WICHITA, Kan. — State championships came in pairs around Southeast Kansas on Saturday at the KSHSAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Cessna Stadium.
Riverton sprinter Matti Price and Parsons horizontal jumper Davonte Yates each claimed two state titles, and Pittsburg’s girls won two events in Class 5A.
But for the second consecutive day, weather stopped the meet before it was concluded. After starting at 7:30 a.m., the meet ran for approximately 12 hours before the rain hit.
The meet will be finished today with field events beginning at 10 a.m. and running events one hour later. The 200 meters in some classes and the 4x400 relay in all six classes are the only events left on the track, while there are various field events still being contested in different classes.
Gates open at 8:30 a.m. today, and admission is free.
Price was a standout in the sprints, winning the 100 meters (12.39 seconds) and 400 (56.74, finishing about three seconds ahead of the field).
She took second place in the 200 (25.98) behind Alleigh Kramer of Nemaha Central (25.84).
Girard hurdler Rachel Stephan picked up two medals, placing fifth in the 300 hurdles and sixth in the 100 hurdles. The Trojans’ 4x100 relay team finished fifth.
Frontenac’s Jessica Peterson was a double medalist in the distance events, taking sixth in the 800 and eighth in the 1600.
Averi Wilson of Baxter Springs was seventh in the 300 hurdles.
In the boys meet, Galena sprinter Jacob Wheelen posted second-place finishes in the 100 (10.95) and 200 (22.24). Tim Lambert of Smoky Valley won both events and set a class record in the 100 (10.55).
Frontenac also picked up points in the sprints and Brendan Ishimura was sixth in the 400 and Trey Strahan took eighth in the 100.
And in the 4x100 relay, Galena finished fourth and Frontenac was seventh.
Riverton’s J.P. Rutledge, who won the 3200 meters one day earlier, placed third in the 1600, and Cormick Logue of Girard was sixth.
In the field events, Baxter Springs’ Trey White finished third in the high jump, and Girard’s Carter Doherty was fifth in the shot put.
Laken Robinson and Faith Turner represented Pittsburg atop the awards stand in the 5A girls division.
Robinson prevailed in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 6 inches. Runner-up Emma Wondra of Kapaun-Mount Carmel also went 5-6 but had more missed attempts in the competition.
Turner leaped 18-1.75 to win the long jump. Turner also finished third in the 100 meters, and the Purple Dragons’ 4x100 relay team was fourth.
In more field events, the Purple Dragons’ Lyric Minniefield finished third in the shot put, and Arely Rodriguez and Elanor Hendrickson took sixth and eighth, respectively, in the discus.
In the boys meet, the Dragons’ Dylan White and Joel Kafka each placed in two events.
White took third in the 100 and fourth in the long jump. He is also in the 200, but the meet was stopped before that race started.
Kafka placed third in the pole vault and eighth in the high jump.
The Dragons were sixth in the 4x100 relay.
Yates won the triple jump (46-5) and long jump (22-5.25) for Parsons, and teammate Dariq Williams was fifth in the long jump.
The Vikings also had a second place by the 4x100 relay team, fifth by DaQuan Johnson in the 100 and sixth by Gage Friess in the 400.
Labette County’s standout high jumpers soared to a 2-3 finish. Ethan Jameson cleared 6-10 — the same height as winner Hunter Jones of Nickerson — to finish second, and Caleb Hentzen was third at 6-8.
Southeast Kansas hurdlers recorded a 3-4-5 finish in the boys 300-meter hurdles.
Jaret Brumback of Southeast, who hit a hurdle in the 110 high hurdles earlier in the meet, was third in the 300s in 40.51 seconds, followed by Michael Marietta of St. Mary’s Colgan in 40.49 and Jasper Atchison of Northeast in 41.46.
Atchison also was sixth in the 110 hurdles, and St. Mary’s Colgan had eighth places from Derek VanBecelaere in the javelin and the 4x100 relay team.
The Panthers’ girls team had fourth-place finishes from Grace Carson in the 300 hurdles and Aubri Piccini in the triple jump.