Drew Morano continued his impressive sprinting on a cool night, leading
St. Thomas Aquinas (out of Overland Park) to the boy's team title at the
Manhattan Invitational. Morano swept the sprints in 10.43/ 21.42/ 48.07
to lead the Saints. Aquinas scored 97 points to outscored Lawrence and
Topeka Seaman, who tied for second with 82 points in the eleven team field.
Morano's 400 win came with strong competion from defending 5A champion
Ryan Irvin (Topeka Seaman 48.7) while 2A champ Jordy Nelson was third
Manhattan's Matt Schwandt, the state's leading javelin thrower, won with
a toss of 189-3.5, impressive throwing on a muddy run-up.
Paul Heffron (Blue Valley West) swept the distances with marks of 4:28.71/
9:30.10, while Aquinas's Brian Collett won the 800 at 2:00.03
Manhattan High dominated the girls division, scoring 126 points to outdistance
second place Lawrence (67) and third place Aquinas (59). Jesse Funk led
Manhattan, winning the 100 (12.29), 200 (25.71), and placing second to
team mate Eden Nesbitt in the LJ (17-4.25 and 17-3.5). Funk and Nesbitt
also ran on the runner-up 4 x 100 (50.66). Junction City won the 4 x 100
with a time of 49.98.
Blue Valley West's Elle Pishny won the 3200 in 11:07.86, and Topeka Shawnee
Heights' Trisa Nickoley came back from last week's KU Relays record 800
performance with a 5:11.63/ 57.94 1600-400 double. Riley County's Peterson
won the javelin by over 30 feet with a throw of 126-11.
Powered by excellent throws strength, Scott City scored 81 points to edge
Lakin (78) for the boys title at Holcomb. Twelve teams competed. Scott
City was led by Katt (no first name provided) who won the shot at 56-10.25
and the javelin by a wide margin with a throw of 180-7. Team mate Brady
Wheeler placed second in the shot (53-0) and won the disc (161-4). Southwestern
Heights' Cody Layman highlighted track action with a 4:37.3/ 2:03.9 middle
Ness City swept to the girls title with 108 points, over Lakin (69) and
Colby (62) in second and third. Wendy Fehrenback led Ness City with wins
in the LJ (16-3), and ran on 50.2/ 4:09.9 400, 1600 relay wins.
Lakin's Megan McClain won the sprints (12.2/ 26.1) and Brittany Hill
swept the distances (5:24.9/ 11:50.3). Goodland's Jayci Stone won the
vault at 10-0, and Zerr (Ulysses, no first name reported) won the HJ at
Cunningham won the boys title with 121 points to defending 1A champion
Pawnee Heights 114 in this nine team meet. Ford (no first name
reported) led Cunningham with a 44-1 triple jump win to defeat the field
by over 4 feet.
Cunningham won the girls title with 139 points over runner-up Spearville
Shawnee Mission East used across the board depth to win the Leavenworth
Invitational boys division. SME scored 131 points to defeat second place
Leavenworth (111) in the eight team field. East was led by an 8:14.07
3200 relay team win. Leavenworth was lead by Dallas Henry with a 10:00.36
Leavenworth's girls swept to victory with 142 points, with Emporia second
(111) and Blue Valley North (109) a close third.
April Heath led Leavenworth with 12.3/ 25.9/ 58.07 sprint wins, plus Leavenworth
added 50.1/ 4:10.59 relay wins. Emporia's Stephanie won the long (17-7.25)
and triple (38-5.25) jumps by large margins, while other impressive wins
went to Jana Gwinn (Blue Valley North 5:14.7/ 11:35.0) in the distances,
and Jenise Brown (Topeka West 5-4 HJ) and defending 6A state champ Whitney
Fuller (Blue Valley North) in the Pole Vault (10-9)