Journal-World 2019 All-Area girls track team
Athlete of the Year: Evann Seratte, Lawrence
Seratte placed in four events in her final meet, but a fall in the 800-meter run kept her from doing even better. Seratte still scored more points at the state meet in her career than any other athlete — boy or girl — in program history. The KU signee was the anchor on the 4×800-meter relay and 4×400-meter relay, both of which finished inside the top-three.
Coach of the Year: Jack Hood, Lawrence
For the second year in a row, Lawrence’s girls track team came home with a state title. This year’s first-place finish was pure dominance, as the Lions scored 22 points more than the runner-up. It completed a postseason sweep for LHS, which won the Sunflower League meet and regional meet as well.
Kayla Kurtz, Baldwin — To end her Baldwin career, Kurtz ended up claiming two state medals in a pair of field events. Kurtz finished third in the javelin competition, and her best toss of the year was 141-4. Kurtz also placed fourth at the state meet in shot put, in which her best mark was 38-2.
Carly Lindenmeyer, Baldwin — After choosing to compete in indoor track in the winter, Lindenmeyer came back better than ever for her last season with the Bulldogs. Lindenmeyer notched four state medals, including a state title as an anchor in the 4×400-meter relay. Lindenmeyer also placed fourth in long jump, fifth in the 100 hurdles and sixth in the 400.
Anna Johnson, Bishop Seabury — The highlight of Johnson’s season was a third-place finish in the long jump competition with a mark of 13-1. She also ran a season-best time of 32.15 in the 200-meter run during a meet.
Riley Hiebert, Eudora — The junior distance runner earned three medals at the state meet, including a runner-up finish in the 3,200-meter run. Hiebert also placed seventh in the 1,600-meter run and was on the 4×800-meter relay team that took seventh. Hiebert was a Frontier League champion in the 1,600-meter run and a league runner-up in the 3,200-meter run.
Auna Childress, Free State — For the second year in a row, Childress was a runner-up in the Class 6A girls triple jump competition. Earlier in the season, Childress won the event with a school-record leap of 40-9 at the Kansas Relays. Childress also registered fourth in long jump at the state meet.
Hannah Stewart, Lawrence — Across four state medals, Stewart scored 28 points for the Lions to help them defend their crown. Stewart was a runner-up in the 800-meter run, missing first place by the narrowest of margins, and notched third in the 1,600-meter run. Stewart was also on both the 4×400-meter relay and 4×800-meter relay.
Asjah Harris, Lawrence — Harris was one of two individual champions for LHS, winning the 200-meter run with a time of 24.98. She was also on the 4×100-meter relay team, which won a state title for the second season in a row. Harris also placed fourth in the 100-meter run and helped the 4×400-meter relay team take third.
Corinn Searcy, Tonganoxie — For her final season, Searcy netted three school records and three state medals in the 400-meter run, 4×100-meter relay and 4×400-meter relay. Searcy finished fifth in the 400, which was her third state medal in the event during her four-year career.
Cali Coleman, Perry-Lecompton — Even though Coleman didn’t claim a state medal, it was still a strong season. She finished as a runner-up in the Big Seven league meet in the long jump, 100-meter run and the 4×100-meter relay. She finished fourth in all three events at the regional meet.
Taylor Breuer, Veritas — Breuer was a runner-up in the 800-meter run at the Oskaloosa Invitational to highlight her sophomore season.
Natalie Beiter, Baldwin; Amaya Harris, Lawrence; Darby Harris, Bishop Seabury; Summer Hartzler, Bishop Seabury; Josie Hickerson, Lawrence; Mia Manley, Eudora; Layce McCoy, Tonganoxie; Rylee Paramore, Perry-Lecompton; Laila Robinson, Free State; Talisa Stone, Perry-Lecompton; Chloe Thakker, Eudora; Trinity Touchton, Tonganoxie.