Butler County Times Gazette
  • El Dorado track prepares for biggest meet of year, State at Cessna

  • The Wildcat Track and Field teams have ample opportunities to bring home several State titles in this weekends State track meet at Wichita State’s Cessna Stadium.


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  • The Wildcat Track and Field teams have ample opportunities to bring home several State titles in this weekends State track meet at Wichita State’s Cessna Stadium.
    Leading the way is the Wildcats’ prolific long distance runner Molly Milbourn.
    Milbourn, who will run for the Jayhawks next fall, will try to go out on top in  her three events – the 800, 1600 and 3200 meters.
    If Milbourn can complete this feat,  the exclamation point will be added to the start of an already astounding high school running career.
    Milbourn’s soon to be roommate at KU, Jaimie House, will look to continue her dominance in the Pole Vault. House cleared the bar at 12 feet 5 inches at her league meet and will try to build on her accomplishment in her final meet.
    House will also try to medal in the 300 IH where she had a personal best time last week.
    The 4x800 relay team of Sydney Saltsman, Lakyn Anders, Faith Hadley and Kelcey Clites, which claimed the last State spot by finishing fourth last week at Regionals, will also be in search of the State podium for their event.
    On the boys side of the track, senior Casey Nightengale will lead the way in the distance races for the Wildcats. Nightengale will look to grab State gold in the 1600, 3200 and with his reigning State championship team the 4x800 meter relay.
    Nightengale was third and fourth in the 1600 and 3200 individual events at Regionals.
    Dale Nuckolls will be after the State medals in the 800 meters as an individual and in with his team in the 4x800 relay.
    Nuckolls placed fourth in Regionals in the 800 with his personal best time.
    The reigning State champions in the 4x800 relay will try to claim State gold again. The legs of Nuckolls, Sam Haines, Michael Riedl and Nightengale placed first at Regionals at 8:3.72.
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