A month chock-full of high school state championships rolls on with three more events over the next four days.
The Kansas state swim meets will crown their champions Saturday in Topeka; the smallest two classes in Missouri will compete for state track titles in Jefferson City; and six Kansas state golf meets will take place at various locations Monday.
Here are five things to watch over a busy week ahead:
1. Free State swimmers
Lawrence Free State senior Claire Campbell, Olathe North sophomore Anika Lam and Lawrence sophomore Marian Frick are Kansas Class 6A swimming defending state champions.
They didn’t exactly remain content with their accomplishments. All three are seeded first in their respective races at the big-class state meet this weekend in Topeka — Campbell in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle, Lam in the 200 individual medley and Frick in the 100 breaststroke.
Blue Valley West freshman Addi Barnes (100 butterfly) and Blue Valley North sophomore Cayla Prophater (100 backstroke) are two more swimmers who take top seeds into the Class 6A state meet.
2. KC dominance
Since Kansas split into two separate meets in 2010 — Class 6A and Class 5-1A — a Kansas City-area school has won the small-class event all eight years.
In 2017, Cailey Grunhard propelled Bishop Miege to the team trophy with a pair of individual wins. Her sister takes the reins this year. Miege senior Cassie Grunhard is ranked first in the 200- and 100-yard freestyle races.
Blue Valley Southwest sophomore Sarah Graven (100 backstroke) and St. James Academy diver Grace Naumann are also seeded first.
The Kansas Class 6A golf meet is starting to resemble its predecessor. A year ago, Blue Valley North edged Shawnee Mission East by three strokes to win the Class 6A championship.
On Wednesday, Blue Valley North clipped Shawnee Mission East by just one shot to win a Class 6A regional tournament, which serves as the state qualifier.
Blue Valley North senior Ryan Bender and sophomore Davis Cooper occupied the top-two spots at the regional. Shawnee Mission Northwest senior CC Ghilardi and Olathe South Jackson Likes are two more names to watch on the leaderboard after both captured regional tournament titles.
In Kansas Class 5A, St. Thomas Aquinas is aiming for its third consecutive state title.
4. Sprinting to Jeff City
A pair of sprinters could offer Kansas City its best chance to bring home gold medals from the Missouri Class 1-2 state track meet in Jefferson City.
Lone Jack senior Bret Kibler cruised to two victories at the Class 2A, Sectional 3 last weekend, winning the 100-meter dash in 11.04 seconds and the 200 dash in 22.69 seconds. Both times put him in line to compete for the titles in Jefferson City.
On the girls side, University Academy sophomore Ariyonna Baston has enjoyed a decorated season, most recently winning the 100 and 200 dashes at the Class 2, Sectional 4 meet. As a freshman, Baston was second in the state in the 200 last spring.
5. To the Max
Lest we forget the middle distance runners, West Platte junior Max Davies was all-state in the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200 run a year ago, and he’s on pace to surpass those performances this weekend.
Davies will compete for the Class 1 championships, qualifying in top form by winning his sectional races last week.