The Smith Center boys track and field team has made a habit the last few years of challenging for a 2A state championship, and the Redmen look capable of continuing that trend this year.
Smith Center has seven boys competing in at least one individual event and also qualified its 400, 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams for this weekend’s state meet in Wichita.
“We feel like we have a chance,” Smith Center coach Mike Rogers said. “In the last three or four years we’ve been down there and brought home a trophy. We won it a couple years ago. One year we got disqualified in the last event, which cost us the runner-up trophy. We feel like we have a good opportunity to go out there and get a trophy.”
Rogers said he’s been pleased with the consistency his boys team has showed throughout the season.
“We’ve been really happy,” Rogers said. “We’ve got lots of points from our throwers, we’re getting points from our jumpers and we’re getting some good points on the track. We’ve just kind of had a pretty consistent performance from everybody.”
The Smith Center boys are well represented out in the field, with six athletes taking part in field events. Joel Montomery will compete in the triple jump and Brett Meyer in the high jump. Throwers include Hesston Maxwell (javelin), Colton Hutchinson (javelin), Avery Hawkins (shot put) and Dalton Kuhn (shot put). Montgomery will also run the 300 hurdles and Jesse Staples will compete in the 400.
“We had that championship season in football and then in wrestling we were a top competitor in the state, and then we come out here and we’re having a good year,” Hawkins said. “It feels really good to know we’re competing well.”
All of Smith Center’s competitors on the girls’ side will come in the field. Kacie Timmons will take part in the javelin and shot put, Gacen Hutchinson will do the javelin and Bree Frieling will compete in the long jump and pole vault.