Kansas 2003 outdoor
by Anthony Bozarth
The Shawnee Mission North Relays, the largest high-school only track meet in the Kansas City area, had a bit of everything Kansas Friday night: A formal crowning of the track queen and king, followed Saturday by a formal dance, tremendous performances from athletes around eastern Kansas, schools both big and small, and unfortunately an early end to the meet when tornadic thunderstorms threatened.
Meet Director and SM North coach Ryan Colburn made a gutsy call to end the meet early when threatening thudnerstorms began to form to south of the Kansas City area and lightning began to enter the area. Colburn's early call before bad weather arrived was justified when six tornadoes later swept to the south and east of the metro area. His early ending of the meet allowed athletes to return home in time to seek safety and shelter. Never the less, once again the SM North proved to be a highlight of the Kansas season. Event reports follow:
Boys 400: Drew Morano (St. Thomas Aquinas) got the finals
portion of the meet off to a rousing start with a meet record 46.94. Morano
made up the stagger on the field, then powered down the homestretch, looking
Girls 400: Emporia's Kara Euler and Kansas City Turner's Keyon Harrison staged a crowd pleasing stretch battle, with Euler prevaling 57.90 to 57.94. Leavenworth's Roschana Ross was third at 60.24
Boys 3200: Paul Hefferon (Blue Valley West) used a steady diet of sub-70 400's to pull away from the pack at the mile, and win the 3200 by a wide-margin with a 9:18.29 clocking. Dylan McClain (Lawrence) held with Hefferon through the mile before falling back and clocked 9:41.25 in second, while freshman Tucker Weems of Shawnee Mission Northwest kicked to third in 9:50.95, with seven under 10:00
Girls 3200: Elle Pishny (Blue Valley West) continued the to-the-front running of the red-clad BVW sqaud, clocking an 11:08.97 wire-to-wire win. Connie Abbott (SM South) returned from injury to move from the pack and clock an 11:37.69 for second with Grace Del Nero (Aquinas) third at 11:50.90.
Boys 300H: Luther Wilson (SMNW) began his hurdle double
with a 39.56 win, pulling away in the late stages from Nick Busbly (SM
Girls 300H: Stephanie Dyke (Olathe North) ran to a 46.31 to win in dominating fashion from Lawrence High's Audrey Pope (47.76) and Kendra Fischer (SM North 48.38).
Boys 1600: Paul Hefferon (Blue Valley West) completed his distance double, this time using a homestretch kick to win a tight race in 4:25.89. Hefferon's was challenged in an exciting race by Brian Collett (Aquinas 4:26.06) and Ariel Ludwig (Lawrence Free State 4:26.64) with Olathe South's Jeremy Holthaus also in the hunt at 4:28.36.
Girls 1600: Lawrence Free State freshman Alicia Valencia made a stunning debut, roaring through a 2:28 800 on her way to a front-running 5:11.24 win. Valencia summoned a home-stretch surge to hold off quickly closing Elle Pishnsy (Blue Valley West 5:12. 04) and Alysha Galbraith (Olathe South 5:14.13).
Boys 110H: Luther Wilson (SMNW) completed his hurdle double with a 14.71 win over Nick Busby (SM West 15.04) and Pete Crall (DeSoto 15.34).
Girls 100H: Stephanie Dyke (Olathe North) also completed her double with a narrow 15.58 win over Kelley Perme (Lawrence Free State 15.61) and Alexandra Rampy (Blue Valley 15.64). Dyke also took fourth in the LJ with a leap of 17'5.5
Boys 100: Drew Morano (Aquinas) and Chris Fulton (Lawrence), the premier sprinters in Eastern Kansas, brought the crowd to it's feet with hard fought 100, Morano pulling away late to win in 10.73 (Fulton 10.83). Kansas City Harmon's Bryon Walker was in the fight with a third place 10.90
Girls 100: Victoria Howard (Blue Valley) used a brillant start to roll to a 12.25 victory, with Shari Lassister (Lawrence) second (12.59) and Fairley (BVNW) third at 12.70
Boys 3200 Relay: Lawrence Free State broke to the front early then used a sub 1:57 anchor (unofficial split) from Ariel Ludwig to roar to a 7:57.43 win. Emporia (8:08.01) and Shawnee Mission East (8:10.85) broke from a tight pack on the anchor leg to finish 2-3 with 8 teams total under 8:20.
