Seven athletes who had a hand in eight state titles, including five multiple-event state champs, headline the 2023 All-Shawnee County boys track and field team.

JakeMullerState2Hayden senior Jake Muller (right) won his second Class 4A 300-meter hurdles state title last Saturday, one of his three state gold medals on the day. [Photo by Kyle Grunert/Special to TSN]

FinnDunsheeState3Hayden junior Finn Dunshee (left) was the 4A 100-meter dash champ and also won state titles in the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays last weekend. [Photo by Kyle Grunert/Special to TSN]

Hayden senior Jake Muller and junior Finn Dunshee took home three gold medals apiece, posting individual wins to go with two relay victories, while Wildcat sophomores Jensen Schrickel and Liam Stegman teamed with Muller and Dunshee for the two relay titles, including a Class 4A state meet record.

TreRichardsonState2Highland Park senior Tre Richardson (middle) won the Class 5A boys 100-meter dash last Saturday at Cessna Stadium, the first of his two state titles on the day. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

TreRichardsonState5Highland Park senior Tre Richardson won the Class 5A long jump, finished second in the triple jump and scored 33 total points in the state meet. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

Highland Park senior Tre Richardson turned in a monster individual 5A state performance, winning a pair of state titles and posting a runnerup finish while scoring 33 points by himself to outscore 22 other 5A schools.

JacksonEsquibelStateShawnee Heights junior Jackson Esquibel won the Class 5A state title in the 3,200 meters and finished second in the 1,600 last weekend. [Photo by Brent Maycock/KSHSAA Covered]

BatsonState3Topeka West sophomore Alesecio Batson won the Class 5A triple jump championship last weekend in Wichita. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

Shawnee Heights junior Jackson Esquibel and Topeka West sophomore Alesecio Batson also won 5A state titles, with Esquibel also recording a second-place finish as 16 members of the All-Shawnee County team earning state medals.

HaydenRelayState1Hayden's Liam Stegman, Jake Muller, Jensen Schrickel and Finn Dunshee won Class 4A state titles in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays last Saturday in Wichita. [Photo by Kyle Grunert/Special to TSN]

Muller won the second 300-meter intermediate hurdles state title of his career in 38.41 seconds while Dunshee won the 4A 100-meter dash in 10.84 and Muller and Dunshee teamed with Schrickel and Stegman to win the 4x100 (42.65) and 4x400 relay championships while setting the 4A meet record in the 4X400 relay (3:20.99).  Schrickel also finished third in the 400 (49.63).

Richardson won the 5A 100-meter dash in 10.73 seconds and the long jump at 23 feet, 4.50 inches, finished second in the triple jump (46-5.75) and fourth in the 200 dash (22.49).

Esquibel won the 5A 3,200-meter run in 9 minutes, 18.67 seconds and added a runnerup finish in the 1,600 (4:15.26) while Batson won the 5A triple jump at 48-4.25.

Topeka West senior Lenny Njoroge finished second in the 5A 3,200 (9:21.24) and added a fourth-place finish in the 1,600 (4:22.45) while Shawnee Heights senior Jordan Garvin finished second in the 5A 300 hurdles (39.68) and Washburn Rural junior Jamond Lane was second in the 6A discus (167-6).

Washburn Rural junior Josh Sulzen-Watson finished fourth in the 6A discus (157-4) and fifth in the javelin (168-6). 

Cair Paravel Latin sophomore Ben Roeder, who competed for Topeka High during the regular season and CPLS in the postseason finished fourth in the 2A 200-meter dash (23.43) and fifth in the 400 (50.70).

Shawnee Heights senior Jeremiah Smith, a former state champ, posted a fifth-place finish in the 5A 100 (10.95) while T-Bird junior Alex Dittman took fifth in the 5A javelin (165-9) while Hayden senior Joe Otting earned a 4A state medal with an eighth-place finish in the discus (142-11) and Washburn Rural freshman Liam Morrison took eighth in the 6A 300 hurdles (46.39).

Also earning berths on the All-Shawee County boys first team were Seaman senior Branen Moore, junior Aaron Merritt, sophomore Bryce Cochran and Peyton Holmes, Washburn Rural seniors Easton Dial and Davin Johnson and junior Colin Rausch, Highland Park senior Keijuan Johnson and Topeka High senior V'Ante Peoples, juniors Jaziah Mack, Logan Murray,and Travis Shyne and freshman Malachi Murph.

All-Shawnee County picks were based on meeting minimum performance standards as well as coaches' recommendation and postseason performances.


Name, school                                             Class      Events

Alesecio Batson, Topeka West                     So.          Triple jump

Bryce Cochran, Seaman                               So.         Sprints, jumps

Easton Dial, Washburn Rural                        Sr           Distance

Alex Dittman, Shawnee Heights                   Jr.           Throws

Finn Dunshee, Hayden                                 Jr.           Sprints, relays

Jackson Esquibel, Shawnee Heights           Jr.            Distance

Jordan Garvin, Shawnee Heights                Sr            Hurdles

Peyton Holmes, Seaman                             So.           Long jump

Davin Johnson, Washburn Rural                 Sr.            Distance

Keijuan Johnson, Highland Park                 Sr.            Hurdles

Jamond Lane, Washburn Rural                   Jr.             Throws

Jaziah Mack,       Topeka High                    Jr.              Relays

Aaron Merritt, Seaman                                Jr.              Hurdles

Branen Moore, Seaman                              Sr.             Distance

Liam Morrison, Washburn Rural                  Fr.            Hurdles

Jake Muller, Hayden                                    Sr.             Hurdles, relays

Malachi Murph, Topeka High                       Fr.             Sprints, relays 

Logan Murray, Topeka High                         Jr.             Relays

Lenny Njoroge, Topeka West                      Sr.             Distance

Joe Otting, Hayden                                     Sr.             Throws

V'Ante Peoples, Topeka High                     Sr.             Sprints, relays

Colin Rausch, Washburn Rural                   Jr.             Pole vault

Tre Richardson, Highland Park                  Sr..            Sprints, jumps

Ben Roeder, Topeka High/Cair Paravel      So,            Sprints

Jensen Schrickel, Hayden                          So.            Sprints, jumps

Travis Shyne, Topeka High                         Jr.              Relays

Jeremiah Smith, Shawnee Heights             Sr.             Sprints, Hurdles

Liam Stegman, Hayden                              So.             Relays

Josh Sulzen-Watson, Washburn Rural       Jr.               Throws

Honorable mention

Hayden: JC Cummings, Ethan Florence, Rondell Harris, Nick Lloyd, Eli Tanking. Highland Park: Gabe Davis,  Jhalil McCraken. Seaman: Brody Anderson, Tristan Berg, Zach Jowers, Sean Miller, Landon Stuke, Jaxton Thomas. Shawnee Heights: Liam Benz, Payton Berry-Briggs, Xavier Fisher, Maddox Moten, Tyren Parker, Tyler Wedl. Silver Lake: Troy Heiman, Jared Johnson, Spencer Johnson, Blake Redmond. Trent Rollenhagen, Evan Scheid. Topeka High: Jaxon Cowdin, Te'Vante Ewing. Topeka West: Malachi Berg, Morris Blick, Zachary Hulse, Gregory Njoroge, Elijah Phelps, Jacob Reimer, Mark Wilkie. Washburn Rural: Ben Buesing, Draden Chooncharoen, Grayson Fink, Davin Roney, Isaiah Terry. 

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