Field events fuel SMNW at BV Relays
A stellar day in the field events led the Shawnee Mission Northwest girls track team to a third-place finish Friday at the Blue Valley Relays.
Blue Valley West placed first and Shawnee Mission East was second.
Erica Brand grabbed a pair of first-place medals as she won the shot put with a throw of 41 feet, 4 1/4 inches and claimed the discus with a distance of 137-0. Anna King chipped in a fifth-place finish in the discus with a mark of 90-9.
In addition, Joy Byrd turned in a fifth-place finish in the high jump (4-11) and Kayla Morris was sixth in the triple jump (32-3 1/2).
The Cougars picked up additional points in the sprints and distance runs. Lisa Imgrund (11:12.80), Christine Nelson (11:27.34) and Jennifer Sommerfeld (12:53.04) finished first, second and sixth, respectively, in the 3,200 meters. Meanwhile, Peyton Smith took fourth in the 100 in 13.52 seconds while Crystal Osei finished fifth in 13.73.
The Cougars also finished second in the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay in 4:30.85, third in the 400-meter relay in 51.67 and fourth in the 1,600-meter relay in 4:17.36.
Shawnee Mission North’s girls also got major point production in the field events as the Indians finished fourth as a team.
Abby Row, a fourth-place state medalist last year, won the pole vault with a clearance of 11-0, and Tosha Ware took second in the shot put with a throw of 33-5. Ceara Boldridge finished fifth in the triple jump (34-4) and sixth in the high jump (4-9).
The Indians also thrived on the track. Jodi Young led the way with a first-place finish in the 100 (12.89) and Janessa Clay won the 300 hurdles (47.31) while Kerenza Singletary finished fourth (52.04).
North also scored points in the relays. The Indians won the 800-meter relay (1:50.02), finished fourth in the 400-meter relay (52.24), and took fifth in the 1,600-meter relay (4:33.50).
Just like the girls, the Northwest boys also finished third. Blue Valley won the boys team title and Shawnee Mission East finished second. Also like the girls, the Cougar boys received major points in the field events.
Eric Pinkelman turned in Northwest’s lone individual first-place finish as he won the javelin with a throw of 160-0. Also in the throws, Dustin Douglas took fifth in the shot put (40-11) and Kent Hollingsworth was sixth in the discus (119-9).
Additional field event success came in the pole vault as Andy Wickoren took third with a clearance of 13-0, Cameron Weekly was fifth (12-6) and Cameron Bock took sixth (12-0). In other jumps, Luke Schnefke was third in the high jump (5-11), and Drew Lorei and Jacob Hodge tied for fourth (5-9). Drew Lorei posted a fifth-place mark in the long jump with a leap of 19-9.
Caleb Denman was the top SMNW sprinter as he finished sixth in the 100 (11.78), and Kirk Bado paced the Cougar distance runners with a sixth-place finish in the 3,200 (10:23.28).
Northwest thrived in the relay races. The Cougars won the distance medley (10:54.14), sprint medley (3:42.35) and 3,200-meter relay (8:15.31). SMNW finished second in the 400-meter shuttle hurdle relay (1:08.84), the 400-meter relay (44.86), the 800-meter relay (1:36.15) and the 1,600-meter relay (3:31.29).
Shawnee Mission North’s boys placed seventh and were led by strong performances from Devonte Wash and Devon Lyons. Wash took second in the 100 in 11.51 and Lyons was third in the 300 hurdles in 41.76.
North’s other points came in the relays. The Indians took third in the 400-meter relay (44.94) and the 800-meter relay (1:35.56), fourth in the 3,200-meter relay (8:25.59), fifth in the distance medley (11:34.82) and sixth in the 1,600-meter relay (3:40.33).