Gardner Edgerton High School freshman Devlin Specht sails over the bar in a recent practice. Specht will be a big part of the Blazers pole vaulting team this season. The Blazers open the track season at the SM south Relays Saturday. Submitted photo

Gardner Edgerton High School freshman Devlin Specht sails over the bar in a recent practice. Specht will be a big part of the Blazers pole vaulting team this season. The Blazers open the track season at the SM south Relays Saturday. Submitted photo

Using balanced scoring, the Gardner Edgerton High School lady Blazer freshman track team brought back first place honors in its first track meet last week. The freshman squad raced out of the starting blocks at Blue Valley West High School, taking top place.
The Blazer boys also finished strong earning enough team points to nab second place.
“I thought the kids did a great job in the opener,” said GEHS Coach Brian McGee. “The future looks bright for GEHS track and field.”
Lauren Highfill led the way with a first place, 300 meter hurdle time of 53.7 seconds. She later teamed with Taylor Gabrielli, Bridget Espino and Haylei Bell to take first in the 1600 relay in a time of 4:48.2 minutes.
The 400-meter relay foursome of Cierra Swait, Roshea Daniels, Tanae Watkins and Taylor Carpenter also earned gold.
Carpenter also took first in the 100 meters in 14.09 seconds. Larissa Weidler took first at 3200 meters in 13:44 minutes, and Justice Stafos won the pole vault clearing 7 feet.
Silver medals went to Highfill in the triple jump, and Carpenter took second in the 200 meters in 28.9 seconds.

Gardner Edgerton High School’s Conner McGuire clears the bar in practice last week. He will be part of a strong GEHS pole vaulting crew at the Shawnee Mission South Relays on April 4. Submitted photo

Gardner Edgerton High School’s Conner McGuire clears the bar in practice last week. He will be part of a strong GEHS pole vaulting crew at the Shawnee Mission South Relays on April 4. Submitted photo

Isabella Hinck took second at 3200 meters in 14:30.5 minutes, and Swait landed silver in the long jump. Korah Calvin also took second in the shot put.
The 3200 relay of Weidler, Highfill, Gabriella and Bell took second.
For the boys, GEHS’ Carson Hughes took first with a 1600 meter time of 5:11.48 minutes. Andrew Boline took first in a 3200 time of 11:54 minutes.
Devlin Specht was double winner in the javelin and pole vault.
The 1600 relay of Leon Gaeta, Jace Sprague, Phillip Motley, and Rees Taylor took first in a time of 3:49.15 minutes.
Silver medals went to Rees Taylor in the 400 meter dash, Motley in 300-meter hurdles, Hayden Mulford in discus, and Tom Fabing in pole vault. The 3200 relay team of Boline, Jayden Wingfield, Anthony Stricker and Austin Crim clocked a time of 9:58.4 minutes, good enough for second place.
Liam Sutton was the GEHS freshman boys’ lone bronze medal winner. He took third in the pole vault.
The season continues April 4 at the Shawnee Mission South relays. Action starts at 9 a.m.