Lyndon senior Gabe Clark added a unique experience to his state meet, running the 300-meter hurdles by himself in front of more than 10,000 people at the Kansas State Track & Field Championships in WIchita. Clark was impeded in the preliminary race, and was offered the opportunity to re-attempt the race by himself, narrowly missing qualifying for the finals by .09 of a second.
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Jeremy Gaston | Managing Editor
WICHITA—The high school track and field season wrapped up its 113 year last weekend, bringing the top athletes from all six classifications together for the Kansas State Track and Field Championships, one of the biggest high school meets in the country.
Four of five county schools participated in 45 events at the meet, led by a fifth-place team finish by the Lyndon boys in Class 2A.
Lyndon finished with 32 team points, behind Plainville (64), Meade (60), Soloman (51) and Ellinwood (45) in the state’s second-smallest class.
Marais des Cygnes Valley’s boys team placed 28th in Class 2A with 8 points; the MdCV girls were 34th with 3 points.
Osage City girls also earned team points, placing 32nd with 6 team points.
The Lyndon Tigers boys’ team finished shy of gold, silver or bronze at Saturday’s meet, but placed fourth through eighth in eight events to earn 32 team points.
“I was pretty happy overall,” said Lyndon coach Toby Baker. “Anytime you take 22 kids to a state track meet that’s pretty special. We were happy with the fifth place finish. They competed well, did things we needed to do. Fifth place is pretty darn good, and I was happy with that.”
The Tigers were led by their relay teams, which stepped up the games with improved times and places Saturday. Lyndon’s 4x100 relay, ran by Daniel Burgess, Gabriel Clark, Skylar Farwell and Josh Owens, narrowly qualified for the finals with the eighth-fastest qualifying time of 45.69 Friday. The quad moved up .11 in the finals to 45.58, enough to earn a fourth-place finish and 5 team points.
The same relay team qualified sixth in the 4x400 in 3:35.04, but finished fourth in the finals in 3:34.
Skylar Farwell earned the team’s other fourth-place finish in the triple jump, leaping 41 feet, 9.75 inches to qualify for the finals, and improving to 42-7.25 to place.
Clark also added individual points on top of the relay success, placing fifth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.72, improving his sixth-place qualifying time by .22. Clark also narrowly missed qualifying in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, impeded by an out-of-lane runner in the prelims. Instead of rerunning the second preliminary, meet organizers allowed Clark to rerun, by himself, the event at the end of morning events.
“I think they made the right decision by allowing him to rerun,” Baker said. “It was extremely difficult to step out and run by himself. I felt comfortable and confident in his ability. It would have been easier with someone to run against, but it was probably handled the best it could have been.”
Clark finished with in 42.46 running solo, finishing .09 short of qualifying for the finals, finishing ninth overall.
“He was disappointed he didn’t make the finals, being as close as he was,” Baker said. “He felt like with someone pushing him would have got him there, but he handled it the way he should have.”
Owens earned individual points, placing fifth in the 200 meters in 23.86 and sixth in the 100 meters in 11.38. Joe Walsh was fifth in the discus at 142 feet, 8 inches; and finished 13th in the shot put at 42-4. Dakota Jiskra was seventh in the shot put at 45-5; and Chris Dunn was ninth in the 3200 in 10:25.56 and 13th in the 1600 in 4:53.48
Joey Ramsey, Dunn, Scott Farwell and Dylan Dow were 12th in the 4x800 relay in 8:49.01.
Alexis McGonigle led the Lyndon girls’ team with a 13th place finish in the triple jump at 31-6.5; Kaitlynn Norris was 14th in the 100 in 13.62; Grace Foiles was 14th in the shot put at 30-10, Brenna Herdman was 14th in the high jump at 4-8; and Conner Bolz was 15th in the high jump at 4-6.
Herdman, Bobbi Fine, McGonigle and Norris were 14th in the 4x100 in 55.21.
The state meet wrapped up the season, which concluded the high school careers for seniors Gabe Clark, Scott Farwell, Skylar Farwell, Dakota Jiskra, Alex Taussig, Grant Dalrymple, Slaytor Parks, Alex Fehr, Joey Ramsey, Donavan Barone, Conner Bolz and Abby Bronson.
“We’re loosing some good kids and bringing some good kids back,” Baker said. “It’s always hard to say goodbye to the athletes that ran track so well for so many years.
“We worked hard this year,” Baker said. “I’m proud of the kids.”
The Marais des Cygnes Valley Trojans placed members of their boys’ and girls’ teams at last weekend’s track and field championships.
The boys were led by Kal Hamm and Brett Schimmel, who tied for fifth in the high jump with 6-foot jumps. Hamm also placed eighth in the 110-meter hurdles in 16.54, shaving .12 off his qualifying time.
Matt Jones finished 12th in the javelin at 140 feet and 12th in the discus at 131-8. Lukas Ferris, Brett Schimmel, Trey Irey and Corey Allen were 16th in the 4x800 in 9:17.34.
Zarin Goodrich led the MdCV girls with a seventh-place finish in the javelin at 112-10, improving her season best and 16th seed. Andi Bush also earned a point for the Lady Trojans with an eighth-place finish in the 400 in 1:06.81. Camille Massey was 14th in the 3200 in 13:03.22, and Alice Freeman was 16th in the 800 in 2:49.56.
Goodrich, Freeman, Massey and Bush were 10th in the 4x800 in 10:35.20 and 14th in the 4x400 in 4:30.21.
The Osage City girls’ team earned points in two events to finish 32nd with 6 team points.
Aundrea Koger led the Lady Indians with a fourth-place finish in the 3200 in 11:55.99, earning 5 points in that event. Koger also placed eight in the 1600 in 5:28.23, earning the team’s other point.
Sarah Peterson competed solo for the Lady Indians, finishing 16th in the 3200 in 13:52.33.
Koger, Sarah Peterson, Haleigh Peterson and Maren Peterson finsihed 14th in the 4x800 relay in 10:45.49. Haleigh Peterson, Caroline Mussatto, Maren Peterson and Emma Schemm were 15th in the 4x400 in 4:26.63.
Christian Stromgren had the Osage City boys team’s highest finish, placing 13th in the 300-meter hurdles in 43.61. Kevin Thompson was 14th in the 400 in 54.39, Blake Stromgren was 14th in the 800 in 2:10.67; and Shawn Sheesley was 15th in the discus in 5:28.23.
Blake Stromgren, Christian Stromgren, Malachi Cousin and Thompson were 15th in the 4x400 in 3:40.41
Santa Fe Trail
The Santa Fe Trail Chargers competed at three events at state, led by an 11th-place finish in the 4x800 relay be Suzanne Forbes, Devin DeShazer, Jennifer Hall and Mak Herren, who finished in 10.27.54.
T.J. Kemble was 13th in the triple jump and 41 feet, 7.5 inches. Dawson Colglazier was 15th in the 1600 in 5:00.13.
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