Midseason Boys Report in Kansas. Who has impressed us at the midway point of the 2017 track and field season?
Noah Green, Sprints/Hurdles – Aquinas Jr. (5A)
Green is possibly the top track and field athlete in the entire state of Kansas on the boy’s side, along with Kyler True of Olpe. He transferred to Aquinas from BVSW where he set the 110 5A state record a year ago. He also added a 300 meter title. Green has PR’s of 13.83 in the 110s, 37.04 in the 300s, 21.97 in the 200 and also has a sub 50-second 400-meter time when he runs it. Look for Green to double up once again in the 5A 110 and 300 hurdle races. Depending if he runs it, he would also compete for the 200-meter title at state in 5A.
Tyus Henson, Mid-Distance/Jumps – Norton Sr. (3A)
Henson has the second fastest 800-meter time in the state at 1:57.22 this season and was the state runner-up in the event last season. He has also showed his 400-meter speed with a 48 anchor leg on the 4x400 relay this season. He will also contend for a state long jump title and has a season best of 21-06. Along with Henson and Jace Ruder (Hurdles/Discus/4x100), Norton will have a shot to compete for the 3A state title.
Michael Hoffer, Jumps – Shawnee Heights Jr. (4A)
Hoffer may be the top overall jumper in Kansas this season. His high jump mark of 6-08 this season is second in Kansas. However, last season at the AAU Nationals he took first with a height of 6-10.75. Hoffer is also the top long jumper in the state with a Kansas best of 23-01.50 this season. He also has a PR of 44-01 in the triple jump.
LeeRoi Johnson, Throws – Tonganoxie Jr. (4A)
Johnson, also one of the top football players headed into 2017 season, is one of the top throwers in the state. His mark of 176-02 in the discus this season ranks second in all classes of Kansas and is just outside the national top 50. Johnson also has a shot put mark of over 49-feet that should place at the state outdoor. He will be the favorite to win the 4A discus this season.
Tony Kinser, Jumps, Hugoton Sr. (3A)
Kinser, who stands 6-foot-9 and is known for his dunks in basketball, has put himself on the map of high jump this season. The senior went 6-foot-10 at the Glenn Cunningham Invivational on April 13th to claim the top overall mark in Kansas this season. Kinser took third at state last season with a jump of 6-04. This season he will compete in 3A after being in 4A last season.
Phillip Landrum, Sprints – Wichita South Jr. (6A)
Landrum has the fastest 100 and 200 in the state of Kansas this season. His time of 10.55 in the 100 meters was wind aided as well as his 21.67 but both times are FAT. He also beat Kade Remsberg of Newton head-to-head in both races, who was thought to be the fastest returnee in Kansas for the 2017 season. Landrum will look to double up in 6A this season as a junior.
Austin Mullins, Hurdles/Sprints – Liberal Jr. (5A)
Mullins can do a little bit of everything in the sprints and hurdles for the Redskins. He has PRs of 14.59 in the 110s, 38.53 in the 300s and a 48.65 in the 400. He was the 5A state champion in the 400 meters last season as a sophomore.
Gilbert Peters, Throws – South Gray Jr. (1A)
Peters has been impressive since his freshman year at South Gray and is now one of the top overall thowers in Kansas from his 1A high school. His mark of 164-02 in the discus is fourth in all classes of Kansas while his toss of 54-07.50 in shot is third in all classes.
Chandler Stiawalt, Jumps – Ness City Sr. (2A)
Stiawalt, also an all-state basketball player, is one of the top overall jumpers in Kansas this season. His mark of 45-06.75 is second in all classes of Kansas from his tiny 2A high school. He also has a season best of 6-06 in the high jump, tied for fourth in all classes, but has a PR of 6-07 last season. Expect Stiawalt to add to his state titles this spring, last year he won the HJ, LJ and TJ at the state outdoor.
Konner Swenson, Throws – Maize Sr. (5A)
Swenson registered the top discus mark in Kansas last week with a toss of 198-10 (Top 10 all-time in KS) at the Pitt State Gorilla Relays. Newly converted to the spin in shot, he has the top toss in Kansas this season with a mark of 56-05.25. The Pittsburg State signee is ranked in the top 10 nationally in the discus this season. Both his brother (Kameron, Maize ‘16) and sister (Keiryn, Maize ‘15) have state track and field titles in the javelin, but Konner is still looking for his first state track and field title after taking second in the discus in 2016.
Kyler True, Distance – Olpe Sr. (1A)
True is from tiny 1A Olpe but he is the top distance runner in Kansas and has been for a couple of years. True won the 800, 1600, 3200 at last year’s state outdoor and added a 4x800 title. The Oklahoma State signee has PR’s of 1:49.87 in the 800 (second all-time in KS), 4:10.99 in the 1600, and 9:21.57 in the 3200. He is also a multiple time state cross country champ winning it over the last three seasons. True is the best mid-distance/distance runner we’ve seen in Kansas in quite some time and he doesn’t even have a track at his high school. Expect True to put up some crazy times in 2017. True even shows his spritner speed, having a sub 50 time in the 400-meters if he has to run it, which he doesn't at regionals/state.
Kade Remsberg, Sprints – Newton Sr. (5A)
Remsberg, a Air Force football signee, won two state titles in the 100 and 200 in 5A two years ago as a sophomore but hand an injury plagued 2016 campaign as a junior. This season he looks to be getting back to 2015 form and has the second fastest 200 meters in the state at 21.75, being edged by Landrum of Wichita South at the K.T. Woodman Pre-State Challenge last week. Remsberg has a PR of 10.61 in the 100 meters as a sophomore and has ran a 10.83 so far this season. Look for him to possibly double up in 5A once again this season.
Cameron Waldo, Sprints – Olathe South Sr. (6A)
Waldo is the defending 6A champion in the 400-meter dash, running a sub 49-second time last season. He is back in that form this season as he opened up his 2017 campaign with a 48.95, which ranks number one in Kansas in all classifications this season.
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