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Girls' high school track athletes break record after record

Girls' high school track athletes break record after record

(Tuesday, May 1, 2015)


On April 17, four school records were broken at the 2015 Kansas Relays held in Lawrence, Kan. that included athletes from over 20 states.

Starting with the 400-meter run, Sophomore Alex Ferguson placed third out of 32 runners. She boasted a time of 57.58, which broke her own school record and put her as the second fastest time in Kansas this year.

The medley relay team consisting of Junior Mariah Cook (200), Sophomore Riley Calderwood (200), Junior Rachel Heiman (400), and Ferguson (800) took fourth out of 16 teams with a time of 4:22.52. This time broke a school record that was set in 1998 at the Baker Relays and made them the second fastest 1600-team in Kansas schools.

The third school record broken that day occurred when the 4x200 relay team of Cook, Ferguson, Heiman and Junior Taylor White (pictured left) took 13th with a time of 1:48.82. This broke the school record that was set in 1996 when the girls still ran this as an event in regular meets. The finish put them as the third fastest 4x200 relay team in Kansas schools.

The final school record was broken that evening at 10 p.m. when the 4x400 relay team of White, Heiman, Ferguson and Senior Kaitlyn Shoemaker finished 12th out of 41  with a time of 4:08.10. This broke the school record that was set at the state meet last year and was the fourth fastest among Kansas schools this year.

Other impressive finishes included the 4x100 girls’ relay team finishing 27th out of 43 with a time of 51.96 which moves them into the 12th fastest spot for Kansas schools. The team consisted of Cook, White, Calderwood, and Heiman.

In the girls’ high jump, Shoemaker jumped a 5-00.25 for a 10th-place tie. This put her as the sixth highest high jumping girl in Kansas, only one miss away from a medal.

White finished 16th in the girls’ triple jump with a 34-07, which is the fifth longest jump in Kansas.



The tracksters did not stop breaking records at KU. On Friday, May 1, the top varsity runners traveled to Seaman High School for the Bob-Camien-Claudia Welch Invitational. The girls’ team finished in sixth place out of 19.

The girls’ 4x800 relay team consisting of Ferguson, Shoemaker, Freshman Jade Mountain, and Sophomore Anastasia Graves (pictured left) broke the school record with their time of 9:55.60, finishing in first place and with the third fastest time in Kansas this year.

Ferguson broke her own school record again in the 400-meter dash with a 57.34, earning her a first-place medal. She also captured first place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:22.83.    

In the 1600-meter run, Mountain set a personal record with a time of 5:42.17. Shoemaker beat her own personal record by 20 seconds in the 3200-meter race with a time of 12:14.34.

White captured first place in the triple jump with a jump of 35-05.50, and she medaled third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 47.72.

Also contributing points to the team on the girls’ side included Shoemaker in the high jump (5-00.00), Senior Payton Rickel in the javelin throw (109-09.50), and the 4x400 relay team consisting of Cook, White, Heiman, and Ferguson who finished in 4:09.02.

On the boys’ side, the 4x800 meter relay team beat their personal record by 11 seconds. That team consisted of Junior Devon Jones, Senior Matt Wagner, Junior Hagen Honas and Junior Jacob Gerber.