Using balanced scoring, the Gardner Edgerton High School track teams turned in impressive performances in an opening-season Shawnee Mission South Invitational, April 5.
The Lady Blazers battled to a fourth place tie with Shawnee Mission West. The Blazer boys finished ninth in a very competitive, 12-team field.
On the girls side, Taylor Claybon had a big day. She finished first in the 300 meter hurdles in a time of 48.4 seconds, took fifth in the 100 hurdles in 17.5 seconds and was eighth in the 100 meters run at 13.2 seconds.
Other golds came from Lauren Strick in the shot put with a heave of 35’0” and Abby Buie with a javelin throw of 20’8”.
Third place awards went to Karli Smith with an 8’0” pole vault, and went to the 800 and 1600 relay teams.
Jill Starling finished fourth with a javelin throw of 113’1”.
Hannah Culbertson finished fifth with a discus toss of 92’7”, Faith Jolly took sixth in the triple jump, and Cortlyn Tryon was seventh in the long jump. Kaitlyn Dayton took seventh in the high jump clearing eight feet.
For the boys, Jaylon Radel took first in the 100 meters in a time of 11.1 seconds.
Once again, the Blazers dominated the pole vault with Jake McIntire placing second, Kyle Stubler placing third. and Conner McGuire taking fourth. All three cleared thirteen feet. Their places were awarded on basis of fewer misses at lower heights.
Andrew Sprague added third-place points in the discus with a toss of 147’5”. That toss ranks number-two on the all-time sophomore list. He finished eighth in the shot put with a heave of 42’5”. Jared Bartlett finished fifth in the javelin with a throw of 139’2”.
GEHS got fourth-place points from Tanner Hughes with a 400 clocking 54.4 Seconds.
Fifth place went to Trey Smith with a triple jump of 39’10”. Traezon Henderson added fifth place in the 100 meter dash with a clocking of 11.4 seconds.
McIntyre was seventh in the 300 hurdles in 44.1 seconds.
Next action comes April 11 at home. GEHS will serve as host of the Olathe Invitational due to construction at Olathe District Athletic Center.
Teams in the field include Olathe South, Olathe East, Olathe Northwest, and Washburn Rural.