City distance runners shine at Barrier Breakers meet

LHS senior Hannah Stewart chases down the leader in the 800 meter run during Free State High School's Barrier Breakers meet on April 12, 2019.

It was a special day for Free State senior distance runner Anna Riley.

She made it into her dream school, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, posted two top 20 times in the 3200-meter run (12:35) and then the 1600-meter run (5:44). Combined, the two races are 12 laps, and 3 miles. In the mile, she was one second off from her personal record.

“In the two years I’ve moved here, we’ve all gotten really close and supportive, and we all just want each other to succeed,” Riley said. “A lot of it is realizing we’re not just competing against each other, we’re competing against other schools.”

Both Free State and Lawrence High shined on the track across all distance events Friday afternoon, with each having plenty of athletes coming home with hardware at Free State’s Barrier Breakers meet.

Free State’s Julia Larkin led the way with a fourth-place finish in the 3200-meter (12:00). Erin Fagan, Riley, Erin Liston, Noel White, Maddie Day and Corinne Scales all broke the barrier time of 12:30 to medal.

Free State’s Tyler Bowden (left) gives a handoff to Malachi Starr (right) during the 4×100 meter relay at Free State High School’s Barrier Breakers meet on Friday, April 12, 2019.

Auna Childress posted two top three finishes in the field with a first-place finish in the triple jump, winning with a mark of 39-foot-4 and placing third in the long jump with a mark of 16-foot-6.25. Laila Robinson won the high jump with a mark of 5-foot-2.

Lawrence’s middle distance crew of Hannah Stewart and Evann Seratte each posted strong finishes, with Seratte racing a 1:01.69 in the 400-meter dash to take third, and Stewart taking second overall in the 800-meter run with 2:21. Brenna Schwada and Ozi Ajekwu each raced with a barrier breaking time in the 400-meter run.

Asjah Harris took two second-place finishes with a time of 12.88 in the 100-meter dash and 25.64 in the 200-meter dash. Bella Kirkwood, Ashley Wildeman and Sienna King also broke the barrier time in the 200-meter dash, all below 28.80.

For the boys, AJ Powell led the way for the Lions with a 154-foot-1 throw to place sixth in javelin. Bryce Tibke also took 10th with a throw of 146-foot-7. Declan Oberzan took third in the pole vault with a mark of 12-foot-0 to earn a medal.

Graham Hough made it to the top three twice for the Lions in the sprinting events with a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash and second in the 200-meter dash. Dre Bridges also earned a medal in the 200-meter dash.

Both schools will look to improve on their times in the 92nd running of the Kansas Relays. The high school races start at 10 a.m. Friday.


Saturday, April 12 at Lawrence Free State High School

Barriers Broken: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas, 62; 2. Lawrence, 60; 3. Olathe West, 59; 4. Washburn Rural, 57; 5. Free State, 56; 6. Paola, 54; 7. St. James, 46; 8. Shawnee Mission East, 43; 9. DeSoto, 43; 10. Piper, 41; 11. Blue Valley North, 32; 12. Emporia, 29; 13. Shawnee Mission North, 26; 14. Lansing, 22; 15. Topeka West, 21; 16. Truman, 20; 17. Bishop Miege, 16; 18. Basehor-Linwood, 15; 19. Wyandotte, 11; 20. Olathe-Heritage, 2; 21. Bishop-Seabury, 1; 22. Olathe East, 1.

LHS/FS Barrier Breakers


Shot put: 4. Krissy Howard, LHS, 35-foot-3; 10. Jessica Vasser, LHS, 33-foot-3; 11. Abby LeTessa, LHS, 33-foot-1; 15. Ella Stewart, LHS, 32-foot-2.5.

Discus: 4. Haley Hippe, FS, 103-foot-10; 12. Ella Stewart, LHS, 92-foot-1; 13. Jessica Vasser, LHS, 91-foot-11; 15. Kayla Ewing, FS, 86-foot-9.5; 15. Destiny Vonghachanh, LHS, 86-foot-9.5; 18. Katelin Hollinshed, FS, 86-foot-4; 20. Paiden Bell, LHS, 85-foot-4.5 BB; 23. Tracy Allen, LHS, 83-foot-5.5.

Javelin: 3. Amaya Harris, LHS, 113-foot-11; 4. Haley Hippe, FS, 112-foot-10; 6. Michaela Cordova, LHS, 106-foot-5; 10. Haley Kern, FS, 101-foot-1; 25. Jordyn Garcia, LHS, 90-foot-6; 26. Courtney Hanna, LHS, 89-foot-7.

High jump: 1. Laila Robinson, FS, 5-foot-2; 5. Liliana King-Wilson, FS, 4-foot-10; 5. Mariah Reed, LHS, 4-foot-10; 5. Cassidy Johnson, LHS, 4-foot-10.

Pole vault: 1. Josie Hickerson, LHS, 11-foot-0; 4. Caroline Dunlap, LHS, 9-foot-0; 4. Liliana King-Wilson, FS, 9-foot-0; 7. Ilaria Nichelatti, LHS, 8-foot-0.

Long jump: 3. Auna Childress, FS, 16-foot-6.25; 5. Bella Kirkwood, LHS, 15-foot-7.5; 8. Cassidy Johnson, LHS, 15-foot-5; 12. Ashley Wildeman, LHS.

