by Anthony Bozarth
Great competition Saturday, with event after event bringing a large crowd to it's feet. Sunny skies, Temps in the upper eighties with strong south winds that probably hampered more then helped.
Girls 4 x Mile: The newest addition to the meet program provided a thrilling start to the meet. Despite a shortage of entries (only six showed) the girls four x mile provided intense competition. Blair NE ran 23:19.21 to edge Concordia (23:21.83), with Baldwin an close third at 23:26.54. Hays (23:31.53) and Liberty MO (23:32.65) also were close in the hunt.
Boys 4 x Mile: The boys 4 x mile saw twelve entries and a tremendous duel between traditional distance powers Liberty MO and Jenks OK. In the end, Liberty ran 18:14.98 to edge Jenks 18:17.22. Emporia led the Kansas teams in third (18:43.95) with Lawrence Free State fourth at 18:47.11.
Boys 110H prelims: Anthony Wilson (Junction City) won heat one in 15;02. In heat two, Wichita Heights Brice Wilson ran 14.99w to shade cross-town rival Chris Allen (Wichita Northwest 15.08w). James Carter (Concordia) won heat three at 15.09. Heat four went to Jered Sloan (Norton) in 15.07w. Julius Jiles (Kansas City MO Central) ran 14.22 to win heat five and lead all qualifiers. Jared Huske (Topeka Washburn Rural) ran 14.36w for a heat six win.
Girls 100H prelims: Sarah Helm (Nemaha Valley) took heat one in 15.91w. Bonnie Snyder (Salina Central) won heat two in 15.83w. Erin Fogarty (Omaha NE Burke) won heat three at 15.06, with Abri Houser (Newton) winning heat four in 15.35w. Ashley Brown (Kearney NE) led all qualifiers with a big 14.56w to win heat five by a wide margin.
Girls Sprint Medley Relays: This event really got the crow going as the KU Relays record was broken in successive sections! In section two Morgan and Lauren Bonds helped lead Hutchinson to a 4:09.74 win to cheers from the crowd. The Salt Hawks could only hold there record about five minutes however. In section three, Topeka Shawnee Heights ran in the pack, until the baton went to Trisa Nickoley. Nickoley swooped from fifth to second in the first 100, went into the lead at the 200 and proceded to run away from the field with an anchor 800 roughly in the 2;07.2 range. Shawnee Heights ran 4:04.56 to set a new meet record. Wichita Kaupan Mt.-Carmel took third with a section one win in 4;20.36, edging Lawrence Free State's section two time of 4:20.93.
Boys Sprint Medley Relay: Missouri schools ruled here, as Joplin ran a 3:31.13 to move past early leader East St. Louis IL (3:35.36). Topeka Hayden was third at 3:37.78.
Girls 4 x 200: Leavenworth and Grandview MO thrilled fans with a tight two-lap duel, with Leavenworth prevailing in 1:43.89 to Grandview's 1:44.04. Hutchinson was third at 1:45.02
Boys 4 x 200: East St. Louis IL showed some serious speed here, dominating in a 1:28.54 section four win. Raytown MO South won section three in 1:30.32 to place second overall. Kansas City MO Park Hill South ran 1:30.65 in section four to place third, with Wichita West close at 1:30.99 in a section one win.
Girls 4 x 800: Blue Springs MO and Lincoln NE Southwest broke from the field in mid-race with Blue Springs pulling away to a 9:39.11-9:42.13 win. Omaha NE Burke was a clear third at 9:51.41. Clearwater led Kansas squads with a 10:01.23 fourth.
Boys 4 x 800: As south winds began to rise, and the temperature with it, racing became tougher down the homestretch. East St. Louis IL broke from a tight pack to win 8:07.86, with Lawrence Free State second at 8:09.35. Blue Springs MO ran 8:13.34 to edge Emporia (8:13.92) for third with Kearney NE close at 8:14.73 .
Girls 100 H final: Kearney NE's Ashley Brown roared off the line to a big 14.26w, with state rival Erin Forgarty (Omaha NE Burke) second at 14.67. Bonnie Snyder (Salina Central) won a close race for third in 15.20 from Abri Houser (Newton 15.21) and Melisa Johnson (Bishop Miege 15.27).
Boys 110 H final: Julius Jiles (Kansas City MO Central) followed yesterday's KU Relays 300H record win with a strong 14.23w win here over Jared Huske (Topeka Highland Park) 14.51. Brice Wilson (Wichita Heights) was third in 14.63. Brandon Woods (Smokey Hill CO 14.83) and Jered Sloan (Norton 14.83) also broke 15.00.
