There is only one step left before state.
Most of the Wichita area leagues held their annual track and field meets Friday. Here are the biggest performances:
Deron No dud
South senior Deron Dudley is finding his stride.
He set PRs in the 100 and 200 meters, winning both, and pulled the Titans back from fifth to first, helping set a season best for their 4x100 team, according to Sports in Kansas’ statewide leaderboard through Monday.
In the 100, Dudley went 10.70, the second fastest time in Class 6A behind West’s Xavier Sellers at 10.65 and third in all classifications trailing Smoky Valley’s Tim Lambert at 10.53.
Dudley went 21.70 in the 200, almost three tenths better than his previous best. That is the best time in Kansas this season.
When Dudley grabbed the baton in the 4x100, he sat “a legit fifth,” coach Chris Dickman said. Last year’s 6A 100-meter champion kept his form and came back to beat the field by more than three tenths at 43.07, a season best for South and the No. 6 time in Class 6A this year.
“This is my first year being the anchor leg, and it’s a big spot to fill because Philip (Landrum) was a mean anchor leg,” he said. “In my head, I thought ‘Be like Phil. Be like Phil.’ And I caught up.”
Kindel Nordhus accounted for 40 team points, almost 20 percent of Bishop Carroll’s total.
Nordhus won the girls 200, 400, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. She was pulled many directions Friday and still set a PR in the 200 at 25.56, which is the No. 2 time in Class 5A and only two hundreths off Newton’s Kalli Anderson.
Bishop Carroll’s girls won the City League by 116 team points, and Nordhus carried a large responsibility for that. She said she is blessed to have talented teammates around her.
“It is a lot of pressure, but it helps a lot to have a really supportive group,” she said.
3 for 3 at City League
Josh Carter competed in every season of his senior year and was crowned a City League champion in every sport.
Northwest won in football. Carter took the 220-pound title bout in wrestling. And he won the City League shot put with a PR toss of 53-feet-6.75, five inches better than his previous best.
Although Carter has been dominant in the City League, he is still chasing his first state championship. After his PR performance, he sits third in Class 5A.
“I’ve been right there, so I’m hungry,” he said. “I really want to get that title under my name.”
Shot at a record
Few City League records got nervous Friday except one.
Carroll senior Taylor Linn, last year’s Class 5A pole vault champion, set a PR at 11-3, and had a go at the league record of 11-10. Had she cleared it, it would have been the top mark in 5A by over a foot and the No. 5 vault in Kansas.
Instead, she leaves as a two-time City League champion hitting her peak with two weeks left in her high school career. Linn said she jumping 11-3 was only her second attempt at that height all season.
“I just had confidence this time and had my coach and team behind me,” she said. “It’s nice knowing I can come in and be at the top of the list.”
3 in the 300
Carroll’s dominant day was emblematic in the boys 300-meter hurdles.
Senior Kody Marvin, who holds the top time in Class 5A, took first at 39.63. And juniors Justin Powell and Tommy Harter rounded out the top three, all finishing under 41 seconds.
The Carroll boys won the City League title by 112 points and earned 24 alone in the 300-meter hurdles.
Southeast’s only title
The Southeast girls’ 4x100 team entered Friday with the No. 17 time in Class 6A.
The Golden Buffaloes left the City League meet as champions with a PR of 50.88 and the No. 15 time in 6A. It was Southeast’s only event title.
Down goes Newton
The Hutchinson girls knocked off the three-time defending state champions to win the league.
Newton fell to the Salthawks 154-128 despite massive wins from Maggie Remsberg in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, in which she set a PR at 44.20, good for second in 5A. She also helped the Railers to a PR in the 4x100 at 49.49, the top time in Class 5A.
Sprinter Kalli Anderson also brought home league titles in the 100 and 200 for Newton, but it wasn’t enough.
Hutch won the 400, high jump, shot put and discus as senior Jayla Bynum owned the throws.
Andale being Andale
Over the past 14 years, Andale has won 27 out of 28 possible AVCTL IV track titles.
That included Friday’s sweep at the league meet. The Indians’ girls throwers were outstanding as sophomore Katelyn Fairchild set the AVCTL IV meet record in the javelin at 152-6.
They swept the top three in girls shot put and went first, second and fourth in discus and javelin.
In boys pole vault, Braden Meyer topped her PR with a 15-0 vault to win the league title. He held the No. 1 mark in Class 4A ahead of Friday and now has a five inch gap between he and teammate Ty McPhail, No. 2 in 4A.
Andale’s teams won by a combined 254.5 points.
Black and gold
The Campus boys brought home the AVCTL I title thanks in part to one of the best throws in Kansas.
Senior Quinton Hicks set a PR in the discus at 168-0, just four inches off the top throw in Class 6A this season.
The Colts also got wins in the 4x800, long jump and triple jump.
Larry Wilson was busy winning Friday.
The Valley Center senior won the boys 100 and 200 meters and helped set the 4x100 team’s PR at 43.37, the second best mark in Class 5A this year.
Wilson won the 100 at 11.09 seconds and the 200 at 224.2.
McPherson swept the AVCTL III meet, but on the girls’ side, junior Emma Ruddle was the standout.
Ruddle won the 100 and set a PR at 12.40 to top Class 4A. She took the spot from the girl running beside her, Circle’s Kimalee Cook. She also helped the Pups to a PR in the 4x100 at 50.44, the No. 3 time in Class 5A.
Cook later set the new mark in Class 4A in the 200 at 26.36.
Circling the competition
Circle’s Ryan Derry jumped on the scene Friday.
Running against El Dorado’s Ezekiel Kemboi, who holds the No. 2 time in Class 4A in the 800 at 2:00.31, Derry set the class’ second best mark at 1:59.73. Kemboi came second at 2:00.31.
Clearwater’s Cole Bixler-Large still holds the top time at 1:59.63.
Rhodes to the top
Abbee Rhodes is known for her top mark in girls shot put, but she make her noise with the discus Friday.
She set the second best mark in Class 4A, winning the AVCTL III title at 135-4. She was No. 3 heading into the day behind Andale’s Katelyn Fairchild (135-7) and Jacy Anderson (134-1).
Rearing red birds
Cheney’s Layne Needham and Trey Patterson are heating up ahead of state.
The Cardinals swept the Central Plains League meet, and two of the Wichita area’s top track athletes stole the show.
Layne Needham set PRs in the girls 200 at 26.34, good for No. 2 in Class 3A; 400 at 59.48, also second best in 3A; and the 100-meter hurdles at 14.94 for the top time in her classification and fourth among all Kansas athletes.
In boys javelin, Nebraska-bound Trey Patterson threw the second best mark in all classes at 205-1, less than six feet behind one of the top javelin throwers in the country Manhattan’s Sam Hankins at 210-10.
Through the Heart of America
Sedgwick’s Grace Thompson has found a formula that works for her.
Although unorthodox, Thompson won the Heart of America titles in the girls discus, shot put and 200 meters. She also came runner-up in the 100.
Her standout performance came in the shot put, throwing a HOA meet record at 42-11.75. That was the fifth-best mark in Kansas this season and No. 1 in Class 2A.
She won the discus at 121-0 and the 200 at 26.74.
Kingman’s Owen Pearce set the top mark in Class 3A for the 3,200 meters at the CPL meet.
Galena’s Matthew Oglesby held the time at 9:32.05, but Pearce went 9:29.92, more than two seconds better. He entered the day outside of the top 25 times in Kansas. He finished at No. 12.
Pearce also won the 1,600 meters at 4:46.85.