Twice as nice: Lawrence girls track captures second consecutive state title

The 4x100-meter relay team poses with the state championship plaque Sunday afternoon on May 26, 2019 at Wichita State's Cessna Stadium.

WICHITA — Before even stepping on the track for the third and final day of the 2019 state meet, the Lawrence High girls team knew what it had accomplished.

Action was suspended Saturday night due to inclement weather with just one race remaining in the girls competition. LHS led by 21 points entering Sunday, which marked the first time in 109 years that the state meet lasted three days.

Lawrence’s 4×400-meter relay quartet of Asjah Harris, Hannah Stewart, Ozi Ajekwu and Evann Seratte locked up a third-place finish in the team’s lone event Sunday afternoon at Wichita State’s Cessna Stadium. It was the finishing touch on a dominating path to a state title.

The Lions scored 84 points as a team — 22 points higher than runner-up Leavenworth — to win the Class 6A state title for the second year in a row. It marked the first time there has been a back-to-back champion in 6A girls since Free State did so in 2013 and 2014.

“This team ceased to surprise me about two or three years ago,” LHS head coach Jack Hood said. “Hannah Stewart woke up and put them team on her back to win a state title. Evann Seratte gave us everything she had in the tank. Everyone else filled in as best they could. It was a big meet for all of them.”

But while Sunday’s trip to the top podium was a forgone conclusion the night before, the prospect of winning a second state crown was in jeopardy just a few weeks ago. And it may have been the very thing that helped propel the Lions back to the top.

In the final meet of the regular season, Lawrence girls took third at the Shawnee Mission North relays on May 3. LHS scored 67 points, while Mill Valley won the meet with 69 points. Leavenworth finished as the runner-up with 68 points.

The Lions could have chalked it up to a competitive meet, but the result didn’t sit well with them.

“That was frustrating. Personally for me, I didn’t perform like I wanted to,” Seratte said. “Overall, I think that meet is where we set our eyes. Like, ‘OK, we are locked in for state now. We are not going to let anyone take that win away from us.'”

From that moment on, Lawrence was dialed in on what it had to do. Nearly every athlete laid it all out there to score as many points as possible. It led to a Sunflower League title and a regional championship for the Lions.

In the state meet, LHS was loaded with point scorers across the board. Josie Hickerson (pole vault) and Asjah Harris (200 meter) won individual state titles. The 4×100-meter relay unit of Ashley Wildeman, Amaya Harris, Bella Kirkwood and Asjah Harris also won a state title for the second year in a row.

As a team, Lawrence took 15 total trips to the podium for placing in events throughout the three-day meet. The Lions rarely missed opportunity to pile up points, even though the meet featured multiple weather delays and forced everyone off schedule.

Stewart, a senior, exemplified that best when she netted a third-place finish in the 1,600-meter run and notched second in the 800-meter run. She also helped the 4×800-meter relay take second.

“We had been talking at practice at how close it was going to be,” Stewart said. “We were little surprised with how much we won by, but we are satisfied.”

Everyone found a way to rise to the occasion. Asjah Harris and Kirkwood medaled in both the 100-meter run and 200-meter run. Kirkwood placed seventh in the former and fifth in the latter. She also finished sixth in the long jump.

Senior Josie Hickerson took eighth in triple to go along with her title in pole vault. Amaya Harris finished as a runner-up in javelin. Seratte netted four medals in her final meet of her high school career. The KU signee placed seventh in the 400-meter run and eighth in the 800-meter run as an individual.

“It is bittersweet, this is the last thing we will do as Chesty Lions,” Seratte said. “It is a culmination of four years of hard work. Our team works hard, and we deserve this one.”

Stewart, who will pursue rowing at Kansas State University, echoed that sentiment after closing out an illustrious career at Lawrence.

“We went out with a bang,” Stewart said. “It is the greatest feeling ever.”

Final day of state track meet

Sunday at Cessna Stadium

6A girls standings: 1. Lawrence 84; 2. Leavenworth 62; 3. Olathe Northwest 60; 4. Mill Valley 55.5; 5. Gardner-Edgerton, 51; 6. Washburn Rural, 32; 7. Junction City, 31; 8. Manhattan, 29.5; 9. Dodge City, 27; 10. Blue Valley West, 25.5; 11. Blue Valley 25; 12. Olathe North, 24.5; 13. Blue Valley North, 23; SM East, 23; 15. Hutchinson, 20; 16. Free State, 17.5; 17. Derby, 16; 18. Sm West, 15; 19. Olathe South, 14; 20. Garden City, 13; 21. SM North, 11; 22. Wichita West, 8; 23. SM Northwest, 7.5; 24. Wichita South, 7; 25. SM South, 5; 25. Wichita East, 5; 25. Olathe West, 5; 28. Haysville-Campus, 3; 29. Wichita Southeast.

