Hawks Sweep SM North Relays!
The Hawks continued their run through the 2012 track season with an impressive sweep of the team tiles at the prestigious SM North Relays which featured over 20 of the area’s best teams. The boys held off Olathe North by three points to take the team title while the girl’s team won comfortably with Gardner-Edgerton taking second place. It took several strong performances to make this happen and three new OE top 5 times were recorded. Kaylyn Williams set a new school record in the 300m hurdles by finishing in 46.31 which bested the previous record by nearly one full second! Jacob Schultze ran 49.36 in the 400m which is a new #2 all time best at East. The girl’s 4×800 relay team of Brenna McDannold, Riley Gay, Natalie Kopplin, and Kelsey Quiring ran an impressive time of 9:45.92 to record the #3 time in OE history.
Other impressive efforts included victories by John Blazevic in the javelin and Sam McReynolds in the 300m hurdles. Sam also placed fourth in 110m hurdles finishing just behind junior Adam Osheim who finished second. Adam also placed fifth in the 300m hurdles. Other top five finishers for the boys include Jacob Schultze (second in the long jump and second in the 400m), Nick Hinrichs (fourth in the 800m), second place in the 4x100m relay, fourth place in the 4×800 relay, and a third place finish by the 4×400 relay team.
The girls won the team title without winning a single event. JasmineThomas came the closest to victory in the 100m where she had the same time as the winner, but was declared in second place after a review of the finish photo (I still say she was first!). Junior Courtney Caresia threw a season best 37’1-1/4” in the shot put to place third. The girls relay teams performed well with the 4x100m team taking second and the 4x800m team placing fourth despite running the third best ever time in school history. Kelsey Quiring came from deep in the pack to finish fourth in the 800m and Brenna McDannold overcame a disqualification scare to finish third in the 3200m. Kaylyn Williams’ new school record in the 300m hurdles earned her a third place finish in the very tough field.
The Hawks will be tested once more this week as they compete in the Sunflower League meet at ODAC on Friday.