2023 Girls Track Tracker - Week Three

Girls Track Tracker
Girls Track Tracker(CIK)
Published: Apr. 19, 2023 at 2:21 PM CDT
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Just a handful of gals have cleared the pole vault bar at 11 feet or better this year. One of the better races is lining up in Class 3A. Reigning champion Shellamae Farmer, a junior from Hoisington, dominated a tough field in Great Bend Friday with the bar at 11-0. She beat Smoky Valley junior Breanne Peters by a foot at 11-6 last year to win the title. The tables have turned early on this season, with Peters tied at No. 2 all-class at 11-6. Peter’s sister, Belle, ranks No. 2 all-time at 13-3.

Smoky Valley (3A) junior Breanne Peters ranks second all-class in the pole vault this season...
Smoky Valley (3A) junior Breanne Peters ranks second all-class in the pole vault this season with a best height of 11-6.((photo by Mike Courson))

Beloit sophomore Tatum Seyfert had a banner weekend at the KU Relays in Lawrence. She leads all classes in the shot put by nearly two feet with a best throw of 43-10.5. She leads Class 3A in the discus by five feet at 140-5, and trails Bonner Springs (5A) senior Mariyah Noel by just two feet for the all-class lead.

A discus throw of 100-plus feet is almost good enough to make the top-16 in any class. Friday’s field in Manhattan featured 11 throws further than 105 feet, coming from throwers in three different classes. Newton’s Stephanie Nelson beat the field by two feet at 129-1 to take the Class 5A lead.

Chart cut lines are based on previous years and are typically filled by this point in the season. The Class 6A high jump continues to be an anomaly with just a small handful of jumpers making the cut at 5-0. Class 5A, by contrast, has 18 jumpers over the bar at 5-0, and 17 Class 3A have reached that height.

So far, 136 meets from around the state have been tallied.

Email missing results or corrections to mikecourson13@att.net.