Area team-by-team state track qualifiers, notes
Almena-Northern Valley Huskies
Hunter Chandler, jr. (HJ).
Kortney Cunningham, soph. (HJ, TJ); Erika Chandler, sr. (JAV).
Notes -- Hunter Chandler lept 5-10 and is tied for 10th entering state. His sister threw 107-1 and is ranked fifth. Cunningham qualified in two events by jumping 4-10 and going 33-9.75 in the triple jump. Cunningham set her personal best by nearly 16 inches at the regional last week and was surprised at her qualification in the triple jump. Last year, Cunningham was 15th in the high jump at 4-8. Neither of the Chandlers qualified in their respective events last year.
Atwood-Rawlins County Buffaloes
Dylan Tiemeyer, jr. (LJ).
Taylor Leitner, sr. (4x1, 200, 100); Keshia Green, jr. (4x1); Lexy Leitner, soph. (4x1, 100); Rohey Singhateh, soph. (4x1, 200, 100. LJ).
Notes -- This marks the fourth straight year Taylor Leitner has reached the state track meet and second straight for Leitner, Singhateh and Green. Last year, the relay ran 53.07 seconds and finished ninth in the Class 2A prelims. This year, the Buffs are ranked second in the relay at 51.44 seconds, just .01 seconds behind Linn. The Buffs pulled off a rarity in the 100 when they qualified the maximum three athletes for one event. The four long jumpers from the Fort Hays regional are seeded in the top eight, and Singhateh sits fourth. She was seventh last year in 15-10.75 and jumped 16-3.5 at the regional. Tiemeyer is ranked seventh in a field where the top 11 jumpers all went at least 20 feet.
Layton Werth, soph. (3200, 1600); Benjamin Baird, sr. (3200); Dan Brown, sr. (HJ); Nathan Jorgensen, jr., (JAV).
Notes -- After not qualifying a single athlete in 2012, Brewster sends four after competing in the Hays regional last week.
Werth and Baird finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 3,200 at the regional, and are seeded eighth and ninth heading into Friday's morning's second race. Brown finished second in the high jump at the regional, clearing 6-0. Brown's season best is 6-2. Jorgensen is part of a loaded 1A boys' javelin field after finishing fourth at the regional.
Allie Frisbie, soph. (300H, 4x4); Shayla Hubbard, jr. (4x4); Kalin Ritchey, soph. (4x4); Diana Garcia, fresh. (4x4).
Notes -- A handful of state newcomers represent the Cougars this season with one individual qualifier. Frisbie was fourth in the 300 hurdles at the Hays regional, as was Cheylin's 1,600-meter relay.
Sierra Senger, jr. (PV); Brittany Winkel, sr. (PV).
Notes -- Senger and Winkel were third and fourth at the Hays regional last week, and are both making their first appearance at the state meet. Lakeside sent just one female athlete to state the previous three seasons.
Golden Plains Bulldogs
Zach Spresser, jr. (TJ).
Macayla Easton, jr. (400, 4x4); Kynndra Rush, fresh. (4x4); Jordan Christensen, jr. (4x4); Angela Ritter, sr. (4x4); Kylie Jones, soph. (HJ).
Notes -- Both Easton and Ritter are two-time state qualifiers for the Golden Plains girls. Easton qualified last season in the 400-meter dash, and finished fifth. Ritter qualified in the 400-meter dash as a freshman. Easton was second at the Hays regional and is seeded seventh in the event. All of Golden Plains' girl qualifiers were members of the Bulldogs' third-place basketball team in Class 1A Division II this winter, with Ritter -- the starting point guard -- the only senior on the team.
Spresser qualified for state for the first time for the Bulldog boys. He was an alternate member of last season's 400-meter relay team. Spresser won the Hays regional last week in the triple jump, going 42-8.5. He is seeded third in the event.
Mathew Heim, sr. (4x1, 4x4); Connor Katt, soph. (4x1, 200); Chase Kennedy, jr. (4x1, 4x4 4x8); Austin Rietcheck, fresh., (4x1); Kade Spresser, jr. (4x4, 4x8); Christopher Weber, jr. (4x4); Tyler Kaus, jr. (4x8); Josh Heim, soph. (4x8).
Marlee McKenna, sr., (3200, 4x8, 1600); Terran Hoyt, fresh. (4x1); Kristina Farber, jr. (4x1, 4x4, HJ); Ellie Heim, sr. (4x1, 4x4, 4x8); Carly Heim, soph. (4x1, 4x4, TJ, LJ); Sarah Farber, sr. (4x4); Courtney Schamberger, sr. (DISC); Burgandy Moss, soph. (4x8); Madison Niblock, jr. (4x8).
