WICHITA — If this weekend’s state meet turns out to be the end of Kylar Willams’ athletic career, the Stockton senior has already ensured he will be going out on the ultimate high note.
Williams claimed the Class 1A boys long jump state championship with a leap of 21 feet, 10 1/2 inches on Friday at Cessna Stadium after claiming second in the event a year ago.
Williams plans to step away from track and field next year as he attends NCK Tech in Hays, but not before he accomplished his ultimate goal.
“I’d say it’s bittersweet,” Williams said. “But it’s real nice I came out No. 1 in my last season.”
Williams’ winning leap came on his first attempt. Wallace County’s Trevor Medina placed second with a 20-10 1/4.
“I’m just shocked I actually got it this year,” Williams said. “Pretty excited.”
He still has one event left, running in the finals on Stockton’s 400-meter relay on Saturday.
Williams finished runner-up in the long jump last year to teammate Kian Coffey.
“He was one of my best friends and teammates so it just pushed me harder to win it this year.”
Williams didn’t completely close the door on a return to track and field at some point.
“I’m considering coming back (to jumping) since my school is only one year,” he said.
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SMITH CENTER GOES 1-2 IN BOYS JAVELIN
A great all-around senior year for Smith Center's Colton Hutchinson was capped off with a state championship in Class 2A javelin on Friday.
"Before the start of the year, I said I wanted to get a state championship in all the (activities) I did," Hutchinson said. "Got one in football, came up short in wrestling, actually got one in forensics and this year I wanted to win as a team in track, in the javelin and also in the four by eight."
Hutchinson unleashed a personal-best toss of 186-7 to claim gold ahead of teammate Hesston Maxwell, who took second with an 180-9.
"I took a two-step on the runway and I took a five-step, and on the five-step, I barely threw it out there and it was close to 160," Hutchinson said. "It felt good right from the start on the runway. Cessna is a good place to compete and I'm happy with the results."
Hutchinson helped the Redmen take fourth in the 3,200 relay with a time 8:28.66.
Hutchinson, who will head to Baker next year and play football, said it's been a memorable year for Redmen sports.
"Being a Smith Center Redman is special," Hutchinson said. "The support in the community is incredible."
The Redmen also got a second-place finish from Avery Hawkins in the shot put. Hawkins had a toss of 50-01.75. Hillsboro's Wes Shaw won easily with a toss of 60-11.50.
"I'm really excited" Hawkins said. "I love coming to state track. I'm really excited to come out here and compete and see your hard work pay off."