6A boys standings: 1. Gardner-Edgerton, 64; 2. Blue Valley West, 61; 3. Manhattan, 51.5; 4. Mill Valley, 48; 5. Olathe East, 43; 6. Olathe Northwest, 30; 7. Haysville-Campus, 28; 8. Olathe North, 27; 9. SM North, 26.5; 9. SM East, 26.5; 11. Wichita South, 26; 11. Blue Valley, 26; 13. Blue Valley North, 21; 14. Leavenworth, 19; 14. Wichita West, 19; 16. Hutchinson, 18; 17. SM Northwest, 16; 17. Washburn Rural 16; 19. Olathe South, 14; 19. Free State, 14; 22. Olathe West, 13; 23. Garden City, 10.5; 24. Blue Valley Northwest, 10; 24. SM South, 10; 24. Sm West 10; 27. Lawrence; 9. Wyandotte, 8; 29. Dodge City, 7; 30. Topeka High 6; 31. Derby 5; 32. Wichita North 3; 33. Liberal 2.

LHS girls results

4×400-meter relay — 3. (Asjah Harris, Hannah Stewart, Ozi Ajekwu, Evann Seratte).

LHS boys results

200 — 9. Graham Hough, 22.91

2019 state track meet

At Wichita State’s Cessna Stadium

Team champions — Girls

Class 6A: Lawrence

Class 5A: St. James Academy

Class 4A: Andale

Class 3A: Nemaha Central

Class 2A: Garden Plain

Class 1A: Kiowa County

Team champions — Boys

Class 6A: Gardner-Edgerton

Class 5A: Bishop Carroll

Class 4A: Andale

Class 3A: Scott Community

Class 2A: Stanton County

Class 1A: Almena-Northern Vly

1A-6A on all event winners

Girls 4×800 — Lincoln, 10:03.22; Bennington, 10:05.53; Cimarron, 10:00.42; Abilene, 9:53.44; St. Thomas Aquinas, 9:51.78; Mill Valley, 9:34.78.

Boys 4×800 — St. John, 8:23.90; Oakley, 8:23.26; Halstead, 8:08.45; El Dorado, 8:15.63; Andover, 8:00.77; Olathe Northwest, 8:03.86.

Girls 4×100 — Frankfort, 50.44; Garden Plain, 50.05; Cheney, 49.95; KC-Piper, 48.36; Newton, 49.04; Lawrence, 48.52.

Boys 4×100 — Clifton-Clyde, 44.20; Rossville, 43.98; Smoky Valley, 42.93; KC-Piper, 42.89; Maize, 42.96; Blue Valley West, 42.09.

Girls 4×400 — Kiowa County, 4:05.92; Bennington, 4:07.65; Hesston, 4:04.68; Baldwin, 4:06.84; Andover Central, 4:02.27; Leavenworth, 3:59.74.

Boys 4×400 — Northern Valley, 3:29.96; Smith Center, 3:27.27; Scott Community, 3:22.72; Louisburg, 3:25.39; Wichita Heights, 3:24.10; Blue Valley WEst, 3:22.64.

Girls 100 hurdles — Afftin Conway, Osborne, 15.12; Allison Catlin, Garden Plain, 15.78; Layne Needham, Cheney, 14.93; Tori McGinnis, Towanda-Circle, 15.05; Emma Ruddle, McPherson, 14.45; Keiana Newman, Junction City, 14.85.

Boys 100 hurdles — Darrien Holloway, Osborne, 14.91; Trystin Myers, Atchison County Community, 15.27; Marshall Faurot, Scott Community, 14.62; Eric Kop, Wellington, 14.54; Kody Marvin, Bishop Carroll, 14.80; Jaleel Montgomery, Wichita West, 14.17.

Girls 300 hurdles — Rylee Gleason, Kinsley, 45.13; Chloe Stanley, Bennington, 46.76; Layne Needham, Cheney, 44.79; Sian Helfrich, Pratt, 45.90; Maggie Remsberg, Newton, 43.36; Jaleesa McWashington, Olathe Northwest, 45.79.

Boys 300 hurdles — Darrien Holloway, Osborne, 40.08; Sheldon Whalen, Wichita County, 39.80; Riley Petz, Cheney, 39.43; Brett Winsor, Pratt, 39.07; Kody Marvin, Bishop Carroll, 39.66; Tayezhan Crough, Hutchinson, 39.11.