Notes -- The Hoxie girls' 3,200-meter relay team tied a state record for consecutive titles in one event when the Indians collected their fifth straight. Hoxie also owns the state record time in the event set in 2010 (9:53.66). McKenna and Ellie Heim were freshmen members of that squad. Carly Heim is seeded first in the girls' triple jump after winning last week's Hays regional at 36-2.25, her season best jump. She also is seeded first in the long jump, jumping 17-11.75 the regional, also her season best by eight inches. Heim qualified in the long jump last season and finished fifth, jumping 16-2.5.
On the boys' side, all but Christopher Weber and Austin Rietcheck were at state last season, all on relays.
La Crosse Leopards
Marshall Jay, jr. (110H, 300H, 4x4, TJ); William Storie, sr. (4x1, 300H, 4x4, 100); Kip Keeley, sr. (4x1, SHOT, JAV); Andrew Jay, soph., (4x1, 4x4); Clayton Basgall, sr. (4x1); Levi Morss, sr. (400, LJ, 100); Lucas Moeder, jr. (4x4, JAV, DISC); Sheldon Schmidt, soph. (SHOT, HJ, DISC); Cole Kershner, soph. (SHOT).
Notes -- Last season, the Leopard boys set a record for points scored at the state meet when they scored 84 to win the Class 1A state championship. They are in good position to repeat. La Crosse rolled to last week's regional championship with 136 points, more than double the rest of the field. They did it despite not getting points from one of its top performers in the 200-meter dash, senior Levi Morss.
Morss false started in an event that likely would have produced a top-three finish. Morss finished second at state last season in the 100, 200 and 400, all behind Moscow's Osvaldo Granillo, who since has graduated. Keeley, the defending 1A javelin champion, is the top seed in the event after last week's regional win in Hays. Keeley threw 182-11 to win and has a season best of 190-2.5, second in the area this season behind Phillipsburg's Seth Derr, a 3A favorite. Keeley is seeded third in the shot put. At last week's regional, Schmidt, Keeley and Kershner finished 1-2-3 in the event and are seeded second, third and fourth, respectively. Storie, Basgall and Keeley all ran on last season's 400-meter relay team, which finished fifth for a state medal. Schmidt, Kershner and Moeder all are first-time state qualifiers.
Michaela Girard, jr. (4x1, 200, 100); Christen Greving, fresh. (4x1, SHOT); Renee Becker, fresh. (4x1); Justice Bonner, soph. (4x1).
Notes -- Bonner finished fourth in the 100 last year, but missed out in a photo finish this spring. Girard missed all of last season with a knee injury after she qualified in two events as a freshman. The 400 relay also qualified in a photo finish over WaKeeney-Trego Community.
Maddux Winter, fresh. (110H, 4x8); Jackson Meiers, jr. (LJ, 4x8), Jacob Chambray, soph., (4x8), Joey Raat, fr. (4x8).
Regan Casey, fresh. (100H, SHOT), Kourtney Grafel, soph. (HJ).
Notes -- The Tigers' relay broke a 34-year-old school record earlier this year when they ran 8:47. Meiers and Grafel each collected state medals last year. Casey is the youngest of the three Casey sisters. Eastin was a three-sport standout and reached the state track meet in the sprints, while Danica was an all-state basketball player. Danica will play basketball at Bethany College; Eastin has played there in the past.
Jordan Hoffman, jr. (400, 200, 100).
Hannah Bannister, sr. (3200)
Notes -- Bannister had qualified in the triple jump earlier in her career, but struggled with jumping earlier this year and is ranked 12th in the 3,200. Hoffman and La Crosse senior Levi Morss are the state favorites in the 100 and 400, while Hoffman is the state favorite in the 200 after Morss false started in the 200 at the regional.
Isaac Sumpter, soph., (4x1, 4x4); Boone Cady, jr. (4x1, 400, 4x4); Alan Mick, jr. (4x1, 4x4); Kenton Ubelaker, jr. (4x1, 200, 4x4, 100); Maverick LeRock, jr. (DISC).
Eileen Mick, sr. (3200, 1600, HJ); Katrin Werthmann, fresh. (300H); Alyssa Windle, sr. (DISC); Jessica Princ, jr. (JAV).
