Summer track & field
I try to keep tracking down results during the post-interscholastic, summer season, but once in a while a meet or some individual results slip by. If your athlete(s) is/are competing in summer meets, please forward me copies of the results or the links to get them at firstname.lastname@example.org . We include up through the national Junior Olympic championships, national junior meets, post-season invitational meets, etc. as part of the current track season for the yearly and all-time state lists.
Thanks in advance! Your help will be greatly appreciated!
National Junior Championships/IAAF World Junior Trials (July 5-6)
Former Bishop Carroll pole vaulter Nick Meyer, now competing for Kansas University, placed sixth with a best clearance of 16’6.75” which was short of his season best 17’3.75”. Former Phillipsburg javelin thrower Seth Derr, now at Bethany College in Lindsborg, finished 12th in the javelin with a throw of 171’5”, well off the NAIA 6th place finisher’s season best of 209’6”. Former Emporia High triple jumper Oasis Hernandez, now at Liberty University, placed 11th in the three-bounce event with a legal wind, jump of 38’0”, short of her season best of 41’0.5”.
Below are highlights from several of the major summer meets. Not having access to all athletes schools or classifications, noted athletes are usually first place finishers who have been ranked on the 2014 state list. Sorry we couldn’t list everyone.
New Balance National Outdoor Championships
A quartet of St. Thomas-Aquinas girls traveled to the New Balance National Outdoor Championships and came home from the invitational meet with a seventh place finish in the 4x1600m relay. The combined time for Emily Downey, Haley Dietsch, Grace Geiger and Bailee Cofer was 20:39.24.
USATF Youth Outdoor Championships
Tanner Green (Olathe South) came home from Bloomington, Indiana with gold in the 17-18 Men’s 200 meters with a wind legal time of 22.35 to follow his legal 21.92 preliminary best. Green also had the top preliminary time in the 400 meters (48.44), just 0.02 second off his scholastic season best, but he didn’t run the finals.
District/Regional Junior Olympic Meets
AAU District Qualifier -- Lee’s Summit, MO
Kelsey Kehl (Baldwin) won the 15-16 Girls’ Discus with a throw of 116’7”, well off her season best of 131’5”. Karis Parker (Wichita Northwest) won the 17-18 Girls’ 100m Hurdles with a time of 15.88 with Gabrielle Dabney (Free State) right behind her in 15.97. Willie Morrison (Leavenworth) grabbed both the Boys’ 17-18 shot put (62’1”) and discus (188’3”), both 2014 season bests. Morrison’s discus toss moved him into the #3 spot on the 2014 Kansas list.
USATF Missouri Valley – Hays, KS
Claire Theis (Kingman) won the Girls’ 15-16 800 meters in 2:25.13 while Mona Gottschaemmer (Wichita Home School) swept the 15-16 high jump (5’7”) and long jump (17’0.75”). Alyssa Wheeler (Kapaun-Mt Carmel) moved up to #3 on the 2014 state list with her 11’1.75” win in the 15-16 pole vault. Sierra Smith (Atchison) swept the short sprints, winning the 100 in 12.51 and 200 in 27.04. Taryn Tempel (Garden City) swept the horizontal jumps, winnings the long jump (16’10.75”) and triple jump (34’8.25”).
Konrad Marshall (Blue Valley Southwest) swept the short sprints, winning the 100 (11.44) and 200 (24.71) in the Boys 15-16 division. Tanner Green (Olathe South) and Ian Jones (St James Academy) split the Boys’ 17-18 400 and 800 championships, with times of 51.86 and 1:55.13, respectively. Kai Shean (Olathe North) continued his season with a 6’4.75” win in the 17-18 high jump while Dustin Tempel (Garden City) and Zach Spresser (Golden Plains-Rexford) split the horizontal jumps with bests of 21’9” and 41’0.5”, respectively. Kord Ferguson (Ottawa) won the discus with a throw of 190’11”. Ferguson won two more events as he swept the Open Men’s shot put and discus, throwing 52’10” with the men’s 16-pound shot and 166’9” with the men’s heavier (2 kg) discus. Willie Morrison (Leavenworth) won the shot put (61’5.75”) and finished second in the discus (179’2”).
Kansas-Missouri Border Challenge – Liberty, Missouri
Mariah Deters (Axtell-8th Grade) previewed her USATF Qualifier performance by winning the Girls’ 15-16 800 meters, high jump (5’1.75”), triple jump (33’8”) and placing second in the long jump. Adriauna Sirls (KC Washington) won the 17-18 100 meters (12.83) while Kaycee Mayfield (SM East) took the 200 (26.31) and Natalie Kopplin (Olathe East) swept the 800 and 1500.
