The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 25, 2013

White, Elias spark Baxter Springs at state track meet

From staff reports

WICHITA, Kan. — Baxter Springs’ Elizabeth White medaled in the 3200 meters, and Kacey Elias qualified high in two boys sprints on Friday during the KSHSAA Class 4A track and field championships at Cessna Stadium on the Wichita State campus.

White placed sixth in the 3200 in 12 minutes, 1.11 seconds and was part of a strong showing by southeast Kansas athletes in the event. Katren Rienbolt of Fort Scott won the event in 11:25.13, and Kaylee Krull of Parsons took third in 11:58.11.

The Lions’ Elias was the top qualifier in the 400 (49.89) and was second in the 200 (22.91) behind Tate Annis of Ulysses, who also won the long jump.

Garett Britton of Labette County qualified for the 300 intermediate hurdles final.

Pittsburg’s Purple Dragons scored eight points in the girls division and four points in the boys meet.

The Dragons picked up their eight points in the girls’ triple jump as Chelsea Baker placed third and Nicole Striplin seventh. Baker also qualified fifth in the 100 hurdles, and Striplin, Sarah Jewett, Baker and Andie Casper qualified eighth in the 4x100 relay.

In boys finals, the Dragons’ Gershom Avalos was fifth in the shot put, and Frontenac’s Taylor Johnson tied for eighth in the pole vault.

Class 3A

St. Mary’s-Colgan boys earned 11 points as Jonathan Adamson finished third in the 3200 and Conner Dayton was fourth in the long jump.

Two other CNC entries just missed a state medal as Galena’s Kyle Wilkins and Southeast’s Ryan Rakestraw were ninth in the discus and triple jump, respectively.

The Panthers also qualified their 4x100 relay team of Alexander Gilmore, Dayton, Tucker Hoffman and Austin Commons.

Class 2A

Northeast sophomore Kaylee Bogina capturing the 3200 in 11:32.70, finishing nine seconds ahead of the field.

The Vikings’ J.T. Richardson was sixth in the long jump at 20-41⁄2..

Class 1A

St. Paul also picked up two first-day medals.

Jenny O’Bryan won the first race of the day — the girls 3200 in 12:00.32. Brayden Beachner placed sixth in the triple jump (41-3).