MHS competes in 2-day Emporia track meet

By Grant Guggisberg

In its first two-day meet of the season, the Manhattan High track and field teams fared well in Emporia over the weekend.

The Manhattan boys’ team won the event with a team score of 197.5, just ahead of Emporia (188.6) and Wichita Bishop Carroll (181.1). Wamego took fourth place with 170 points.

The girls’ team ended up taking third place as a team with 177 points, finishing behind Wichita East (197) and Wamego (190).

With some of its top athletes in Lawrence for the KU Relays, Manhattan ended up putting together a solid performance in Emporia, with veterans competing well in the elite division while newcomers and younger athletes got their feet wet in the other divisions.

In the elite division, Aleise Williams took sixth in the 100 meters (13.16). ReJoyce Bryant took fifth in the 200 meters (27.53), while winning the 100-meter hurdles (16.84) and taking fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (50.22). Bri Walker took fourth in the elite 100-meter hurdles (18.15).

In the elite 400 meters, Taylor Efurd (1:05.38) and Rachel Beach (1:06.73) took seventh and eighth, respectively, while in the 800 meters, Jessica Smith took ninth place (2:40.55). Megan Ochoa took sixth place in the elite 1,600 meters (5:43.65) and fourth in the 3200 meters (12:13.28), with Emily Van Natta finishing eighth in the two-mile (12:27.91).

In the elite pole vault, Taylor Smith and Ashlynn Kleinbeck both tied for third with an 8-foot jump, with Montana Kubista finishing in eighth place with a 7-6 jump. In the elite long jump, Lakesha Johnson took eighth with a 14-8 1/2 jump.

In the elite shot put, Kaylee Kipp took third with a 35-9 1/2 throw, with Mykayla Moore taking eighth (31-7 1/2). In the elite discus, Manhattan went 1-2, with Stephanie Shanower taking first (134-5) and Kylie James taking second (123-5).

On the boys’ side, among the elite division, Christian Mack took first in the 100 meters (11.04), while Tre Daniels finished in eighth (11.49). Mack took fourth in the 200 meters (23.36), with Daniels finishing in seventh (23.93). In the elite 400 meters, Chris Martin took second (51.17), while in the elite 800, Evan Williams took first (2:00.18).

In the high jump, Kaden Frasier finished second with a 6-foot jump. In the elite pole vault, Jacob Carlson finished in sixth place (11-6). In the long jump, Jacob Harden finished fourth (20-10 1/2), with Sam Livsey in eighth (19-11 3/4). Harden took third in the elite triple jump (42-5), with Livsey in fifth place (41-11 1/2).

In the throwing events, Gabe Caldas took third in the shot put (46-7 1/4), while Brandon Nowlin took third (138-1) and Paul Wichmann took fifth (132-9) in the discus. Manhattan was strong in the javelin, with Jacob Holloway winning (176-1), Brady Kiracofe taking second (154-8) and Ryan McHenry in fifth (151-6).

Among those finishing outside the elite division and in the 5A-6A division, Manhattan’s Henry Bieber won the 200 meters (23.58). Logan Clark tied for seventh place in the high jump (5-6), in seventh place in the long jump (18-5 1/2) and fourth place in the triple jump (37-9).

In the 5A-6A throws, Nowlin took eighth in the shot put (33-9 1/4), while Cain Blaha took fourth in the discus (113-5).

In the 1A-6A final of the girls’ 100-meter hurdles, Lakesha Johnson took fifth (20.49) while also taking third in the 300-meter hurdles (55.10) in the same division. Bri Walker won the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 53.04.

In the 5A-6A 100 meters, Manhattan went 1-2, with Hannah Miller taking first (13.72) and Nate Simington coming in second (13.87). In the 5A-6A triple jump, Isis Thornton-Saunder took seventh with a jump of 27-10 3/4.

In the same division, Shanower took second in the shot put (30-6), while Anna Jackson took second in the discus (91-7). In the javelin, Shelby Root took second place (89-4), while Jackson took fourth (85-6).

The track team competes on Friday in Topeka at the Seaman Relays.

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