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2014 J-W All-Area Girls Track Team

The 2014 Journal-World All-Area Girls Track Team includes, from left, top row: athlete of the year Alexa Harmon-Thomas, Free State; Alexia Stein, Baldwin; Morgan Lober, Baldwin; Bailey Sullivan, Free State.  Bottom row: coach of the year Jordan Rose, Free State; Kelsey Kehl, Baldwin; Matia Finley, Lawrence; Emily Venters, Free State. Not pictured: Taylor Corbitt, Mill Valley; Jannell Clampitt, De Soto; Rebecca Finley, Lawrence.

The 2014 Journal-World All-Area Girls Track Team includes, from left, top row: athlete of the year Alexa Harmon-Thomas, Free State; Alexia Stein, Baldwin; Morgan Lober, Baldwin; Bailey Sullivan, Free State. Bottom row: coach of the year Jordan Rose, Free State; Kelsey Kehl, Baldwin; Matia Finley, Lawrence; Emily Venters, Free State. Not pictured: Taylor Corbitt, Mill Valley; Jannell Clampitt, De Soto; Rebecca Finley, Lawrence.

June 24, 2014

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Athlete of the Year

Alexa Harmon-Thomas, Free State

One of the most accomplished hurdlers in Kansas high school history, Harmon-Thomas capped her final prep season by defending her Class 6A state titles in the 100 and 300 hurdles. The University of Texas signee ends her career as a seven-time state champion.

Coach of the Year

Jordan Rose, Free State

The first-year coach led the Firebirds to first place in the Sunflower League, regionals and their second straight Class 6A state championship. Free State earned points from nearly every area: sprints, distance, hurdles, throws and jumps.

First team

Taylor Corbitt, Mill Valley — Corbitt won a 5A state championship in the triple jump with a leap of 35-4.5, topping the rest of the field in her final jump. The Jaguars’ sophomore also won a Kaw Valley League title in the pole vault.

Jannell Clampitt, De Soto — A former Level 6 state champion gymnast in Iowa, Clampitt won Frontier League, regional and 4A state titles in the pole vault this spring. The sophomore set a new school record, clearing 10 feet, 9 inches.

Alexa Harmon-Thomas, Free State — Despite missing most of the season because of a stress reaction in her left foot, Harmon-Thomas won every hurdles race she entered. She ran the fastest time in the state this spring in the 300 hurdles (43.69) and 100 hurdles (14.61).

Kelsey Kehl, Baldwin — Kehl won a 4A state championship in the javelin with a toss of 147-10, and also took fourth in the discus (121-2). The sophomore also picked up a regional title in the javelin and she won seven meets in that event this year.

Matia Finley, Lawrence — Matia Finley repeated as 6A state champion in the discus with a toss of 141 feet, 10 inches. The LHS junior also took Sunflower League and regional titles in the discus while placing fifth in the shot put at state. Her season-best toss in the discus (155-8) ranks 10th in state history.

Rebecca Finley, Lawrence — Rebecca Finley won Sunflower League and regional titles in the shot put. At state, she was the 6A runner-up in the discus to her twin sister for the second straight year and took seventh in the shot put.

Morgan Lober, Baldwin — The Baker University signee ran the fastest 400 in the state this spring (56.80) and defended her 4A state title. Lober also ran the anchor of Baldwin’s state champion 4x400 and 4x800 relays. She won six state titles in her career — two individually and four through anchoring relays.

Alexia Stein, Baldwin — The Bulldogs’ junior won 4A state titles in the shot put (44-3.75) and in the discus (139-4). Stein also won Frontier League and regional titles in the shot put. Her personal-best in the shot put (44-10.25) was the best in 4A this spring.

Bailey Sullivan, Free State — Sullivan defended her state title in the 1,600, breaking the Free State school record and running the 17th fastest time in state history (4:59.43). The Texas Christian University signee also was runner-up at state in the 800.

Emily Venters, Free State — After winning a state title in cross-country, the freshman won a state championship in the 3,200 (10:58.08). Venters also added a second-place finish in the 1,600 and took fifth in the 800 at her first state track meet.

Honorable mention

Kiara Clark, Free State; Gabbi Dabney, Free State; Kristi Daigh, Eudora; Jensen Edwards, Lawrence; Haley Griffin, Tonganoxie; Jordan Hoffman, Baldwin; Teri Huslig, Veritas Christian; Lexia Jamison, Perry-Lecompton; Kasey Meeks, Mill Valley; Kennedy O’Dell, Eudora; Claire Sanner, Free State; Kyleigh Severa, Lawrence; Emma Taylor, Perry-Lecompton; Holly Webb, Mill Valley; Scout Wiebe, Free State.

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