Notes -- Mick qualified for the third straight season for the Osborne girls, but for just the second year in the 3,200 and 1,600. Mick qualified for the high jump and finished second as a sophomore in Class 2A, and qualified in the high jump, 3,200 and 1,600 last season. She took fourth in the 3,200 last season and sixth in the 1,600. Princ has the area's top throw in the javelin this season at 133-1, and is seeded first in the event after winning the Valley Heights regional at 128-3 last week.
Ubelaker, Cady and Alan Mick are all returning to state after each qualified in relays last season. Mick and Ubelaker were members of last season's 400-meter relay state title team for the Bulldogs. Ubelaker qualified last season in the 800. He is seeded third in the 400 after finishing third in the Hays regional behind Otis-Bison's Hoffman and La Crosse's Morss. LeRock is back at state for the first time since his freshman season, when he qualified in 2A in the 110-hurdles.
Seth Armbrister, sr. (DISC).
Lizzie Benoit, sr. (3200, 1600); Kali Newell, sr. (DISC, JAV).
Notes -- Newell returns to state in both events, joined by a pair of first-time qualifers. In each of the previous two seasons, the Roosters had just one state qualifiers -- last season being Newell. Benoit qualified in 3,200 and 1,600 with fourth-place finishes in both events in the Hays regional.
Armbrister is seeded second in the discus after winning the Hays regional at 151-3, his season best.
Missy Reed, sr. (100H. 300H); Shelby Coburn, soph. (DISC, SHOT).
Notes -- Reed qualified for the third straight season in the 100 hurdles when she won the event last week at the Hays regional. Reed enters the field seeded sixth. Last season, Reed finished seventh in the event. This is her first state qualification in the 300s. Coburn qualified for state for the first time in both events with a third-place finish in Hays in the discus, and fourth place in the shot put.
Ransom-Western Plains Bobcats
Juan Mendez, jr. (TJ).
Notes -- Mendez is the first state qualifier for the Bobcats since 2009 when Western Plains sent a relay and two individual events to Wichita. Mendez finished second behind Golden Plains' Spresser at the Hays regional, going 41-8.25 in the triple jump.
Sharon Springs-Wallace County Wildcats
Kyle Gfeller, jr. (110H, 300H); Luke Schemm, fresh. (HJ); Cayden Daily, jr. (PV); Callahan Grund, jr. (800).
Allison Dewees, jr. (PV); Rylea Rains, soph. (JAV).
Notes - With the acception of Rains, all of the boys and Dewees are returning state qualifiers for the Wildcats. Gfeller qualified last season in the 110s, but did not make it out of the preliminaries in his first trip to state. Daily finished fifth in the pole vault at last season's finale at 12-0, and enters this year's field seeded third at 12-6. He was third in the regional last week on misses behind both higher seeds -- Weskan's Jared McKinney and St. Francis' Mason Schiltz. Schemm was seventh last season in the high jump to earn a medal. Grund finished ninth in the 1,600 last season.
St. Francis Indians
Steven Nelson, sr. (110H, 4x4); Logan Lampe, jr. (4x1, 4x4); Derek Queen, jr. (4x1, 4x4); Thomas Douthit, sr. (4x1); Michael Leibbrandt, sr. (4x1, 4x4); Mason Schiltz, jr. (PV); Zach Gienger, sr. (DISC).
Dallas Reed, soph. (PV).
Notes -- Last season, Mason Schiltz was part of a brother combination, along with older brother, Isaac, to finish first and second in the pole vault. Mason was second at state behind Isaac after he cleared 13-0. The two were also St. Francis' only state qualifiers in 2012. Mason's season best in 2013 is the 12-6 he cleared to finish second on misses at last week's Hays regional. Mason is a three-time state qualifier in the event.
Christian Hamel, soph. (4x8), Ethan Hamel, fr. (4x8), Kale Kuhlmann, soph. (4x8), Reed Stephens, jr. (4x8).
Notes -- The Tigers likely would have qualified sophomore Jaden Williams in multiple events, but the all-state hurdler hurt his knee at state basketball and missed all of track. Stockton is ranked 15th after it ran a 9:03.96 to take fourth at the Hays regional.
Thunder Ridge Longhorns
Trevor Lowe, sr. (JAV).
Brittany Kirchhoff, sr. (4x8); Kirsten Burger, fresh. (4x8); Faelynn Christensen, fresh. (4x8); Jackie Reneberg, sr. (4x8).
Notes -- As one of two qualifiers in the event last season for the Longhorns, Lowe finished fourth in the javelin, and enters this season's tourney as one of the favorites. He is seeded third after his win at the Valley Heights regional at 175-10.