Girls 100 final: Freshman DeAngla McDougald (Manhattan) ran a 12.19w to pull away for a clear victory. A tight pack in second went to the photo, with Olathe East's Alyssa Smith (12.42) taking second from Leslie Reynolds (Bishop Miege 12:42), Michelle Gay (Kansas City MO Notre Dame de Sion 12.43) and Dominique McDonald (Kansas City MO Central 12.45).
Boys 100 final: The winds slacked a little here, as Jay Cooper (Jenks OK) pulled away to a clear 10.67 win. D.J. Hord (Kansas City MO Rockhurst) ran 10.85 for second with Keith Rainey (Shawnee Mission North) third at 10.89.
Girls 4 x 100 final: In a race where the lead changed hands about four times it seemed, Shawnee Mission Bishop Miege won on a strong anchor from Leslie Reynolds in 49.35. Leavenworth was a close second in 49.41, with Wichita Southeast (49.57) and Grandview (49.86) also close.
Boys 4 x 100 final: East St. Louis IL and Jenks OK dominated this heavily anticipted match-up. East St. Louis appeared to have the upper hand when Jenks bobbled the second hand-off, but the Oklahomans recovered to fly around East St. Louis on the final exhange and roared to a 41.90 to 42.28 win. Smokey Hill CO was third in 43.01, edging past Kansas City MO Park Hill South (43.12)
Girls 400: Hutchinson's Morgan Bonds ran to a clear victory in 56.70, impressive running with a strong homestretch wind in her face. DeAngela McDougald (Manhattan) was a clear second in 57.29, with Kaela Rorvig (Columbia MO Hickman) third at 58.51.
Boys 400: In another bring the crowd to it's feet finish, Anthony Stanfield (Smokey Hill CO) ran 48.23 to just edge Gerron Herring (Kansas City MO Park Hill) at 48.26. Paul Johnson (Jenks OK) was close with a 48.45 third, and Tevan Everett (Wichita Heights) fourth at 49.39.
Girls 1600: Elizabeth Lange (Lincoln NE Pius X) and Katie Follett (Ft. Collins CO) staged another thrilling homestretch duel with Lange prevailing 4:58.04 to 4:48.44. Trisa Nickoley (Topeka Shawnee Heights) ran 5;10.68 to hold off Clay Center's Gus Newmeyer (5:12.58) for third, with Laura Kelley (Blue Valley North 5;14.03) also under 5:15. In all sixteen ran under 5;20.
Boys 1600: Deep racing saw twenty-two go under 4:40. Colby Wissel (Kearney NE), fresh from a sub 9:00 performance at Arcadia, ran 4;13.88 to win, but got a serious challenge from kicker Jared Kreissler (Independence MO Truman), who ran 4;14.56 for second. Tim Cornell (Columbia MO Hickman) ran 4;23.03 for third to edge Chris Pullen (St. Joseph MO Central 4:23.73).
Girls 4 x 400 final: In an appropriate finish to a great competition, an intense 4 x 400 saw Hutchinson run 4;01.14 to win for the home-state. Omaha NE Burke ran 4;03.83 for second, with Leavenworth third in 4;04.66 to edge Grandview MO (4;04.78). Overland Park Aquinas ran 4;06.25 for fifth, with Jenks OK also under 4;10 (4;09.19)
Boys 4 x 400: Fittingly closing one of the best KU Relays in recent memory, Jenks OK roared to a 3;17.12 KU Relays record. Also fittingly, considering the close competition that marked this meet, they had competetion all the way to the line with East St. Louis IL right behind at 3;17.67. Smokey Hill CO (3:22.15) was a solid third.
by Anthony Bozarth
Hot 800 meter races: Shawnee Heights Topeka KS sr Trisa Nickoley 2:06.67 MR and US#1 this year (Emporia freshman Layne Moore 2:12.20 also beat the old meet record). Nebraskans Greg Peterson and Jack Lemke made the timers go to the fourth decimal to separate them, with Peterson given the decision by a hair and both timed in 1:52.21 US#4. Sarah Stevens 48-8.25 SP US#3 (Michaela Wallerstedt 47-8). Julius Jiles 37.42 300H MR US#5. Katie Follett 10:47.51 3200m. Andrew Gerth 189-11 JT. Ulrika Hinson 145-5 JT. Caleb Blakesley 60-3.5 SP. Lots of prelims.
