Preps notebook: FSHS, LHS both earn event victory at Sunflower League meet; Regional brackets released
photo by: Shane Jackson
Free State and Lawrence High each earned one event title during the Sunflower League track and field meet on Friday at the Olathe District Activities Center.
As has been the case all year, the Firebirds were led by their distance squad. The boys 4×800-meter relay team won the race with a time of 7:55.56. That is now the fastest mark in the state so far this season.
Lawrence senior Amaya Harris secured the team’s lone victory in the girls javelin competition. She won an individual league title with a launch of 126-07.00, which was well ahead of the runner-up toss of 120-01.00 recorded by Shawnee Mission East senior Sara Bingham.
Those might have been the only event victories on the day, but plenty of local athletes posted high finishes in the first postseason meet of 2021.
For Free State, junior Ben Shryock secured a runner-up finish in the boys 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.42. He lost by less than a full second and was one of seven runners to finish the race in under two minutes.
The FSHS boys 4×400-meter relay squad took third in the event. Brock Cordova placed fourth in the boys 3,200-meter run, and Emmett Jones claimed fifth in the boys 400-meter run. Jackson Barnett recorded a pair of sixth-place finishes in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash.
Reese Hulcher took third in the girls high jump competition, while Ashley Mai finished in fifth in the girls pole vault event.
LHS girls had five top-five finishes, including Harris’ victory in javelin. Bella Kirkwood was runner-up in girls long jump with a leap of 18-6 to go along with her sixth-place finish in the 100-meter dash.
Natalie Kennedy notched fourth in the girls 3,200-meter run. Gianna Cooper (long jump) and Miri Pickman (triple jump) both finished in fifth in their respective event. The girls 4×100-meter relay team also took fifth in the race.
On the boys side, Avion Nelson netted third in long jump and fifth in triple jump to lead the way for the Lions. Graham Hough ended up placing fourth in the 100-meter dash and fifth in the 200-meter dash.
Noah Smith grabbed a fifth-place finish in discus, while Ben King also finished in fifth in the triple jump competition.
Sunflower League meet
Friday at ODAC
Girls 100-meter run: 6. Bella Kirkwood, LHS, 12.76; 22. Siana King, LHS, 13.27; 25. Lauren Sinclair, FSHS, 13.36; 30. Taniyah Cox, FSHS, 13.74; 31. Jaylie Hohman, LHS, 13.75; 34. Alannah Lohfeld, FSHS, 14.01.
Boys 100-meter run: 4. Graham Hough, LHS, 10.90; 6. Jackson Barnett, FS, 11.13; 13. Logan Schwab, FS, 11.38; 23. Anthony Barberena, FS, 11.56.
Girls 200-meter run: 13. Ana Holladay, FS, 28.79; 16. Taniyah Cox, FS, 29.61; 20. Lauren Sinclair, FS, 30.22.
Boys 200-meter run: 5. Graham Hough, LHS, 23.48; 6. Jackson Barnett, FS, 23.66; 15. Logan Schwab, FS, 24.62; 16. Colin Sandefur, LHS, 24.69; 18. Kyle Watson, LHS, 24.94; 21. Roman Jasso, FS, 25.04.
Girls 400-meter run: 9. Reese Hulcher, FS, 1:04.45; 11. Miah Cheatham, FS, 1:05.66; 17. Ta’Mya Douglas, FS, 1:08.10.
Boys 400-meter run: 5. Emmett Jones, FS, 52.10; 14. Roman Jasso, FS, 53.64; 15. Michael Romito, FS, 53.69.
Girls 800-meter run: 6. Delaney Rockers, FS, 2:30.94; 13. Lucy Hardy, LHS, 2:36.74.
Boys 800-meter run: 2. Ben Shryock, FS, 1:56.42; 6. Jack Keathley-Helms, FS, 1:59.11; 28. Christopher Stone, FS, 2:14.29; 31. Winton Anderson, LHS, 2:18.16.
