The HOA will have heavy representation at this weekend's state track meet after various successful outings at regional meets on Friday.
Results from Friday’s Class 2A track regional at Jayhawk Linn might have been little surprise to anyone. Both Warrior track teams cruised to regional titles. The girls nearly doubled up West Elk’s 55 points with 109 points. The boys beat Olpe by 29 points with 138 points. All six relay teams, three each for both sides, will head to state.
Junior Katelyn Entz won the 800m run by more than a second in 2:31.69. Meredith Burkhart won the bronze in 2:33.22. Freshman Ally Vogt missed the 200m dash gold by 0.15 seconds in 27.90 for the silver. She finished third in the 400m dash in 1:02.61. Lydia Newby finished third in the mile in 5:58.19. Candace Unruh finished fourth in the 100m dash. Wendy Busenitz opened the day with a silver medal in the two-mile in 12:34.96. Emily Wiebe also qualified in 13:01.50 for fourth place.
In the field, junior Xannie Quiring was one of four high jumpers to clear 5-2. She took the gold medal. Burkhart missed the triple jump gold by four inches at 33-9, and Wynette Sommerfield also qualified in fourth at 33-4.5. Sommerfield won the silver in the javelin at 108-1, and Sarah Hoover finished fourth at 99-10. Karis Cunningham snuck into state by seven inches in the discus at 91-7.
For the boys, senior Daniel Claasen won the 800m run by three seconds in 2:00.83, and took the gold in the mile by more than three seconds in 4:34.91. Sophomore Loren Pearce won the triple jump by less than two inches at 40-1.5. Thomas Wine took the silver in the 200m dash in 23.77. Colin Smith finished fourth in 24.10.
Both teams qualified three competitors in the pole vault. Quiring won for the girls at 9-6, taking the title by a foot. Sommerfield finished third, and Tristin Thiessen placed fourth. Ethan Penner led the boys at 13-6 for the silver medal at the same height as the winner. Pearce cleared 12-0 for the bronze, and Ryan Adams cleared 11-6 in the final spot.
The Celtic track teams had one of the best overall effort at Friday’s Class 3A regional meet at Marion. The Trinity boys beat the host Warriors by six points for the regional title. The Lady Celtics finished fifth with 44 points.
Senior Paul Ceullar won the 800m run by three seconds in 2:01.51. Junior Nathan Eisenbarth also qualified in that event, finishing fourth in 2:08.29. Junior Cordell Goering took the gold in the 300m hurdles by more than a second in 39.41. The relay teams dominated the day, taking two gold medals. The 4x100 squad also qualified with a second-place finish, missing the gold by just 0.36 seconds. Sophomore Truman Spencer finished third in the 100m dash in 10.88, 0.02 seconds from the silver. He just missed qualification in the 200m dash by 0.04 seconds, taking fifth in 23.85. Junior Chad Pauly won a bronze medal in the 400m dash in 51.86. Edgar Gutierrez placed fourth in the mile to qualify in 4:51.02, and will also run the two-mile in Wichita, avoiding elimination by two seconds in 10:42.18.
In the field, Tom Mailloux missed the high jump gold by two inches at 5-10. Joe Shrock picked up a bronze medal in the shot put at 45-0.75, less than two inches from the silver.
The relay teams brought home two golds for the girls. The 4x400 team won by more than a second in 4:17.15, and the 4x100 team won by 0.45 seconds in 51.53. Sophomore Brittany Labenz won a silver medal in the triple jump at 35-1, half a foot from the gold. Junior Corey Shields finished second in the shot put at 33-10.75, just a half-inch further than the bronze medalist. Freshman Konner Brening finished third in the 300m hurdles in 47.85, and missed qualification in the 100m hurdles by 0.38 seconds in fifth. Junior Dawnda Blick just missed in the 300m hurdles in fifth place.
The Warrior track teams played host to 15 schools for Friday’s Class 3A regional meet. The teams had a nice day with the boys finishing second, trailing only HOA foe Trinity by six points. The Lady Warriors finished sixth, also just behind Trinity by two points.
Colten Johnson cleared 13-6 to win the pole vault by six inches. The senior avoided elimination in the 300m hurdles by 0.35 seconds, taking fourth in 42.46. Junior Jordan Hett missed the mile gold by less than a second in 4:49.98. He won a bronze medal in the two-mile in 10:38.56, less than half a second from the silver. The 4x400 team is headed to state, finishing second only to Trinity in 3:31.74. Sophomore James Jones missed a gold medal in the long jump by just 0.25 inches at 22-3.75. Sophomore Nicholas Meyer will throw the shot put at state, finishing second at 45-2.25. Spencer Fugitt won the bronze medal in the discus at 141-9, just four inches from the silver. The Warriors dominated the javelin, taking three of the four qualification spots. Senior Dakin Ledford led the way in first at 161-1. Johnson finished third, and Fugitt placed fourth.
Senior Whitney Gordon won the high jump at 5-2, the same height as the silver medalist. She snuck into state in the 100m hurdles in 16.02, taking fourth and avoiding elimination by 0.38 seconds. Sophomore Alicia Maloney won the pole vault by seven inches at 9-7. Senior Kadecha Gueary is headed to state, making the cut by two inches in the long jump at 15-9.75. Sophomore Kaelyn Thierolf will try the distance events next year after ending her season with two sixth place finishes in the mile and two-mile. The 4x400 team missed qualification by 0.34 seconds in 4:29.11.
Garden Plain may have ran away with the girls’ competition at Friday’s Class 3A regional at Marion, but the Lady Cardinals will send plenty of representatives to the state meet after a third place finish. The girls put together 63 points to finish behind Douglass (77) and Garden Plain (115.5).