Full results are at Ticker Timing
Girls 800: Trisa Nickoley (Topeka Shawnee Heights) blistered to KU Relays record 2:06.67 in the girls 800, breaking the meet mark she set in 2003 by almost six seconds. Nickoley was challenged early by Laney Moore (Emporia) who finished second in 2:12.20, also inside the old mark. Alysha Galbraith (Olathe South) was third in 2:14.42.
Girls 3200: Blistering front running from Alysha Valencia (Lawrence Free State) and Gus Newmeyer (Clay Center) set up a fast race. The pair hammered through a 2;35 openening 800, leaving the field 30 yards back. But has Valencia and Newmeyer traded the lead, a pair of Coloradan's slowly closed back in. Kim Follett (Ft. Collins CO) took over with about an 800 remaining and pulled away to a 10:44.51 win, with Whitney Anderson, former Alaska state champ now at Summit CO, second at 11:04.87. Newmeyer held on for an 11:10.7 third place finish with Valencia fourth at 11:12.3. A fast race saw 16 under 12:00.
Boys 3200: Paul Hefferon (Blue Valley West) front ran his way to a 9:30.43 victory. Hefferon broke early from the field to establish a big lead and run unchallenged. Chris Pullen (St. Joseph MO Central) was second at 9:36.69 and Kyle Carney (Dakota Ridge CO) third at 9:39.65.
Boys 800: An outstanding race as Greg Peterson (Oakland-Craig NE) just edged Jack Lemke (Omaha NE Benson) as both clocked 1:52.21 and brought the crowd to it's feet. Brian Collett (Overland Park St. Thomas Aquinas) was a close third at 1:52.87. Wade Souza (Joplin MO 1:54.06) and Scott Rome (Hays 1:54.7) closely in one of the meet's deepest events.
Boys HJ: Dan Taylor (Liberty MO) jumped 6-6.25 to top Robbie Hephner (Haysville Campus 6-5). Raphael Robinson (Kansas City KS Turner) took third on misses from Daniel Washburn (Chanute) both leaping 6-5
Boys SP: Caleb Blakesley (Ottawa) tossed a big 60-3.5 to shade Raytown MO South's Jaban Moore (59-11.5). Kale Katt (Scott City) threw 56-7.75 to just edge Chris Rohr (Lee's Summit MO North 56-6.25) for third.
Girls PV: Erin Blackstock (Jenks OK) cleared 10-11.75 to win. Whitney Fuller (Blue Valley) and Katrina Schapeler (Rich Hill MO) cleared 10-6, Fuller taking second on misses. Kayla Irwin (Pleasant Hill MO) also cleared 10-0 in fourth.
Boys Javelin: Andrew Gerth (Manhattan) threw 189-11 in the second round to overcome first round leader Cameron Traxson (Cheney 188-3). John Goldsmith (Cheney) throw 184-1 on his last attempt to take third.
Girls Shot: Sarah Stevens of Ft. Collins CO had the longest three throws of the meet topped by a 48-8.25. Michaela Wallerstedt (Omaha NE Burke) took second at 47-8, while Ulrika Hinson (Mainze) led the Sunflower staters in third with a throw of 43-4.5
Boys Pole Vault: Jackson McClaren (Claremore OK) cleared 15-3 on his second attempt for the win. Jeremy James (Concordia) and John MacDonald (Hays TMP-Marian) cleared 14-9 for second and third.
Boys Long Jump: Anthony Ledbetter (Gardner-Edgerton) jumped 23-0w to win a close competition. Gerron Herring (Kansas City MO Park Hill 22-9.25), Brian Smith (Kansas City MO Central 22-9), Raphael Robinson (Kansas City KS Turner 22-8.5) and Marcus Gaines (Smoky Hill CO 22-8) all finished within an inch and a half in second through fifth.
Girls Javelin: Ulrika Hinson (Maize) hit a clutch 145-5 on her last attempt to move from third to first. Lauren Abney (Lawrence Free State 138-8) and Greta Tjaden (Clearwater 235-7) followed in second and third.
Girls Long Jump: As in the boys competition, the event was tight and tense. Sasha Spann (Topeka Highland Park) jumped 18-5 to edge Lexi Beaudet (Hutchinson 18-2.5). Ije Obiorah (Topeka Washburn Rural 17-10), Tahnee Balerio (Buhler 17-9.25) and Alyssa Smith (Olathe East 17-7.5) followed closely.
