BY TAYLOR ELDRIDGE
11:08 a.m. — Alright, I’ve got most of the events updated right now. That’s fine and dandy, but let’s get down to it. Here is everything, cut and dry, what you need to know about what has happened so far today:
Story of the day so far is the Southeast girls’ 4×100-meter relay team does not qualify in the Class 6A finals after a dropped hand-off.Southeast’s Jeff Conner wins the Class 6A boys’ discus with a toss of 168-5, which beat out heavy favorites from Manhattan.McPherson’s Adam Porter out-kicks Hays’ Josh Munsch for the Class 5A boys’ 3200-meter run title.El Dorado’s Molly Milbourn wins the Class 4A girls’ 3200-meter run going away.Kapaun’s Mackenzie Maki wins back-to-back Class 5A girls’ 3200-meter run title’s.Wichita Heights edged Derby for the top qualifying time in the Class 6A boys’ 4×100-meter relay.Lawrence Free State’s Drue Davis set a Class 6A state record with a winning vault of 12-6 in the girls’ pole vault.Paola swept the top three on the podium stand for the Class 4A shot put.Kapaun’s Emily Cook fouls two of her three throws and finishes ninth in the Class 5A girls’ discus.Mulvane’s Evan Landes can’t catch up to Abilene’s James Wilson in the Class 4A boys’ 3200-meter run.Derby’s Neil Metler falls to eighth in the Class 6A boys’ 3200-meter run.Newton’s Tyler Rambo fouls out on all three of his throws in the boys’ shot put.
10:27 a.m. — Time to update the field events that have been completed already. Click the jump to read them.
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Class 4A Girls Long Jump — Russell’s Peyton Weiss jumped 17-7 to win the title by nearly a foot. Wellington’s Cassie Wiley finished in fifth place, while Andale’s Abby Simon placed sixth.
Class 6A Boys Triple Jump — Mike Achoki of Olathe East wins with a jump of 44-9.75. Southeast’s Joseph Randle was the highest area finisher in fifth place, while East’s Dijon Barros finished ninth.
Class 5A Girls High Jump — Salina South swept the top two spots with Danielle Berry winning on attempts at 5-4, while her teammate Taylor Goodness got second. McPherson’s Anna Eigruber placed fourth and Andover’s Danielle Robinson got fifth. Carroll’s Hannah Lubbers placed eighth.
CLass 4A Boys High Jump — Fort Scott’s Griffen Knopp won with a jump of 6-6. Hesston’s Zach Baumgartner placed fourth at 6-4. Augusta’s Zach Budda took eighth.
Class 6A Girls Pole Vault — Drue Davis won the meet with a jump of 12-6 and broke the class record of 12-1 set in 2003 by Libby Harmon. Heights’ Madison Wheeler placed eighth, Maize’s Janelle Wilgers placed ninth and Southeast’s Alison Meeth got 10th.
Class 5A Boys Pole Vault — Kyle Wait kept the Gardner-Edgerton tradition alive by winning with a vault of 15-6, while teammate Casey Bowen placed second and Tommy Brady took fourth. Carroll’s Nick Meyer tied for sixth, as did teammate Jacob Dold at 13-0.
Class 5A Girls Discus — Alex Hartig of Great Bend did as expected and won with a throw of 144-7. Newton’s Erin Bradley took fourth, while teammate Brooke Regier placed fifth. Kapaun’s Emily Cook only threw three times – two fouls – and placed ninth.
Class 4A Boys Shot Put — Paola swept the medal stand with Luke Wilson, Garrett Appier and Cale Karigan going 1-2-3. The closest area finisher was Augusta’s Shane Smith in 8th place and Clearwater’s Trevor Bowman in ninth.
Class 6A Gilrs Javelin — Manhattan’s Lindsey Curtis won with a throw of 143-7 and East’s Haleigh Lewis took third place with a throw of 123-1. Goddard’s Monica Gardiner took ninth.
10:04 a.m. — OK, pre-lim update time. We’ve got the high hurdles and the 4×1 relay teams qualified in for Class 4, 5 and 6A. Click the jump to find out tomorrow’s finalist.
OK, let’s start out in Class 4A girls 100-meter hurdles. Pretty much everyone who was expected to get in is in. Jill Kurt of Chapman has the best time going in with a 15.86, which beat out Clearwater’s Hannah Tjaden’s 15.89. Maize South’s Hannah Grubbs and Andale’s Maddie Behny are also in for tomorrow.
