The Lady Redmen tracksters won their third straight league title, and the Phillipsburg boys also won the MCL title Friday in Phillipsburg...
The Lady Redmen track team earned its third-straight MCL championship Friday in Phillipsburg. Smith Center tallied 128 points to beat second place Norton by 13 points. The Redmen boys finished in fifth with 51 points, 20 points behind Plainville for fourth. Phillipsburg won that side with 118 points.
“Our entire team is involved in making Lady Red track a successful program,” said senior Whitney St. Clair, who won the league title in the javelin. “We have freshmen through senior girls competing at the varsity level. Our coaches do an excellent job in placing girls in all events to draw team points.
“There are many positions that are very competitive, which pushes each team member to perform their very best. We have a well-diversified team, drawing points from all field events as well as most running events.”
Junior Tangie Hileman won the 400m dash in 1:03.64, two seconds ahead of the next runner. Junior Torrie Fuller ran a 15.84 to win the 100m hurdles by over a second. Freshman Lynzee Mace finished second in the event in 16.99. Sophomore Trenna Cox completed the sweep of the hurdle events with a gold in the 300m hurdles in 49.29, just 0.55 seconds ahead of the next runner, but nearly five seconds ahead of the bronze medalist.
In the field, senior Whitney St. Clair won the javelin by nearly two feet at 119-3. Sophomore Blair McNary finished second in the high jump at 4-10, two inches off the lead. Hileman had the same clearance to finish in third. Fuller finished 12 inches behind the lead in the long jump for the silver at 15-9.
Along with the athletic effort involved in winning the league title, St. Clair said the camaraderie associated with working as a team has helped.
“I believe a part of our huge success comes from the support we give each other and the team atmosphere instilled in Lady Red athletics,” the senior said.
On the boys’ side, junior Truitt Kuhlman won the 200m dash in a photo finish by just 0.03 seconds in 23.27. He also took the silver in the 100m dash in 11.30, 0.17 seconds off the lead.
The Panther boys’s track squad edged out a conference title on Friday, putting up 118 points on its home turf to beat out Osborne by just 1.5 points. The girls’ side was not as close with the Lady Panther finishing in third with 96 points. Smith Center won with 128 points.
Sophomore Sean Newlan won the 100m hurdles by nearly a second in 15.23. Senior Trevor Smith completed the sweep in the hurdles by taking the title in the 300m hurdles in 41.62. Smith has the top time in Class 3A this year at 40.0. Smith cleared 13-6 for the same height was the winner in the pole vault, but finished in second. Senior Mario Lopez just missed the gold in the 3200m run, losing by less than a second in 10:58.87.
In the field, senior Cody Derr’s shot put throw of 44-3 was nearly seven feet off the lead, but won the silver by almost more than a foot. Sophomore Thomas Olliff finished third at 42-8.5. Sophomore Seth Derr won the javelin with a throw of 167-00. Cody Derr finished behind him at 162-00.
Junior Raegan Vanderplas won the 100m dash in 13.02, beating sophomore Kylah Ellis who finished second in 13.14. Vanderplas picked up a second gold in the 200m dash in 27.36, winning by 0.15 seconds. The 4x100m relay team has the fastest time in Class 3A this year, but ran nearly a second behind that time to win the gold in 51.96.
In the field, senior Melissa Blair easily won the long jump with a leap of 16-9, taking the event by 12 inches. Freshman Shania Wilkison missed the gold in the triple jump by 1.5 inches at 33-4. Blair finished third at 32-6.
The Osborne boys just missed a conference track title Friday in Phillipsburg. With 116.5 points at the end of the day, only the host Panthers had more points at 118. Norton finished third with 94 points. The Lady Bulldogs finished sixth with 39 points, 17 points behind fifth place. Smith Center won with 128 points.
Junior Damon Schurr won the title in the 100m dash in 11.13, 0.17 seconds better than the next runner. Schurr also took the gold in the 400m dash by half a second in 52.98. Senior Justin Pruter finished nearly a second behing the winner in the 110m hurdles for the silver in 16.06. Freshman teammate Maverick LeRock followed in 16.23. Pruter also finished second in the 300m hurdles in 42.45.
