WICHITA — The Smith Center boys track and field team placed third in the Class 2A boys team standings this past weekend at the state meet at Cessna Stadium.
The Redmen throwers led the way. Colton Hutchinson won the javelin with a toss 186 feet, 7 inches, with teammate Hesston Maxwell taking second with a 180-9.
Avery Hawkins was the runner-up in the shot put for the Redmen with a toss of 50-1.75.
Smith Center also got two fourth-place finishes in the 1600 and 3200 relay. Rece Buckmaster, Joel Montgomery, Trenton Colby and Brett Meyer clocked a 3:31.64 in the 1600 relay. In the 3200 relay, Ross Ifland, Colby Benoit, Hutchinson and Nate Hendrich put up a time of 8:28.66.
The Smith Center girls team had an individual champion with Bree Frieling in pole vault. Frieling won with a height of 10-6, with Hillsboro’s Sienna Kaufman placing second at 10-0.
St. Francis won the boys 1600-meter relay with a 3:26.59, beating second-place Stanton County by more than two seconds. Jordan Raby, Brady Dinkel, Tate Busse and Wyatt Hackler ran the relay for St. Francis.
The Hoxie girls 3200 relay cruised to a 2A state title, with Baylee McKenna, Ayleen Dimas, Emily Dierks and Lilly Schamberger winning by about seven seconds over Bennington.
Ellis’ Cassie Waldschmidt placed second in the 2A girls 400 (58.62), third in the 200 (26.63), seventh in the 100 (13.00) and third in the 400 relay with Abby Burton, Chaselyn Jimenez and Maci Kohl (51.88).
After winning the 2A girls 3,200 on Friday, Trego’s Helen Giefer was second in the 1600 (5:18.56) and sixth in the 800 (2:29.17) on Saturday.
The Rexford-Golden Plains girls had an individual champion and a relay champion on Saturday.
KayCee Miller won the long jump for the Bulldogs with a leap of 17 feet for gold. She won't the event on her first jump with a 16-10, edging Troy’s Morgan Masters’ 16-9. Miller also placed fifth in the 200.
"What makes KayCee such a great athlete is that not only is she physically strong, but mentally strong as well," Golden Plains coach Travis Smith said. "When it's time to compete, no matter the event or the conditions, she’s going to give her absolute best."
Miller also teamed with Brooke Stoll, Ashley Stoll and Mabel Lugo to win the 1600 relay in 4:10.09. They beat Centralia by more than five seconds.
"The (four-by-four team) has been amazing all year, and they were again in the finals," Smith said. "Brooke got us off to a strong start, KayCee brought us up to the second and Ashley took over from there and when Mabel got the baton there was no doubt we were going to win. She ran the fastest split of the year at 59.8 seconds.
"It was an amazing year for the girls and they set record after record. What is even more exciting is that we return all of them next year. I couldn’t be more proud than I am to be their coach and watch them run."
Rachel Miller helped lead Downs-Lakeside to third place as a team. The senior won the 100 hurdles (14.83) and joined Janica Pearce, Tanna Cunningham and Courtney Baetz on the winning 400 relay in 50.86.
Rachel Miller also placed third in the 100 and fourth in the 200 (26.78).
The Osborne girls placed second as a team, led by Afftin Conway.
Conway won the 100 dash (12.41) and the 300 hurdles (44.86), placed second in the 100 hurdles (15.16) and third in the 200 (26.75).
Rhyann Brown took third in the javelin for the Osborne girls with a toss 131-8.
Darrien Holloway helped lift the Osborne boys to fifth place as a team by winning the 110 hurdles (14.78) and 300 hurdles (40.60).
The Colby boys tied for fourth in the Class 3A standings.
Sprinter Jordan Schippers won the 200 in 22.78, edging Perry-Lecompton’s Shane Quinlan 22.86.
Schippers also placed fourth in the 100 with an 11.08, took third in the 1600 relay (Brysen Metcalf, Ryan Voss and Calvin Stapp) with a 3:28.10 and also placed third in the 100 relay (Luis Madrid, Stapp, Metcalf) with a 44.10.
On the girls’ side for Colby, Lara Murdock placed second in the 1600 (5:29.13) and third in the 800 (2:24.04). She was on the second-place 1600 relay team (4:07.29) with Hallie Vaughn, Erin Krannawitter and Rachel VanEaton. Murdock also teamed with Danielle Schroeder, Alexandra Finley and Jill Stephens to place third in the 3200 relay (9:58.09).