Kirchhoff and Reneberg each qualified for state as sophomores as members of qualifying relays and Kirchhoff the 800, but missed state last season. Kirchhoff also qualified for state as a freshman in 2010 as a relay member.
Paul Barrientes, sr. (SHOT, DISC).
Notes -- Barrientes is the Mustangs' lone qualifier for the second straight season. Last year, he qualified in the discus, and adds the shot put this year. In the discus, Barrientes scratched twice last season and finished 11th at state.
Connor Gagnon, jr. (LJ).
Jayden Newbold, fresh. (LJ).
Notes -- Last year, Jublain Wohler qualified in the 3,200, and Sarah Kuhn qualified in the pole vault. This year, Wohler had problems with injuries, especially his knee. Kuhn cleared 8-0 at regional, her new personal record, on her first attempt. Coach Randy Stanley thought that would qualify Kuhn for state. However, the competition was much stronger than last year, and Kuhn couldn't make it into the top four. Still, she was just three inches short of the school record. Gagnon qualified in the 1,600 relay as a freshman.
WaKeeney-Trego Golden Eagles
Clayton Riedel, jr. (400, 200).
Jerris Reeder, sr. (400, LJ); Bailee Fritts, sr. (PV); Payton Nowlin, jr. (4x8); Elyssa carr, fresh. (4x8); Peyton Desormiers, soph. (4x8); Addie Zeman, jr. (4x8).
Notes -- Trego will try its hand at 1A for the first time. Riedel qualified in 2A last season, becoming the first boy to qualify for state in head coach Jeff Rhoden's now six seasons. Riedel finished third in last week's Hays regional, and is seeded fourth in the event. In the 200, Riedel finished fourth and might have been the beneficiary of the false start by Morss, who was considered an event favorite.
Reeder, Fritts and Nowlin all are returning state qualifiers for the Trego girls with Reeder the most experienced at the state meet in one event. Reeder's qualification in the long jump is her third straight for Trego in the event. She finished 10th in 2A last season. Fritts qualified for the third straight year, just her second in the pole vault. Fritts qualified in the event as a freshman, and was a member of the Golden Eagles' 400-meter relay team that qualified last season. Nowlin qualified as a member of Trego's 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams a year ago.
Brandon Escamilla, sr. (4x4, TJ, 4x8); Zachary Unruh, soph. (4x4); Nick Smith, sr. (4x4, 800, 4x8); Sam McKinney, sr. (4x4, 1600, 800, 4x8); Leyton Miller, jr. (SHOT); Jared McKinney, sr. (PV); Hayden Walker, jr. (PV); Tyler Compton, jr. (4x8).
Robyn See, soph. (PV); Shaelynn Compton, soph. (DISC).
Notes -- Sam McKinney, Walker, Unruh and Smith were all at state last season. Sam McKinney was sixth in the 800 last season and fourth in the 1,600. Sam McKinney, Smith and Unruh all ran on the Coyotes' fifth-place 3,200-meter relay team in 2012.
See looks to carry on a strong tradition the pole vault for the Coyotes. Weskan had last year's state champion in since-graduated Jori Mote, her second gold medal in the event. Mote qualified three times, winning twice and taking the silver. She missed one season due to injury. See enters the state meet as the fourth seed. She finished second on misses at 9-0 at last week's Hays regional. Shaelyn Compton qualified as a relay member last season. She won last week's Hays regional to earn the eighth seed for this weekend.
Shayna Rogge, soph. (100H, 300H, TJ)
Notes -- Rogge finished third in the 100 hurdles as a freshman, and was fifth in the triple jump. She finished sixth in the 300 hurdles. Rogge finished third in the triple jump at last week's regional in Hays behind Hoxie's Heim and Dighton's Leslie Speer. She was third in the 100-meter hurdles in the regional, and won the 300s.
Tucker Gillespie, jr. (3200, 1600); Brett Zordel, sr. (4x1); Connor Lewis, sr. (4x1); Wade Buck, sr. (4x1, 400, 200, 100); Jacob Waldman, sr., (4x1).
Hannah Gillespie, jr. (400, 4x4, 4x8); Lacey Ostmeyer, soph. (4x4, 4x8, 800); Taylor Tustin, soph. (4x4, 4x8, 1600, 800); Kylie Wood, soph. (4x4, 4x8); Allie Ryburn, soph. (SHOT); Brooke Ostmeyer, sr. (JAV)
Notes -- Tucker Gillespie returns to state for the third straight season in both his events. Gillespie was fifth last season in the 3,200 and sixth in the 1,600. Buck qualified, but did not make it out of the preliminaries in the 200-meter dash last season. Zordel, Lewis and Waldman are first-time qualifiers.
