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Track in KS: O. West's Cline, Fairchild, Peters at top

Several impressed this week across the state of Kansas.
By: Conor Nicholl for Sports in Kansas
May 2, 2021

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By CONOR NICHOLL for Sports in Kansas 

Andale’s Katelyn Fairchild obliterated a prestigious South Dakota meet record by more than 30 feet. Olathe Northwest freshman Kendall Yarnell threw 125 feet in discus – in a softball uniform. And Olathe West’s Kennedi Cline now owns six school records and might be Kansas’ most impressive sprinter this spring. As well, the highly anticipated Trials of Miles occurred Saturday in Leavenworth.

Plenty of news and notes in the last week of Kansas track and field. We start, though, with Olathe Northwest:

All leaderboard rankings from Kansas historian Carol Swenson at Sports In Kansas unless otherwise noted.

Yarnell clears 125 in discus – in a softball uniform

In a remarkable day, Olathe Northwest freshman Kendall Yarnell helped ONW earn a 23-0 softball victory in three innings. Then, she won the discus with a mark of 125-1, which was a personal record by nearly 10 feet. Yarnell ranks top-10 for all classes and fourth best in 6A. Yarnell made the discus throw in her softball uniform. As of middle of last week, Yarnell had hit three homers. On April 25, Yarnell had posted 106-11 in the discus. On April 16, she threw 115-9.5.

Beach goes sub-5:00 at Trials of Miles; headlines huge field

The Trials of Miles, held in Leavenworth on Saturday, was a significant headliner for its elite high school, developmental and professional runners. The high school girls’ side featured the first sub-5:00 time in the 1,600 this spring. Blue Valley Northwest’s Riley Beach, an Iowa State signing and featured on SIK last fall, posted 4:58.53. Olathe North’s Anjali Hocker Singh was second in 5:01.10. Bishop Carroll’s Hope Jackson was third in 5:02.26, and Stanton County’s Chesney Peterson took fourth in 5:02.20. Olathe North’s Kaylee Tobaben was fifth in 5:09.06 and Southeast of Saline’s Jentrie Alderson was sixth in 5:10.87 in the highly quick field.

Singh and Beach went 1-2 in 6A cross country last fall, and Jackson is the reigning 5A cross country champion. Peterson is the reigning 2A cross country champion. Tobaben placed 13th in 6A cross country last fall, and Alderson earned seventh in 3A. Alderson captured 3A cross country in 2019. Beach won 6A cross country in ’17.

Currently, Beach, Singh, Peterson, Jackson, Alderson and Tobaben all rank in the top-9 in Kansas in the 1,600. Singh’s time is third-best, slightly behind Chapman’s Taylor Briggs.

Beach, Briggs, Singh and Peterson are 1-2-3-5 respectively in the state 3,200 list.

The high school boys’ 1,600 had 13 runners. Olathe South’s Riley Vandaveer won in 4:18.04 and Lawrence Free State’s Ben Shryock took second in 4:19.27. Aquinas’ Logan Seger finished third in 4:19.79, and Southeast of Saline’s Dylan Sprecker took fifth in 4:23.27. Every runner in the race ran 4:38.50 or better.

Those times rank 1-3, respectively in Kansas. Sprecker stands second with a season-best 4:18.84.

Last fall, Vandaveer and Shryock were 6-7, respectively in 6A cross country. Seger earned fourth in 5A cross country.

Fairchild, Wilson, Peters with big marks

Andale’s Katelyn Fairchild, Sterling’s Tyus Wilson and Smoky Valley’s Belle Peters are three of the most well-known track names in Kansas.

Sterling’s Tyus Wilson cleared 7-3 in his last meet, which ranked third all-time in Kansas history. Wilson had previously cleared 7-2. A Nebraska signee, Wilson has two state championships.

Andale’s Katelyn Fairchild and her sister, McKenzie, attended the Dakota Relays this past weekend, a competition that has occurred since 1923. Katelyn won the discus with a 140-9 throw.

She has signed with Texas A&M. Katelyn shattered the javelin record when she threw 159-1. That was 43 feet better than the previous record. McKenzie was second in the javelin with a throw 30 feet better than the old mark. They finished fourth and eighth in the shot put.

Katelyn is currently first in the shot put in all Kansas classes at 45 feet. She and McKenzie are 2-3 in the discus at 150 feet and 133-8. Katelyn is first in the javelin at 171-7, which is third all-time in Kansas.

Peters, featured on SIK several times, cleared 13 feet for a new personal record in the pole vault. That is the fourth-best in Kansas history. Peters had previously cleared 12-10, which is the 3A state record, and had reached 12-6 this spring. Peters is the defending 3A champion in the event and has signed with Pittsburg State University track.

Olathe West’s Cline pacing Owls

Olathe West, which is in its fourth year of existence and third season in track, had several nice school marks on Friday at the Gardner meet. OW is possibly the 6A girls’ favorite with Cline and a host of top athletes.

Cline delivered a big day – and has arguably the most impressive resume of any girl this spring, especially in the sprints.