Girls 1,600-meter run: 8. Isabelle Pro, FS, 5:30.48; 14. Natalie Kennedy, LHS, 5:36.76; 21. Ella Marshall, FS, 5:53.75; 22. Allison Babbit, FS, 5:54.89; 24. Lucy Hardy, LHS, 5:58.42; 29. Eva Ackley, LHS, 6:19.66.
Boys 1,600-meter run: 7. Christopher Stone, FS, 4:35.93; 15. Jack Ryan, LHS, 4:46.11; 33. Ryan Whittlesey, FS, 5:02.23; 35. Max Bates, FS, 5:04.25; 37. Keat Prescott, LHS, 5:12.58.
Girls 3,200-meter run: 4. Natalie Kennedy, LHS, 12:10.11; 7. Olivia Goeser, FS, 12:27.96; 10. Janice Werth, FS, 13:06.91; 11. Sina Boeger, FS, 13:40.12.
Boys 3,200-meter run: 4. Brock Cordova, FS, 9:57.60; 14. Carson Marsh, FS, 10:28.65; 17. Blake Wohler, FS, 10:35.87; 32. Keat Prescott, LHS, 11:38.51.
Girls 100 hurdles: 12. Marrah Spriggs, FS, 17.64; 18. Joan Epian, LHS, 18.96.
Boys 110 hurdles: 7. Cole Wenger, FS, 16.07; 18. Yoav Gillath, FS, 17.53.
Girls 300 hurdles: 17. Marrah Spriggs, FS, 51.91; 24. Joan Epian, LHS, 54.63.
Boys 300 hurdles: 8. Cole Wenger, FS, 43.60; 12. Yoav Gillath, FS, 44.00.
Girls 4×100-meter relay: 5. LHS, 50.71; 11. Free State, 53.19.
Boys 4×100-meter relay: 8. LHS, 44.28; 6. Free State, 44.08.
Girls 4×400-meter relay: 6. LHS, 4:16.46; 11. Free State, 4:25.63.
Boys 4×400-meter relay: 3. Free State, 3:28.77; 8. LHS, 3:35.90.
Boys 4×800-meter relay: 1. Free State, 7:55.56.
Girls high jump: 3. Reese Hulcher, FS, 5-2; 7. Mariah Reed, LHS, 4-10.
Boys high jump: 10. Ntense Obono, LHS, 5-10; 18. Colin Sandefur, LHS, 5-6.
Girls long jump: 2. Bella Kirkwood, LHS, 18-6; 5. Giana Cooper, LHS, 17-2; 13. Reese Hulcher, FS, 16-0; 26. Emma Evans, FS, 13-5.
Boys long jump: 3. Avion Nelson, LHS, 21-5; 15. Emmett Jones, FS, 20-2.5; 18. Ntense Obono, LHS, 20-0.5; 19. Zeric Avery, LHS, 19-11.75; 21. Jerred Willits, FS, 19-4.5; 29. Cole Wenger, 16-11.5.
Girls triple jump: 5. Miri Pickman, LHS, 33-4; 17. Emma Evans, FS, 28-0.
Boys triple jump: 5. Avion Nelson, LHS, 41-2.25; 8. Jerred Willits, FS, 40-7.25; 11. Zeric Avery, LHS, 39-5.5.
Girls pole vault: 5. Ashley Mai, FS, 10-6; 7. Isa Evans, FS, 10-0; 11. Makenzie Vaughn, FS, 10-0.
Boys pole vault: 12. Zachary Razak, LHS, 10-6.
Girls discus: 10. Madison Base, FS, 100-0; 24. Olivia Fergeson, FS, 78-4; 26. Cameron Vaughn, FS, 71-3; 28. Olie Proctor-Alberding, LHS, 64-9; 29. Leianna Poettker, LHS, 59-9.
Boys discus: 5. Noah Smith, LHS, 138-9.5; 10. Dylan Gillespie, LHS, 131-2; 26. Preston Tran, FS, 111-1; 27. Luke Wheeler-Halsted, FS, 107-2; 28. Harrison Kirkwood, LHS, 104-2.
