The Halstead High School boys’ pole vaulters proved themselves the class of the state, claiming three of the top nine places at the Class 3A state track and field championships Friday at Cessna Stadium in Wichita.
The Halstead High School boys’ pole vaulters proved themselves the class of the state, claiming three of the top nine places at the Class 3A state track and field championships Friday at Cessna Stadium in Wichita.Senior Bryon Bridges repeated as state champion, winning in 15-0. Sophomore Dakota Becker tied for fifth to get a medal, finishing in 13-0. Senior Luke McKee was ninth in 12-6.Bridges beat his state height from last year by a foot. He also beat his personal best by four inches.“It was a good day to jump,” Bridges said. “I just improved (from last year). The competition was pretty good.”Bridges said competition from his teammates in practice helped him for the meet.“The competition in practice is just like a meet,” Bridges said.Halstead took third in its heat of the boys’ 4x400-meter relay in 3:37.04, qualifying for the finals eighth.For the Halstead girls. Katie Nightingale took sixth in the high jump at 5-2.Marion’s Julia Zeiner won her heat of the 300-meter low hurdles in 45.88, the second-best prelim time.Camille Christensen claimed a seventh-place medal in the 3,200-meter run in 12:15.01.Marion qualified for the finals of the 4x100-meter relay, taking second in the heat in 51.95, fourth-best prelim time.Marion’s Tylor Neil took fourth in the triple jump in 43-0.Elliott Hett qualified for the finals in the boys’ 110-meter high hurdles, taking third in his heat in 15.70, fourth best of prelims. Hett qualified for the finals of the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, taking fourth in his heat in 42.21, seventh overall.Hillsboro’s John Hein took fifth in the shot put in 50-2 1/2.Ishmael Morris qualified for the finals of the 400-meter dash, taking fourth in his heat in 51.93, seventh overall. Morris qualified in the 200-meter dash, taking third in his heat in 22.96, fifth overall.Hillsboro took third in its heat of the 4x400-meter relay in 3:32.64, fifth overall.For the Hillsboro girls, Tiffany Rooker took fifth in the pole vault at 9-0.Remington’s Lacey McFadden qualified for the finals of the 100-meter high hurdles, taking third in her heat at 16.32, the fourth-best time. McFadden placed third in her heat of the 300-meter low hurdles, in 47.61, qualifying fifth.Class 3A StateChampionshipsat Cessna Stadium,Wichita(Field events and 3,200-meter run are finals, all others are prelims; q-qualified for finals)Ha.-Halstead, Hi.-Hillsboro, M-Marion, R-Remington, S-Sedgwick.GIRLS3,200-m. run — 7. Camille Christensen M 12:15.01, 10. Morgan Trible R 12:54.47.100-m. HH — Heat 2: 3. Lacey McFadden R 16.32-q.4x400-m. relay — Heat 2: 2. Marion 51.95-q.400-m. dash — Heat 1: 7. Katie Regier R 1:05.24.300-m. LH — Heat 1: 1. Julia Zeiner M 45.88-q. Heat 2: 3. Lacey McFadden R 47.61.High jump — 6. Katie Nightingale Ha. 5-2, t10. Whiney Gordon M 5-0.Pole vault — 5. Tiffany Rooker Hi. 9-0, 8. Morgan Trible R 8-6.BOYS110-m. HH — Heat 2: 3. Elliott Hett M 15.70-q.400-m. dash — Heat 1: 5. Nathan Vogel Hi. 52.56. Heat 2: 4. Ishmael Morris Hi. 51.93-q.300-m. IH — Heat 1: 4. Elliott Hett M 42.21-q.200-m. dash — Heat 1: 3. Ishmael Morris Hi. 22.96-q.4x400-m. relay — Heat 1: 3. Halstead 3:37.04-q. Heat 2: 3. Hillsboro 3:32.64-q.Triple jump — 4. Tylor Neil M 43-0, 13. Jake Napper S 39-1.Shot put — 5. John Hein Hi. 50-2 1/2, 12. Michael Klaassen Hi. 45-10.Pole vault — 1. Bryon Bridges Ha. 15-0, t5. Dakota Becker Ha. 13-0, 9. Luke McKee Ha. 12-6, 11. Brad Klenda M 12-0.