Brian McGee
This past Thursday, Gardner Edgerton High School hosted the Sunflower League Championship varsity meet. All 14 schools from our league were here and competed at an all-time high level. We had 9 stadium records shattered and multiple school records broken by several teams. It was a great night that would not have been possible without the help and hard work of Scott Peavey, Jenn Miller, Pete Logan, Emilie Yancey, Rochelle Kilgore, Aaron Batterbee, Mr. Bell, Mrs. Veatch, Mr. Taylor, all of our coaches and our amazing custodians and grounds crews—namely Joe Cibulski, George, Billy, Mike Green, and Mark DeWitt. We received numerous compliments about our facilities all night long.
Dawson Kindler, just a sophomore, was our lone SFL Champion, winning the javelin with a personal best throw of 167’6″! John Ahsens took 2nd in the 200m at 22.60. Pierson Carlisle equaled his best jump in pole vault, clearing 14’0″ for 3rd place, narrowly edging out teammate Jadyn Campbell who also cleared 14’0″. Carson Sander continued his throws dominance by snagging 3rd in shot put with a pressure throw of 51’8 1/2″, placing 4th in discus at 139’11″ and 3rd in javelin at 163’1″. Parker Walion ran the 1600m in 4:25.48 which was good enough for a bronze medal. Troy Wood continued his PR trend by blasting a 50.57 in the 400m and placed 3rd overall. The girls were led by Bella Meili and Joslyn Griffin in the 400m. Those ladies ran 60.43 and 60.75, placing 5th and 6th, respectively. Kaira Mannio vaulted 10’6″ taking 5th, Kiersten Markos threw the discus 104’6″ placing 5th and Lauren Mulwa threw a lifetime best in shot put with a heave of 36’5″ also taking 5th.
The girls placed 13th as a team scoring 20 points. The boys’ team placed 2nd scoring 84 points and falling only to an incredible Olathe North squad (7 of those stadium records now belong to that program). If you see any of the athletes mentioned above please congratulate them on representing our school so well.
Regionals is this upcoming Thursday at ODAC. We’ll be ready.