In the field, senior Steven Mick won the high jump by two inches by clearing 6-2. Mick also won the triple jump at 42-2.75, more than six inches better than senior Jakob DeMars, who picked up the silver at 39-8.
Sophomore Eileen Mick won the 800m run by less than half a second in 2:36.49. Mick won a second MCL title in the high jump by clearing 5-0, two more inches than the next jumper. Mick finished second in the 1600m race in 5:51.55, less than five seconds off the lead. Freshman Kenton Ubelaker finished second in the 800m run in 2:13.24, less than a second from the gold.
The Cardinal track teams each finished in fourth at the MCL league meet Friday in Phillipsburg. The Plainville boys put up 71 points to trail third place Norton by 23 points. Phillipsburg won with 118 points. The Lady Cardinals tallied 61 points to miss third place by 35 points. Smith Center won on the girls’ side with 128 points.
Junior Brady Johnson dominated the mile, taking the gold by more than eight seconds in 4:53.17. Sophomore Dalton Werner beat junior teammate Andrew Casey by 13.25 inches to win the long jump at 21-4.5. Casey won the silver. Junior Jameson Klein used one of the best shot put throws in Class 3A to win that event by nearly seven feet at 51-0.5. Klein used the second best throw in 3A to easily win the discus at 162-1. Klein’s throw was 31 feet better than the silver medalist’s.
Senior Dani Winters easily won the discus by more than 25 feet at 132-2. Winters missed her top shot put throw of the season by more than three feet to finish second in that event at 41-05. Her throw missed the gold medal by an inch.
The Norton track teams had quality finishes at the MCL league meet in Phillipsburg on Friday. The Lady Jays finished in second place with 115 points, just 13 points from league champion Smith Center. The Blue Jay boys scored 94 points to finish in third behind Osborne (116.5) and Phillipsburg (118).
Freshman Bailey Ambrosier won the conference title in the pole vault with a 9-0 clearance. She finished second in the 400m dash in 1:05.59, two seconds off the lead. Freshman Katelyn Englebert finished behind her in 1:05.71. Senior Dustyna Sprigg took the silver in the 800m run in 2:37.90, 0.41 seconds from the gold. Junior Astrid Moen missed the gold medal in the two mile by less than two seconds in 12:59.59 for second place.
Sophomore Teslee Nickell pulled off a huge upset in the shot put by beating K-State bound Dani Winters by in inch at 41-1.5. Winters has the second best throw in the state in 2011. Behind Ambrosier in the pole vault, sophomore Kamilla Jones cleared 8-6 to win the silver medal.
For the boys, junior Zach Hartwell won a very close 3200m run, taking the gold by less than a second in 10:57.23. Junior Seth Antrim cleared 13-6 in the pole vault to win that event. Sophomore Jacob Brooks lost the 200m dash gold by 0.03 seconds in 23.30, and lost the high jump by just two inches by clearing 6-0.
The Ringneck track teams finished in the middle of the pack Friday at the league championships in Phillipsburg. The Hill City girls missed fourth place by just five points with 56 points. The Ringneck boys finished with 49 points in sixth place, just two points shy of Smith Center in fifth.
Freshman Leslie Van Loenen continued her dominance in the distance events by winning the mile by more than four seconds in 5:51.55. Van Loenen had competition in the 3200m run, taking the gold in 12:58.08, less than two seconds ahead of the next runner. Sophomore Courtney Lawellin finished second in the 300m hurdles in 49.84, just 0.55 seconds behind the gold and more than three seconds faster than the bronze medalist. Lawellin finished third in the 100m hurdles.
Senior Tyler Bess took second in the discus, falling 31 feet shy of one of the best throws in Class 3A at 131-2. Freshman Shane Jones took the bronze in the mile in 5:01.43, just 0.20 seconds from the silver. Jones also missed the silver medal in the 3200m run by less than two seconds in 10:59.87. Senior Reggie Jordan finished fourth in the long jump at 19-7.5, just 0.25 inches from the bronze, and less than two inches from the gold.
