Nine teams traveled to the 4A regional track meet at Circle High School on Thursday with hopes of qualifying for the state meet at Wichita State’s Cessna Stadium next weekend. In order to qualify, each athlete must finish in the top four in their event. Three Butler County teams— Circle, Augusta, and El Dorado were among the teams working to qualify for the nation’s largest high school track meet.
Andale dominated the team rankings, winning by 82 points on the girls side and 76 points on the boys side. The Augusta boys and girls teams both finished third and the Orioles were able to send 13 athletes to the state meet.
The Circle girls team finished second and qualified all three relays for the state tournament. Kimalee Cook dominated the sprints, taking first in both the 100m and 200m. Cook also broke a Circle High School record in the 200m finals with a time of 25.27. In the 110m hurdles, Tori McGinnis also set a school record with a time of 14.52. McGinnis’ time puts her at No. 3 in the state in all classes, and No. 1 in 4A.
The El Dorado boys team is known for their consistent dominance in the 4x800m relay, and the Wildcats showed that with a first-place finish in a time of 8:30.56, despite dropping the baton during one of the exchanges.
“The [4x800m relay] caused us a moment of stress when we dropped the baton during the first exchange,” El Dorado coach Jordon Regehr said.
“But we were able to pick it up, keep running, and qualify for state. We’ve had a good year so far and have the opportunity to make it a great year next weekend in Wichita.”
The El Dorado 4x400m relay also qualified with a second-place finish.
Boys team standings: Andale 161, Wellington, 85, Augusta 76, Clearwater 56, Ulysses 42, Pratt 41, El Dorado 37, Circle 27, Trinity 26.
Girls team standings: Andale 178. Circle 97, Augusta 78, Pratt 59, Trinity 58, Wellington 34, Clearwater 23, Ulysses 18, El Dorado 3.
Boys top four
1600m - Sawyer Schmidt, 2nd, 4:45.10; Brice Helton, 4th, 4:49.85
3200m - Sawyer Schmidt, 1st, 10:27.99; Brice Helton, 3rd, 10:42.99
High Jump - Ceetyn Anderson, 2nd, 6’ 2”; Blake Brundege, 3rd, 6’ 0”
Triple Jump - Ceetyn Anderson, 1st, 42’ 1”
Shot Put - Ben Volkman, 2nd, 48’ 10.5”
Discus - Zach Davidson, 2nd, 138’ 6”
800m - Ryan Derry, 3rd, 2:03.03; Eli Jacobson, 4th, 2:04.05
4x800m - Eli Jacobson, Axl Linser, Tyler Mixerna, Ryan Derry, 3rd, 8:40.46
800m - Ezekiel Kemboi, 2nd, 2:02.14
3200m - Christian Price, 2nd, 10:40.88
4x400m - Jake Johnson, Dylan Wittum, Tyler Ashihi, Ezekiel Kemboi, 2nd, 3:25.96
4x800m - Christian Price, Dylan Wittum, Tyler Ashihi, Ezekiel Kemboi, 1st, 8:30.56
Girls top four
100m - Claire Hallmark, 2nd, 12.55; Cali Anderson, 4th, 12.87
200m - Claire Hallmark, 3rd, 25.80
400m - Sophie Stevens, 2nd, 1:03.26
4x100m - Paris Anderson, Claire Hallmark, Jayden Marlnee, Cali Anderson, 2nd, 50.47
High Jump - Nataleigh Cantu, 2nd, 5’ 0”
Long Jump - Jayden Marlnee, 2nd, 15’ 10”
Shot Put - Abbee Rhodes, 1st, 42’ 8”
Discus - Abbee Rhodes, 1st, 133’ 6”
100m - Kimalee Cook, 1st, 12.38
200m - Kimalee Cook, 1st, 25.27
800m - Kelsie Kelly, 2nd, 2:31.80; Rebekah Choriego, 4th, 2:32.82
1600m - Emma Willour, 1st, 5:40.42
3200m - Emma Willour, 3rd, 13:08.38
100m Hurdles - Tori McGinnis, 1st, 14.52; Grace Jacobs, 3rd, 17.48
4x100m - Tori McGinnis, Kimalee Cook, Boston Craig, Sydney Herbert, 3rd, 50.55
4x400m - Boston Craig, Tori McGinnis, Sydney Herbert, Kelsie Kelly, 3rd, 4:15.91
4x800m - Emma Willour, Bethany Choriego, Katie Webb, Rebekah Choriego, 2nd, 12:06.46
High Jump - Kayli Duncan, 3rd, 4’ 10”