a good shot at 42 points.
Alleigh Kramer further boosts Nemaha Central's title shot.
She won regional titles in the 100, 200 and long jump, and has a good shot to
be among the top 3 in each of those events this week.
The team that seems to have the best shot at hanging with
Nemaha Central is Cheney, and that's because they have a great deal of
starpower, as well. Layne Needham won both hurdling events a year ago and she
enters her final state meet as a heavy favorite to do it again.
Cheney high jumper Maddy Amsink shares the No. 1 mark in class 3A with
Chaparral's Matte Swartz, both having cleared 5-6 this season. Cheney's 4 X 100 relay clocked the top time in class
3A this season in winning regionals last week (49.73). Needham runs a leg on
that relay, and also is entered in the 200.
Chaparral could score enough points to find itself on the
podium. In addition to Swartz in the high jump, the squad should get points
from Audrey Bebermeyer in the pole vault, and Sophie Francis in the 110 hurdles
and 300 hurdles, where she's a legitimate threat to Needham.
Council Grove and Phillipsburg are probably darkhorses in
this race, but they do have some firepower. Council Grove senior Lauren Carlson
is the defending state champion in the 100, and she's also a contender in the
200. Council Grove also puts together some solid 4 X 100 and 4 X 400 relays.
Phillipsburg's Alexi Beach is No. 2 in the class 3A 100, and
Ashley Babcock could bring in a nice haul in the shot put, discus and javelin.
Among class 3A individuals, Smoky Valley's Belle Peters also
could scare Needham in the 110 hurdles. Peters is also the division's
top-ranked pole vaulter, and No. 4 in the long jump.
Matti Price of Riverton comes in with the top times in the
200 and 400, and is No. 3 in the 100. Riley County's Ames Burton is No. 1 in
the discus and No. 2 in the shot put. And, Wellsville's Paige McDaniel could
put up 20 points for her team if she can successfully defend her titles in the
800 and 1600.
Class 3A at a glance
Returning Individual State Champions
200 - Lauren Carlson, senior, Council Grove
800 - Paige McDaniel, senior, Wellsville
1600 - McDaniel, senior, Wellsville
3200 - Hannah Burks, junior, Beloit (did not qualify for state this year)
100 hurdles - Layne Needham, senior, Cheney
300 hurdles - Needham, senior, Cheney
High jump - Sophia Rohling, senior, Neodesha (did not qualify for state this year)
Long jump - Grace Rowland, senior, Sterling*
Triple jump - Rowland, senior, Sterling*
Javelin - Jacy Dalinghaus, senior, Nemaha Central
* Sterling has moved to class 2A
2018 Top Five Teams
Nemaha Central 77
MileSplit projection for the 2019 class 3A girls team title
Nemaha Central 62
Council Grove 34
Returning Individual State Champions
200 - Jordan Schippers, senior, Colby (did not qualify this
400 - Miles Martin, junior, Wichita Independent (did not
qualify this year)
800 - Wyatt Hayes, senior, Scott Community
3200 - Owen Pearce, senior, Kingman
300 hurdles - Jose Perez, junior, Lakin (did not qualify
High jump - Tyus Wilson, sophomore, Sterling*
* Sterling has moved to class 2A
2018 Top Five Teams
Scott County 74
Garden Plain 45
MileSplit projection for the 2019 class 3A boys team title
Scott Community 107
Smoky Valley 41