KSHSAA Sets Spring Postseason Schedule; Adds 3rd Day To State Track Meet


TOPEKA, Kan. – The schedule for the KSHSAA State Championship Track and Field Meet has been modified for this year and will be conducted May 27-29. Athletes and schools in all classifications will still compete for state titles at Cessna Stadium on the Wichita State University campus. Postseason plans for all other spring activities were finalized at the KSHSAA Executive Board meeting, March 23 and 24.

Kansas is known nationwide for its spectacular state championship track meet which traditionally marks the end of the KSHSAA competition year. With the current climate of the COVID-19 pandemic, adjustments had to be made to mitigate risk at the event. Working with Wichita State University, the plan ultimately led to adding one day which allows for two classes to compete each day in one day track meets. Spectator attendance will be announced at a later date.

State Track and Field Meet Schedule:
Thursday, May 27, 2021 = Classes 5A and 6A
Friday, May 28, 2021 = Classes 3A and 4A
Saturday, May 29, 2021 = Classes 1A and 2A

Full Schedule

The following activities will take place as intended to going into the 2020-21 school year with no modifications to traditional playing dates, seeding format and qualifiers. Spectator attendance at lead-up rounds and the final sites will be determined by host schools and county health departments:

  • Baseball
  • Boys Golf
  • Boys Tennis
  • Girls Soccer
  • Softball

Girls Swimming and Diving will operate under the adjusted schedule similar to the boys competition in the winter. The nature of being indoors provides the need for a greater adjustment to conduct the event as opposed to other spring activities. Spectator admittance will be released at a later date.
Friday, May 21 = Class 6A
Saturday, May 22 = Class 5-1A

Music Festivals and Forensics/Speech will take place virtually. We are thrilled to provide our fine arts students the opportunity to perform in 2021.

State Music Upload Asynchronous Recording Dates
March 22-April 5 = Solos & Small Ensemble All Classes
April 1-12 = Large Groups All Classes

State Speech/Drama
May 1 = Festivals and Championships All Classes conducted synchronously


Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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