During a weekend of collegiate conference championships, Gardner Edgerton High School alumni provided several outstanding performances.
Former GEHS students dominated the men’s Big 12 Championship track meet in Lubbock, Texas, on May 18. Casey Bowen, now a junior at the University of Kansas, won the event, winning the title with a vault of 18-feet.
The second-place finisher also grew up in Gardner. Kyle Wait, now a senior at Kansas State University, took the silver with a vault of 17-feet, 10-and-a-quarter-inch. Former GEHS graduate and K-State junior Tommy Brady finished eighth. Three of the top eight Big 12 finishers graduated from GEHS.
Bowen’s pole vault championship, coupled with three Wait championships – two indoor championships and one outdoor, means that four Big 12 pole vault champions in the last three years are from former GEHS athletes.
On Friday, Danielle Plank, a former GEHS track star and now a freshman at K-State, secured fifth place in the Big 12 Championships. Plank won four state titles in javelin while a student at GEHS.
A Gardner Edgerton alum also took a track and field title in the Missouri Valley Conference. Former GEHS student and high school state champion, Natalie Morerod claimed the Missouri Valley Conference title in the 400 meter hurdles over the weekend. Morerod’s win helped the Wichita State Shockers take the team championship in the conference.