LAWRENCE, Kan. – Blue Springs’ Justin Hall and Blue Springs South’s Savion Cauveren each continued their stellar senior seasons at the prestigious Kansas Relays over the weekend.
Hall, who owns the best triple jump in the nation this year, swept the triple jump and long jump titles and took third in the high jump Friday and Saturday at the University of Kansas.
Hall leaped 49 feet, 11 inches earlier this season in the Rusty Hodge Invitational at Blue Springs South. At KU, he nearly matched it, winning the triple jump with a distance of 49 feet, 2.5 inches, more than 9 inches better than the runner-up.
Hall’s long jump of 24-1 in Kirkwood’s Dale Collier Invitational was the 15th best in the nation. At KU, he nearly matched it with a jump of 23-11 to edge Olathe North’s Isaiah Simmons (23-10.75). Fort Osage’s Trevor Skaggs took 13th (21-6.25).
Hall’s leap of 6-4 in the high jump was topped only by a pair of 6-6 jumps by Drew David of Girard (Kan.) and Richard Newman of Topeka (Kan.).
Cauveren, as he has done all season, dominated the hurdles events. He captured first place in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 37.85 seconds, edging Grandview’s Maliek Kendall (38.17).
Cauveren took third in the 110 high hurdles in 14.22, finishing behind Blue Valley Southwest’s Noah Green (14.05) and Kendall (14.11).
Other Blue Springs athletes fared well. The 4x800-meter relay team prevailed in 8 minutes, 0.93 seconds.
Sophomore Victor Mugeche took 14th in a loaded 1,600 meters field in 4:27.01, while Cody Berry was 23rd in 4:31.38. Berry fared better in the 3,200, taking fifth in 9:27.24.
Wildcats senior Brandon Kimball took sixth in the pole vault (14-6). Junior Doobie Burns was 22nd in the triple jump.
Blue Springs’ 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams also captured fifth in 1:32.12 and 3:24.88, respectively, while the 4x400 team was 11th (3:23.90). The Blue Springs distance medley relay team was eighth (10:37.49), and the sprint medley relay was 11th (3:43.00).
Grain Valley’s Dalton Miller was the top area finisher in the 800, taking 26th in 2:02.31. Oak Grove senior Blake Jackson was 21st in the triple jump (41-6.5).
On the girls side, Blue Springs fared well in several relay events. The Wildcats took second in the 4x400 (4:03.99), seventh in the 4x800 (9:53.99), 13th in the distance medley (12:41.56) and 14th in the 4x200 (1:48.56).
Blue Springs senior Joslyn Snead was 12th in the pole vault (10-6) and junior Leyla Edwards was 20th in the long jump (16-1).
Blue Springs South claimed 13th in the 4x1,600 relay (22:51.44).
Grain Valley was 12th in the distance medley in a school-record time of 12:41.18 and 16th in the 4x800 relay in a school record 10:02.66.
Fort Osage was 16th in the 4x400 (4:10.66).
Fort Osage senior Sonia Fautau claimed sixth in the shot put (40-7.5) and Fort senior Paige Bunn finished 10th in the discus (126-2). Fort’s Marina Rios took 25th in the 800 (2:26.02)