Andale’s boys’ and girls’ track teams swept the Andover Invitational on Apr. 17 with dominating team performances. The girls’ team grabbed six first-place medals; while the boys took home nine first-place finishes. The girls scored 164 points to win the team title, Circle was the runner up with 89. The boys scored 176 points, outdistancing Wichita North with 100 team points.
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Abby Simon and Jake May were the only double winners for the Indians.
Simon won the long jump with a leap of 16-feet and 11-inches. She also won the 200-meter dash in a time of 27.74. May took his gold medals in both hurdle events. He won the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.31. His winning time in the 300-intermediate hurdles was 41.08.
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The spotlight might have been on Andale – but three other athletes managed to get their share of attention as well. Wichita Collegiate’s Rhys Powell swept the three sprint events with first place finishes in the 100-meters (11.68), 200-meters (23.48) and 400-meters (50.69).
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On the girls’ side, Amber Eichkorn set the standard in the distance events. Eichkorn blistered the competition in the 3200-meters winning with a time of 11:37.66, nearly 32 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Eichkorn also was the 1600-meter run in 5:16.77, 17 seconds ahead of the pack. In the field events, Aimi Orton from Circle won the discus (121-09) and the javelin (124-08).
Collegiate also had a breakout performance from Sydney Lower who won the 300-intermediate hurdles (48.30); it was Lower’s first attempt at the race this season and put her 21st on the list of best times this season (as of April 17).
Andale swept the 4 X 100 relays. Jill Ast, Simon, Leah Reichenberger and Courtney Lies won the short relay in a time of 51.47. Jaxon Burwell, Jared Smarsh, May and Trenton Horsch won the boys’ side in a time of 44.53.
The Indians also swept the pole vault. Grace Shiach won for the girls (9-07); while Jonah Ungles won the boys’ pole vault title (14-00.00).
The Andale boys also picked up 40 first place points in the discus, javelin and shot put. Jake Brand won the discus (137-02), Chase Pote the javelin (169-02 ) Ethan Jones the shot put (49-07.00). Jacob Wallace won the 3200-meters in a time of 10:05.35.
The Indians also won the boys 4 X 400 relay in a time of 3:31.29; the team was made up of Cory Reichenberger, May, Smarsh and Horsch.
On the girls’ side, Leah Reichenberger won the 100-meter hurdles (17.30) for Andale.
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The rest of the individual titles were spread out among all the schools in attendance.
On the girls’ side, Mulvane athletes won the 100 and 400-meter dashes. Alex Allen won the 100-meters in a time of 13.40.
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Kassandra Melick won the 400-meters in 1:04.11.
Melick and Allen were joined by amber Allen and Aubree Burkhart on the winning 4 X 400-meter relay (4:17.01).
Goddard’s Abagayle Spilineck won the shot put with a heave of 38-01.75. Circle’s Megan Walthers won the triple jump (34-11.00).
Andover Central picked up two firsts in the 800-meter run and the 4 X 800 relay. Taylor Oehsner won the 800 in2:31.11. Oehsner was joined by Mackenzie Wills, Abigail Samuelson, and Jennifer Mendenhall in a time of 10:41.57 in the relay.
Andover’s Jaylyn Agnew won the high jump with 5-04.
On the boys’ side, Wichita North picked up two gold medals. Tristyn Villa won the 1600-meter run in 4:35.63. The boys’ team also captured the 4 X 800 relay in a time of 8:22.40. Villa was joined by Abdul-Jawad Al-Ashhab, Brandon Dorion and Jeremy Brittain on the relay.
Andover Central won their two golds in the 800-meter run and long jump. Andy Howell won the 800 in 2:03.12, and Tanner Conrad placed first in the long jump with 20-08.00.
Goddard picked up their only win on the boys’ side in the triple jump, as Clayton Dir from Goddard won with a jump of 40.09.75.
This is just the start to one of the biggest weeks of the year in Kansas High School Track and Field. The biggest meet this side of the state meet in the KU Relays kicks off in the latter half of this week.