Class 5A girls’ 100-meter hurdles: Le’Tristan Pledger of KC Washington put up a ridiculous time of 14.80 for the top qualifying time. McPherson’s Anna Eigruber has the second-fastest time and her teammate Courtney Pavlik is also in, as well as Bishop Carroll’s pair of Kristen Powell and Kristen Sponsel.
Class 4A boys’ 110-meter hurdles: Ethan Fulton of Iola has the top time of 15.06 right now. No one from the area is in that race.
Class 5A boys’ 110-meter hurdles: Tyrell Carstarphen of Highland Park has the top time of 15.26. Newton’s Miguel Johns is in and Andover Central’s Cole Kretchmar barely missed out by 0.06 of a second.
Class 6A boys’ 110-meter hurdles: Bunch of local kids here with Andrew Etheridge of Northwest running off a 14.53 and Maize’s Miles Ukaoma going 14.55. Derby’s Meshach Kennedy is also in and Heights’ Lewis Taylor sneaked in as well.
Alright, now onto to the girls’ 4×1 pre-lims. In Class 4A, KC Piper has the top time of 49.04 so far. Andale’s team of Emily Rowland, Abby Simon, Jessica Vaughn and Jeffi Holman is in second and Maize South’s team got in seventh. Valley Center just missed out by 0.02 of a second.
Shawnee Heights has the top time in the Class 5A girls’ 4×1 relay with a time of 48.68. Kapaun Mount Carmel got in as the fifth seed and McPherson was seventh, while Newton just barely missed out.
In class 6A, the big news of the day is the Southeast girls’ 4×1 relay team did not qualify. The handoff between Aarian Tipton and Dana Gates was dropped during the second hand-off. So that leaves Olathe East the big favorite. Wichita Heights is in third place and Wichita East barely missed out the final slot.
In Class 4A boys’ 4×1 relays, KC Piper has the fastest time of 43.39. Area-wise, Andale and Wichita Trinity are in.
Class 5A and 6A are running right now.
9:15 a.m. — Alright, I figured this was a good time to come up and update after all the 3200-meter races are out of the way and some of the field events. Click the jump for th recap so far.
El Dorado junior Molly Milbourn wins the Class 4A 3200-meter run in a time of 11:13.17. She led wire-to-wire in that race and pulled away after the second lap. That was the fastest time in Kansas at the time.
That was until Mackenzie Maki, a junior from Kapaun Mount Carmel, barely edged her by a half-second with a time of 11:12.58. She also led wire-to-wire and wasn’t pushed at all. Bishop Carroll freshman Kaelyn Balch kept a steady pace and in her second 3200 race of the season she placed second at state in 11:34.34. Not bad at all.
Oh yeah, and that was until Avery Clifton took the stage in the Class 6A race. The Washburn Rural senior shattered all competitors and won in a time of 10:44.24, the 10th fastest time all-time in Kansas history. Pretty cool stuff. What gets lost here is some great times put up by the pair of SM Northwest kids Christine Nelson and Lisa Imgrund. Wichita North product Amber Eichkorn placed fourth in a time of 11:265.40.
To lead off the boys’ races, James Wilson came out of relatively nowhere in his fourth 3200 race of the season to win the Class 4A state 3200 title in a time of 9:29.71. He took over the lead about mid-way through and kept pushing Mulvane’s Evan Landes and sprinted away for the title in the last lap.
The Class 5A boys’ 3200 title was classic. This was one of the best races I have seen by far. McPherson’s Adam Porter, Hays’ Josh Munsch and Aquinas’ Alex Weitkamp was the lead pack for most of the race. Weitkamp knew he had to beat Porter and Munsch before their kicks and attempted to take the lead at the start of the last lap, but died off. That left Porter and Munsch to kick it out in the last 100 meters. Both went all-out, they both said after they were pushed to the brink and Munsch actually took a slight lead with about 20 meters left. But Porter’s kick was too much and he buried it the last 10 to win in a time of 9:38.96 with Munsch finishing in 9:39.22.
It kind of got lost that the Class 6A race was actually faster than the 5A race. Aaron Thornburg from SM Northwest took over the final 200 meters to win the race in a time of 9:27.45, while Lawrence’s Roy Wedge held on for 9:29.76. The local hope, Derby’s Neil Metler, stayed near the back for most of the race and was in fourth place until the last lap until he faded. Looked like he was running dead and he finished in 8th place in 9:52.89.
The day has come. It is finally here. The national anthem is playing and it’s the start of the 2010 Kansas Track and Field State championship, which also marks the 100th annual state meet.
This promises to be a special day with finals in the 3200 in Class 4, 5 and 6A starting on the track and with field event finals throughout the morning.