Triple jump: 1. Auna Childress, FS, 39-foot-4; 5. Josie Hickerson, LHS, 33-foot-8.

100-meter hurdles: 7. Liliana King-Wilson, FS, 17.44.

100-meter dash: 2. Asjah Harris, LHS, 12.88; 5. Bella Kirkwood, LHS, 13.10.

3200-meter run: 4. Julia Larkin, FS, 12.00; 8. Erin Fagan, FS, 12:26; 10. Anna Riley, FS, 12:35; 13. Erin Liston, FS, 12:51; 17. Noel White, FS, 12:55; 21. Maddie Day, FS, 13:03; 22. Corinne Scales, FS, 13:05; 27. Layne Prescot, LHS, 13:21.

400-meter dash: 3. Evann Seratte, LHS, 1:01.69; 6. Brenna Schwada, LHS, 1:02.46; 8. Ozi Ajekwu, LHS, 1:02.71.

4-x-100-meter relay: 1. Lawrence, 49.67; 12. Free State, 53.51.

800-meter run: 2. Hannah Stewart, LHS, 2:21; 4. Evann Seratte, LHS, 2:22; 21. Ella Marshall, FS, 2:35; 23. Sophia DeWitt, LHS, 2:36.

300-meter hurdles: 5. Liliana King-Wilson, FS, 50.54; 12. Caitli McAndrew-Beckman, FS, 52.59.

200-meter dash: 2. Asjah Harris, LHS, 25.64; 4. Bella Kirkwood, LHS, 26.99; 8. Ashley Wildeman, LHS, 27.82; 14. Sienna King, LHS, 28.08; 23. Brenna Schwada, LHS, 28.42.

1600-meter run: 4. Hannah Stewart, LHS, 5:21; 10. Julia Larkin, FS, 5:36; 19. Anna Riley, FS, 5:44; 23. Ella Marshall, FS, 5;48; 25. Erin Fagan, FS, 5:50; 31. Delaney Rockers, FS, 5:54; 32. Emily Stone, 5:54; 35. Alison Babbitt, FS, 5:55; 36. Sophia DeWitt, LHS, 5:56; 39. Mckenzie Thomas, FS, 5:59; 40. Noel White, FS, 5:59.

4-x-400-meter relay: 1. Lawrence, 4:07; 15. Free State, 4:35.


Shot put: 7. Bryce Tibke, LHS, 46-foot-0; 21. Ried Plinsky, FS, 40-foot-5; 27. Dylan Gillespie, LHS, 40-foot-0.25.

Discus: 4. Bryce Tibke, LHS, 139-foot-7; 17. Dylan Gillespie, LHS, 119-foot-7.5.

Javelin: 6. AJ Powell, LHS, 154-foot-1; 10. Bryce Tibke, LHS, 146-foot-7; 13. Zach Pitts, FS, 143-foot-00; 16. Ben King, LHS, 139-foot-11; 22. Ryan Lutz, FS, 133-foot-7; 25. Kameron Lake, FS, 132-foot-11.

High jump: LHS/FS did not compete.

Pole vault: 3. Declan Oberzan, LHS, 12-foot-0.

Long jump: 7. Chris McGee, LHS, 19-foot-7; 10. Avion Nelson, LHS, 19-foot-1.75.

Triple jump: 14. Chris McGee, LHS, 39-foot-9.25; 16. Avion Nelson, LHS, 38-foot-6.5.

110-meter hurdles: 11. Corbin Pruitt, LHS, 16.65.

100-meter dash: 3. Graham Hough, LHS, 11.22; 6. Dre Bridges, LHS, 11.31.

3200-meter run: 3. Charlie Johnson, FS, 9:49; 6. Henry Nelson, Seabury, 9:56; 9. Brock Cordova, FS, 10:05; 10. Jack Keathley Helms, FS, 10:10; 18. Jack Ryan, LHS, 10:25; 21. Dash Spears, FS, 10:31; 23. John Loos, FS, 10:35.

400-meter dash: 3. Malachi Starr, FS, 51.28.

4-x-100-meter relay: DQ. Free State. LHS did not compete.

800-meter run: 7. Ethan Sharp, FS, 2:03.8; 13. Ben Shryock, FS, 2:06.1; 14. Jack Keathley Helms, FS, 2:06.3; 20. Brock Cordova, FS, 2:08.0; 27. Grant Holmes, FS, 2:09.4.

300-meter hurdles: 16. Cole Wenger, FS, 44.62; 21. Cameron James, FS, 45.48; 23. Corbin Pruitt, LHS, 45.67.

200-meter dash: 2. Graham Hough, LHS, 22.77; 11. Dre Bridges, LHS, 23.50.

1600-meter run: 15. Ethan Sharp, FS, 4:42; 17. Brock Cordova, FS, 4:42; 27. Charlie Johnson, FS, 4:45; 35. John Loos, 4:51; 41. Jack Keathley Helms, FS, 4:53; 48. Grant Holmes, FS, 4:54; 53. Chris Stone, FS, 4:55; 56. Jack Ryan, LHS, 4:56; 58. Dash Spears, 4:56.

4-x-400-meter relay: 8. Free State, 3:37; 13. Lawrence, 3:42.


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