CIK Boys Track Tracker: Week Four
Andover Central’s Ashton Barkdull shines in week three
Wind, wind go away! The breezes seem to hit hardest this spring on track days and last Friday may have been the worst example. Not only was big wind a factor for much of the state, but thunderstorms also forced the cancellation of a few meets out west.
Andover Central senior Ashton Barkdull was barely affected in Buhler Friday. The reigning 5A pole vault champion added a foot to his state title height to take the state lead at 15-0. Bryce Barkdull sits at No. 2 in the state this spring at 14-8. Ashton is the reigning 5A runner-up in the 400m dash and has yet to log a time this spring. He did, however, take the 5A lead in the 200m dash Friday, finishing in 21.97 for the fourth-fastest time around the state this spring. He also closed the gap in the 5A 100m dash with a 10.57 to tie for the second-fastest time in Kansas this spring. Shawnee Heights senior Jeremiah Smith still holds the state lead with the all-time best of 10.27 earlier this season.
The Barrier Breakers meet in Lawrence Friday saw a reset across many events in Classes 5A and 6A. But Augusta senior Sawyer Schmidt, invited to another premiere event, ran the state’s best 1600m time to take the 4A lead in 4:16.76. His top competition around Kansas this season just happens to be another 4A runner in Topeka Hayden senior Tanner Newkirk, who ran a 4:18.59 in the same race. But the future-Jayhawk Newkirk was impressive in the 3200m run, running a 9:09.76 to break into the state’s all-time top-20. Wichita Trinity’s Clay Shively grabbed the silver in 9:15.99 to take a commanding 9-second lead in the 3A ranks this spring. At the same meet, Shawnee Heights senior Jeremiah Smith improved upon his state lead in the 110m hurdles and reclaimed the 300m hurdle lead from Andover’s Tayton Klein. The pair have the only sub-40 300s in Class 5A, setting up a big race at state in a month.
Discus throwers were out in force at the Clearwater Invitational Friday. Mulvane senior Chase Nash took the Class 4A lead on a throw of 148-8. Just behind him, Garden Plain junior Luke Hillman took the Class 2A lead on a toss of 148-3. The meet featured several of the top throwers in Classes 4A and 2A though others were unable to improve upon previous season bests.
The Kapaun throwers stole the show at the Wichita Heights Invite Friday. Senior William Doolittle won all three throws, moving into the Class 5A lead with a discus throw of 181-7 and a shot put toss of 54-0.5. The Crusaders took the top-two spots in the discus, the top-three spots in the javelin, and Doolittle placed second in the shot to Garden City senior Terrell Elliott who had a winning throw of 55-10.
A timing error in Haven Tuesday led to some fast results in the boys’ 800m run so those are not included in this week’s update. Missing results out of Perry-LeCompton from April 12 have been added.
So far, 163 meets have been tallied. Email missing results or corrections to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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