CIK Girls Track Tracker: Week Five
Chaparral’s Swartz take’s state lead in high jump
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.
Winds were certainly not the worst of the season Tuesday at the Wichita East Relays. That makes Denae McElrath’s time that much better. The senior posted an 11.73 in the 100m dash to climb to No. 10 in the state’s all-time ranks. Great Bend hurdler Makenzie Premer also had a big meet, taking the 5A lead in the 100s in 14.94. She was later surpassed by Mill Valley’s Quincy Hubert in 14.76, who climbs to No. 2 in the all-class rankings. Premer also posted a season-best in the 300s and she and Hubert remain neck-and-neck for the all-class lead.
In Medicine Lodge Thursday, Chaparral senior Matte Swartz took the state lead in the high jump by clearing the bar at 5-8. The reigning 3A champion now leads the class by four inches and is just a couple inches from entering rarified air in Kansas history. Two jumpers have cleared 5-7 this spring.
The Holcomb meet was cancelled last Friday due to storms. Monday the teams reconvened and Stanton County’s standout Chensey Peterson made her debut in the 400m dash. The junior ran a 57.52, the top time in Kansas this spring. She also made a season debut in the 3200m run, cutting two seconds off a career best to take the 2A lead by better than 90 seconds in 10:45.05, the 19th-fastest time in state history. That time leads Kansas by 13-plus seconds this spring. Friday in Hugoton, she cut eight seconds off her 1600m time where she also gained the all-class lead by half a second in 5:02.82.
There was a 1A state preview in Ness City Monday. Three of the top-four competitors in the 1600m run went head to head with Meade junior Madison Sutterfield taking a 13-second lead over Golden Plains’ Emma Weiner in 5:24.26. Sutterfield also gained a 35-second advantage in the 1A 3200m run with a time of 11:50.87 Monday. The top-two hurdlers in the class were also in action with Hodgeman County senior Kaylee James unable to make ground on previous time but winning both races against Meade senior Kylin Rudzik. The 4x100 also featured the best 1A teams with Kiowa County gaining on its leading time. Addi Heinson, who swept the 1A sprints at state, made her 200m debut to take the class lead by nearly a second in 25.96. The Lady Mavs also took the 1A 4x400 lead, and Meade took over atop the 1A 4x800 ranks.
Classes 1-4A saw many improved times and marks from the Beloit Relays Friday. Phillipsburg, especially, did well, cutting several seconds off its 4x400 time to take a comfortable lead in 3A. The Lady Panthers finished second at state last year. Junior Heather Schemper, the reigning 400m champ, debuted in that event and gained a 0.11 second lead over Smoky Valley’s Abby Rose for the class lead.
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