Girls 4 x 100 Shuttle Hurdle Relay: Shawnee Mission Northwest jumped to an early lead and held it for a 68.18 victory, with Pleasant Hill MO edging Olathe East for second 70.50 to 70.56.
Boys 4 x 110 Shuttle Hurdle Relay: Kansas City MO Central roared to victory with a Julius Jiles led 61.98. Clearwater (65.31) and Shawnee Mission Northwest (65.86) placed second and third.
Girls 100 heats: Alyssa Smith (Olathe East) ran 12.48w to edge Bonnie Snyder (Salina Central 12.49) and Michelle Gay (12.52 Kansas City MO Notre Dame de Sion) in heat one.
DeAngela McDougald (Manhattan) roared a 12.28w to dominate heat two. Leslie Reynolds (Shawnee Mission Bishop Miege) ran 12.46 to win heat three, and Dominique McDonald (Kansas City MO Central) ran 12.40w to win heat four. Blue Valley West's Victoria Howard ran 12.66w to win heat five, and Felicia Fairley (Blue Valley Northwest) 12.70w to win heat six.
Boys 100 heats: (all times windy) Jared Huske (Topeka Highland Park) and Garrison Overstake (Ft. Scott) ran 10.88-10:89 to thrill the crowd in heat one. Heat two went to Mikey Moore (Wichita Heights) in 11.02. Ladaniel Briscoe (Smoky Hill CO) won heat three at 11.00. Odell Harris (WIchita West) took heat four at 10.91. Jay Cooper (Jenks OK) ran 10.80 to take heat five from Gerron Herring (Kansas City MO Park Hill 10.95). Keith Rainey (SM East) took heat six in 10.87 with Brett Starr (Kansas City KS Harmon) in second at 10.94. Heat seven went to Sheldon Cook (Kansas City MO Park Hill South) at 11.06, while D.J. Hord (Kansas City MO Rockhurst) ran 10.85 to take heat eight.
Boys 300 Hurdles: Julius Jiles (Kansas City MO Central) roared to a KU Relays record 37.42 to dominate the field. Kyle Roberts (Hutchinson 38.43) and Jared Huske (Topeka Highland Park 38.72) were second and third. Jiles record was particularly impressive against a strong homestretch wind.
Girls 300 Hurdles: Erin Fogarty (Omaha NE Burke) ran 45.22 and used a strong lean to edge Ashley Brown (Kearney NE) at 45.29. Nicole Williams (Lee's Summit MO ran 46.46) with Abri Houser (Newton) fourth at 46.74
Girls Distance Medley: Jana Gwinn ran from the field on the anchor leg to lead Blue Valley North to a solid 12:44.72 win. Olpe (12:54.31) was second with Blue Springs MO (12:58.99) third.
Boys Distance Medley: Jared Kreisler used a devastasting last quarter kick to lead Independence MO Truman to 10:35.61 win. Jenks OK ran 10:39.39 and Emporia 10:39.39 in a photo for second.
Girls 4 x 100 prelims: Shawnee Mission Bishop Miege roared a 49.34 in heat one to lead fellow final qualifiers Junction City (50.42), Topeka Highland Park (50.45), Topeka West (51.02) . Heat two went to Leavenworth (49.75) with Olathe North second in 51.18. Wichita Southeast ran 50.12 to win heat three. Grandview MO ran 49.77 for an impressive heat four win over Omaha NE Burke (51.24). Wichita Northwest won heat five at 51.36
Boys 4 x 100 prelims: Expect fireworks in this final! Liberty MO won heat one at 43.34, and Kansas City MO Central ran 42.83 to shade Lincoln NE High (43.18). Smoky Hill (CO) won heat three in 42.94. East St. Louis MO blistered a 42.16 in heat four, then Jenks OK ran 41.70 to threaten the meet record with Joplin MO running 43.13 in second.
Girls 4 x 400 prelims: Omaha NE Burke ran 4;04.13 to win heat one, with Topeka Shawnee Heights (4:06.60) and Grandview M) (4;06.73) in contention. Hays won heat two at 4;10.56 over Manhattan (4;11.78). Jenks OK won heat three at 4;04.91. Heat four went to Leavenworth (4;08.05) with Elkhorn NE second at 4;11.92. Heat five saw Hutchinson run the fastest time of the day (4;00.56) with Overland Park St. Thomas Aquinas second at 4;06.12