Girls javelin: 1. Amaya Harris, LHS, 126-7; 16. Taylor Veeder, FS, 96-1; 25. Olivia Fergeson, FS, 89-2; 26. Carlie Miller, FS, 88-9; 30. Jada Big Eagle, LHS, 77-4.
Boys javelin: 5. Ben King, LHS, 161-11; 16. Brian Lane, FS, 141-5; 21. Jude Harris, LHS, 130-11; 25. Titus Birdashaw, FS, 125-2; 30. Gordon Fineday, LHS, 118-7; 34. Alec Wilson, FS, 112-5.
Girls shot put: 16. Cameron Vaughn, FS, 31-6.75; 23. Madison Base, FS, 27-7.5; 26. Soledad Edison, FS, 26-8.5; 28. Leianna Poettker, LHS, 24-6.5; 29. Olie Proctor-Alberding, LHS, 24-2.
Boys shot put: 8. Noah Smith, LHS, 47-9.75; 9. Dylan Gillespie, LHS, 47-8; 13. Luke Wheeler-Halsted, FS, 46-1.75; 20. Tyler Gourley, FS, 42-5.25; 29. Preston Tran, FS, 38-1; 36. Harrison Kirkwood, LHS, 27-6.75.
Regional brackets released for local teams
The local spring sports teams now know their postseason fate, as regional brackets were released Saturday morning.
Free State softball is the only local squad hosting its regional. As the No. 2 seed in the West region, FSHS (17-1) will face No. 15 Wichita Heights at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The winner would meet No. 7 Derby (15-5) or No. 10 Wichita North (10-10) in the regional championship at 6 p.m. that same day.
The Firebirds are coming off back-to-back state titles during the 2018 and 2019 seasons, though the 2020 campaign was canceled due to COVID-19.
Free State’s baseball team, which made it to the Class 6A state championship game two years ago, will be the No. 8 seed in the West region. FSHS (11-9) is slated to face Wichita Northwest (10-10) in the opening round at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Newman University.
The winner will face either No. 1 Wichita West (16-3) or No. 16 Wichita Southwest (4-16) in the regional championship at 6 p.m.
Lawrence High baseball is also the No. 8 seed in the East region after going 11-9 in the regular season. LHS is competing at the Blue Valley District Athletic Complex on Tuesday, and will square off with No. 9 Olathe Northwest (10-10) in the opener at 3:30 p.m.
Blue Valley (18-2) is the No. 1 seed in the East, taking on Wyandotte (4-12) in the first round. The regional championship is slated for 5 p.m.
LHS softball (4-15) is the No. 14 seed in the East region, earning a regional opener with No. 3 Olathe North (14-6) at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Olathe District Activity Center. Olathe Northwest (12-8) and Shawnee Mission South (6-14) are on the other side of the bracket.
In girls soccer, Free State will be the first team in action next week. The Firebirds (3-11-1) will travel to Wichita Southeast (4-12) for the play-in game at 6 p.m. Monday. Winner will get the honors of meeting up with No. 1 Washburn Rural (13-2-1) on Tuesday.
Lawrence, the No. 14 seed at 4-11-1 on the year, will travel to No. 3 Wichita East (10-5) at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
There will also be a battle between area teams in the Class 4A-1A East region. No. 8 Baldwin (6-7-1) will host No. 9 Bishop Seabury (6-7) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Seabury soccer wins regular-season finale
Bishop Seabury’s girls soccer team is hot at the right time, earning a 7-0 victory over Wichita Independent during the regular-season finale on Friday. The Seahawks have now won three in a row entering the postseason, their longest win streak of the year.
Sophomore Sofia Gonzales had her second hat trick of the season, scoring three of Bishop Seabury’s seven goals in the latest victory. Junior Summer Hartzler, sophomore Oona Nelson, senior Morgan Orozco and Gisele French all produced one score each.
Junior goalkeeper Brook Spurlock was responsible for the shutout, as the Seahawks have posted two shutouts over their last three games.