The Railer track teams struggled Friday at the MCL championships in Phillipsburg. The Ellis boys finished seventh out of the nine MCL schools with 35 points, 14 points out of sixth place. The Lady Railers finished with 18 points to finish eighth between Trego (38) and Stockton (7).
Senior Zach Werth is the conference runner-up in the 400m dash, finishing just 0.53 seconds off the gold in 53.51. Junior Riley Hunsicker finished a foot from the gold in the pole vault at 12-6, good enough for fourth place.
Senior Maggie Zody finished fifth in the pole vault at 7-6, a foot off the silver medal. Senior Alesha Brenner also picked up a point in the event in sixth at 7-0.
Sophomore Megan Honas had the best finish for the Lady Railers, taking the silver in the javelin with a throw of 117-7. She missed the gold medal by less than two feet.
The Golden Eagle girls finished in seventh place Friday at the league meet in Phillipsburg. Trego scored 38 points trail Osborne by just one point. Smith Center won with 128 points. The Trego boys managed a meager two points to finish in the No. 9 spot. Stockton was the closest competitor with 21.5 points.
Sophomore Jerris Reeder won the lone conference title for the Lady Golden Eagles by taking the gold in the triple jump at 33-5.5, just 1.5 inches ahead of the next competitor. She finished third in the 200m dash in 27.70, just 0.19 seconds from the silver. Freshman Addie Zeman finished fourth in the 800m run in 2:40.71. Senior Stephanie Griffith finished second in the discus at 107-0, losing to K-State bound Dani Winters, who won at 132-3.
The Tiger track teams were in action Friday at the MCL championships in Phillipsburg. The boys’ squad finished eighth out of the nine schools with 21.5 points, beating only Trego who finished with two points. The Lady Tigers scored seven points to finish at the bottom of the pack. Ellis finished eighth with 18 points.
Senior Austin Smith picked up the majority of the Tiger points by winning the 800m race. Smith won the event by 0.67 seconds in 2:12.57. Smith added to his medal collection with a silver medal in the mile, falling eight seconds behind the winner in 5:01.43. Those two races garnered 18 of Stockton’s 21.5 points.
Junior Maggie Spires had the best finish for the Lady Tigers, placing fourth in the long jump at 15-5, and missing the silver by just four inches. Sophomore Hannah Lindsey picked up a point at sixth place in the 3200m run in 15:02.54.
MCL League Meet results
Boys’ team results
1. Phillipsburg, 118; 2. Osborne, 116.5; 3. Norton, 94; 4. Plainville, 71; 5. Smith Center, 51; 6. Hill City, 49; 7. Ellis, 35; 8. Stockton, 21.5; 9. Trego, 2.
Boys’ individual results (top three)
1. Schurr, Osborne, 11.13; 2. Kuhlmann, Smith Center, 11.30; 3. Smith, Phillipsburg, 11.31.
1. Kuhlmann, Smith Center, 23.27; 2. Brooks, Norton, 23.30; 3. Werner, Plainville, 23.74.
1. Schurr, Osborne, 52.98; 2. Werth, Ellis, 53.51; 3. Henry, Norton, 55.08.
1. Smith, Stockton, 2:12.57; 2. Ubelaker, Osborne, 2:13.24; 3. Bainter, Norton, 2:14.06.
1. Johnson, Plainville, 4:53.17; 2. Smith, Stockton, 5:01.43; 3. Jones, Hill City, 5:01.63.
1. Hartwell, Norton, 10:57.23; 2. Lopez, Phillipsburg, 10:58.12; 3. Jones, Hill City, 10:59.12; 4. Hager, Norton, 11:52.72.
1. Newlan, Phillipsburg, 15.23; 2. Pruter, Osborne, 16.06; 3. LeRock, Osborne, 16.23.
1. Smith, Phillipsburg, 41.62; 2. Pruter, Osborne, 42.45; 3. Robison, Phillipsburg, 43.32.
1. Osborne, 45.61; 2. Ellis, 45.93; 3. Phillipsburg, 46.16.
1. Ellis, 3:41.79; 2. Hill City, 3:43.58; 3. Smith Center, 3:47.10.