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Speedsters take advantage of wind to set meet records on final day

Madison's Bryson Turner and Osborne's Mason Schurr kept it close in the 1A 100m dash prelims...
Madison's Bryson Turner and Osborne's Mason Schurr kept it close in the 1A 100m dash prelims and again in the finals with Turner setting a new meet record for the title.((photo by Mike Courson))
Published: May. 28, 2022 at 11:26 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Fully-automated times have standardized timekeeping in the track and field world. Still, some meet records were hand-timed, and others were likely a consequence of Kansas weather. But one thing is certain: wind and warm conditions helped sprinters in Saturday’s final day of the Kansas track and field season. Several state meet records fell as champions were crowned.

Saturday’s track action began with the 100m dash preliminaries. A few hours later, as temperatures continued to rise, the best of the best reconvened for the finals. Meet records fell in the first three finals featuring schools from Classes 1-3A.

Madison junior Bryson Turner kicked things off by breaking a 27-year-old record in the 1A race. He won a second-straight title, this time in 10.71 to edge Osborne’s Mason Schurr by just 0.14 seconds.

Two runners beat a 31-year-old state mark in the 2A race. Pleasanton junior Isaiah Bates repeated as champion in 10.50, and Moundridge freshman Kaden Elmore made an immediate splash with the silver in 10.76 to come in 0.04 seconds under the previous record.

Former Kansas State Wildcat and Green Bay Packer Jordy Nelson may be the most famous of the record holders. But Collegiate junior Jaden Mitchell matched Nelson’s 19-year-old record for the 3A title in 10.63. Southeast of Saline took the silver and bronze with Michael Murray and Chase Poague finishing in 10.67 and 10.77, respectively.

Poague carried on the family tradition and his own with two more golds in the hurdles. Ranked No. 4 all-class this spring, he won the 110s in 14.71 to beat Marysville’s Sander Zutterman by 0.27 seconds. Cheney’s Luke Grace ran third in 15.60. Poague ranked No. 2 all-class in the 300s and he won that race by half a second in 40.83 over Silver Lake’s Carson Johnson.

Southeast of Saline's Dylan Sprecker and Wichita Trinity's Clay Shively gave spectators a good...
Southeast of Saline's Dylan Sprecker and Wichita Trinity's Clay Shively gave spectators a good race in the Class 3A 1600m race. Sprecker set a new meet record in that event and also won golds in the 3200m and 800m runs.((photo by Mike Courson))

The Southeast of Saline nearly doubled-up the field for a second-straight 3A team title. Senior Dylan Sprecker played a big role with the 3200m run Friday night. Saturday he provided one of the weekend’s best finishes for a 3A meet record in the 1600m run. Going toe-to-toe with Wichita Trinity’s Clay Shively, Sprecker sprinter through the final lap to break a 22-year-old record by more than a second in 4:14.88. Shively won the silver in 4:16.90, still 12 seconds ahead of the third-place runner.

That pair met later in the day in the 800m run. Sprecker completed the sweep with the win in 1:58.37, with Shively running second in 2:00.78, and Marysville’s Silar Miller collecting another bronze in 2:02.43.

Topeka Hayden senior Tanner Newkirk also dazzled in the distance events. He opened the state meet with a 4A record in the 3200m run. Saturday afternoon the future Jayhawk did it again, knocking four seconds off the 4A record for the win in 4:12.25. Augusta’s Sawyer Schmidt settled for another silver in 4:25.60. Newkirk just missed the 800m record for the win in 1:55.00, with Schmidt finishing second in 1:58.77.

In the field, Heights junior John Randle won the 6A triple jump by better than three feet at 49-3.5. That mark would have set a meet record in three of the six classifications.

Santa Fe Trail senior Brett Schwartz was one of just two Kansas discus throwers to reach 200 feet this spring. Saturday morning he won the 3A title on a throw of 200-4 to break the 17-year-old meet record by nine inches. Beloit’s Grady Seifert finished second at 168-10, just two inches ahead of Lakin’s Colter Oldham.

The Class 4A throws remained competitive with the discus competition Saturday. Andale junior Riley Marx won the title at 162-1, followed by Paola’s Caden Rhamy at 160-0. Andale’s Jackson Kraus picked up the bronze at 155-9.

In team standings, Andale defeated Chanute by 30 points to get back atop Class 4A. The Indians have now won three of the last five titles. Mill Valley defeated St. Thomas Aquinas by a single point for the 5A title, with Kapaun finishing six points behind Aquinas for third. Aquinas was missing one of the state’s top distance runners that cost points in several events.

The east schools also dominated Class 6A with Olathe North dominating the field by 56 points. Olathe schools won four of the top-five spots with Shawnee Mission East finishing second. Garden City and Wichita East each scored 35 points for sixth.

Meade was able to get past Madison’s Turner and Casey Helm for the 1A title by 17 points. Moundridge edged Garden Plain 58-56 for the 2A title, with another rival in Inman placing third with 53 points.

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