Free State track and field

Alexa Harmon-Thomas in high jump finals
July 11, 2013
Free State High senior Alexa Harmon-Thomas qualified for the high jump finals in her first event at the IAAF World Youth Championships on Wednesday. Harmon-Thomas, representing USA Track and Field, shared the top mark of 1.77 meters (5 feet, 93⁄4 inches).
FSHS track assistant Jordan Rose promoted
July 1, 2013
Jordan Rose will become the program’s new head coach, just the second in Free State history, pending school board approval. By Benton Smith
Free State’s Alexa Harmon-Thomas headed to Ukraine
June 27, 2013
Free State High senior Alexa Harmon-Thomas was one of 43 athletes selected to represent USA Track and Field in the Eighth IAAF World Youth Championships, scheduled for July 10-14 in Donetsk, Ukraine.
2013 Journal-World All-Area Girls Track Team
June 26, 2013
The 2013 Journal-World All-Area Girls Track and Field Team By Benton Smith
2013 Journal-World All-Area Boys Track Team
June 24, 2013
The 2013 Journal-World All-Area Boys Track and Field Team By Benton Smith
FSHS, LHS track athletes earn all-league honors
June 21, 2013
The late-spring performances by track and field athletes at Free State and Lawrence high schools secured numerous selections for the Firebirds and Lions on the 2013 All-Sunflower League teams.
Harmon-Thomas named Gatorade Kansas Track Athlete of the Year
June 21, 2013
Alexa Harmon-Thomas of Free State High has been named the 2012-13 Gatorade Kansas Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, a program first.
World Company Cup returns to Free State
June 12, 2013
For the seventh time in eight years, the World Company Cup belongs to Free State High. The trophy, awarded since 2006 to the school that prevails most often in City Showdowns and other competitions between rivals Lawrence High and Free State, spent the last year on display at LHS. However, the Lions’ claim to the cup proved short-lived, as Free State conquered the Lions, 17-9, in the standings. By Benton Smith
Harmon-Thomas wins heptathlon at Great Southwest Classic
June 8, 2013
Free State High track star Alexa Harmon-Thomas won the heptathlon Friday at the Great Southwest Track & Field Classic.
Longtime FSHS track coach Heffernan steps aside
June 6, 2013
Steve Heffernan recently told some of his Sunflower League colleagues: “Until you’ve been a head track coach, you don’t know what busy is.” The only track and field coach in Free State High history would know, and he will soon find himself occupied with a different kind of workload. This past spring, which culminated with the Firebirds girls winning the Class 6A state championship, was Heffernan’s 16th and final season. He resigned in order to become the new associate principal at FSHS, effective July 1.
Free State girls capture 6A state track title; Harmon-Thomas adds two more
11:33 a.m., May 25, 2013 Updated 12:40 a.m.
The Free State girls claimed their first state track and field title with 94 team points, easily outdistancing second-place Olathe East (81.5). By Jesse Newell
No problem: Harmon-Thomas puts FSHS girls track in first
May 25, 2013
Free State High’s Alexa Harmon-Thomas breezed to a prelim victory in the 100 hurdles, and that kick-started an impressive day for the junior, who went on to win the long jump and finish second in the high jump.
Free State girls take aim at state track title
May 24, 2013
When Free State High’s girls track and field athletes make their way to their events at Cessna Stadium beginning this afternoon in Wichita, at the state track championships, many expect to contend for medals. With so many Firebirds competing in 15 different events today and Saturday, coach Steve Heffernan knows in the back of their minds, they’ll be thinking about beating out Olathe East for the Class 6A team title. By Benton Smith
Firebirds girls win regional track title; city athletes qualify for state
May 18, 2013
For some high school track and field athletes, earning a trip to state with a top-four regional finish is nothing new. The state veterans from Free State and Lawrence knew nothing would be guaranteed Friday at a Class 6A regional at LHS, and showed no lack of satisfaction upon getting back to the ultimate meet next weekend in Wichita. Still, the Firebirds and Lions who became first-time state qualifiers made it clear the bliss of that moment is unique. By Benton Smith
Offseason pairing leads to success for FSHS runners
May 17, 2013
Free State High juniors Bailey Sullivan and Molly McCord have been running together year-round since they were freshmen, and the pair say that close bond has translated into success on the track. By Benton Smith