The Lady Cardinals did well in the sprint events, qualifying two in each of the shorter races. Freshman Beth Francis missed the 100m gold by 0.03 seconds in 12.34, and junior Jamie Lovett qualified in fourth place in 12.66. Lovett won the 200m silver in 27.37, 0.15 seconds from gold, and freshman Dani Longbine finished fourth in 27.85, just 0.05 seconds ahead of Francis, who just missed the cut. Lovett picked up a second gold medal in the long jump, winning by four inches at 17-7.5. Freshman Baylie Francis missed the cut in the 800m run by two seconds, taking fifth in 2:34.10. The 4x100 team missed the gold by 0.45 seconds in 51.98, and the 4x800 team also claimed a silver medal. In the high jump, sophomore Iora Bebermeyer finished second at 5-2, the same height as the champion.
The Wildcat athletic teams have had successful campaigns throughout the 2011-12 school year. Friday, the track teams began to wind down the year at the Marion regional. The girls finished 10th with 24 points, and the boys tallied nine points in 11th place.
Sophomore Brooke Holloway won the lone gold for the girls, taking the javelin by nearly a foot a 113-10. Senior Renae Stucky finished third in the 100m dash in 12.48, 0.14 seconds from the silver. The 4x100 team of Anna and Renae Stucky, as well as Cassidy Siemens and Bailey Strausz is headed to state after finishing fourth in 52:30, two seconds better than the fifth-place team.
Senior Jon Jackson will be the lone Wildcat guy on the state roster, finishing second in the discus at 142-1.
The Bronco track teams headed to HOA foe Marion’s house for a 15-team track regional on Friday. Remington struggled in the 3A field as the girls finished 13th out of 15 teams, and the boys managed just two points to finish last.
Sophomore Kylee Schunn punched her ticket to state with a bronze medal in the shot put at 33-10.25, just a half-inch from the silver. In the 400m dash, junior Nicole Minder just missed qualification, taking fifth in 1:06.61, two seconds from Wichita. Senior Quin Tillotson cleared 4-10 in the high jump, missing the qualification height by two inches. Junior Elena Soto missed her chance at state by six inches in the javelin at 105-3.
For the boys, junior Caleb Tanner picked up the only two points of the day, clearing 12-0 in the pole vault to place fifth. He missed the next two vaulters, both state qualifiers, by just six inches.
Unlike many of the HOA schools, the Teuton track team headed to a Class 2A regional in Greensburg on Friday. Neither team put up large numbers, but Inman will have representation at the state meet this weekend.
Junior Grant Garst has led 2A for most of the year in the 800m run. Friday, he had to face-off against sub-two minute runner Kyle Oglesbee. Garst cruised to the regional title by more than two seconds in 2:02.72. The 4x400m team of Eli Dester, Jared Enns, Tyler Cottam, and Garst edged out Sterling by 0.29 seconds for the final qualification spot in the final event of the day.
For the girls, sophomore Kaitlyn Goalden snuck into state, finishing fourth in the javelin. Against a strong wind, she threw 95-11 to avoid elimination by seven inches. Staci Schroeder just missed a point in the triple jump, finishing seventh at 32-0.50, two feet from a qualifying jump.
The Bulldog track teams headed to Smith Center for their Class 2A regional on Friday. The girls finished with 65 points, trailing only Decatur’s 85.5 points. The Bulldog boys tallied 22 points.
All three girls’ relay teams qualified for state, led by the 4x400 team of Danielle Nay, Sarah Stratman, Lauren Montgomery, and Paige Krahl, which won by half a second in 4:11.68. The 4x100 and 4x800 teams each finished second, and the 4x100 team of the same four runners missed gold by just 0.11 seconds. Individually, the senior Page finished second in the 100m dash in 12.50, just 0.2 seconds from the win. She won another silver medal in the 200m dash in 27.10. Nay won the bronze medal in the 400m dash in 1:01.56, just 0.01 seconds from the silver and 0.08 seconds from the gold. In the 800m run, the senior Stratman took the final qualification spot in 2:27.84, beating out teammate Madison Wolf by eight seconds. Wolf is still headed to state after a second-place finish in the pole vault at 9-6, a foot from the win.
On the boys’ side, senior Nick Beach heads back to Wichita as the lone Bulldog boy. He will defend his pole vault title after winning by three feet at 15-0. Beach also won a bronze medal in the high jump at 6-0, the same height as the silver medalist, and just two inches shy of the gold. He picked up another bronze medal in the triple jump at 39-8.75, half a foot from the silver medal.
The Cardinal tracksters were in action at Friday’s Class 2A regional in Smith Center. Both sides finished in the lower half of the pack as the girls scored 34 points, and the boys finished with 16 points.
Sophomore Aubrey Wilson won the 800m run by more than a second in 2:25.26. Sophomore Emma Drees heads to her first state track meet after a second-place finish in the 400m dash in 1:01.55, just 0.07 seconds from the gold. Drees won another silver medal in the long jump at 16-3, just half an inch behind the gold. The 4x400m team of underclassmen including Wilson, Drees, and sophomores Paige Johnson and Lara Brockway finished second in 4:12.12, half a second from the gold.
For the boys, sophomore Forrest Dreyer finished second in the two-mile, 11 seconds from the gold, and just 0.08 seconds ahead of the bronze. He just missed qualification in the mile by 0.97 seconds. In the field, freshman Evan Morrical heads to state after a fourth-place finish in the shot put. His throw of 43-6 missed elimination by 15 inches.