CIK Girls Track Tracker: State Qualifiers
Javelin throwers have strong showing at regional meets
Regional week is always full of trial and tribulation on the track and in the field. The 2022 season is no different as many athletes qualified for state and many more missed due to injury, tough regionals, or poor performances.
Class 6A took a hit without Olathe North sophomore Anjali Hocker Singh, one of the state’s all-time best distance runners, competing this year. Dhakiya Blake of Leavenworth, one of this year’s best in the 200 and 400m dashes, did not compete at regionals in Class 5A.
Stanton County junior Chesney Peterson had the opportunity to join some very rarified air with four individual golds on the track in 2A last spring. Instead, she opted to win a fourth gold in the 4x800. Friday in Smith Center, Peterson won regional titles in the 400, 800, 1600, and 3200m runs. Wabaunsee freshman Payton Wurtz also won 2A regional titles in those four events Friday in the Jefferson County North group.
Norton’s Jenessa Ruder opened a strong two days of javelin throws in the regionals, reaching 142-0 to move into the top-50 nationally. Paola senior Mackenzie Kuehl went even better at 142-3 Friday at the 4A regional in Chanute. Both are top-six all-class in Kansas this spring. This year’s all-class leader, Mckenzie Fairchild of Andale, came up well shy of a season best but still led the way at 145-7 in Abilene.
Thank you to all who sent in missing results or corrections this season. Best of luck to all athletes competing at state.
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