All of the girls who qualified for the Thunderhawks, with the exception of the freshman Ryburn, were state qualifiers a season ago. The Thunderhawks 3,200-meter relay team was third last season. Tustin, a runner-up finisher in the fall at the 1A state cross country meet, was ninth as a freshman in the 800. Hannah Gillespie was seventh for a medal in the 400 a year ago.
Jared Pfeifer, soph. (110H, 300H, LJ); Luke Lohrmeyer, sr. (SHOT).
Alexcia Deutscher, fresh. (200, LJ, HJ, 100); Kaleigh Soneson, jr. (PV); Megan Honas, sr. (DISC).
Notes -- This marks the third straight year Honas has qualified in the discus. It is the first qualification for Soneson and Lohrmeyer. Last year, Honas was fifth when she threw her personal best of 118-7. She finished eighth as a sophomore. Pfeifer was part of the gold-medal winning 400 relay as a freshman, but the rest of the team -- Riley Hunsicker, Dylan Krause and Jared Herl -- graduated. Deutscher is among the favorites in the jumps, but faces a tall task in the sprints in Shawnee-Marantha Academy's Caroline Bingham.
Hill City Ringnecks
Leslie VanLoenen, jr. (3200); Bethan Parker, jr. (4x1, PV); Kayla Bell, fresh. (4x1); Kayla Keith, soph. (4x1); Amanda Conway, fresh. (4x1, 300H); Shannon Toll, sr. (JAV); Amanda Kessler, jr. (SHOT).
Notes -- VanLoenen and Toll return to state in their respective events while the others are first-time qualifiers for the Ringnecks. VanLoenen is a three-time qualifier in the 3,200. She was 14th last season. Toll, who qualified for state in the javelin for the first time last season, finished 10th. She has the eighth best throw out of the regionals at 113-8, but has thrown better than 127 this season.
Ness City Eagles
Garrett Flax, sr. (4x1); Matthew Frank, sr. (4x1, 4x4, 4x8); Dalton Gantz, sr. (4x1, 4x4); Blake McVicker, sr. (4x1, 4x4); Wyatt Beckman, sr. (4x4, 4x8, 1600, 800); Kyle Harris, soph. (4x8); Dallas Winter, jr. (4x8).
Jessie Rubottom, jr. (3200, 4x4, 1600, 800); MaKenna Fritts, fresh. (4x1); Bree Humberg, jr. (4x1); Erin Flax, sr. (4x1, 4x4); Emily Hahn, jr. (4x1, 400, 4x4, 800); Addison Beutler, fresh. (4x4).
Notes -- Flax, Frank, Gantz and Beckman were all part of last season's 1,600-meter relay that qualified for the Eagles that did not make it out of the preliminary round. Beckman adds the 1,600 and 800 after being part of qualifying relays the past two seasons. Beckman was fourth at the Sublette regional in both events.
On the girls' side, Hahn is a three-time state qualifier, but a first-time qualifier in the 400 and the 800. Hahn was on last season's 400-meter relay team, and qualified in the 100 as a freshman in 2011. She is seeded fifth in the event after she finished second in the regional. Rubottom was second in the regional in the 800, and Hahn fourth. Rubottom qualified for state for the first time, doing so in four events. She is seeded 13th in the 3,200 and 16th in the 1,600.
Darius Herl, jr. (110H); Mason Scheetz, soph. (400); Key Keller, jr. (PV).
Kelsey Wilson, sr. (100H); Kaelyn Van Eaton, soph. (4x8); Kyndal Maurath, sr. (4x8); Joni Weber, sr. (4x8); Hayley Ribordy, sr. (4x8).
Notes -- Weber, Ribordy and Van Eaton were all members of last season's 3,200-meter relay team for the Plainsmen girls that qualified, while Wilson qualfiied for the third straight season in the 100 hurdles. She was sixth at state in the event a season ago. Wilson ran the second-fastest time in the area this season at 16.23, behind Mattison Schlaefli of Hays High.
Herl is Oakley's lone returning state qualifier on the boys' side. He was a member of last season's state-qualfying 400-meter relay. Herl was second behind Meade's Hayden Borth in the regional in 15.90.