Troy Henry (Shawnee Heights) grabbed both the 100 (11.21) and 200 (23.10) titles for the Boys’ 17-18 along with the long jump (21’6”). Nathan Matters (Olathe East) took home the 400 (52.70) and 800 (2:02.05). Kord Ferguson (Ottawa) added two more titles to his season total, taking the shot put (59’5”) and discus (195’9”).
AAU National Qualifier – Joplin, MO
Amanda Kakoulias (Andover Central) threw season bests 40’7” and 138’5” to win the Girls 15-16 shot put and javelin along with the triple jump (35’11.5”). Kelsey Kehl (Baldwin) picked up another win in the 15-16 discus (117’7”). Kiara Clark (Free State) won the Girls’ 17-18 100m Hurdles (15.63) and placed second in the 400m barrier event (1:09.27) with Karis Parker (Wichita Northwest) second in the 100 Hurdles. Jasmine Swanagan (Leavenworth) grabbed the 17-18 shot put title with a distance well off her season best. Gabbi Dabney (Free State) finished second in the 17-18 heptathlon (3611 pts).
Quanah Gardiner (Ashland) came home first in the Boys’15-16 800 meters while Byron Gardner (KC Schlagle) won the 110m hurdles with a time one-second slower than his season best and Tyson Loewen (Riley County) took the 15-16 javelin. Ian Jones (St James Academy) posted another sub-2:00 time in the 800 meters (1:54.01) as he took home the 17-18 title. Roderick Mouton (KC Sumer) posted the state’s #1 time in the 400m Hurdles for 2014 as he place third in 58.24. Ryan Zitter (Christ Prep) missed his season best in the 2k steeplechase, but won the event in 6:51.75. James Atwood (Blue Valley Northwest) won the 17-18 high jump with a clearance of 6’4” while Jared Belardo (Leavenworth) grabbed gold in the long jump (22’4”) and silver in the triple jump (46’3.75”). Leavenworth HS teammate Willie Morrison also grabbed a gold and silver, placing first in the shot put (60’2”) and second in the discus (164’11”) behind Connor McMullen (Louisburg) 180’8” winner. Cody Deas (Mill Valley) finished second in the 17-18 decathlon with 4603 points.
AAU Region 14 National Qualifier – Park Center HS, Brooklyn Park, MN
The Northeast Kansas Track Club headed north for its AAU National Qualifier and posted some solid marks against all new competition. While not gathering any gold, Mariah Deters (Axtell MS-8th Grade) popped the #10 triple jump performance for Kansas girls this season while taking second in the Girls’ 15-16 with a mark of 36’11.25” in addition to placing third in the high jump and heptathlon (2903) as well as fourth in the long jump. Caroline Craig (Washburn Rural) finished second in the Girls 17-18 heptathlon (3285).
Elijah Smith (Valley Heights-Blue Rapids) won the Boys’ 17-18 long jump and triple jump with season bests of 22’6” and 46’4” to go along with a second place finish in the 110m Hurdles with another season best (14.65). Rasheed McAlpin (Shawnee Heights) ran 58.64 in the 400m Hurdles to place second. Chris Sandquist (Sacred Heart-Salina) posted the state’s best 1500m time for 2014 with his third place 4:15.54. Kal Hamm (Yates Center) won the 17-18 high jump with a clearance of 6’4”.
Summer track athletes
Trying to find affiliations for summer track & field athletes sometimes is a trial. Below are a few athletes from this summer that I would like to know:
(1) where they went to school last spring, and
(2) what grade of school they just completed.
They have summer marks are worthy of state list consideration if we can get the appropriate background information. Some are probably non-Kansans and can be dropped from consideration, but with folks bouncing around during the summer, it is hard to tell from just club affiliations.
Avin Lane (Topeka, KS) 10.87/22.48
Andrew Lawrence (KC Storm) 4:26.91
Jack Allen (Lenexa, KS) 4:29.07
Reece Jones (KC Flyers) 4:29.61/9:33.65
Austin Corley (Shawnee, KS) 56.76
Isaiah Da’Veon Bowman (Shawnee, KS) 58.98
Unieisha Parker (Kansas City, KS) 12.29/26.29
Kalli Anderson (Newton, KS) 12.36/26.11
DeQuesha Garrett (KC Wings) 12.61
Savannah Simmons (Newton, KS) 12.62
Christal Mosley (Wichita, KS) 25.97
Kaitlyn Lewis (KC Elite) 58.47
Sophie Scott (Leawood, KS) 4:56.53/10:59.23
Olivia Sovereign (Lenexa, KS) 5:05.56/11:03.88
Chelsea Harris (Team Elite) 1:09.88
Demitra Carter (KC Storm) 1:11.48
Molly Ryan (KC Track) 8:30.33
Nekiesha Bailey (Draft Pick) 5-06