I’ll be updating all morning to keep you up to date on the happenings and results and even with some fun stuff you wouldn’t know. But first off, click the jump to see a preview of the events kicking off the morning.
7:45 a.m. – Class 4A girls 3200-meter run
Who everyone is chasing—Molly Milbourn (El Dorado)
Don't sleep on—Lacey Erickson (Desoto), Michaela Bauer (Girard), Danelle Topil (Eudora), Rachelle Harman (Holton)
8:00 a.m. – Class 4A boys 3200-meter run
Who everyone is chasing—Evan Landes (Mulvane), Tony Weiss (Baldwin) & Kevin White (Wamego)
Don't sleep on—Angel Vasquez (Desoto), Cale Heiniger (Hiawatha), Gerald Christian (Royal Valley), James Wilson (Abilene)
8:10 a.m. – Class 5A girls 3200-meter run
Who everyone is chasing—Mackenzie Maki (Kapaun Mt. Carmel)
Don't sleep on—Kaelyn Balch (Bishop Carroll), Tsianina Whitetree (Topeka West), Lauren Jaqua (Lansing)
8:25 a.m. – Class 5A boys 3200-meter run
Who everyone is chasing—Adam Porter (McPherson), Alex Weitkamp (St. Thomas Aquinas), Josh Munsch (Hays), Brooks Ballou (Bonner Springs)
Don't sleep on—Jacob Bull (Shawnee Heights), Seth Tophoj (Hays), Gage Garcia (Bishop Carroll)
8:35 a.m. – Class 6A girls 3200-meter run
Who everyone is chasing—Avery Clifton (Washburn Rural) & Lisa Imgrund (SM Northwest)
Don't sleep on—Christine Nelson (SM Northwest), Amber Eichkorn (W. North)
8:50 a.m. – Class 6A boys 3200-meter run
Who everyone is chasing—Neil Metler (Derby), Aaron Thornburg (SM Northwest) & Andrew Stevens (SM South)
Don't sleep on—Roy Wedge (Lawrence), Jonah Heng (SM West), Aaron Pope (Washburn Rural), Jacob Morgan (Washburn Rural)
8:00 a.m. field events
Class 4A girls Long Jump
Who everyone is chasing—Peyton Weiss (Russell)
Don't sleep on—Cassie Wiley (Wellington), Jaclyn Abrahamian (Louisburg), Margeaux Seymour (Topeka Hayden), Abbie Krause (St. James Academy)
Class 6A boys Triple Jump
Who everyone is chasing—Terrance Williams (Dodge City) & Mike Achoki (Olathe East)
Don't sleep on—Justin Davies (BV North), Joseph Randle (W. Southeast), Brandon Bouvilon (Olathe Northwest), Dijon Barros (W. East)
Class 5A girls High Jump
Who everyone is chasing—Taylor Goodness (Salina South) & Laynie Timmons (St. Thomas Aquinas)
Don't sleep on— Danielle Robinson (Andover), Anna Eigruber (McPherson), Danielle Berry (Salina South)
Class 4A boys High Jump
Who everyone is chasing—Jesse Bahner (Santa Fe Trail), Trevor Miller (Royal Valley) & Griffin Knopp (Fort Scott)
Don't sleep on—Brendan Soucie (Osawatomie), Zach Baumgartner (Hesston), Nick Deterding (Smoky Valley)
Class 6A girls Pole Vault (north)
Who everyone is chasing—Drue Davis (Lawrence Free State) & Katie Thurbon (Washburn Rural)
Don't sleep on—Abby Row (SM North)
Class 5A boys Pole Vault (south)
Who everyone is chasing—Tommy Brady (Gardner-Edgerton), Ethan Pearson (Emporia) & Kyle Wait (Gardner-Edgerton)
Don't sleep on—Casey Bowen (Gardner-Edgerton), Parker Brush (Mill Valley)
Class 5A girls Discus
Who everyone is chasing—Alex Hartig (Great Bend)
Don't sleep on—Ticha Rebarchek (Hays), Emily Cook (Kapaun Mt. Carmel), Sadie Suenram (Salina Central)
Class 4A boys Shot Put
Who everyone is chasing—Garrett Appier (Paola) & Luke Wilson (Paola)
Don't sleep on—Skylar Arneson (Nickerson), Josh Dunback (Wamego), Cale Karigan (Paola), Mason Engel (Buhler)
Class 6A girls Javelin
Who everyone is chasing—Lindsey Curtis (Manhattan)
Don't sleep on—Mary Riley (Olathe North), Jessica Medlin (Olathe East), Haleigh Lewis (W. East), Sequoia Berends (Topeka), Samantha Wyatt (W. North)