CIK Boys Tracker: Week Five
Madison’s Helm takes national lead in discus
There are annoying Kansas winds, and those of the dangerous variety. Devastating storms around the state Friday dampened an otherwise great week on the track and in the field. Week five of the season featured many large meets and a virtual reset in the rankings, including new leaders across most classes and events.
It is always big news when a Kansas athlete takes the national lead. Madison senior Casey Helm entered the week as one of just two discus throwers across the state to surpass 200 feet this spring. Friday he added nearly 12 feet to his best to take the national lead at 214-1. That throw also ranks No. 1 all-time in Kansas. Friday’s event featured the top-four discus throwers in Class 1A, with each adding to his season-best. Hartford senior Tyler Stuck currently sits at No. 2 in 1A with a best of 159-1.5. Helm, also the state leader this spring in the shot put, added two-plus feet to his lead at 60-5.5.
The sprints in Madison also featured a pair of Kansas’ best in Pleasanton junior Isaiah Bates (2A) and Madison junior Bryson Turner (1A). Bates lost just one 100m race all last season, against Bates, on his way to the 2A title. Turner went on to win the 1A title and finish third in the 200m dash. Friday Bates was able to win both races, beating Bates by just 0.01 seconds in the 100m dash in 10.52, and taking the 200m dash by 0.15 seconds in 21.47. All those times will be among the state’s best this spring. Bates set new school marks in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay that climbed to No. 3 in 2A with a win. Turner failed to add to his season bests in the jumps but still holds healthy 1A leads in both the long and triple jumps. His triple jump still ranks No. 5 all-class this spring.
In the pole vault at McPherson, Andover Central senior Ashton Barkdull added a foot to his state lead with the win by two feet at 16-0. Barkdull is now among a small list of athletes to clear the bar at 16 feet in state history.
Hays senior Jordan Dale inched closer to seven feet in the high jump Thursday in McPherson. Dale improved upon his all-class lead, winning Thursday’s competition by half a foot at 6-10.25. Mill Valley’s Kendrick Jones hit 6-10 Friday in Gardner to keep the 5A race tight. Ell-Saline freshman Brogan Rowley added six inches to his best height for 6-10 as well, and Columbus junior Kolt Ungeheuer also cleared 6-10 Friday.
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