Labette Bank AOTM: Faith Turner & Laken Robinson

Laken Robinson and Faith Turner of Pittsburg shined in Wichita last month. (photo: Pittsburg HS)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Jun 13, 2019

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The Labette Bank Athlete of the Month for Southeast Kansas is a pair of Pittsburg High School junior track and field athletes. Laken Robinson and Faith Turner each brought home state titles at last months KSHSAA State Track and Field Championships in Wichita.

Robinson won the 5A girls high jump with a mark of 5'6", she ranked among the best in Kansas at any level with the third best jump in all classes in 2019 with her PR of 5-06.25 done earlier in the season. Robinson will be one of the top two returning jumpers in Kansas next season just behind Alexandra Hart of 1A Rolla (5'7") who ranked second in Kansas. Maddie Righter led all jumpers in Kansas at Olathe Northwest with a 5'10" mark which is #6 all-time in Kansas but has graduated.

Turner, who already won titles last season, captured two individual titles a few weeks ago in Wichita with 5A golds in the triple jump and long jump. She is also an all-state sprinter. Turner ranks among the nations best in the triple jump and long jump. Her season best of 19-02.5 ranked fourth in all classes of Kansas. It was also first among any junior, sophomore or freshman in any class, meaning she is the top returning long jumper in the entire state of Kansas for 2019. Turner shined even more so in the triple jump as her mark of 40-00.50 was the #2 overall mark in Kansas this year and is the #10 all-time mark in Kansas history for high school girls. It was the top non wind aided jump in Kansas for 2019 and second to Arie'Auna Childress, junior of Free State, who's 40-09 wind aided mark ranks #3 all-time in Kansas.

Labette Bank would like to congratulate Laken and Faith on outstanding junior seasons.

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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