Kansas 2003 outdoor
Kansas Week
April 26

by Anthony Bozarth

Friday 4/25

Manhattan Invitational
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 (48.97).
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.

Holcomb Invitational
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 distance sweep.
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 5-4.

Lewis Invitational
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 (79)

Leavenworth Invitational
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 3200 win.
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)

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