Oberlin Red Devils
Regent Erickson, soph. (DISC).
Alexis Hissong, jr. (100H, 300H); Cassidy Shields, sr. (300H, 4x4); Mikaela Dorshorst, sr. (200, 4x4, LJ, TJ); Winter Polivka, soph. (4x4, 4x8); Demi Murray, soph. (4x4, JAV, DISC); Caitlin Shields, soph. (4x8); Darbi Rouse, sr. (4x8); Morgan Jansonius, soph. (4x8).
Notes -- The Oberlin girls scored 79 points to finish second in last week's Sublette regional, led by a pair of first-place finishes for its relay teams, and a second and two third-place finishes by Dorshorst in her individual events. Murray won the javelin at Sublette and finished third in the discus at the regional. She is part of a loaded 2A javelin field, making her first appearance at state. Murray has the best throw out of the regional meets in the javelin at 122-0. Her top throw this season is 126-4. Hissong, Polivka and Cassidy and Caitlin Shields all have state experience as part of relays last season. Hissong qualified for the third straight year, the second straight in the 100 hurdles and first in the 300s. Hissong was third in the 300 hurdles last week, right behind Cassidy Shields.
Erickson is making his first state appearance for the Oberlin boys.
Nick Hixon, sr. (110H, 4x1, 300H); Dalton Werner, sr. (4x1, 200, LJ, 100); Brett Davis, sr. (4x1); Trevor Axelson, sr. (4x1); Anthony Kent Diaz, sr. (HJ); Nolan Weiser, sr. (LJ, TJ); Bradey Chard, sr. (DISC); Trevor Axelson, sr. (100).
Brooklyn Eilers, fresh. (300H); Shania Werner, fresh. (200); Samanatha Reif, jr. (HJ); Shelbe Pywell, sr. (DISC, SHOT); Cheyenne Armbruster, sr. (DISC); Kim Junkermeier, soph. (SHOT); Hannah Friend, sr. (100); Cassidy Rathbun, jr. (1600).
Notes -- The Cardinals are the defending class 2A state champions. Werner, Weiser, Hixon and Axelson all scored for Plainville last year. Werner is the defending long jump champion and was second as a sophomore. Weiser has qualified in the triple jump all four years. Werner, Weiser and Hixon are expected to do track at Fort Hays next year, while Chard will play football at Hutchinson Community College. Reif, bothered by an injury that kept her out of the league meet, jumped 5-0 at regional. She and Ellis freshman Alexcia Deutscher have cleared 5-4 this year, though Deutscher was the only one in 2A to do it at the regional. Reif didn't qualify last year, but was 13th as a freshman. The left-handed Armbruster was sixth in the discus last year as the MCL went 3-5-6 in the event. Pywell took seventh in the shot put in 2012.
Smith Center Redmen
Nick Lehmkuhl, soph. (110H, 300H); Weston Rothchild, sr. (400 4x4); Clint Rogers, jr. (300H); Kyler Atwood, sr. (4x4); L.T. Meitler, soph. (4x4, PV); Dylan Stocker, fresh. (4x4); Mason Buckmaster, soph. (HJ, TJ); Cole Lorenzen, jr. (JAV); Steven Kriley, jr. (PV).
Lynzee Mace, jr. (100H); Trenna Cox, sr. (100H, 4x1, 300H, 4x4); Sydney Benoit, sr. (100H, 4x4); Alexis Ryan, sr. (4x1, 400, 4x4); Blair McNary, sr. (4x1, 4x4, HJ, TJ); Courtney Panter, soph. (4x1, 200); Kaitlin Albert, jr. (JAV).
Notes -- Of all of the qualifiers for the Smith Center girls, only McNary and Mace were at the state meet last season. Cox, expected to be a points contibutor in the hurdles in 2012, missed the season due to injury. Mace is a three-time state qualifier in the 100 hurdles, the first coming as a freshman in Class 3A in 2011. Last season she finished fourth in the event. Cox and Benoit were second and fourth, respectively, in the 300 hurdles at the Washington County regional. McNary qualified in the high jump last season. She added the triple jump this year by finishing second (32-6) in the regional last week.
On the boys' side, Rogers, Buckmaster, Lehmkuhl and Meitler were all at state last season. Buckmaster qualified in the high jump as a freshman and adds the triple jump in 2013. Rogers was a member of the 3,200-meter relay team that qualified last year and Lehmkuhl qualified for the second straight year in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. Rothchild returns in the 400 and as a member of the 1,600 relay. Meitler cleared 11-6 in the pole vault at the state meet last season, and had the fourth-best mark at 13-6 at last week's regional. He has cleared 13-9 this season.
