The Husky Track & Field teams co-hosted the 2021 Spring Classic with neighboring Blue Valley West, setting the stage for a night fast times, state bests, and PR’s for competing athletes.
Highlights will be detailed below:
In the pole vault, Nathan Cassity (12) was once again the runner-up, clearing 11’00 for the second week in a row to equal his PR.
In the 3200m run, Andrew Mason (11), Sam Hurley (10), and Nate Schemmel (12) finished in 3rd, 4th, and 5th place, respectively. The trio posted historic times for the program, with Mason finishing in 9:55.67, Hurley finishing in 9:57.08, and Schemmel finishing in 10:00.95. The three athletes are now the 3rd, 4th, and 5th fastest two-milers in BVNW history, and are all currently ranked in the top-8 for 3200m times in Kansas this season.
In the discus throw, Gabe Peterson (11) placed 4th with in a PR throw of 127-04.00. Peterson also placed 2nd in the shot put with a heave of 47-06.50, another PR toss for the junior.
In the javelin throw, Dylan Barthol (11) placed 5th with a throw of 140-10.00, a substantial PR for the junior in just his first throw of the season.
In the relays, the 4x800m team placed 6th overall with a time of 8:56.45, followed by the 4x400m team finishing in 7th with a time of 3:46.33.
In the girls 400m dash, Tayler Williams (11) started things off for the Huskies, finishing 7th in 1:07.81.
In her first ever high school 800m run, Laya Erikson (10) finished 3rd in a PR of 2:32.11. She led Sydney Skelton (9) to another top-8 performance, running a 9-second PR in route to a 2:35.69 performance to finish 8th.
Rachel Hostetler (10) followed that performance with an 8th place finish in the 1600m run, posting a 5:58.30 finishing time.
In the 3200m run, the Huskies had a historic night, as Riley Beach (12) bettered her school record of 10:55.71 with a 10:53.58 finishing time, which currently sits as the top 3200m mark in the state of Kansas. She led Cecilia Fisher (11) and Lexi Liess (11) through to all-time best performances as well, with the duo running 11:27.12 and 11:31.27, respectively. Those finishes have Fisher and Liess as the 4th and 5th fastest two-milers in BVNW history, and are currently the 4th and 8th fastest times in the state of Kansas this season.
In the 100m hurdlers, Emma Bartholome (9) finished 7th place with a time of 19.86 seconds, a current PR for the young freshman. She followed that up with a 3rd place finish in the 300m hurdles, clearing the hurdles in 53.92 seconds. Lillian Li (11) was close behind her in a PR of 1:01.67, which earned her an 8th place finish.
In the relays, the 4x100m team finished in 6th place, with the 4x400m team closing out the night with a 5th place finish.
All told, the Huskies earned 21 top-8 performances, improving upon the finishes from the previous competition.
The Huskies will return to competition again on Wednesday, April 7, with the JV squads competing at Gardner Edgerton High School. The meet will feature competition against Mill Valley, Blue Valley High, Gardner Edgerton, Leavenworth, Bishop Miege, and Basehor-Linwood. Both running and field events begin at 3:45PM.
The Varsity squads return to competition the following Friday at the Blue Valley Relays, hosted by Blue Valley High School. The competition will feature schools from both the BV and Shawnee Mission schools districts, with several other teams from the are competing as well. Look for more information on this meet to come out in the future.
Check back in next week for our weekend wrap-up of all things BVNW Track & Field next weekend. #ONENW