Lee’s Summit athletes stand out at Kansas Relays

April 23, 2014 

Elizabeth Nolke (left), Nicole Kallenberger, Jamie Newsome and Sydney Watkins of Lee’s Summit West show off their trophy after winning the high school girls sprint medley relay on April 19 at the Kansas Relays. The Titans won the race in a school-record 4 minutes, 14.06 seconds.

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Lee’s Summit West’s girls track team came home with victories in two relays in the high school competition at last weekend’s Kansas Relays.

Lee’s Summit West won the distance medley relay for the seventh time in the past nine years when Elizabeth Nolke, Kourtney West, Jamie Newsome and Annika Sisson combined for a time of 12 minutes, 27.29 seconds. Nolke, Nicole Kallenberger, Newsome, and Sydney Watkins teamed up to take the sprint medley relay in a school record 4:14.06.

Kallenberger also placed second in the pole vault at 10 feet, 10 inches while Newsome took second in the triple jump (37-3.75). Sisson was second in the 2,000 steeplechase at 7:47.38.

West was the only school to win two relays at the meet, which draws the top high school competition from eight Midwest states. The Titans finished in the relay team competition, one point behind Francis Howell from St. Louis.

“I was very pleased to see our girls step up in all the events we were entered,” West girls track coach Jesse Griffin said. “I thought the sprint medley and distance medley relays ran extremely well and had great team chemistry”

Lee’s Summit North won the girls 1,600 relay, with Aliyah Hakim, Kala Taylor, Jenny Krause and Rhema Taylor running a time of 4:02.65. Hakim, Kelsey Lewis, Krause and Taylor placed sixth in the 800 relay at 1:46.83 and Taylor took fifth in the 400 at 59.43.

Summit Christian Academy freshman Carlie Queen took third place in the high jump with a 5-6 mark. Queen’s height was the same as the first two finishers but she had more misses. Queen also placed 10th in the pole vault at 10-4.

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