• Derby senior Alyxis Bowens in the defending champion in the 400, and enters with the second-fastest time of the season behind SM East’s Emma Vickers. Bowens does own the fastest qualifying time in the 200.
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• Southeast freshman Breanna Eckles established herself as a title contender in both of the jumps last week at regionals. Eckles enters with the second-best mark in the long jump at 18 feet, 7 inches and the top qualifying mark in the triple jump at 36-9.
• SM West’s Alli Cash, who owns the state record time in the 1600, will not run at the state meet due to a foot injury. Cash was the defending champion in the 800, 1600 and 3200, as well as running a leg on the winning 3200 relay team for SM West last season.
• Katherine Dillard, a senior at Bishop Carroll, is the defending champion in the 800. This season Dillard will look to repeat in that event, as well as vie for a title in a competitive 1600 field that includes Valley Center’s Morgan Wedekind, Lansing’s sister duo of Nashia and Malika Baker and Dillard’s teammate Kaelyn Balch.
• Andover’s Jaylyn Agnew is the favorite to repeat her title in the high jump, possibly attempting to break the record of 5-11. The shot put and discus titles figure to be decided between Newton’s Payton Roberts and Brooke Regier, Valley Center’s Meagan Williams and Goddard’s Abagayle Spilinek. Arkansas City’s Nicolle Murphy enters the javelin with a mark of 168-5, which is 21 feet further than the state record in 5A.
• Kapaun Mount Carmel senior Angie Vailas has won her last four races in the 100, including league and regional titles. Vailas’ 12.30 is the fastest time in the class all season and she also enters with the top qualifying time out of regionals.
• Wellington senior Megan Campbell will go for titles in the 100 and 200, as she has owned the top times in the class all season. Campbell also runs legs on Wellington’s 400 and 1600 relay teams.
• Andale could produce some champions in the field events, as seniors Abby Simon (long jump) and Emily Rowland (pole vault) enter with the top qualifying marks. Courtney Lies is in contention for the triple jump title, as well.
• Cheney’s Taylor Needham, the defending 4A champion in the 400, will look for titles in the 100, 200 and 400. Needham has top 3 times in all three events and also runs a leg on Cheney’s 400 relay team, which is among the best in 3A. Teammate Carlea Holt enters with the second-best mark in the javelin.
• Garden Plain’s Noelle Dooley has the top 4A mark this season in the discus and her sister Natalie is also qualified in the discus. Noelle also has the top qualifying mark, and Natalie comes in with the fifth-best mark.
• West Elk’s Sarah Hines is qualified in the 100 hurdles and triple jump. Hines won tegionals in the hurdles at 15.55, which comes in as the second-best qualifying mark. She is also high on the qualifying list in the triple jump, having cleared 35 feet earlier in the season.
• Sterling’s Sydney Wilson has the top qualifying time in the 300 hurdles of 47.27. She’s also made it in the 100 hurdles, high jump and triple jump, where she has marks that should challenge for medals.
• After winning three state titles last season, Norwich’s Kenzie Klaver will look to make it a clean sweep this season. This season she will look to win the 200 after finishing runner-up last season, and defend her titles in the 100 and both hurdles. Her 200 time of 26.53 is good for fastest in the class.