Distance runners, Case lead Park Hill South girls track to 3rd in Red Division

Park Hill South’s long distance team along with a hurdles sweep for sophomore Jasmine Case helped the Panthers finish third in the Suburban Conference Red Division meet this year.

Jasmine Crawford, Emma Roth, Marti Heit and Lexi Maddox continued to impress for Park Hill South, combining for three event victories and five top three showings Tuesday, May 2 in Independence, Mo. Crawford, Maddox, Heit and Justine Aiello cruised to a victory in the 4x800-meter relay (9:56.79) and then continued to dominate with individual performances.
In the 800, Crawford set another personal record, going 2:18.57 to win.

Park Hill South went 1-3 in the 3,200 with Maddox earning the win in a tight finish with Kelsey Cox, beating Liberty North’s senior by just .07 of a second. Heit ended up third in 11:51.46. Heit and Maddox traded the school record for the 3,200 the previous week with Heit  currently on top at 11:35.48.

Roth, who has set a school record three times this season, came in second to Liberty’s Madalynn Hill in the 1,600. Roth’s time of 5:14.02 was about a second and a half off her previous best.

The rest of Park Hill South’s big points came from Case and the 4x100 relay.

Case won the 100 hurdles by the tightest of margins, finishing in 15.41 seconds to edge junior teammate Dymeria Guillory by .01 of a second. Park Hill South freshman Ally Hammond was third for a clean sweep.

Case also took the 300 hurdles, setting a personal record in 47.86.

Hammond, De’Jaria Guillory, DeQuaria Guillory and Katherine Herrera gave Park Hill South a second relay victory. The Panthers finished in 51.22 to beat Liberty.

Park Hill South’s boys continued to deal with injuries to senior all-state sprinter Nylo Clarke (knee) and freshman phenom Chris Dupree (ankle).

Both returned to run on the winning 4x200 team with Ryan Rippy and MJ Walker, while combining with Rippy and Michael Garrison on a third-place 4x400 team. The Panthers came in at 3:30.95 — about 2 seconds off their season best.

Dupree last ran while taking second in the 400 at the prestigious Kansas Relays last month. Clarke, the school record holder in the 200 and 400, had been out even longer.

Park Hill South ended up fifth out of six teams in the final standings with 98 points, just one back of Raytown, four behind third-place Liberty North and five from runner-up St. Joseph Central.

The other wins from Park Hill South came from Grant Hudson in the 110 hurdles (personal-best 15.91) and Jacob Prososki (personal-best 2:01.67). Hudson was also third in the 300 hurdles, while Park Hill South’s Brendan Briody was third behind Prososki in the 800.

Ewan Frick rounded out a strong showing in long distance events for Park Hill South, placing second in the 3,200 less than a second behind winner Max Martin of Liberty.

In the field, Park Hill South’s Tavin Severino came in third in the high jump (6-2) and long jump (21-4), while sophomore Benjamin Owere was second in the triple jump (42-9¼). 

Park Hill South returns to action in the Class 5 District 8 meet, scheduled for Saturday, May 13 at Park Hill High School in Kansas City, Mo.