Jacob Brooks, sr. (400, 200, HJ, 100); Austin Hager, jr. (PV); Marc Miller, jr. (800).
Darcy Bainter, jr. (3200); Alec Melvin, sr. (DISC, SHOT); Bailey Ambrosier, jr. (PV, 4x8); Kenzie Esslinger, soph. (PV); Katelyn Engelbert, jr. (4x8); Casey Ambrosier, fresh. (4x8); Kamilla Jones, sr. (4x8).
Notes -- Melvin has a handful of medals in the throwing events. As a sophomore, she qualified in the shot put, discus and javelin, and then qualified in the shot put and javelin last season. She finished fifth in the shot put and fourth in the discus last season. Ambrosier is making her third state appearance, but just her second in the pole vault. However, she is the defending 3A state champion after clearing 9-6 to edge TMP-Marian's Emilie Taylor for the crown on misses. Ambrosier enters the finale as the top seed, clearing 10-0 to win the Holcomb regional last week. She is one of three to clear 10-0 at the regional, and has cleared 10-6 this season. She is the only vaulter in the area to do so this season, and one of only two in 3A to do so.
Brooks is making his fourth trip to state. As a freshman, he was a member of the 1,600-meter relay. As a sophomore, he qualified in the 200, and last season, he qualified in the 100, 200 and high jump. This season, he adds the 400 to his state resume. Hager returns to state for the third straight year in the pole vault.
Wyatt Ratzlaff, soph. (3200, 1600); Sean Newlan, sr. (110H, 4x1, 300H, DISC); Stuart Lennemann, soph. (4x1, 200, 100); Grant Wickham, jr. (4x1, LJ, TJ); Seth Derr, sr. (4x1, 4x4, HJ, JAV); Trey Ellis, jr. (400, 4x4); Stephen Sage, jr. (300H); Nathaniel Prewitt, fresh. (4x4); Brendan Ratzlaff, sr. (4x4); Thomas Oliff, sr. (SHOT).
Sadie Rodriguez, soph. (4x1); Katelyn Swanson, fresh. (4x1); Cassie Wells, soph. (4x1); Kylah Ellis, sr. (4x1); Shania Wilkison, jr. (TJ); Mattison Dusin, jr. (DISC, SHOT).
Notes -- The Panthers and Sacred Heart are the top-two Class 3A boys teams. Last year, Sacred Heart had 73 points, 25 more than the Panthers. Both teams return their teams basically intact. Phillipsburg won both of the 400 relays last year and could do so again. The Panther boys are ranked first by 1.30 seconds when they ran a 42.56, under the state record. Phillipsburg is ranked first, and Sacred Heart is second in the event. The Panther girls rank fourth at 51.06 after they ran 50.75 to win last year. Swanson replaced Raegan Vanderplas, the only graduate from the relay.
Andrew Hess, fresh. (3200); Rodney Deus, sr. (4x1, 200, 4x4, 100); Carlos Duenes, sr. (4x1, 4x4); Nick Schmidt, soph. (4x1, 4x4); Cameron Fouts, soph. (4x1); Tim Flax, fresh. (4x4); Sam Dreiling, soph. (PV); Skyler Urban, jr. (TJ).
Heather Ruder, sr. (3200 4x8, 1600, 800); Mikaela Flax, jr. (400); Jenna Schuckman, sr. (JAV); Samanhta Younie, jr. (TJ); Megan Gottschalk, sr. (PV); Kayla Walker, jr. (4x8); Allison Pfeifer, sr. (4x8, 1600, 800); Melissa Pfeifer, fresh. (4x8, 800).
Notes -- Cessna Stadium will feature more TMP jerseys than it did last season.
In 2012, Deus was the lone male qualifier, and now, the boys have seven entries. Led by Deus, TMP is a favorite to score points in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 400-meter relay. In the pole vault, Dreiling is seeded fifth with his regional mark of 13-6, but he could take home a top-three medal if he manages to clear 14-0.
