WICHITA, Kan. The athletes keep getting better. The rain and lightning stayed away for most of day two and the Kansas State Track and Field Championships at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium on Saturday. Some of the later events were moved to Sunday as more storms moved in late.
Rain or not, the weather did make an impact on Saturday’s events. Most field events were still limited to four attempts, and most track events featured two heats of finals since Friday’s preliminaries were rained out. Still, temperatures in the low-80s may have helped many athletes set new records.
Smoky Valley senior Tim Lambert set the 4A state meet record in the 200m dash and 300m hurdles last year. This year, as a Class 3A competitor, Lambert set his sights on a new set of records. He won the 100m dash by nearly half a second in 10.55, breaking Jordy Nelson’s (Riley County) old record of 10.63 set in 2003.
Lambert won the 3A 200m dash in 21.97 to miss Nelson’s state meet record by 0.33 seconds. Galena’s Jacob Wheelan ran second to Lambert in both events.
Lambert collected another gold in the 4x100m run. Teamed up with Andrew Peters, Lane Schrag, and Carson Windholz, the Vikings missed the 3A record by less than half a second in 42.93. Santa Fe Trail won the silver in 43.75, just 0.03 seconds ahead of third-place Scott City.
Cheney’s Riley Petz pulled the upset in the 3A 300m hurdles. Lambert won last year’s 4A race in 37.85 for that classification’s record. Saturday it was Petz with the win in 39.43, followed by Lambert in 39.48.
Newton senior Kalli Anderson also had a big day in the sprints. Already part of the state’s all-time best 4x100 team, Anderson won the 5A 100m dash in 11.81 to break the nine-year-old mark of 11.90. McPherson junior Emma Ruddle picked up the silver in 12.29.
The 5A girls finished the 200m dash just ahead of Saturday’s postponement. Anderson cruised to the win in 24.86, still half a second from the 5A record. Spring Hill’s Isabel Williams ran second in 25.60, and Bishop Carroll’s Kindel Nordhus finished third in 25.77.
Staying in the sprints, Buhler senior Jordan Hawkins upended another recorded in the 4A 100m dash. Hawkins won a second-straight title, this time in 10.65 to bump Wichita Trinity’s Morgan Burns off the top spot by 0.01 seconds. Field Kindley’s Darell Jones won the silver in 11.06.
Hawkins had to contend with Lambert’s new record from a year ago in the 200m dash. Hawkins missed on that but won a second gold in 22.49. Paola’s Ryan Wokutch finished second in 22.67.
Finally in the 100m dash, Wichita South’s Deron Dudley ran a 10.38 at regionals to put him in the conversation for a new 6A record. He won the gold in 10.61 to miss the record by 0.25 seconds. Blue Valley West’s Nevan Tebb-Lolar earned the silver in 10.63.
Cheney senior Layne Needham did not break any records in her final state meet but she did go out with a bang. She won a second-straight 3A 100m hurdle title Saturday morning in 14.93. Smoky Valley sophomore Belle Peters, who set the 3A pole vault record on Friday, finished second in 15.33.
Needham ran a premium 44.79 to win the 300m hurdle gold. Chaparral sophomore Sophie Francis followed in 45.49 for the silver.
Needham also went out a champion in the 4x100. She ran the final leg behind teammates Madi Hair, Lacy Luehrs, and Brooklyn Wewe for the finish in 49.95. Phillipsburg’s team of Lexie Wood, Alexi Beach, Abby Babcock, and Ava Schemper finished second in 50.04.
In the field, pole vaulters again had a big day. On the boys’ side, a pair of vaulters cleared 16 feet. Scott City’s Marshall Faurot had gone as high as 16-3 this season to move to No. 12 all-time in Kansas. Saturday he cleared 16-1 for the 3A title, breaking the 15-year-old meet record by an inch.
Bishop Carroll’s Brian Simon led the state this spring at 16-4 to move to No. 10 all-time in Kansas. Saturday it was Simon’s Golden Eagle teammate Ethan Hull winning the 5A event at 16-0 after a jump off with Simon, who finished second at 15-9.
Sterling sophomore Tyus Wilson was the only freshman in the nation to clear 7-0 in the high jump last year. He missed anything close to that but still won last year’s 3A title at 6-6. Saturday morning he won the 2A title by two inches at 6-10. Wilson just missed on a new 3A record at 7-1.
Hillsboro’s Wes Shaw ended his prep career as one of the state’s all-time best shot put and discus throwers. After a gold in the shot Saturday he won the 2A discus title by more than 17 feet at 173-2. Ell-Saline’s Nick Davenport won the silver with a throw of 155-10.