In 2019, Cline qualified for the 5A state meet in the 200. She posted 26.68 and finished in 12th place. Cline was also eighth in the 400 in 1:00.11. Cline ran on the 400 relay that took fifth in 49.84, and the 1,600 relay that finished 10th in 4:11.75.

This spring, West has the state’s best time in the 1,600 relay in 4:03.02 and third-best in the 3,200 relay in 9:43.80. Both are school records. The 1,600 relay included Cline.

In the 100 at Gardner, she ran 12.15 seconds to edge a pair of seniors: Gardner-Edgerton’s Kendra Wait (12.18) and Blue Valley’s Emily Ervin (12.22). That marked a new school record.  Cline’s time is fifth best in Kansas for all classes, Wait is sixth.

Wait has signed with Creighton volleyball and is a former Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year in both volleyball and track. Wait was second in the 100, first in the long jump, first in shot put and first in the pole vault. Senior Kylie Moorehouse took fourth in the 100, second in the 200, first in the 100 and third in the 1,600 relay. Wait won the long jump in 18-2 and threw the shot put 42-10. G-E won the meet by .5 points.

Wait is third for all classes in the long jump in 18-4.25. She is second in Kansas in the shot put at 42-11.

Cline, along with Allysa Moore, Parker Jackson and Destiny Lassiter, delivered 49.02 seconds in the 400 relay. That won the event, set the meet record and school mark and is currently the No. 1 time in Kansas by .01 seconds ahead of Leavenworth.

The 1600 relay posted 4:05 with Cline, Newport, Hadley Johnson and Ava Peck and won the event. In the April 26 meet, Cline won the 100 in 12.19 and the 200 with 24.87 – the 200 is the school mark by more than 2.3 seconds.

Cline’s 24.87 in the 200 is Kansas’ best time by .43 seconds – a sizable margin.

Cline also holds the school record in the 400 in 58.16 seconds. Lassiter is second at 1:01.08. Cline holds a sixth school record in the 800-meter relay (a non-KSHSAA event) in 1:47.

In the pole vault, Wait and Mill Valley senior Lily Fleetwood each cleared 12-3, though Wait won on misses. OW senior Claire Thomas tied for third with a 10-3 clearance.

Ortiz, Kang with school marks for OW; strong times in girls’ 3,200

Oscar Ortiz earned school marks in the shot put and discus with throws of 44-6 and 135-5.

Asees Kang cleared 4-11 in the high jump for a new school record. She took third on misses to Blue Valley Southwest’s Reese Bates and Paola’s Maddie Pitzer, both sophomores.

OW freshmen Kate Miller and Newport went 1-2 in the 3,200 in times of 11:30.73 and 11:32.23, respectively. They beat Mill Valley junior Katie Schwartzkopf, who ran 11:40.43. Olathe West is the reigning 6A girls’ state cross country champion. Last fall, OW placed four in the top-17 at state cross country, including Miller and Newport. In 2019 and ‘20, Schwartzkopf was state runner-up in cross country. She won state XC in ’18.

Sophomore Tyler Jones took second in the triple jump with a personal best of 41-6. Mill Valley junior Adrian Dimond won the event in 45-4.5. Jones cleared 6-7 to win the high jump.

His sister, sophomore Tymaya Jones won the triple jump in 34-5.

G-E’s Walion with new Kansas best in the 800

On the boys’ side, Olathe West junior Aidan Reyna won the 1,600 in 4:26.20. Gardner-Edgerton senior Quenton Walion ran 1:54.02 in the 800, the fastest 800 time in Kansas in several years. He broke his own school record. Reyna took second in 1:58.25.

Walion also ran in the Trail of Miles and took sixth in 4:24.53.

Senior Jamesperry Frazier-Baker won the 110 hurdles in 15.55 and was second in the 300 hurdles in 41.87.

SE of Saline boys, Taylor Briggs, Ames Burton, Lauryn Dubbert headline at Beloit Relays

The Beloit Relays is a massive meet that features more than 20 teams. Scoring is split into 1A-2A and 3A-4A. On Friday, for the boys’ side, Southeast of Saline easily won in 3-4A with 164 points, while Chapman was second with 67.

For 1-2A boys, Beloit St. John’s scored 75 points, 14 ahead of Osborne. For the girls, Hoisington edged Chapman, 113-100 in 3-4A. Bennington beat Smith Center, 71-64, for the 1-2A girls’ crown.

The meet had 10 elite performances per MileSplit, including nine on the girls’ side. Chapman’s Taylor Briggs, an Iowa State signing, won the 1,600 in 5:06.23 and the 3,200 in 11:09.37. Elyssa Frieze was second in the 1,600 with 5:11.34. Riley County’s Ames Burton won the discus in 146 feet and the shot put in 42-3.75.

Burton is fourth in the shot put in 42-3.75 and first in the discus with 153-6. The discus mark broke her own school record.

