Lawrence High sprint medley team sets school record at Kansas Relays

Lawrence senior Ashley Wildeman passes the batton off to Amaya Harris in the finals of the 4x100-meter relay at the Kansas Relays, April 20, 2019.

Another city school record fell at the Kansas Relays on Saturday.

Lawrence’s sprint medley team of Asjah Harris, Bella Kirkwood, Evann Seratte and Hannah Stewart took down a four-year old record with a time of 4:15.08 to finish fourth overall.

Maya Yoder, Kyleigh Severa, Jensen Edwards and Leah Gabler set the previous record in 2015.

Two of those athletes were actually at Rock Chalk Park on Saturday, now competing collegiately. Yoder runs for Baker, and Severa races for Wichita State.

“That’s why there’s records – to be broken,” sprint coach Audrey Trowbridge recalled hearing Severa say while watching Saturday’s action trackside.

The Lions’ sprinters later posted the fastest time among Kansas high schools with their 4×100-meter relay team of Ashley Wildeman, Amaya Harris, Kirkwood and Asjah Harris as they raced for a fourth-place finish at 49.46 seconds. That group finished behind Oklahoma’s Edmond Memorial (No. 1 team in Oklahoma class 6A), Park Hill, and Midwest City.

“It’s good mix of young and old kids,” LHS coach Jack Hood said of his group of sprinters. “It’s just masterful the way (Trowbridge) does handoffs and things like that. She really maximizes what the kids do best and is able to get the most out of them.”

Later in the finals of the 4×400-meter relay, Ozi Ajekwu, Stewart, Asjah Harris and Seratte finished fifth with a time of 4:09.2.

“KU Relays is more a celebration of track than getting ready for state,” Hood said. “We’re going to be as good today as we can today, but we’re going to hopefully be better later in the season.”

Free State’s Starr takes fourth

After earning a spot in the finals on Friday with a qualifying time, Malachi Starr took fourth overall in the boys 400-meter dash with a time of 43.66 seconds.

Auna Childress took eighth in the long jump with a mark of 17 feet, 2 inches on her third flight. Childress advanced to the finals in her second event of the weekend after winning the triple jump on Friday.

Though they didn’t advance to the finals, Free State’s 4×100-meter relay team of LJ Mack, Cole Phillips, Tyler Bowden and Starr raced for the third best time in the Sunflower 4×100-meter relay. Their time of 50.44 seconds was the fifth best among Kansas high schools who competed in the Kansas Relays.

Sample places in second event

Competing in the shot put on Saturday, Tonganoxie junior Cole Sample threw 58 feet, 11.5 inches on his second attempt to finish fourth overall. It was his second event at the Kansas Relays and he finished in the top 12 in both.

Sample’s throw put him in second place at the time and he didn’t improve in the finals. Sample scratched on his fifth throw – his furthest of all six.

Tonganoxie junior Cole Sample throws in the shot put at the Kansas Relays, April 20, 2019 at Rock Chalk Park.

“I knew there were some kids out there that had better throws,” Sample said. “I just tried to keep pushing it on all my other throws.”

Other area results

Perry-Lecompton’s Talisa Stone was another area athlete on the podium Saturday. Stone placed fourth in the high jump after clearing 5 feet, 3 inches in one attempt. Spencer Funk took 26th in the discus with a throw of 143 feet, 7 inches.

Baldwin’s Carly Lindenmeyer took 11th in the long jump with a jump of 16 feet, 8.75 inches. It was Lindenmeyer’s third event of the weekend after joining Josie Boyle, Natalie Beiter and Isabelle Harvey in the 4×400-meter relay on Friday. The Bulldogs’ 4×800-meter relay team of Ambrynn Stewart, Jana Landreth, Tennyson Wilson and Natalie Beiter later took 34th with a time of 10:50.

Eudora’s Mia Manley cleared the opening bar height of 10 feet in the pole vault Saturday morning to tie for 14th place overall.

Mason Fairchild makes finals of shot put

Andale senior Mason Fairchild, a Kansas football signee in the class of 2019, competed in the shot put at the Kansas Relays on Saturday.

Fairchild landed a throw of 54 feet, 6 inches on his first attempt – a personal best – to put him in fifth place at the time. His shot held up to advance him to the finals, but Fairchild fouled twice during his last three throws and was unable to improve his mark.

“There’s just a bunch of monsters over there. They’re just freaks,” Fairchild said. “It’s just crazy here because there’s all these really good athletes around. It’s just fun to compete against them, see what they can do, and see what you can do.”


Day 2 of 2 at Rock Chalk Park.

Area results


Long jump: 8. Auna Childress, Free State, 17-foot-2; 11. Carly Lindenmeyer, Baldwin, 16-foot-8.75.

High jump: 4. Talisa Stone, Perry-Lecompton, 5-foot-3.

Pole vault: 13. Mia Manley, Eudora, 10-foot-00; NH. Josie Hickerson, Lawrence, no height.

1600-meter sprint medley: 4. Lawrence (Asjah Harris, Bella Kirkwood, Evann Seratte, Hannah Stewart), 4:15.08; 16. Free State (Ta’Mya Douglas, Ana Holladay, Emma Hertig, Emily Stone), 4:41.18.

4-x-800-meter relay: 25. Free State (Mackenzie Thomas, Ella Marshall, Anna Riley, Julia Larkin), 10:28; 34. Baldwin (Ambrynn Stewart, Jana Landreth, Tennyson Wilson, Natalie Beiter), 10:50.

4-x-100-meter relay finals: 4. Lawrence (Ashley Wildeman, Amaya Harris, Bella Kirkwood, Asjah Harris), 49.46.

1600-meter run: 23. Hannah Stewart, Lawrence, 5:20

4-x-400-meter relay finals: 6. Lawrence (Ozi Ajekwu, Hannah Stewart, Asjah Harris, Evann Seratte), 4:09.25.


Javelin: 23. AJ Powell, Lawrence, 151-foot-2; 26. Spencer Funk, Perry-Lecompton, 143-foot-7.

Shot put: 4. Cole Sample, Tonganoxie, 58-foot-11.5; 9. Mason Fairchild, Andale, 54-foot-6.

1600-meter sprint medley: 23. Lawrence (Dashon Lewis, Graham Hough, Colby Otting, Trey Hulse), 4:02.6.

4-x-800-meter relay: 27. Free State (Brock Cordova, Aidan Goertz, Ethan Sharp, Jack Keathley-Helms), 8:31.

Sunflower 4×100 meter relay: 3. Free State (LJ Mack, Cole Phillips, Tyler Bowden, Malachi Starr), 43.66.

400 meter dash: 4. Malachi Starr, 50.44.


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