University of Kansas’ Rock Chalk Park hosted its first event this week with the KU Relays.
Maize’s Keiryn Swenson made the most of the opportunity taking first place in the girls javelin Her second throw of the day soared to 155-02, beating the nearest throw by eight feet. It was also a PR for her.
“I came in with more confidence than I normally do,” Swenson said. “I felt good. The weather’s perfect so I think I was just more relaxed.”
Cheney’s Carlea Holt took third overall with a throw of 142-6.
Hutchinson also had a top three finisher in the Relays. Jared Page took second overall in the 300-meter hurdles. His time of 38.96 was just behind Liberty North’s Andrew Madison who ran a 38.43.
Page and Madison were both in the last heat and were neck and neck for most of the race, but in the last 100 meters, Madison was able to pull ahead of Page for the win.
In the girls 300-meter hurdles, Cheney’s Taylor Needham took third overall. She ran a 46.61 which was first in her section. Har-Ber’s Payton Stumbaugh took first at 43.14. Chante Stonewell of University (Normal) finished at 45.58.
Winfield’s Jon Hanna also took third in the 800-meter run with a 1:56.35. He finished just behind Gretna’s Derek Thompson who had a 1:56.09. Cardinal Ritter’s Charles Jones lead the pack at 1:53.36
Great Bend’s Kaylie Doll took fifth in the triple jump. The senior leaped a 35- 4 ¾ in triple jump. She was a little over two feet off of the best jump. Maddie Wipflier of Rock Bridge had a 37-5 3/4. Jamie Newsome of Lee Summit west took second with a 37-3 ¾ and Lincoln College Prep’s Tasija Thomas took third with a 36-6 ¼.
Winfield’s Courney Griffith’s finished first in her heat and sixth overall with a time of 2:18.63. She had the fastest 400 meter split at 1:04.70. Stephanie Jenks of Linn-Marr took first overall with a time of 2:12.38.
A number of area athletes won the chance to compete in Saturday’s finals. Jewell Bolden of Wichita Collegiate ran a 15.54 to finish third in her heat and fifth overall. Ellinwood’s Sophie Hayes won her prelim with a time of 15.55. It was enough to finish sixth overall. Her-Ber’s Payton Stumbaugh had the prelim’s best time at 14.24.
Page finished second in his heat and eighth overall in the 110 hurdles on the boys side with a qualifying time of 14.88. Hillsboro’s Mitchell Scott also took second in his heat to grab the nine spot at 14.92. They will be trying to catch Topeka High’s Khalil Austin who ran a 14.51.
Two Wichita runners made it to the 100-meter dash finals. Deron Thompson of Wichita Northwest took seventh overall with a time of 11.14. Kapaun’s Devin Dempsey wasn’t too far behind him at 11.17. Dempsey took first in his heat while Thompson took first. The top-finisher in the prelims was Michel Wells of Cleveland NHROTC who ran a 10.58.
Hillsboro, OK got a 400 meter relay qualifier in Amber Petersen’s 58.72. Her time was enough to give her sixth overall and second in her heat. The top times were pretty close together. The number one finisher, Amanda Dillion of Har-Ber, with a time of 56.43.
Hesston’s Ryan Schladler took sixth over all in the boys 400-meter relay to qualify for finals. He was second in his heat. Cardinal Ritter’s Charles Jones was first overall.
The meet’s final day is Saturday.