Wichita State University hosted the 2017 Pre-State Challenge at Cessna Stadium on April 14 and 15. The Pre-State meet is a great way for athletes to get a feel for what the state meet will be like and where they might finish, as many of the state’s best athletes attend the meet. Several Butler County Schools competed in this meet. Each event is broken up into different classifications. Athletes from 1-3A schools compete against each other, and 4-6A are in the other group. There is also an elite division in which the top athletes in the state are put together regardless of school classification.
On the boys side, Circle had three individuals and one relay compete in elite events. Ryan Derry ran the 400 meter and finished eleventh with a time of 52.35 seconds. Avery Stuever ran the 800 in 2:04.2 to finish in seventh. Hagen Henderson launched the discus 146-3 to place eighth. The Circle 4x400m relay team of Ryan Derry, Dylan Brown, Avery Stuever, and Hunter Lies finished in ninth with a time of 3:42.
Andover Central’s Grant Sinclair ran the 1600m in 4:41.99 to finish seventh in the elite division.
Andover’s Alex Moen is a Wichita State signee for cross country and track, so it was only right that Moen broke his high school’s 3200m record while on the track at his future university. Moen finished in second with a time of 9:34.29.
Kolby Caster of Douglas was the lone Bulldog at the Pre-State Challenge. Caster finished eighth in the elite pole vault with a height of 12-6.
Garrett Johnson of Remington placed fifth in the shot put with a distance of 47-10.
On the girls side, Circle had three individuals in elite events, as well as two relays. Kelsi Kelley finished fifth in the 400m with a time of 1:01.9. Anna Keller placed sixth in the 800m with a time of 2:31.07. Spencer Jacobson ran the 3200m in 12:03.45 and finished in eighth. The Circle 4x800 took fifth with a time of 10:24.62, and the 4x400 finished seventh in 4:26.72.
Andover Central’s Jewell Bolden dominated both the 100m hurdles and the long jump. Bolden won the hurdles with a time of 14.62. In the long jump, Bolden out-jumped second place by more than a foot, jumping 18-10.5 to take home the gold.
Remington’s Hope Theil ran the 300m hurdles and finished in seventh place for the Broncos.