CIK Girls Track Tracker: Week Seven
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.
The Hi-Plains League held its meet Friday in Sublette. Stanton County junior Chesney Peterson (2A) lost her all-class lead in the 400m dash to Smoky Valley senior Abby Rose (3A) last week. Peterson did not run the 400 Friday but put her energy into the 800m run where she cut five seconds off her previous best, climbing to No. 4 all-time in Kansas in 2:10.78. Peterson still sits at No. 2 all-class in the 400m dash, and leads the state this spring in the 1600m and 3200m runs with top-20 all-time Kansas finishes in both events.
The Wichita schools completed the regular season Friday evening with many bests of the season. Kapaun junior Lillian Harris finished third in the 200m dash behind Wichita South senior Serenity Jackson and East senior Denae McElrath, but Harris still moves to the top of the 5A ranks in 25.23. Jackson swept the sprints and, previously unranked in the 400m dash, moves to No. 2 in 6A in 58.58. She also ranks second in the 6A 200m dash.
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. Mill Valley senior Quincy Hubert has been locked in a 100m hurdle battle with Andover’s McKinlee Walker and Great Bend’s Mackenzie Premer all spring. Thursday Hubert took her biggest lead at 14.49, the No. 2 all-class time in Kansas this season behind Wellington’s Annalisa Cullens. Hubert added to her all-class lead in the 300m hurdles in 44.83 with the win over new 6A leader Olivia Pixton in 45.31. Mill Valley also took the 5A 4x400 lead back from Great Bend in 4:04.24. Hubert’s all-class lead in the 300s lasted until Friday when Cullens ran a 44.39 for the AVCTL-IV championship. St. James Academy took the 5A lead back in the 4x400 with a 4:05.10 Friday.
Boys and girls, top to bottom, the Frontier League has been one of the state’s toughest leagues this year. Thursday at the league championships, Louisburg junior Emma Lohse led a group of four of 4A’s best 200m dashers with the title in 25.79. Two of those sprinters have also excelled in the triple jump with Paola junior Maggie Kauk reaching 18-3 to take the 4A lead Thursday.
Louisburg senior Delaney Wright sits at No. 2 at 18-1.5. Eudora and Baldwin, respectively, still sit comfortably atop the 4A 4x800 ranks.
At the United Kansas conference Thursday in northeast Kansas, Basehor-Linwood’s Brenna Lynn had a big meet in the throws. She moved to No. 2 all-class in the javelin with a throw of 146-6. Her discus throw of 133-7 is also a top-five all-class mark to move into the 5A lead.
Two of Class 5A’s top-two 4x100m relay teams met in Goddard for the AVCTL-II Championships Friday. Salina Central pulled the upset to move ahead of Valley Center. Those teams will be joined by fourth-ranked Great Bend for a loaded field at the Emporia regional Thursday. All six league teams in Friday’s race made the 5A top-16. St. James Academy posted a 49.05 Friday in the Eastern Kansas League meet to overtake Central in the No. 1 spot.
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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