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Newkirk's city performance rekindles memories of city's all-time greats



Tanner Newkirk's record-setting performance in last Friday's Joe Schrag City Invitational track and field meet cemented the Hayden senior star's place among the all-time city best.

But Newkirk's city meet records in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters also rekindled memories of just how good Topeka track has been over the years.

Newkirk became only the fifth city athlete to crack the city meet list since 2010 and the first since former Washburn Rural and current Washburn University pole-vaulter Zac Chandler set the boys pole vault record with a clearance of 15 feet, 6 inches in 2018.

2022HaydenCityTrackHummer 0876 LHayden senior Tanner Newkirk recovers after setting one of his three city meet records in last Friday's Joe Schrag City Invitational. [Photo by Kyle Grunert/Special to TSN]

2022HaydenCityTrackHummer 0870 LTanner Newkirk is congratulated by his father, former Emporia state champ Kevin Newkirk, after his record-setting performance in the 1,600 meters in last Friday's Joe Schrag City Invitational. [Photo by Kyle Grunert/Special to TSN]

Newkirk's 1,600 time of 4:10.88 eclipsed the record of 4:19.1 set by Topeka West's Bill Myers 47 years ago (1975) and his 9:18.89 clocking in the 3,200 bettered the record of 9:32.6, also set in 1975, by Topeka West's David Foltz.

Newkirk's 1:55.69 time in the 800 bettered the previous city-meet record of 1:57.3 by Topeka High's David Faulkner in 1991.

Newkirk joins a list of city-meet record-holders that includes the likes of all-time Kansas greats Marcel Carter, Troy Wilson and Iain Trimble (Shawnee Heights), Jared Huske (Highland Park), Sharrieff Hazim (Topeka West) and Dan O'Mara (Hayden).

On the girls side, the city meet list includes city greats Jocelyn Bentley (Highland Park), Rita Graves and Janell Wright (Topeka High), Macahla Wesley (Topeka West), Deana Alexander (Shawnee Heights) and Marge Eddy (Seaman).

Listed below is the updated list of record-holders in the city meet, previously known as the City Track Carnival.


(Current events only)


100 high hurdles    14.6 Akilah Carter, Shawnee Heights           1993

                               14.6 Janell Wright, Topeka High                   1998

4 x 800 relay           9:26.5 Seaman                                             1986

100                          11.61 Macahla Wesley, Topeka West           2010 

1,600                       5:15.0 Rebecca Smith, Topeka West           1989

4 x 100 relay            48.6 Highland Park                                      1998

400                           *56.7 Jocelyn Bentley, Highland Park          1978

300 hurdles              45.2 Colleen McKinney, Topeka West          1990

800                           2:18.8 Christie Caywood, Washburn Rural   1995

200                           *24.7 Jocelyn Bentley, Highland Park           1978

*3,200                      11:18.1 Marge Eddy, Seaman                        1986

4 x 400 relay            4:00.6 Seaman                                               1986

High jump                 5-10 Rita Graves, Topeka High                      1982

Long jump                19-4.75 Abreanna Parker, Shawnee Heights 2010 

Triple jump                40-8.5 Sasha Spann, Highland Par,              2005

Shot put                    43-12 Micah Wesley, Highland Park              2007

Discus                       131-3 Crystal Kemp, Topeka High                 2001

Javelin                       148-5 Deana Alexander, Shawnee Heights  1992

Pole vault                   12-0 Katie Thurbon, Washburn Rural          2010


110 hurdles                13.82 Jared Huske, Highland Park              2005

4 x 800 relay              7:54.6 Topeka West                                     1994

100                             10.2 Marcel Carter, Shawnee Heights         1989

1,600                          4:10.88 Tanner Newkirk, Hayden                 2022

4 x 100 relay                42.4 Topeka High                                         1986

400                              48.7 Marcel Carter, Shawnee Heights         1989

                                    48.7 Winston Tidwell, Topeka West             1993

300 hurdles                  36.93 Jared Huske, Highland Park             2005

800                               1:55.69 Tanner Newkirk, Hayden               2022

200                               21.5 Marcel Carter, Shawnee Heights        1989

3,200                            9:18.89 Tanner Newkirk, Hayden                2022

4 x 400 relay                3:21.8 Topeka West                                     1981

Pole vault                     15-6 Zac Chandler, Washburn Rural           2018

High jump                     7-1 Sharrieff Hazim, Topeka West              1982

Long jump                     23-9.25 DeCorey Harvey, Highland Park    1992

Triple jump                    49-0 Harun Hazim, Topeka West                1990

 Shot put                        62-11 Troy Wilson, Shawnee Heights        1989

Discus                           171-1 Dan O'Mara, Hayden                       1985

Javelin                          223-7 Iain Trimble, Shawnee Heights         2007

Note: As marks are bettered using the metric conversion chart found in the KSHSAA track manual, the English marks will be dropped. For the present, metric conversions of all records are starred.