State T&F: Top 10 Field Event performances on Friday

Brett Thompson of Erie shattered the 3A boys javelin meet record. (Jess Tuck Photography)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
May 29, 2015

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1. Willie Morrison of Leavenworth (5A Boys Shot, Discus)

Morrison broke a 35 year old record (Clint Johnson of SM South - 1980) by winning the 5A boys shot put with a toss of 69-04. No boy in Kansas has ever thrown better in any class. Morrison also won the discus at 185-05.

2. Elijah Smith of Valley Heights (1A Triple Jump)

Smith set the 1A meet record by jumping 48-09.75. You don't often see that from a 1A high school in Kansas. His mark ranks #13 in the United States this season

3. Alexia Stein of Baldwin (4A Shot Put)

Stein has been a consistent low 40's thrower most of her career and unleashed a bomb on Friday at Cessna Stadium. Here throw of 47-01.50 ranks #21 in the United States and #1 in Kansas.

4. Jared Belardo of Leavenworth (5A Triple Jump)

Belardo defended his triple jump title and went 48-08 for his best in his career. The Wichita State signee jumped well at his future track and field home. His jump ranks 16th in the United States this season.

5. Brett Thompson of Erie (3A Javelin)

Thompson, who entered with the #7 throw in Kansas at 202-05, fell just short of his all-time best but crushed the 3A state meet record on his very first throw which was 199-10. He went on to win the event at 201-07, beating John Goldsmith of Cheney's record of 193-04 in 2004.

6. Christi LeMunyon of BV West (5A Pole Vault)

Lemunyon broke the 5A state meet record in the girls pole vault with a clearance of 12-09 on Friday. Although she didn't reach her career best of 13-0, which ranks in the top 20 nationally, LeMunyon had everybody excited in Cessna on Friday.

7. Jeff Ast of Andale (4A Boys Javelin)

Ast, a junior at Andale, has been the favorite all season long and was not the favorite at the state meet due to an elbow injury that will require surgery. He threw 226-02 back in April and hasn't been the same since injury, however he is still good enough with the injury to throw elite throws. He captured the 4A boys javelin throw with a toss of 193-03 on Friday. So given the circumstances a much deserved spot in the top 10.

8. Levi Wyrick of Caney (3A Boys Discus)

Wyrick captured his third consecutive discus title in 3A and did it with the best throw of his career. His toss of 186-03 ranks #2 in all-classes of Kansas this season and #29 in the United States. Look for Wyrick to double up with a shot put title on Saturday, not bad for a kid who plays high school quarterback.

9. Kelly McKee of St. James Academy (5A Girls Triple Jump)

McKee had the top jump in Kansas on Friday and won class 5A with a mark of 39-03.50. The future KU track and field athlete's mark ranks in the top 40 nationally.

10. Ian Rudzik of Ulysses (4A Boys Shot Put)

The fact that he can run and throw is what puts Rudzik into this category. An all-state running back that features 11.00 speed in the 100 meters unleased the best throw of his career in the shot put at 57-06.50 to take the 4A gold medal. His throw ranks #3 in Kansas in all-classes.