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East’s Burnett brothers collect titles at City League track

Published May 16 at 11:16 p.m. | Last updated May 16 at 11:17 p.m.

Canien Burnett is used to being identified as the little brother of Calil Burnett, a standout sprinter on the East track and field team.

Calil, a junior, showed he is worthy of the hype by delivering electrifying performances on the track on a chilly and drizzling Friday night at Northwest, claiming the City League title in the 100-meter dash in 10.94 seconds and anchoring a stunning comeback to give East the title in the 400 relay over Heights in 43.36.

But he wasn’t the only Burnett to go home a City League champion. Canien, a sophomore, won the league championship in the high jump after clearing 6-foot-2.

Little brother no longer, Canien is slowly developing into a standout himself.

“It gets pretty tiring sometimes,” Canien said of being overshadowed. “But I’m happy for (Calil). I was just really excited after watching him win the 100 and then hearing them read my name off winning the high jump. That was pretty cool.”

Calil was more than happy to share the spotlight.

“I’m pretty happy for him,” he said. “Another Burnett taking first, this is great.”

But the 100 victory came with the disappointment of not being able to race Northwest senior and fellow state title contender Deron Thompson, who false started.

“I felt like a really, really good start,” Thompson said.

“He’s my competition,” Burnett said. “That’s the guy I’m trying to beat. That’s the race everybody wanted to see.”

Thompson found some redemption later in the night, running the second-fastest 200 time in Kansas this season with a winning time of 21.88 seconds.

When Thompson finished around the curve, he had so thoroughly defeated his competition, including Burnett, that he could have coasted to victory.

“I’m disappointed because I wanted to keep my City League title in the 100,” Thompson said. “But state is all that matters. I’ll take state over any other meet any day of the week.”

Another comeback — A similar situation to Thompson’s occurred with Bishop Carroll senior Nick Giusti, who false-started in the 110 hurdles. Giusti was a contender to win a title in that race and was visibly upset with himself after the false start.

But he channelled that frustration into the best 300 hurdles race of his life, winning the City League title in 39.45 seconds, the third-best time in Class 5A this season.

“I went into that race and I did not feel accomplished,” Giusti said. “I had to prove something after that 110 race. There are a lot of other great hurdlers in 5A, but I feel like I can hang with them. All of them.”

Carroll won both the boys and the girls team titles.

Carson doubles up — East sophomore Allegra Carson won City League titles in the long jump at 17 feet, 1 1/2 inches, and in the triple jump at 36-4.

What made that accomplishment special was that it was the first time Carson has competed in the triple jump this season. The mark of 36-4 currently stands as the sixth-best mark in Class 6A.

“I was kind of in shock,” Carson said. “At first I thought that it wasn’t a very good mark because I landed and I felt like I could go a lot further than what I did. And then he said 36-something and I was like, ‘What?’ I was very shocked.

“I’m excited because I feel like I really can go a lot farther, so I’m looking forward to coming back and trying to make a reappearance at state.”

Blessing in disguise — Ricky Sanchez was cut from the Carroll baseball team as a junior and was left to look for another sport to compete in. He choose track and field and a natural fit developed in the javelin.

This season Sanchez has blossomed into one of the top javelin throwers in the state and became a City League champion, winning with a throw of 173-3.

He had decided already to attend Baylor University, and after the track and field coaches saw his improvement in the event they recently offered him the opportunity to walk on to their team.

“It really has been a blessing,” Sanchez said. “It’s been phenomenal. It wouldn’t have happened without the grace of God, either. Getting cut by the baseball team provided me with the motivation to make something of myself in a different sport. It definitely feels very special to me.”

Other notable performances — Northwest freshman Gabriela Reyna won the 1600 in 5:24.26 and the 3200 in 11:53.51.… Northwest senior Karis Parker remained undefeated in the 100 hurdles, becoming the league champion in 15.47.… Northwest's Calea Carr doubled up as a champion in the shot put (39-9) and the discus (135-9).… Northwest senior Mitchell Shurtz won the 800 in the 2:01.92 and won a loaded 1600 race in 4:23.72.… South junior Kaden Griffin won the long jump in a season-best mark of 22-1 1/2.… Carroll's Ryan Rafter won the discus in a season-best mark of 160-0.

Girls

Team scores—1. Bishop Carroll 147 1/2, 2. East 129, 3. Kapaun Mount Carmel 103, 4. Northwest 90 1/2, 5. North 51, 6. Southeast 40, 7. Heights 32, 8. South 24, 9. West 23.

