SM South senior Johannes Swanepoel is the two-time defending champion in the javelin. He won in 2009, throwing 214 feet, 5 inches, and in 2008 (221-2). This year he threw 231-11, the best mark in state history. His main competition of the past two years, East's Matt Byers, graduated and recently won the javelin at the Big Ten meet for Iowa. Campus' Garrett Cantrell will be Swanepoel's closest competition with a season-best 191-10.
McPherson's Adam Porter swept the distance races in 2009, winning the 800, 1600 and the 3200. He's back for his senior season, but he has competition in Hays' Josh Munsch , who has the state's top time this season in the 1600 (4:18.1). Porter's best 1600 is 4:19.18. Porter's mark of 1:54.72 in the 800, set at regionals, is the best in 5A, with Munsch right there at 1:56.16. In the 3200, St. Thomas Aquinas' Alex Weitkamp has the best 5A time at 9:45.33. Munsch's best time is 9:46.06, while Porter's best is 9:47.4, although he went 9:28.17 to win the 3200 in 2009.
After finishing second in the shot put and discus in 2009, Paola's Luke Wilson is ready for a 4A title. He has the state's best shot put (60-6) this season and 4A's best discus throw (171-2). But right behind him in the shot put is teammate Garrett Appier , who threw a 67-2 1/2 at regionals, beating Wilson for the regional title.
Consider Garden Plain's Kurt Pauly well-prepared for this weekend since he has battled Wichita Trinity's Morgan Burns (4A) all season in the 100, 200 and the 400. Pauly is the defending 3A champ in all three events and was part of the winning 400 relay in 2009. He also won the 400 in 2008. Pauly has 3A's top times in all three events and has the state's third-best 200 (21.8) and second-best 400 (48.32).
Jayhawk-Linn's Steven Mann has the state's top triple jump this season at 47-1 3/4. The fourth-best distance is Herington's Tyler Barber at 45-11 and Olpe's Bradley Argabright is sixth at 45-9 3/4. Mann also has 2A's best long jump at 23-7 1/4.
Caldwell's Braden Lebeda has Class 1A's top time in the 110 hurdles, going 14.8. He went 14.87 in regionals and is looking to defend his 2009 title. South Haven's Blake Wilkey also ran 14.8 this season, while Macksville's Marc Renfro ran 14.97 at regionals. No other 1A hurdlers have gone below 15 seconds.
* Breanna Coleman from Olathe East took home three gold medals at last year's state meet. She will look to repeat in the 100, 200 and the 110 hurdles. The only person to come close to Coleman's sprint times this spring was Wichita Southeast's Aarian Tipton in the 200. Tipton's best time this season was a 25.2, behind Coleman's 25.01. Tipton is also part of Southeast's 400 relay that ran 47.5 in its regional meet.
* Kapaun Mount Carmel distance runner Mackenzie Maki will take another crack at sweeping the girls distance events. She placed first in the 1600 and 3200 last year with times of 5:08.33 and 10:53.52. Her best times this year have not been quite as dominating at 5:14 and 11:15.09, but they're still the top times in Class 5A.
* Molly Milbourn from El Dorado could be considered the top high school distance runner in Kansas. She took both the 1600 and the 3200 at the state meet last year, and has set personal records in both events this season. Her time of 501.85 at the Kansas Relays remains tops in Kansas and her time of 10:51.2 in the 3200 is second in the state this year.
* The long jump and the triple jump was dominated by Marion's Julia Zeiner at the 2009 state meet. She went 18 feet, 1 inch in the long jump and a 38-5 1/2 in the triple jump. Zeiner has put up an 18-2 in the long jump this season and a 38-7 in the triple jump this spring, both of which are tops in Class 3A.
* Peabody's Lauren Pickens has the best 400 time in the state at 57.49. She will also look to repeat as the state champion in both the 100 and 200. Her fastest times this season have been 12.28 and a 25.38.
* Sharon Springs' Hallie Kuhlman dominated 1A running events at the 2009 state meet, winning the 100, 200, 400 and 800. Her most dominant event looks to be the 400. Her season-best time 59.53 ranks her among the top 15 in all classes.