Andale’s Invitational starts off the T&F season

Published: Apr. 2, 2021 at 8:55 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Paul ‘Bear’ Schmidt Invitational at Andale was on Thursday. In the boys shot put, McPherson’s Hayden Wallace threw up a 40′ 1′' throw to land him 6th place overall. Garden Plain’s Jack Haukap took first with a distance of 50′ 9 (1/4)’' in the first meet of the season.

In girl’s shotput, Andale sophomore Emery May threw for 29′ 8 (1/2)’' but her teammate Katelyn Fairchild won first with a 35′ 10′' throw.

Over to the track for the boys 4x800 meter relay, Bishop Carroll took first and second place with both times finishing under nine minutes.

Bringing out the hurdles for the girls 100m hurdles, Garden Plain’s Allison Catlin was even with Andale’s Cali Kerschen until she stumbled on a hurdle. Kerschen won with a time of 16.47 seconds.

In the pole vaulting event, Andale’s Gabe Ungles came into his senior season ranked 5th in 4A and he cleared one of his largest heights of the day.

In girls’ long jump, Bishop Carroll’s Gabrielle Kriegisch took flight for a 15′ 6 (1/4)’' jump.

Then Pratt’s Jaelynn Bridges stuck a 15′ 1′' jump to put her at number two in the heat.

In the girls 1600 meter, Carroll’s Hope Jackson took first with a nearly 30 second lead between her and the next finisher. It was three seconds off of her PR, finishing in 5:15:91.

The Golden Eagles looked good in the distance events. In the boys 1600m, Carson Mceachern took first place with a 4:49.04 time. Carroll’s Gunnar Leonard clocked in second at 4:54.19, five seconds later.

Finally the girls 4x100m relay, Andale edging out Garden Plain by half a second. The Indians final time was 51.87 seconds.

With Andale hosting one of the first track and field meets of the season, the Fairchild sisters defended their home turf in the throwing events.

“It’s definitely funny because they say Fairchild and you don’t know which one they’re talking about, it could be either,” said Andale senior Katelyn Fairchild. “But it’s just nice having a sister there and both of us being dominant in it, it’s awesome.”

Andale sophomore Mckenzie Fairchild said, “I feel like Katelyn pushes me a lot and she sets the standards and I try to meet those.” After last season was canceled, senior Katelyn is looking for back-to-back state championships in the javelin this year. All while sophomore McKenzie is making her high school competition debut at her home meet.

“It’s exciting, I was worried about it, not being out here for two years,” said Mckenzie. “It’s rough and it’s like starting fresh so it’s a learning experience.”

Katelyn said, “I just really am trying to set high standards for myself and I’m trying to take it in all the field events if I can and so that’s just kind of my standard for myself.”

Both sisters swept the throwing events, finishing top two in javelin and discus and taking first and third in shot put. “Yeah, we definitely push each other, it gets pretty competitive here and at home and other parts too,’ said Katelyn.

“We go everywhere together, we workout together, we throw together, we just do everything and its set the bar, I try and get it. And then she just raises it every time,” said Mckenzie.

Already off to a great start so early in the season, the Fairchild sisters say they still have a lot they can improve on.

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