In the javelin, BSJT’s Lauryn Dubbert (Newman basketball) captured the event in 125-11, while Riley County’s Jessi Brummett threw 122-3, and Clifton-Clyde’s Kiara Knox tossed 120-5. Clay Center’s Maddie Craig went 36-1.5 in the triple jump. Beloit’s Grady Seyfert tossed 152-11 in the discus. Seyfert is a standout sophomore in football and track; his dad, Casey, was an All-American thrower at Fort Hays.

Dubbert enjoyed another huge day. She took second in the 100 hurdles with 16.63 and captured the pole vault with a 10-foot clearance. Dubbert won the javelin and was second in the 300 hurdles in 49.13 seconds.

For Chapman girls, Frieze won the 800 in 2:20.69. Maya Kirkpatrick took second in the 100 hurdles with 17.11 seconds. She won the 300 hurdles in 48.72 seconds. Sophia Cavanaugh cleared 5-2 to win the high jump. Kirkpatrick took second in the triple jump at 34-3.25.

For the SES boys, Eddie McVay won the 100 in 11.32. Chase Poague captured the 200 in 22.77 seconds. Dominic Jackson won the 800 in 2:00.90 and the 3,200 with 9:56.41. Luke Gleason was second in the 800. Gleason and Jackson went 1-2 respectively in the 1,600. Gleason ran 4:41.03. Poague captured the 110 hurdles in 15.54 and the 300 hurdles in 40.5. SES swept all three relays, and Grant Stumpf cleared 6-4 to win the high jump.

Other top performers and school record breakers

Augusta’s Sawyer Schmidt, featured earlier this spring in SIK Track notes among top returners from 2019, set a new school mark in the 1,600 with a time of 4:21.55. He broke a mark that had stood since 1975.

On Friday, Halstead girls broke a school record in the 3,200 relay with a time of 9:59.53. The relay has sophomore Kaleigh O’Brien, junior Elena Flask, freshman Dominique Schutte and senior Parker Schroeder. In particular, O’Brien, Schutte and Schroeder were key members of Halstead’s state qualifying basketball team this winter,

Smoky Valley girls broke a school mark on Friday in the 3,200 relay in 9:58.93. The relay has senior McKinley Johnson, freshman Keira Mullen, junior Abby Rose and junior Gracie Lambert. Johnson has signed with Hutchinson CC volleyball, Rose is a high-level Division I prospect and the reigning 3A Volleyball Player of the Year.

Moscow’s Adan Granillo, a deaf student, has helped the Wildcats finish first and second in six-man football the last two years. He was SIK 6-Man Defensive Player of the Year last fall. Granillo broke the school record in the triple jump when he leaped 43-7. His cousin, Tony Granillo, previously held the mark of 43-2 set in 2008.

Stockton sophomore Kaelyn Means threw 120-3 in the discus at the Quinter meet. That broke the school mark of 113-3 set in 1995.

At Cheney, Garden Plain’s Sydney Puetz broke the school mark in the 1,600 in a time of 5:26.48. Allison Catlin broke the school record in the 300 hurdles in a time of 46.77. Also at Cheney, top performances include GP’s Brooke Hammond’s 12.20 seconds in the 100. Clearwater’s Hayley Trotter went 2:19.32 in the 800. Garden Plain’s Naomi Dooley delivered 124-0.5 in the discus, and Scott City’s Paige Vulgamore went 11-2 in the pole vault. As well, GP’s Jack Haukap posted 52-6.5 in the shot put and Halstead’s Doug Grider went 51-6.75 in the shot put for other elite marks.

Augusta’s Maycee Anderson broke the school’s long jump record when she went 17-1.5. The previous record was set in 1991.

For K.C. Piper, Davis Capps and Logan Ladish continue to improve their school records in the 800 and javelin at the De Soto track meet. Capps ran 2:00.23, and Logan threw 173-5.

Hays High swept boys and girls at the McPherson meet. For the girls, HHS posted 142.5 points, just ahead of McPherson’s 136 and Valley Center’s 125.5.  On the boys, Hays High delivered 165 points, well in front of runner-up’s Salina Central’s 108.

Hays High’s Re Green continued her nice year when she jumped 18-2 in the long jump and cleared 36-5.75 in the triple. Junior Jaren Kanak continued his big year with a new personal best of 10.61 in the 100. Wichita North’s Taryn St. Clair went 5-5 in the high jump. Kanak won the 100 and 200 (22.08), along with the long jump (22.3.5).

Green ranks fourth for all classes in the long jump. Kanak stands fourth in the 100 and fifth in the 200 in Kansas.

The WaKeeney Goldsmith Relays (1-3A schools) had five elite marks. Plainville’s Emma Rudman was second in the discus in 120-2, Plainville’s Brooklyn Staab won the discus in 120-10, and Oberlin-Decatur Community’s Rayne Erickson cleared 5-5 in the high jump. Oakley’s Liberty Booker, who recently set the Plainsmen school record in the shot put, went 39-10.25 to win the event. Norton’s Christien Hawks, an Air Force football commit, threw 53-3 in the shot put.


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