CIK Girls Track Tracker: Week Seven
The track and field postseason has arrived! Thursday and Friday – weather permitting – teams around the state head to their respective regional meets. All state qualifiers will be ranked in our final rankings of the season.
Here are some highlights from various league meets around the state:
Central Kansas League: Conditions were perfect for falling records Thursday in Halstead, and eight meet records did. Smoky Valley senior Belle Peters won four golds and set two meet records. She missed her state-best pole vault by three inches but smashed her previous league record by 21 inches at 13-0. She also set the 200m dash record in 26.35. She sits at No. 10 all-class in the 100m hurdles. Smoky Valley’s Gracie Lambert, ranked No. 2 all-class in the 800, set that league record. All three relay races featured meet records. Hoisington ran the No. 8 all-class time in the 4x1 in 49.91. Smoky Valley ran the No. 7 all-class time to win the 4x4 in 4:06.65. And the Lady Vikes ran the sixth-fastest all-class time to win the 4x8 in 9:50.86.
AVCTL IV: Though not tracked in our rankings, Andale senior Samantha Marx smashed her former state-record hammer throw by nearly nine feet with a heave of 161-7. Andale senior Katelyn Fairchild, ranked No. 3 all-time in Kansas, added nearly two feet to her best javelin throw at 173-6. Wellington sophomore Annalisa Cullens was ranked No. 2 all-class in the 300m hurdles. Pratt’s Sian Helfrich had a passing time but Cullens cut nearly a second from her former best to take the state lead at 45.03. Cullens matched her all-class best 14.82 in the 100m hurdle prelims but fell to fourth in the finals in 18.45. Andale junior Cali Kerschen, ranked No. 3 all-class, got the win in 15.28.
Western Athletic Conference: Great Bend’s underclassmen are all over the Class 5A rankings this spring but junior Taryn Warren had the big meet Thursday in Liberal. Her discus throw of 120-9 gave her the 5A lead by three-plus feet, and she moved to No. 2 in the class in the shot with a throw of 38-10. Dodge City’s Hadley Williams moved to No. 2 in the 6A 300m hurdles in 47.41.
SPIAA: The league features many of Class 1A’s top sprinters and hurdlers. The competition pushed Hodgeman County into the 1A lead in the 300m hurdles in 48.17. Kiowa County improved its 1A lead in the 4x100 in 51.17. Kiowa County junior Addi Heinson, the 1A leader in the 100m and 200m dashes, swept all three sprints and moved to No. 2 in the 1A 400m dash.
Sunflower League: The Sunflower League always features some of the state’s top athletes. Olathe North freshman Anjali Hocker Singh cut three seconds off her 800 time to take the 6A lead in 2:17.31, the third-fastest time this spring across all classes. Hocker Singh still ranks No. 1 all-class in the 3200m and No. 2 all-class in the 1600m. Most of the top-16 pole vaulters in 6A met or gained new PRs in this one meet.
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