Sydney Johnson threw caution to the wind and the wind cooperated.
Already a winner in the shot put, she topped it off with a state-best throw of 156 feet, 8 inches in the discus Friday to break the North Central Activities Association meet record at Salina Stadium.
"The wind was favorable today," said Johnson, a Beloit senior who will compete at the University of Missouri next year. "My throws did pretty well, but the wind pushed it that little extra.
"Everything just kind of worked today."
Johnson's two gold medals also helped Beloit cruise to the league team title with 175 points, followed by 91 from runner-up Minneapolis while Sacred Heart was third.
Johnson, who has the top marks statewide in both events, went 44-0 1/4 in the shot, 10 inches short of her best but still well ahead of anyone else in Kansas.
"I had been throwing 43 or 44 and been pretty consistent in the mid-40s," Johnson said of the shot.
But it was the discus that had her beaming.
"My goal this year is to get gold in both at (Class 3A) state," she said. "The state meet record is 156-6 and I threw 156-8 today, so now I know it's possible."
Johnson wasn't the only girls double winner Friday. Russell's Renee Nichol won both the long jump (16-1) and triple jump (34-3), Beloit's Hannah Burks won the 1,600- (5:35.64) and 3,200-meter (12:31.43) runs, Ellsworth's Shaylee Leiker the 100 (13.30) and 400 (1:01.93) and Republic County's Emily Jensik both the 100 (17.39) and 300 (49.27) hurdles.
Sacred Heart didn't get its line victory until the final event, capturing the 1,600 relay in 4:24.14. Freshman Ella Gotti teamed with Hannah Goetz, Amber Palen and Kelsey Doll.
"We were really happy with the relays," said Gotti, who also took second with the same group in the 400 relay (52.93), plus was second in the open 400 (1:03.47) and fifth in the 200 (28.85). "We hope to qualify (for state) in the 4-by-100 and the 4-by-400, and I hope I can make it in the 400."
In the boys meet, Southeast of Saline's Gareth Pettijohn was not on his game in the javelin — until his final attempt.
Pettijohn, who has thrown 188 feet this year, still had the lead at 165 when he made the run-up for his final throw and sent it 178-9 to outdistance Sacred Heart's David Anderson (158-7) by 20 feet.
"I was happy with it, but I just know I can do a lot better," Pettijohn said. "The wind wasn't very good today, so I was happy under the conditions."
He was especially pleased to finish on a high note with the Class 2A regionals and state meets coming up.
"To finish off on a better throw, that obviously gives me more confidence for the next meet," he said. "But in the second meet of the year I broke the school record with a 188, and I've thrown in the 190s in practice, so I know I can do it."
The top boys individual in the meet was Sacred Heart senior Jacob Faerber, who took home three gold medals and a silver. After losing to Southeast of Saline's Damon Douglas at the tape in the 100, he came back to win the 400 relay with Mark Prendergast, Ben Del Real and Landon Power in 45.56, then take the open 400 (51.14) and 200 (23.59).
"I was super-satisfied," Faerber said. "It felt good to come out as a team and compete well.
"The league meet, because there's just seven teams, is a lot faster so you don't have as much recovery team, but the competition definitely helps."
Faerber had the early lead in the 100, but Douglas overtook him at the end with a time of 11.58 to 11.61 for Faerber.
"I didn't have a very good start," Douglas said. "But at about 15 or 20 meters I managed to catch up and I got him the last two or three meters with the reach."
Faerber won the other two duels with Douglas, who took second in the 300 (24.68) and third in the 400 (52.99).
"It seems like we go back and forth," Faerber said. "It's definitely a friendly competition."
Sacred Heart and Southeast also squared off in the distance races, where the Knights' Luis Mendez ran a 4:46.14 to claim the 1,600-meter run over the Trojans' Luke Gleason (4:49.39), while Gleason returned the favor in the 3,200, running a 10:47.03 to 10:57.80 for Mendez.
Beloit won the team race with 159 points to 109 for Southeast of Saline and 89 for Republic County with Sacred Heart fourth at 86.