Labette Bank Athlete of the Month: McKenzie Wilks

McKenzie Wilks of Pittsburg won the 800, 1600 and 3200 in 5A as a senior. (photo: Molly Kuplen)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Jun 2, 2018

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The Labette Bank Athlete of the Month from the Southeast Kansas coverage area is Pittsburg High School senior track and field athlete, McKenzie Wilks.

Wilks made her mark in Kansas high school track and field history last Friday and Saturday by capping off her career with three state titles over the weekend and six overall in her career. Wilks also set the 34 year old 5A state meet record in the 1600 with a 4:56.29 on Saturday afternoon in Wichita. On Friday night, Wilks won her first title of the weekend of 10:50.19. She finished out her individual high school running career with a state title in the 800 meters on Saturday evening with her all-time best of 2:14.04. She was also a part of the 4x400 relay that took fourth in the last race of Saturday evening. 

Wilks will go down as one of the best of all-time in Kansas history as her 1600 time ranks 14th all-time in Kansas history in all classes. Crawford County has had quite the fleet of distance runners in recent memory that included Cailie Logue last year at Girard (4A), who set three 4A state meet records in her career and is now at Iowa State.

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Labette Bank Athlete of the Month Nomination Criteria

-Athlete or Team (girl(s)or boy(s)) must play in the CNC, Pioneer, SEK, or TRL Leagues in Kansas.

-Selection will be based on the play of that athlete over the period of that month. All stats and info must be provided. 

-All nominations are accepted with selection process being handled and finalized only by @sportsinkansas. Coaches are encouraged to nominate their own athletes or athletes from opposing schools. 

-Nominations MUST be emailed. Please email Chet Kuplen at sportsinkansas@gmail.com during the last seven days of the month to nominate your athlete!

-Labette Bank is a proud supporter of local athletics in the Southeast Kansas area.. Visit them online here