CIK Boys Track Tracker: Week Seven

Boys Track Tracker
Boys Track Tracker(CIK)
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 11:49 AM CDT
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The finish line is in sight! What a difference a day makes. Thursday’s league meets featured high temperatures and wind, and even a few storms. Friday’s meets featured mild temperatures with less wind. Both conditions pushed many athletes to season bests for our final rankings of the season. Tune in early next week for a list of state qualifiers from all classes.

Hutchinson senior Stephfon Hunter (2541) ran his best hurdle times of the season at Friday’s...
Hutchinson senior Stephfon Hunter (2541) ran his best hurdle times of the season at Friday’s AVCTL-I meet in Salina. Hunter currently holds top-four 6A rankings in both hurdle events.((photo by Mike Courson))

The Wichita schools met Friday for the GWAL Championships. In a league packed with track stars, virtually all ranked athletes performed a season best on the season to alter the rankings across the board in Classes 5A and 6A. Wichita East posted a 42.13 in the 4x100 to inch closer to Kansas City Piper and the all-class lead of 41.83.

The Frontier League has been a small but powerful league in the Class 4A and 5A ranks. At the league championships Thursday, Louisburg senior Tom Koontz swept the hurdle events with improvements in each. The 300s featured many of Class 4A’s top hurdlers. Koontz moved to No. 2 all-class in the 300s, and No. 6 all-class 110s. The 4x100m relay featured the best teams in 4A and 5A with all-class leader Kansas City Piper cutting its best time to 41.83 to move to No. 11 all-time in Kansas.

The Sunflower League may have been the top league in all of Kansas this season. That made Thursday’s championship a preview of the Class 6A state finals in many events.  Olathe North junior Josh Parrish took the all-class lead in the 110m hurdles in 14.11,  and he sits at No. 2 all-class in the long jump at 23-8.75. Shawnee Mission East senior Trace Huston bumped his all-class lead in the shot put, adding nearly two feet to his season best at 63-9. He also gained the 6A lead in the discus with a throw of 181-11.

Conditions were ripe for the javelin throw in Smith Center for Friday’s Mid-Continent League Championships. Ten throwers from eight different schools reached at least 153 feet for some movement in the Class 3-1A ranks. Stockton senior Rylan Bassart hit a season best of 187-0, and Phillipsburg sophomore Trace Hanchett did the same at 180-4 in the top-two spots.

Friday’s runners at the Eastern Kansas League meet posted some big times. Aquinas’ Alex Waldie ran a 1:52.70 in the 800m run to take the all-class lead and move to No. 12 on the state’s all-time list. St. James Academy went 3:21.40 in the 4x400 to take the all-class lead.

In all, 290 varsity and junior varsity meets were ranked this spring heading into regional action. Next week’s rankings will feature only the 16 state qualifiers in each event from each of the classifications.







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