Girls 100 — Jamya O’Quinn, Moundridge, 12.40; Brooke Hammond, Garden Plain, 12.48; Matti Price, Riverton, 12.39; Kimalee Cook, Towanda-Circle, 12.25; Kalli Anderson, Newton, 11.81; Kendra Wait, Gardner-Edgerton, 12.04.

Boys 100 — Brant Douglas, Clifton-Clyde, 11.07; Trevor Johnson, Rossville, 11.02; Tim Lambert, Smoky Valley, 10.55; Jordan Hawkins, Buhler, 10.65; Nahson Houston, Sumner Academy, 10.79; Deron Dudley, Wichita South, 10.61.

Girls 200 — Jamya O’Quinn, Moundridge, 25.72; Brooke Hammond, Garden Plain, 26.05; Alleigh Kramer, Nemaha Central, 25.84; Kimalee Cook, Towanda-Circle, 26.28; Kalli Anderson, Newton, 24.86; Asjah Harris, Lawrence, 24.98.

Boys 200 — Thomas Atkins, Hanover, 22,87; Jax Holland, Maranatha Academy, 22.51; Tim Lambert, Smoky Valley, 21.97; Jordan Hawkins, Buhler, 22.49; Davion Gardenhire, Shawnee Heights, 21.91; Deron Dudley, Wichita South, 22.08.

Girls 400 — Paige Baird, Almena-Northern Vly, 58.39; Aubree Dewey, Plainville, 58.31; Matti price, Riverton, 56.74; Summer Spigle, Ottawa, 59.51; Kindel Nordhus, Bishop Carroll, 57.49; Dhakiya Blake, Leavenworth, 56.92.

Boys 400 — Joshua Fielder, Udall, 49.83; Jax Holland, Maranatha Academy, 49.46; Shane Quinlan, Perry-Lecompton, 49.52; Brenden Hudson, Ulysses, 50.55; Elijah Mosley, Wichita Heights, 48.29; David Brown, Blue Valley West, 48.86.

Girls 800 — Aubrey Donley, Lincoln, 2:24.15; Kate Dawson, Jayhawk Linn, 2:19.52; Faith Paramore, Haven, 2:22.99; Sydney Burton, Abilene, 2:17.03; Hannah Robinson, St. James Academy, 2:17.91; Jaybe Shufelberger, Washburn Rural, 2:16.87.

Boys 800 — Trevor Medina, Wallace County, 1:57.74; Andrew O’Brien, Halstead, 1:57.46; Ryan Derry, Towanda-Circle, 1:57.51; Terry Robinson, Lansing, 1:56.00; Jacob Vermillion, Olathe East, 1:57.68.

Girls 1600 — Jaycee Vath, Lincoln, 5:23.81; Helen Giefer, Trego Community, 5:18.36; Lexi Kats, Norton Community, 5:27.22; Taylor Briggs, Chapman, 5:06.18; Sarah Murrow, St. James Academy, 5:15.47; Clara Mayfield, Manhattan, 4:58.28.

Boys 1600 — Collin Oswalt, Central Christian, 4:29.91; Hadley Splechter, Yates Center, 4:26.77; Robert Pearce, Kingman, 4:24.38; Aaron Modrow, Chapman, 4:34.31; Ethan Marshall, St. Thomas Aquinas, 4:20.15; Cade Heikes, Olathe North, 4:23.02.

Girls 3200 – Jaycee Vath, Lincoln, 11:27.53; Alysia Wagner, KC Christian, 11:31.49; Lara Murdock, Colby, 11:56.38; Taylor Briggs, Chapman, 11:10.31; Sarah Murrow, St. James Academy, 11:04.87; Jaybe Shufelberger, Washburn Rural, 10:41.63.

Boys 3200 — Collin Oswalt, Central Christian, 9:53.80; Haley Splechter, Yates Center, 9:45.06; Joshua Rutledge, Riverton, 9:32.83; Aaron Modrow, Chapman, 9:49.25; Asher Moen, Andover, 9:24.74; Daniel Harkin, 9:30.22.

Girls long jump — Emilee Ebert, Frankfort, 17-04.75; Destiny Masters, Leon-Bluestem, 17-01.75; Renee’ Nichol, Russell, 17-06.00; Saniya Simmons, KC-Piper, 17-00.50; Faith Turner, Pittsburg, 18-01.75; Jaleesa McWashington, Olathe Northwest, 18-03.00.

