Olathe East served notice Friday that it wasn’t prepared for its girls track and field dynasty to end.
By TOD PALMER
The Kansas City Star
The Hawks, who have won state five consecutive seasons, romped through the Kansas Class 6A regional at the Olathe District Activity Center, scoring 199 points and beating runner-up Gardner Edgerton by 123.
“The kids competed well today,” Olathe East coach Mike Wallace said. “We thought we could qualify quite a few kids (to state), but we qualified even more than we thought. The kids just ran great today.”
The Hawks swept the top three spots in the girls triple jump and long jump, led by senior N’Dia Harris, who leaped 36 feet, 11/2 inches for gold in the triple jump and 17-2 to win the long jump.
Meanwhile, junior Kelsey Quiring won the 800 (2 minutes, 21.59 seconds) and also anchored the 1,600 relay — which included Harris — to a gold-medal finish.
Two more Hawks, senior Brenna McDannold and junior Jasmine Thomas, also struck gold three times.
McDannold won the 1,600 (5:17.58) and 3,200 (11:39.84). She also helped the 3,200 relay to a first-place finish (9:50.96).
Thomas won the 100 (12.50) and 200 (25.80) in addition to anchoring the 400 relay to gold (49.19).
“Today was awesome,” Thomas said. “I’m happy with what I did today and how well the team did.”
Olathe East also won the boys championship with 123 points — 34 more than runner-up Olathe South.
Like the girls, the Hawks’ boys swept the long- and triple-jump titles with juniors Braxton Love winning the former (21-71/4) and Caelan Neal the latter (45-8).
Love also helped Olathe East’s 1,600 relay to a title (3:22.56) along with fellow juniors Kyle and Parker Evans and Nick Hinrichs.
Second place Olathe South was led, in part, by junior behemoth Braden Smith, who crushed the field in the shot put (57-6) — winning by nearly 4 feet — and discus (178-6, personal record) — winning by 22.
“My goal was 60 in the shot and 180 in the discus, but, oh well, I’ve got next week,” said Smith, a five-star football prospect who said he will compete in track again as a senior.
Fellow Falcons senior Chris Coleman also struck gold twice, winning the 100 (10.88) and 200 (22.08), while sophomore Tanner Green won the 400 (49.43) and was the runner-up behind Coleman in the 200.
Both also ran a leg of the first-place 400 relay (42.17).
Senior Tess Augustyn won the girls’ shot put (40-81/2), giving Olathe South a sweep in the event, while BV North senior Jasmine Smith won the girls discus (132-2).
Gardner Edgerton’s girls also flexed some muscle with seniors Danie Plank, a three-time state champion, winning the javelin (147-9), and Cassie Wait, a two-time state champ, winning the pole vault (12-4).
For the Trailblazers’ boys, senior Matt Mayeske swept the 110 hurdles (14.78) and 300 hurdles (40.37), while fellow Blazers senior Travis Reed won the javelin (174-1).
Blue Valley senior Colton Donahue, a state cross-country champion, won the 800 (1:55.48) and 1,600 (4:14.89), while BV West sophomore Stuart McNutt won the 3,200 (9:47.03).
Reigning state champion Alyson Youngduff, a BV Northwest senior, won the 300 hurdles (45.93).
Reigning state runner-up Kai Shean, an Olathe North junior, won the high jump by 6 inches (6-10).
The Olathe North boys also won the 3,200 relay (8:08.21), while Eagles junior Emily Hines won the 400 (59.28).
Five girls high jumpers cleared 5-2, but BV West junior Jocelyn Hayes won a tie breaker for the title.
Finally, BV North senior Chris Cusick won the pole vault (14-6) and Blue Valley sophomore Mattie Stafford won the 100 hurdles (15.48).
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