Inclement weather brought an early end to the Olathe Invitational, April 15, but couldn’t keep the ‘Blazers from another dominating performance.
Temperatures dipped to the low 40’s and a cold, driving rain forced track officials to cancel the meet after 13 events.
“Once again, we competed very well in bad weather conditions,” said Coach Larry Ward. “The girls won eight of the 13 completed events and the boys continue to show a lot of improvement.”
Jalisa Brice had a big day. She leaped 15’7″ to win the long jump and her 36’6″ triple jump was good enough for gold.
She teamed with Brittney Parks, Taylor Claybon, and Kyla Martin to win the 400 relay in 52:01.
GEHS got a 1-2-3 sweep in the javelin led by Dani Plank’s gold medal throw of 141’11″. Ashlee Bilhimer took second (122’1″) and freshman Jill Starling was third with a throw of 110’4″.
Plank’s other gold came in the shot put with a heave of 35’3″. Kyra Burcham took fourth with a 33’10″ effort.
Other golds came from McKenzie Scroggin (1600, 5:46.9), Chanel Davis (110 hurdles, 17.1), and Cassie Wait (pole vault, 10’0″).
Natalie Mitchell took third in the pole vault clearing 9’6″ and McKenzie Smith tied for fourth clearing 9’0″.
Hannah Culbertson’s discus toss of 106’8″ took third. Plank finished fourth with a mark of 102’4″ and Burcham, fifth with 98’9″.
On the boys’ side, senior weightman Dan Mauszycki won the javelin with a throw of 158″ and finished third in the shot put with a heave of 45’4″. Alex Knorr finished seventh in the shot put with an effort of 41’6″ and Bryan Plank, eighth with 36’10″.
Matt Mayeske raced to third in the 100 hurdles with a clocking of 16.3. Marcus Williams took third.
Zach Hickman cleared 5’10″ in the high jump for seventh place and Chris Kreiser’s 1600 time of 5:01 was good enough for ninth place.
An Olathe non-qualifier meet takes place April 19 and then GEHS will send a strong contingent to the KU Relays, April 22-23.