Marcus Williams (110 hurdles) and Danie Plank (javelin) earned gold medals highlighting an impressive performance by Gardner Edgerton High School’s track teams at the 62nd Annual Shawnee Mission North Relays on May 4.
No team scores were kept in a meet that annually brings together the best track athletes from the Kansas side.
Williams won the 110 hurdles in 15.30 and teammate Matt Mayeske, a junior, claimed fifth place in a personal best 15.61.
“Marcus and Matt did a great job,” said coach Brian McGee, who has his sights set on an Eastern Kansas League title. “It’s the first North champion we’ve had in an event other than the pole vault.”
Speaking of the pole vault, senior Ryan Weisenburger made the most of his last North appearance claiming second place in a personal best 15’0″. Ben Carpenter, a junior, finished sixth with a personal best 14’0″ and Luis Avila, a senior, took 10th place clearing 13’6″.
Another top performance came from junior Riley Craig who finished second in the javelin with a personal best throw of 164’4″. Anthony Cisneros re-set his freshman record at 158’0″ – good enough for fifth place.
Equally impressive were the Lady Blazers who scored a record 58 points and posted several personal best efforts.
A 1-2-3 sweep in the javelin started the Blazer scoring. Plank took first (138’11″); Ashlee Bilhimer second (135’2″) and sophomore Jill Starling (124’3″) claimed third.
“A sweep of any event at North is quite impressive,” said voach Larry Ward. “I was real proud of our team effort.”
In the pole vault, Cassie Wait finished second clearing 12’6″ and Natalie Mitchell claimed fifth at 11’0″.
Kyla Martin had another big day finishing second in the 200 meters in 25.75; took third in the high jump clearing 5’3″ and just missed qualifying in the 100 meters.
Hannah Schneider finished second in the shot put with a heave of 38’2 3/4″ and Plank added ninth-place points with a toss of 35′ 1 ½”.
Plank placed ninth in the discus with a toss of 106’8″ and Kyla Burcham, 10th with 106’5″.
Next comes the EKL  meet at Blue Valley Northwest, May 11.
The Lady Blazers will get a challenge from Blue Valley West and host Blue Valley Northwest while the boys will need to out-point Blue Valley Northwest and Blue Valley to bring back a title.