Girls 3200 Relay: 1600 winner Alicia Valencia clocked a 2:25 anchor to lead Lawrence Free State to a sweep of the 3200 relay titles. Lawrence Free State clocked a 10:07.98 to defeat SMNW (10:12.10). Independence clocked a 10:14.03 for third.
Boys 800 Relay: Shawnee Mission East (1:31.4) and Olathe
Girls 800 Relay: Leavenworth rolled to a 1:42.48 win,
with Olathe East
Boys 800: Jeff Daniel (SM West) defended his SM North Relays title with a wire-to-wire win in 1:56.60. Dallas Henry (Leavenworth) kicked late to take second (1:59;83) from Brian Collett (Aquinas 2:00.11).
Girls 800: Kristen Wolkey (SM North) charged to a big
lead in the first lap, and held on for a dominating 2:21.87 win. Lisa
Girls 400 Relay: In the last event before the meet was called, Olathe East roared to a state-leading 49.15 (FAT) with Leavenworth (49.63) and Olathe North (49.97) second and third.
Girls Discus: Olathe East's Rachel Falke unleashed a 136'7 throw to dominate the competition. Baker (Lawrence Free State) was second at 122'10, and Meg Objefule (Lawrence) third at 122'2.
Boys Discus: Mike Rivera (SMNW) won the competition at 157/7 with Lus (Blue Valley) second at 150' 0.5 and Blakesly (Ottawa) third at 144' 8
Girls Javelin: Lisa Lambert (DeSoto) threw 122'9 to
win, with Reider
Boys Javelin: Lionell Womack (Kansas City Schlagle)
threw 180'0 to win the javelin, comendable considering the wet conditions
on the run-way. Second went to Olathe North's Brian Christie (170-4) and
Girls Long Jump: Tara Stuart (Mill Valley) and Keyon Harrison (Kansas City Turner) staged an exciting duel with Stuart prevailing 18-2 to Harrioson's 18-0.75. Third went to Stephanie Miller (Emporia 17-11) with six total over 17 feet.
Boys Long Jump: Raphael Robinson (Kansas City Turner) jumped 22-8.75 to win the long jump, with McMurtrey (Kansas City Sumner) second at 22-6. Sylvester Birdson (Lawrence) was third at 21-5.5
Girls Shot Put: Meg Ofiefule (Lawrence) led early and held on with a winning put of 40-4.25. Discus champ Rachel Falke (Olathe East) was second at 39-10.75 with Solari (Blue Valley West) third at 35-1.
Boys Shot Put: Mill Valley's Goodin (no first name recorded) threw 52-1.25 to edge Blakesly (Ottawa) 50-4.25, with Newman (Lawrence) third at 48'6.
Girls High Jump: Blue Valley West's Jacklyn Blake jumped 5'4 to outleap Samantha Frisbee (Lawrence Free State 5-2) and Leavenworth's Burke (5-2).
Boys High Jump: A close competition kept the crowd on edge as SM West's LJ Brackson cleared 6-7 in a jump-off with Jay Cullinane (Aquinas 6-6). Kyle Daveron (Lansing) was third at 6-4.
Girls Triple Jump: Stephanie Miller (Emporia) continued to hammer meet records with a 39-6.5 win. Alyssa Smith (Olathe East) was second at 36-.75
Boys Triple Jump: Stephan Dyer (Olathe North) jumped to a big win at 46-1, with Stanley Redwine (Lawrence Free State) second at 44-8.5 and Milton (Kansas City Sumner) third at 43-8.
Girls Pole Vault: Dana Al-Meer (BVNW) lept 10-0, and won on misses from Libby Harmon (SM South). Sena Eusteace (Lansing) was third at 9'6.
Boys Pole Vault: Matt Snow (BVNW) vaulted 13'0 to win, with Andy Aphiae
(SM East) second at 12'8.