The girls posted the same number of entries as they did during last season's state runner-up finish: 11. Ruder, already an eight-time gold medalist and four-time silver medalist, has a chance to pile further upon her mythic legacy. TMP qualified three individuals in the 800, but the field is stacked. Eight girls have seed times faster than 2:30. Allison Pfeifer, a four-time state medalist, could have troubles placing as an individual this season. She is seeded 11th in the 800 (2:31.97) and 13th in the 1,600 (5:51.27) based upon her regional times, but she has ran faster times in both events earlier this season. Gottschalk has placed the past two seasons in the pole vault, but she's never gotten better than sixth. This year, she is one of seven 3A vaulters to clear 10 feet or higher. Mikaela Flax, who qualified in the 300 hurdles last season, ran the 400 this year at the regional instead since it was her better shot of qualifying. It worked, but at state, Flax is seeded 11th with a 1:01.63. Younie, who qualified but scratched her attempts last season at state, is seeded 10th in the triple jump at 33-5.25.
Wiatt Binder, sr. (400); Beau Brown, sr. (100).
Brielle McKee, fresh. (400, 4x4), Kaitlyn Flanagin, sr. (300H, 4x4); Sydney Stephens, fresh. (4x4); Karly Shull, jr. (4x4); Andrea Browne, fresh. (3200); Hannah Strange, soph. (HJ).
Notes -- Strange and Flanagin are back at state in the high jump and 300 hurdles, respectively, while both also were members of last season's 1,600-meter relay qualfying team. Strange has a season best of 5-2 in the high jump, a mark she has reached at least four times this season.
Brown returns for the second straight season (third overall) in the 100, where he finished third a year ago in 10.94 seconds.
Adam Simmerman, jr. (400); Todd Sneathen, jr. (200); Holton Witman, jr. (PV); Dax Ruhs, jr. (JAV); Trey Teeter, fresh. (JAV).
Courtney Cowan, sr. (DISC); Nicole Sederstrom, soph. (TJ).
Notes -- Last season, Ruhs and Cowan were Goodland's lone representatives at the state meet -- both qualifying in Class 3A in their respective events. Ruhs missed medaling in 3A last season by four feet in the javelin, taking eighth place. He collected the ninth-best regional toss last week at 167-0. Teeter, in his first state qualification was right behind at 165-5.
Hays High Indians
Adam Deterding, sr. (110H, 300H, HJ, TJ); Dominique Carrasco, soph. (110H, 300H); Shawn Herrman, jr. (400, 4x4); Emilio Mitchell, sr. (200, 100); Josh Brungardt, sr. (800, 4x4, 4x8); Landon Munsch, jr. (4x4, 4x8); Ethan Fort, sr. (4x4, 4x8, 800); Derek Drees, sr. (3200, 4x8, 1600); Hayden Kreutzer, soph. (PV); Derek Bixenman, sr. (HJ, LJ, TJ); Aaron Voss, jr. (HJ); Cade Sharp, sr. (DISC, SHOT); Peyton Harris, soph. (SHOT).
Mattison Schlaefli, soph. (100H, 300H, 4x4); Wendy Zimmerman, jr. (400, 4x4, TJ, HJ); Ashlyn Parrish, soph. (4x4); Summer Smith, soph. (4x4, 4x8); Haley George, fresh. (HJ, 4x8); Courtney Green, fresh. (4x8); Annie Gonzales, fresh. (4x8).
Notes -- The Indians are the clear frontrunner for the Class 5A boys' title after winning the three previous ones. With fourth-year head coach Ryan Cornelsen at the helm, the Hays High boys have won every meet in which they've competed. Hays High has a number of potential state gold medals on its squad. Sharp is aiming for his third straight shot put title and second discus championship. Deterding has won the past two 110-meter hurdles championships on top of last year's high jump championship. Carrasco could surprise people in the 110 and 300 hurdles. He defeated Deterding in the regional in the 300 hurdles and nearly caught him in the 110 hurdles. Brungardt is one of three 5A runners to crack 1:58 in the 800 this season, and the 3,200-meter relay is shooting for its fourth consecutive state title. However, the relay, which hasn't cracked 8 minutes yet, has competition this season between St. James Academy and Shawnee Mission South, who each have posted faster times than Hays High this season. Bixenman, the state runner-up in the high jump in 2012, likely will face stiff competition at state this season. On top of Deterding, who has jumped 6-10, Blue Valley Southwest's James Atwood and Topeka-Seaman's Joe Miller each have cleared 6-8 this year -- two inches better than Bixenman's 6-6. However, Bixenman was in a similar position last year when he shocked many spectators, jumped a personal best and took second.
Zimmerman and Schlaefli are Hays High girls' top scorers. Neither one is a state favorite in any event, but they potentially could bring home multiple medals. The 3,200-meter relay, composed of three freshmen and a sophomore, is seeded seventh with its regional time of 10:14.68.