Boys long jump — Thomas Atkins, Hanover, 21-04.50; Creed Puyear, Stanton County, 22-02.00; Xavier Robinson, Hoisington, 21-02.25; Davonte’ Yates, Parsons, 22-05.25; Nahson Houston, Sumner Academy, 22-08.50; Cameron Harvey, Haysville-Campus, 22-01.00.

Girls triple jump — Macy Doebele, Hanover, 36-10.00; Lauren Schutter, Wabaunsee, 36-04.00; Mariah Monroy, Cherryvale,37-02.25; McKenna Kirkpatrick, Chapman, 35-08.75; Faith Turner, Pittsburg, 39-01.75; Ezinne Okoro, DOdge City, 39-09.75.

Boys triple jump — Joshua Fielder, Udall, 44-07.50; Creed Puyear, Stanton County, 44-10.50; Logan Reed, Santa Fe Trail, 44-08.50; Davonte’ Yates, Parsons, 46-05.00; Nasjon Porter, Bonner Springs, 46-04.75; Chanler Taylor, SM Northwest, 47-00.00.

Girls high jump — Alexandra Hart, Rolla, 5-02.00; Adison Manville, Jefferson County North, 5-02.00; Mattelyn Swartz, Harper Chaparral, 5-04.00; Nataleigh Cantu, Augusta, 5-04.00; Laken Robinson, Pittsburg, 5-06.00; Madeline Righter, Olathe Northwest, 5-08.00.

Boys high jump — Brady Palen, St. John’s, 6-10.50; Tyus Wilson, Sterling, 6-10.00; Marshall Faurot, Scott Community, 6-06.00; Hunter Jones, Nickerson, 6-10.00; Caleb Grill, Maize, 6-08.00; Harry Ahrenholtz, Mill Valley, 6-04.00.

Girls pole vault — Breanna Schmitz, Centralia, 11-00.00; Anne Baliel, Marion, 10-06.00; Isabelle Peters, Smoky Valley, 12-08.00; Jaden Eck, Andale, 12-00.00; Victoria Maxton, Salina South, 11-00.00; Josie Hickerson, Lawrence, 12-03.00.

Boys pole vault — Chance Cook, Burden-Central, 15-00.00; Nate Hein, Hillsboro, 13-00.00; Marshall Faurot, Scott COmmunity, 16-01.00; Ty McPhail, Andale, 15-00.00; Ethan Hull, Bishop Carroll, 16-00.00; Colton Goodman, Gardner-Edgerton, 14-00.00.

Girls discus — Sabrina Thomas, Kiowa County, 122-00; Grace Thompson, Sedgwick, Discus, 131-04; Jacy Dalinghaus, Nemaha Central, 139-06; Jacy Anderson, Andale, 131-03; Emily Fuhr, DeSoto, 125-02; Colbie Fairley, Leavenworth, 127-08.

Boys discus — Daegan Steinlage, Centralia, 168-10; Wes Shaw, Hillsboro, 173-02; Brett Schwartz, Santa Fe Trail, 171-00; Matt Everett, Winfield, 183-09; Marcus Hicks, Wichita NW, 169-06; Quinton Hicks, Haysville-Campus, 166-03.

Girls shot put — Krysten Bartlett, Central Christian, 38-01.75; Grace Thompson, Sedgwick, 39-02.00; Jacy Dalinghaus, Nemaha Central, 43-01.50; Abee Rhodes, Augusta, 41-03.75; Emily Fuhr, DeSoto, 38-07.75; Kendra Wait, Gardner-Edgerton, 42-11.75.

Boys shot put — Daegan Steinlage, Centralia, 51-11.50; Wes Shaw, Hillsboro, 54-08.50; Colin Chandler, Beloit, 51-03.50; Cole Sample, Tonganoxie, 59-06.25; Demarius Peterson, Newton, 57-06.75; Darius O’Connell, Manhattan, 53-01.75.

Girls javelin — Madison Lueger, Centralia, 140-02; Emma Yungeberg, Blue Rapids Valley Hts, 129-11; Jacy Dalinghaus, Nemaha Central, 146-09; Katelyn Fairchild, Andale, 156-11; Briana Lowe, Blue Valley Southwest, 128-09; Lexy Farrington, Blue Valley North, 143-05.

Boys javelin — Caden Bach, Northern Valley, 186-00; Hesston Maxwell, Smith Center, 179-10; Trey Patterson, Cheney, 195-10; Seth Richmond, Paola, 197-02; Isaac Mitchell, Salina South, 181-01; Sam Hankins, Manhattan, 206-09.


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