SMNW breaks 36-year-old record, SMN posts individual wins at Sunflower League meet
2012 North Relays
Several area schools converged at the 62nd annual North Relays on May 3 at Shawnee Mission North High School.
2012 Kansas Relays
Each Shawnee-area school was represented at the 2012 Kansas Relays on April 20-21. Mill Valley junior Emily Brigham highlighted the event with her victories in the pole vault and long jump competitions.
SM Northwest track & field at the JCCC Invite
Both the Shawnee Mission Northwest boys and girls track and field teams took second at the March 24 JCCC Invite.
Olathe OLATHE — This is not the same SM Northwest boys track and field team that took home the state title in 2011.
However, there’s still plenty of pieces that’s made the boys team a contender, and that was evident on Friday with a 92-point third-place finish at the Sunflower League championship meet at Olathe District Activity Center, only one point behind second-place finisher Olathe North.
The highlight of the night for the Cougars was the 1,600-meter sprint medley team of Jackson Barbour, Luke Schnefke, Blake Evans and David Fancher breaking the 36-year-old school record in the event with a time of 3:33.18.
“We really wanted to go out with a bang since this was the last chance to run it this year, and I think we did that,” Schnefke said.
With injuries limiting Schnefke throughout the year, he’s finally rounding into form. Along with the school record in the medley he took third place in the 400-meter dash at 49.45 seconds. This year’s group of seniors has coach Mike Cooper pleased with their prospects in the final two meets of the year, despite the lack of depth from previous seasons.
“They’re track people,” Cooper said. “They come and have a plan. They know what they want to do, and they do it. They don’t mess around. I don’t know kids like them. I’ve had few but not four or five.”
Blake Evans is one of the seniors Cooper has relied on throughout the year and understands this group has a chance to make some noise at state once again in a few weeks.
“I think it’s trust that we have in each other and we’re going to put our best effort to win and put out the best records,” Evans said. “What I enjoy most is winning; thankfully we’ve had a lot of success this year.”
The medley was not the only league championship for SM Northwest. Mackenzie Iverson edged out fellow 3,200-meter competitor Caitlin Hooper of SM West with a time 11:33.41 for first place.
The Cougars also had three league champions in the field. Eric Pinkleman continued his dominance in the boys javelin with a 173-2 throw.
SM Northwest also swept the pole vault with Amy Hein (11 feet) and Cameron Bock (14-6).
The other top placer for the Cougars was Anthony Yates, who clocked a time of 1:59.79 in the 800-meter run.
Now with a few days to prepare for Friday’s regional competition at Free State, the Cougars hope they can make the necessary adjustments to contend at the state tournament.
SM North grabs individual titles
The Indians put together several standout performances throughout the meet at ODAC.
Whitney Harvey came up big in the shot put (37-8.5) and the discus (131-1), taking both events.
It’s been a transition this year for SM North. The team has been able to put together a more consistent performance on the track lately.
“We look at this as a way to improve and get better and continue to get better as the season progresses,” coach Ryan Colburn said.
SM North had a slew of other performers finish on the medal stand, including Sam Yoakum, who clocked a 4:22.85 in the 1,600-meter run. Yoakum’s performance clinched second place in the event.
Caleb Denman posted a third-place time of 0:22.93 in the 200-meter dash.On the girls side, Sada Kernodle managed a third-place finish with an 11:38.69 split in the 3,200-meter run.The highest finisher for the Indians in the field was Max Johnson whose 13-6 pole vault put him in third place.
Moving onto the regional competition next week, the Indians hope they can continue to improve.
“We need to recognize what our goals are and continue to do what we’ve done since day one,” Colburn said.
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