CIK Girls Track Tracker: Week Three
The weather finally behaved, at least a little bit, for week three of the track season. Friday featured some of the best weather but just a few meeets around the state heading into Easter weekend. Some of the top 5A and 6A athletes took advantage in the northeast corner of the state.
What a race to finish the inaugural Jack Bowman Invitational in Great Bend Thursday. Class 5A Great Bend trailed four-time defending 4A champion Andale heading into the final event of the meet. The Lady Panthers were favored on paper to win the 4x400m relay and were doing just that before a baton drop on the final handoff.
Andale junior Maddie Schrandt, the Class 4A leader in the open 400, took advantage and held a sizable lead against Great Bend’s Kara Feist heading into the final 200 meters. The freshman Feist, ranked No. 5 in the 5A 400m dash, put the hammer down late, surpassing Schrandt late and winning the race by 0.39 seconds in 4:10.00.
With the relay win, Great Bend tied Andale for the meet title. Finishing times for the Panthers and Indians rank No. 4 and 5 across all classes this spring. Great Bend now leads 5A in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays with top-five all-class times in each. The Lady Panthers rank No. 5 in 5A in the 4x800m relay.
In the sprints, Olathe North junior KaLiyah McGinnis posted a season best of 11.72 last season to rank No. 7 on the state’s all-time list. With warm weather still on the horizon, McGinnis ran the 100m dash in 11.81 seconds at Friday’s Kansas City Relays.
With so many athletes in action, some anomaly is bound to happen. This year it comes in the Class 2A discus in a battle of the Emmas. Valley Heights’ Emma Yungeberg leads the class at 130-2, followed by Plainville’s Emma Rudman at 128-6, and Mission Valley’s Emma Slade in third with a season best of 122-6.5. Yungeberg and Rudman rank No. 3 and 5, respectively, across all classes.
So far, 127 meets have been tallied. Email missing results or corrections to email@example.com.
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