Local track and field athletes shine at KU Relays
Several local athletes came away with successful showings at the Kansas Relays over the weekend in Lawrence, competing against some of the top track and field athletes in the area and beyond.
The Mill Valley boys posted four top-10 finishes, including Kurt Loevenstein in the 800-meter run (1:54.98) and Colton Bray in the pole vault (14-00.00).
The Jaguars took fourth place in the 4x800-meter relay as Loevenstein, Derek Meeks, Jakob Coacher and Teddy Gillespie finished with a time of 8:03.96. Mill Valley also took fifth place in the 4x1,600-meter relay as the same team crossed the finish line at 18:38.28.
Shawnee Mission Northwest’s sprint medley relay team took seventh place as Ian McCabe, Nehemiah Jones, Tom Green and Zach St. Clair crossed the finish line at 3:43.71. The Cougars’ 4x400-meter relay team of McCabe, Green, Mitchell Hodson and Chandler Bado finished eighth with a time of 3:27.81.
St. James Academy’s Braxton Lewis took seventh place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.78, and De Soto’s Travis Hodge took sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.11.
St. James senior Kelly McKee led the way for local athletes on the girls side, taking first place in the long jump (17-05.00), fourth place in the triple jump (36-02.75) and 10th place in the 300-meter hurdles (48.51).
Basehor-Linwood’s Quinnlyn Walcott also took home a first-place finish, winning the 2,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 7:28.43. Shawnee Mission North’s Molly Ryan took fifth (8:10.85) and De Soto’s Morgan Darter took 10th (9:17.65).
St. James’ Allie Webb took fourth place in the javelin (133-07.00), Mill Valley’s Megan Eckman took fifth in the high jump (5-02.25) and SM North’s Jazmin Williams took sixth in the long jump (17-05.00).
Jon Poorman is the sports editor at The Dispatch, The Sentinel and The Chieftain. Follow him on Twitter at @JonPoorman for all of the latest community sports news.