Bradley, Bailey among Braves’ best at Shawnee Mission North Relays
Bridgett Bradley stepped into the throwing circle with some of the top discus hurlers in Kansas on Friday at the Shawnee Mission North Relays, and Bradley proved she belonged among them.
Bradley placed sixth out of 33 throwers with a mark of 118 feet, 11 inches, and she was the top Class 4A thrower in the field.
Megan Smith of Olathe South won the competition with a distance of 142-10, and Olathe East’s Kaitlin Stein was second at 129-10. In fact, four Class 6A throwers and one Class 5A thrower finished ahead of Bradley. The next best Class 4A thrower in the field — Tonganoxie’s Domino Grizzle — was almost 12 feet behind Bradley.
Bradley highlighted the day for the Braves at a meet that is considered by many to be the toughest Kansas-only track meet prior to the state championships.
Bethany Bailey recorded the Bonner Springs’ girls only other top-10 finish. She placed 10th in the pole vault with a clearance of 9-0. Her best mark of the season — 10-0 — would have landed her in the top five.
The BSHS boys’ 1,600-meter relay team placed seventh in 3:29.42. The other main highlight for the Braves boys came from Ivory Elijah, who took 14th in the triple jump with a season-best mark of 41-9.
The Braves next compete at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Kaw Valley League Championships at Basehor-Linwood.