Butler County Times Gazette
  • Wildcats compete at state track

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  • The El Dorado Wildcats had several students take home hardware in the Kansas State Track Meet last Friday and Saturday at Wichita State University, with both the boys and girls side finishing in 16th place as a team .
    On the boys side, Garrett Howland led the way for the Wildcats as he tied for second place in the 4A boys pole vaulting event with a vault of 13 feet-06 inches. Meanwhile, Matt Harvey took fifth in the 110 m hurdles event, finishing with a time 15.17 seconds.
    As for the relays, the boys 4 x 800 relay team (consisting of Jacob Anders, Brandon Triboletti, Travis House and Dylan McAdoo) finished sixth with a combined time of 8:20.71, while their 4 x 400 relay teammates (House, Harvey, Anders, Howland) finished eighth with a combined time of 3:31.58
    Rounding out the boys side was Coley McCarthy finishing 10th in the long jump (19'9") and Charlie Kellogg placing 12th in the triple jump (40'-0.25")
    "We had some very fine performances at the State Meet this year and were involved in some very competitive races," said El Dorado High track coach Gary Melcher. "Matt Harvey finished fifth in the 110 HH race ending his hurdling career .08 of a second out of first. It might have been the most competitive race of the meet and Matt competed very well in it. Jacob Anders ran the best 800 m of his career, breaking 2 minutes for the first time, but also ran into some very stiff competition with the top 10 finishers all running under 2 minutes. Garrett Howland finished tied for second in the Pole Vault, which is quite an accomplishment for his first state competition. Charlie Kellogg and Coley McCarthy competed well in their respective horizontal jumping events and gained some valuable experience for future seasons. Both our boys relay teams ran competitively with both teams qualifying for the finals."
    Two of the three El Dorado Wildcats girls relay teams both finished fourth in their respective events. The 4 x 800 relay (consisting of Lakyn Anders, Jolie Howland, Tara Fisher and Sidney Howland) finished with an overall time of 10:03.72 while the 4 x 400 relay squad (Kayln Beel, Anders, Jolie, Sidney) turned in a time of 4:08.68. Meanwhile, the 4 x 100 relay team (Beel, Amber Henley, Destiny Smith, Braylon Daniels) finished 12th, turning in a time of 52.24.
    Rounding out the state events for the girls was Sidney placing fourth in the 400-m run with a time a 58.62 while her sister Jolie finished fifth in the 800-m run with a time of 2:24.1
    "On the girls side, I was most pleased with Lakyn Anders who ‘came to compete’ in the last State Meet of her career," Melcher said. "Lakyn ran personal records in both relays and provided good leadership for our younger athletes. Both our 4 x 400 & 4 x 800 relays placed fourth, with our 4 x 800 running a season best time and our 4 x 400 not quite running as well as we had hoped in the final after a very long day on Saturday. Our 4 x 100 relay gained valuable experience and executed their handoffs very well while finishing 12th. Jolie and Sidney Howland competed well in their primary events. Jolie competed well in the 800 while finishing fifth with her second best time of the season, and Sidney ran a personal record time in the 400 while finishing fourth."
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