816 track: Kansas Relays preview

04/15/2014 5:04 PM

04/15/2014 5:04 PM

Here are storylines to watch Friday and Saturday at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence:

BOYS

1.

It will be a busy time for Grandview senior Harvey Kendall in Lawrence. But he's used to it. Kendall will compete in four events — the high jump, triple jump, 300-meter hurdles and 110-meter hurdles. Of course, that's nothing new for Kendall, who qualified for the Missouri Class 3 state meet in all four events last season. He finished runner-up in the high jump, triple jump and hurdles. He says the second-place finishes have provided motivation for his senior season.

Raytown South senior Justice Burks will supply some of his stiffest competition in the 110-hurdles. Burks is the Missouri Class 4 defending state champion in the event.

2.

Blue Springs junior Stephen Mugeche has a knack for setting records. He's at it again.

Mugeche shattered his own school record in the 3,200 meters by nine seconds last weekend in 8 minutes, 58.87 seconds. He is only the third Missouri high school runner so far to break nine minutes during the high school regular season. Mugeche will look to keep the momentum rolling at 12:40 p.m. Friday, when he runs the event in Lawrence.

3.

The boys long jump will supply a potential Missouri Class 4 state championship preview.

Fort Osage senior Elijah McGill and Rockhurst senior Curtis Goldmon placed second and third, respectively, in the state last season in the long jump. They are considered two of the favorites to win gold Saturday as well as at the Missouri state meet. McGill has the top recorded long jump in the state so far this season at 23 feet, 3 inches.

4.

A variety of injuries last season cost Raytown junior Zach Penrod a chance to compete in the Missouri state meet last season. One year later, he has come back as strong as ever.

Penrod has set personal records in every meet so far. He has recorded times of 1 minute, 57 seconds in the 800 meters and 4:25 in the 1,600. He will compete in both events in Lawrence.

5.

Lee's Summit High is sending only one athlete to the Kansas Relays, but the Tigers hope to come home with a medal anyway. Senior Davian Hawkins, who will compete in the triple jump at 9 a.m. Friday, is a two-time all-state triple jumper. He placed fifth at the Missouri Class 4 meet last spring with 45 feet, 9 inches.

GIRLS

1.

A Lee's Summit West girls relay team is chasing history this week, and so far the girls have been pretty reliable. The Titans are attempting to win the 4x1,600 relay for the sixth straight season, which would be a Kansas Relays record. Wyandotte High School won five boys 4x400 relays from 1966-70. Lee's Summit West edged St. Thomas Aquinas for its fifth straight win last season. Senior Annika Sisson, senior Kennadee Williams, sophomore Kourtney West and senior Elizabeth Nolke are scheduled to represent the Titans in the event at 9 a.m. Friday.

2.

The peak of Grandview sprinter Anglerne Annelus' sophomore season came at the perfect time. Setting personal records along the way, Annelus won Missouri Class 3 state titles last May in the 100- and 200-dashes while also anchoring the 4x100 relay team's first-place finish. She's back for more. Annelus is considered one of the favorites in the 100 in Lawrence. The preliminary race takes place at 10:55 a.m. Friday, with the final scheduled for 10:54 a.m. Saturday. Annelus will be a part of Grandview's 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams, as well, which also include transfer Ashanti Hutton. Hutton has switched schools — and migrated to the Missouri side of the state line — but nothing has changed about her running ability. A year after winning the 400-meter dash at the Kansas Relays while attending Bishop Miege, Hutton will return to defend her title while representing the Grandview Bulldogs. Hutton finished the race in 55.72 seconds last season.

She later won the Kansas Class 5A state championship.

3.

Fort Osage senior Asia Cole's trophy case encompasses a wide-ranging collection of first-place medals, including three that represent Missouri Class 4 individual field events championships. But she was forced to settle for second place twice in Lawrence last spring. Cole placed second in the shot put and the discus throw at the 2013 Kansas Relays, but she returns for one final chance at gold. A Nebraska signee, Cole is the two-time defending Missouri Class 4 shot put champion. She won the discus state championship as a sophomore.

4.

St. Teresa's junior Ann Campbell was named The Star's All-Metro girls cross country runner of the year last fall.

She's pretty good on the track, too. Campbell is looking to be in the mix for the podium in the 800 run where she has been clocked in 5 minutes, 11.40 seconds. She will also run in the 3,200. Blue Springs South all-state runner Grace Klausen will also compete in the distance races Friday and Saturday.

5.

Truman's Lexi Hart supplied one of the top freshman seasons in Kansas City last spring, a campaign that concluded with a fourth-place in the state meet triple jump.

Now she's ready for her first taste of the Kansas Relays.

Hart is slated to compete in the triple jump at 9 a.m. Friday. She has previously spanned 38 feet in the event.

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