Kotzman, Northwest boys take top honors at Seaman Relays
Fresh off of its Kansas Cup-winning performance at the Kansas Relays, the Shawnee Mission Northwest boys track team captured another meet championship Friday at the Seaman Relays.
The Cougars thrived in all areas as they scored points in sprints, hurdles, distance events, relays, jumps and throws on their way to claiming the team title at the 20-team meet.
SMNW compiled 81 points while Manhattan and Topeka West tied for second with 74 apiece.
Seth Kotzman was the top standout for the Cougars. One of the state’s elite hurdlers, Kotzman proved it by winning the 110-meter hurdles in 14.80 seconds and then taking second in the 300 hurdles in 40.96.
Kotzman also played a role in the Cougars’ relay success as he teamed with David Fancher, Luke Schnefke and Jackson Barbour to win the 1,600-meter relay in a blistering 3:24.20.
The 3,200-meter relay team of Jalen Lewis, Schnefke, Nathan Gray and Thomas Verschelden took second in 8:25.71, and the 400-meter relay squad of Fancher, Kenny Mings, Schnefke and Mark Sample took third in 43.74.
Also for the Cougars, distance standout Aaron Thornburg took second in the 3,200 in 9:35.37, Sample was second in the 200 in 21.94 and Blake Evans finished sixth in the 400 in 51.90.
Cameron Bock led the way in the field events as he finished second in the pole vault with a 14-foot jump. Meanwhile, Eric Pinkelman took fourth in the javelin with a mark of 160-7 and Schnefke finished fourth in the high jump at 6-0.
The SMNW girls took 10th as a team and had a handful of top-six finishers.
Sarah Barnes led the way with a third-place finish in the 1,600 in 5:40.08, and Sara Kuenzi took third in the pole vault with a 9-0 clearance.
Also for the Cougar girls, Sarah Hansen was fifth in the 200 in 25.95 and Kayla Morris finished fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 33-4 1/2.
The 1,600-meter relay team of Hansen, Bethany Vonada, Barnes and Claire Marley took third in 4:16.61, and the 400-meter relay team of Amber Gates, Morris, Hansen and Marley placed sixth in 52.69.
The Shawnee Mission North girls placed 12th as a team and were led by Janessa Clay who landed in the top six in two events. She placed third in the 200 in 25.75 and sixth in the 100 hurdles in 15.76.
Also for the Indians, Ceara Boldridge took second in the triple jump with a leap of 34-5, Latosha Ware finished fourth in the shot put with a heave of 35-7, and Elaina Zinn tied for fifth in the pole vault with an 8-6 clearance.
The North boys placed 16th as a team and had one top-six finisher. Johnny Herrah placed sixth in the pole vault with an 11-6 clearance.