WICHITA — Burrton senior Samantha Simoneau has been at state four years, but she finally came away with a title Friday in Class 1A competition at Cessna Stadium.

Simoneau won the discus in 122-6, beating Maycee Callihan of Clifton-Clyde by four inches.

Simoneau was 14th in the shot put at 31-11.

“Discus was amazing,” Simoneau said. “It’s been my goal since my freshman year to win a state championship. I’ve been working out at this four years and it’s everything I’ve ever wanted.”

Simoneau said the key to the win was getting over nerves.

“It was finally saying, ‘relax, you’ve got nothing to lose,” she said. “It was super close, four inches. It was crazy.”

Simoneau is heading for Nebraska in the fall and hopes to walk on to the track team.

She came into this season having to overcome a knee injury.

“I did a lot of weight lifting before school,” she said. “My mom and I would work out at 5:30 in the morning to lift weights. I didn’t play basketball this year because of my second knee surgery. I spent all that time working on discus.”

In the 3,200-meter run, Sarah Spencer of Peabody-Burns finished 16th in 14:52.50.

Area results

(B-Burrton, PB-Peabody-Burns)


Discus — 1. Samantha Simoneau B 122-6.

Shot put — 14. Samantha Simoneau B 31-11.

3,200-m. run — 16. Sarah Spencer PB 14:52.50.

Andres opens

NAIA meet

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Bethel College freshman Jennifer Andres made her debut Thursday in the NAIA National Track and Field Championships at Mickey Miller Stadium in Gulf Shores.

Andres is a Newton High School grad.

In the 200-meter dash prelims Thursday, Andres placed 27th in 25.32.

In the 100-meter dash prelims Friday, Andres placed 29th in 12.53.

Andres competes today in the prelims of the 200-meter dash.

Bethel junior Kyle Wilson competes today in the shot put.

Wingnuts stop

Texas AirHogs

WICHITA — The Wichita Wingnuts snapped a four-game losing streak by stopping the Texas AirHogs 4-1 Friday at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

Wichita opened the game with a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the first on a Texas error.

Greg Golson hit an RBI single for Texas in the third inning, but Wichita replied with a run in the fourth on an error and a Leo Vargas sacrifice fly and an Abel Nieves solo home run in the eighth.

Jordan Cooper (1-0) held the AirHogs to a run on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts through seven innings. Brady Bowen struck out one in the eighth. Daniel Tillman struck out the side in the ninth for the save.

Meng Weiqiang (0-2) went six innings in the loss, allowing no earned runs on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts.

Zach Nehrir went two for three hitting for Wichita. Logan Trowbridge and Nieves each went two for four.

Texas falls to 1-6. Wichita is 3-4. The two teams meet again at 7:05 p.m. today.



Weiqiang (L, 0-2), Drummond 7, Wright 8 and Ning; Cooper (W, 1-0), Bowen 8, Tillman (S, 1) 9 and Nester. HR — W: Nieves (1). Time — 2:20. Attendance — 3,083.