CIK Girls Track Tracker: Week One
The 2022 track season has arrived! Kansas weather has again played a factor in the first two weeks of the track and field season. Cool temperatures and windy days have helped some athletes and hindered others.
So far, 44 meets around the state have been tallied. Cut lines are individual to each class based on last year’s results. Many schools have yet to report results, especially in the smaller classes, yet some impressive times and marks have filled most of the sheets. Regional sites will be included once they are announced by KSHSAA.
The Andale girls are seeking a fifth-straight Class 4A title this spring. The Lady Indians got off to a good start Friday at home. Katelyn Fairchild graduated and nearly qualified for the Olympics after reaching No. 2 all-time in Kansas with a javelin throw of 175-4. Friday it was little sister’s turn as junior McKenzie Fairchild opened the year with a career-best throw of 160-3 to stay at No. 12 all-time in the state. McKenzie also holds sizable 4A leads in the shot and discus.
The Lady Indians occupy the top-four spots in the pole vault with Annabeth Baalman leading the way at 11-0. Mary Meyer and Claire Rowland are not far behind at 10-0. Just four vaulters around Kansas cleared at least 11-0 in week one with Lawrence Free State’s Isa Evans leading the way at 12-0.
Some of the state’s best distance runners have yet to compete, including Olathe North’s Anjali Hocker-Singh and Stanton County’s Chesney Peterson. Shawnee Mission Northwest’s Paige Mullen already hit 11:09.10 in the 3200m run, and the Class 5A race is close with Mill Valley’s Katie Schwartzkopf holding a two-second edge over Bishop Carroll’s Hope Jackson.
In the jumps, Wichita North’s Taryn St. Clair is one of just five high jumpers around the state to clear the bar at 5-4. In the triple, Larned junior Jayme Hagerman led the state for most of last season. She lead’s Newton’s Hayley Loewen by half an inch at 36-9.5. Ottawa’s Emery Keebaugh holds the No. 1 spot through one week at 37-9.
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