100—1. Evans, East, 12.67; 2. Brooks, Kapaun, 12.88; 3. Hall, Northwest, 12.92. 200—1. Hall, Northwest, 26.86; 2. Anderson, East, 27.04; 3. Richard, 27.07. 400—1. Murray, West, 1:01.58; 2. Bockover, Carroll, 1:02.69; 3. Wuestwald, Kapaun, 1:04.69. 800—1. Schaller, Kapaun, 2:31.71; 2. Devorce, East, 2:32.22; 3. Cooke, Carroll, 2:38.44. 1600—1. Reyna, Northwest, 5:24.26; 2. Devorce, East, 5:28.20; 3. Davied, Kapaun, 5:38.66. 3200—1. Reyna, Northwest, 11:53.51; 2. Davied, Kapaun, 12:27.77; 3. Snyder, Carroll, 12:36.82. 100 hurdles—1. Parker, Northwest, 15.47; 2. Sanders, North, 16.86; 3. Mahoney, Kapaun, 17.00. 300 hurdles—1. Mahoney, Kapaun, 49.02; 2. Parker, Northwest, 51.80; 3. Ross, Southeast, 52.05. 1500 steeplechase—1. McNeely, East, 6:16.99; 2. Kindel, North, 6:22.77; 3. Wappelhorst, Carroll, 6:27.40. 400 relay—1. Kapaun 50.16; 2. Heights 50.62; 3. Carroll 52.17. 1600 relay—1. East 4:23.29; 2. Carroll 4:24.04; 3. Kapaun 4:29.03. 3200 relay—1. Carroll 10:23.16; 2. North 10:30.71; 3. Kapaun 10:44.91. High jump—1. Richey, East, 5-0; 2. Lyle, Carroll, 5-0; 3. Joseph, Southeast, 5-0. Pole vault—1. Fish, Northwest, 9-6; 2. Wheeler, Kapaun, 9-0; 3. Born, Kapaun, 9-0. Long jump—1. Carson, East, 17-1½; 2. Mernagh, Carroll, 16-1½; 3. Joseph, Southeast, 15-9¼. Triple jump—1. Carson, East, 36-4; 2. Eckels, Southeast, 34-8¾; 3. Mernagh, Carroll, 34-4½. Shot put—1. Carr, Northwest, 39-9; 2. Same, East, 33-3¼; 3. Williams, East, 33-2. Discus—1. Carr, Northwest, 135-9; 2. Odunze, South, 106-1½; 3. Osunsanmi, Heights, 97-10½. Javelin—1. Navarro, East, 127-4; 2. Carson, East, 113-0; 3. Melillo, Carroll, 109-8.

Boys

Team scores—1. Bishop Carroll 172, 2. Kapaun Mount Carmel 118, 3. East 72, 4. Southeast 69, 5. Northwest 56, 6. West 42, 6. North 42, 8. South 38, 9. Heights 37.

100—1. Cal. Burnett, East, 10.94; 2. Dempsey, Kapaun, 11.28; 3. Le, East, 11.43. 200—1. Thompson, Northwest, 21.88; 2. Cal. Burnett, East, 22.53; 3. Dempsey, Kapaun, 22.61. 400—1. Ewy, Carroll, 51.01; 2. Ketter, Carroll, 51.15; 3. Rodriguez, Heights, 51.69. 800—1. Shurtz, Northwest, 2:01.92; 2. Wells, Kapaun, 2:02.45; 3. Benifiel, Carroll, 2:05.02. 1600—1. Shurtz, Northwest, 4:23.47; 2. D. Fonseca, West, 4:25.67; 3. Martin, Carroll, 4:29.66. 3200—1. Becker, Carroll, 9:40.51; 2. D. Fonseca, West, 9:51.26; 3. Banuelos, North, 9:55.82. 110 hurdles—1. Puritty, Kapaun, 15.19; 2. Sanders, Heights, 15.28; 3. Griffin, South, 15.70. 300 hurdles—1. Giusti, Carroll, 39.45; 2. Williams, North, 40.72; 3. Hornback, Carroll, 41.02. 2000 steeplechase—1. D. Fonseca, West, 6:08.27; 2. Banuelos, North, 6:20.30; 3. Arnold, Carroll, 6:39.46. 400 relay—1. East 43.36; 2. Heights 43.71; 3. Carroll 43.94. 1600 relay—1. Northwest 3:26.37; 2. Carroll 3:28.39; 3. Kapaun 3:42.74. 3200 relay—1. Carroll 8:15.47; 2. Northwest 8:26.27; 3. Kapaun 8:34.09. High jump—1. Can. Burnett, East, 6-2; 2. Fields, Southeast, 6-0; 3. Hansard, Carroll, 6-0. Pole vault—1. L. Wilson, Kapaun, 13-0; 2. Dold, Carroll, 13-0; 3. S. Wilson, Kapaun, 12-0. Long jump—1. Griffin, South, 22-1½; 2. Hines, Southeast, 21-8; 3. Fields, Southeast, 21-5½. Triple jump—1. Fields, Southeast, 42-8¾; 2. Griffin, South, 42-7; 3. Bohm, Kapaun, 40-2½. Shot put—1. Collins, Southeast, 51-8; 2. Joseph, Southeast, 50-7½; 3. Garrison, Carroll, 48-11½. Discus—1. Rafter, Carroll, 160-0; 2. Lantz, Kapaun, 150-7½; 3. Bernard, North, 147-8. Javelin—1. Sanchez, Carroll, 173-3; 2. Honas, Carroll, 170-9; 3. Kaufman, East, 158-6.