Overland Park -- Free State High's Richie Dunlop set a school record in the discus to pace the Firebirds to a second-place finish at the OP Aquinas Invitational on Friday.
Dunlop, whose throw covered 140-5, also was part of the event-winning thrower relay team. Other first-place finishes were turned in by the 3200 relay of Nick Ens, Eric Southard, Hiral Bhakta, and Justin White; and Pat Johnson in the long jump.
"This was a great day for the guys," FSHS coach Steve Heffernan said. "We had several breakthroughs in the throws, distance and sprints. To finish second in the team standings is a surprise. We tried people in different events today and I didn't expect us to finish that high.
"Richie Dunlop's throw in the disc was a great effort, and Walker Douglas' throw in shot was a big surprise."
Douglas finished second in the shut with a with a toss of 46-9.
Caitlin Wisler paced the girls, finishing first and fifth in the javelin and shot put respectively.
"Caitlin Wisler had a great day in the throws," Heffernan said. "We had several other improvements from some of our underclassmen that will help us in league and regionals."
Free State travels to the Shawnee Mission North Relays on Friday. Results on page 13C.
Baker goes 2-2
at HAAC tourney
Baker University's softball team won two games and lost two games during the Heart of American Athletic Conference Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
Baker defeated Avila, 4-3, and Benedictine, 4-3. The Wildcats dropped games against Culver-Stockton, 4-0, and Central Methodist, 3-1. BU finished 24-16 overall and 13-7 in the HAAC, to finish second.
Wildcats named to the All-HAAC teams were Casey McGinley on the first team; and Cara Cramer, Brooke Moyer and Megan Nelson to the second team.