WICHITA — Afftin Conway knew she was a contender for multiple Class 1A state titles, but the Osborne sprinter did her best not to overthink things heading into the state meet in Wichita.
“I don’t really think about it,” Conway said when asked how many state titles she was shooting for. “My dad will always tell me, ‘Oh, you’re ranked so and so,’ and I’m like, ‘Dad, don’t tell me this. I’m going to second guess myself and totally choke.'
“But I just keep a cool mind and think about how if I run my race, it’ll be fine.”
That approach worked wonders for Conway, with the junior capturing her first two state titles on Saturday in Cessna Stadium.
Conway won the Class 1A girls 100-meter dash in 12.41 and captured the 300 hurdles with a 44.86. She also finished second in the 100 hurdles and third in the 200.
Conway said it was a relief once she notched the first state title, clipping Norwich’s Tori Poe at the line in the 100.
“It just takes most of the nerves out of you,” Conway said.
Conway credited Northern Valley’s Paige Baird for pushing her in the state meet.
Baird picked up her third-straight title in the 400 (58.41), placed second in the 200, second in the 300 hurdles and third in the 100 hurdles.
“She does bring out the best in me,” Conway said. “I always challenge myself. Sometimes when she’s not there I know I don’t go to my full potential. At state today, I really went all out and was like, ‘I can do this and hopefully Paige will push me a little bit more,' and she did. I was just glad she was there with me.”
LAKESIDE’S MILLER ADDS TWO TITLES
Downs-Lakeside’s Rachel Miller continued her reign in the Class 1A 110 hurdles with her third straight state championship on Saturday.
But Miller was more excited about teaming with Janica Pearce, Tanna Cunningham and Courtney Baetz to win the 400 relay in 50.55.
“This was the first full season I’ve ran it, and we’ve got two freshman, so it was awesome (to win it),” Miller said. “I honestly think it was better winning the four by one, just because I got to share it with more people and there was more excitement.”
Miller, who now has four state titles total, ran a 14.83 in the 100 hurdles final.
Miller is headed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth to continue her track career.
“I’m definitely happy and kind of content (with her high school career),” Miller said.
TMP’s Yost takes second in high jump
Thomas More Prep-Marian’s Savannah Yost placed second in the girls 4A high jump on Saturday with a leap of 5-2.
Yost finished behind Neodesha’s Sophia Roling, who went 5-6.
“I’m very satisfied,” Yost said. “I’ve been working for it for four years now, so I’m very satisfied with it. I’m really happy with how I did. I didn’t expect to do this good, I guess.”