HDN area state track and field team-by-team capsules
Hays High Indians
Jordan Windholz, sr. (LJ, TJ, 4x1); Clayton Riedel, sr. (400, 4x1, 4x4); Shawn Herrman, sr. (200, 4x1, 4x4); Alex Delton jr. (100, 200, 4x1, 4x4); Landon Munsch, sr. (800, 4x4); Aaron Voss, sr. (HJ, TJ); Hayden Kreutzer, jr. (PV, 4x1, 4x4); Brandon Hardwick, jr. (Shot); Isaiah Blackmon, soph. (4x1); Kord Albers, sr. (4x4).
Kali Pitcock, jr. (100H, 300H); Ashlyn Parrish, jr. (100H); Mattie Schlaefli, jr. (100H, 300H, 4x4, Jav.); Summer Smith, jr. (4x4, 4x8); Marie Reveles, fresh. (4x4, 4x8); Wendy Zimmerman, sr. (4x4, 4x8, HJ); Lexi Summers, jr. (TJ); Haley George, soph. (HJ); Annie Gonzales, soph. (4x8, 4x4).
Notes -- The Hays High boys are chasing their fifth straight state title. They don't have a lot in the way of numbers, but have enough gold-medal contenders to be a serious threat in Class 5A. Their strength is in the sprinters, with Delton among the favorites in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and Riedel in the 400. Both the 400-meter and 1,600-meter relay teams will vie for gold as well. Windholz is a podium hopeful in the long jump and triple jump, while Voss (high jump) and Kreutzer (pole vault) each enter state looking for a state title.
The girls likely won't be able to come near a team title, but have numerous names that could reach the podium. Zimmerman, nearly back to full health from a foot injury in April, will factor into the mix in the high jump and give both the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter relay teams a chance at top three. Schlaefli leads the girls with four events, including a first-time state trip in the javelin. The Indians are sending three into the 100-meter hurdles in Pitcock, Parrish and Schlaefli, with Pitcock and Schlaefli also in the 200-meter hurdles.
Matthew Pieper, soph. (TJ, LJ);
Andrea Browne, soph., (1600, 3200); Brielle McKee, soph. (400, 4x4); Sydney Stephens, soph. (400, 4x4); Hannah Strange, jr. (4x4, HJ); Jordan O'Malley, fresh. (4x4, HJ); Courtney VanEaton, fresh. (4x4); Kambri Garrett, fresh. (4x4).
Notes -- Strange qualified in the high jump for the third year in a row for the Colby girls. She enters state with a season- and career-best jump of 5-2. Browne is back at state in the 3,200 after placing seventh at state in the event last season. She enters state with the sixth-best time among 4A regionals in the event after her win in 11:56.78 at Abilene. This is her first year qualifying in the 1,600. McKee and Stephens were members of the Eagles' 1,600-meter relay last season that finished fifth at state. McKee was eighth in state in the 400 last year.
Pieper enters state in the triple jump with a season-best leap of 42-4, and jumped 42-0.5 to win last weeks' Abilene regional, good enough for a 10 seed. His long jump of 19-4.5 at the regional seeds him last.
Dax Ruhs, sr. (4x1, Jav., TJ); Todd Snethen, sr. (200, 4x1, 4x4); Xavier Brinson-Foust, sr. (4x1, 4x4, 4x8); Zachary Miller, sr. (4x1, 4x4); Adam Simmerman, sr. (800, 4x4, 4x8); Ace Arteaga, sr., (3200, 4x8); Holton Witman, sr. (PV); Trey Teeter, soph. (Jav.); Jacob Gerber, soph. (4x8); Gerell Miller, jr. (4x8); Braxton Redlin, soph. (4x4, 4x8); Darian Kent, fresh. (4x1, 4x4); Kolt Trachsel, jr. (4x1).
Margaux Thompson, fresh. (100H); Taryn Bedore, sr. (300H); Lacie Siruta, soph. (800).
Notes -- The Goodland boys put up 72 points to claim last week's 4A regional championship in Abilene, 14 points better than Hoyt-Royal Valley. Teeter -- the son of head coach Kent Teeter -- and Ruhs return in the javelin. They were eighth and ninth in 4A last season, and enter state with the 13th and 15th seed after regionals with throws of 163-3 and 147-10, respectively. Ruhs, however, has thrown 183-1 this season and Teeter has a season-best of 176-1. Teeter and Ruhs were first and third, respectively, at the Abilene regional. Simmerman qualified for state individual for the second straight year, but in a different event. He qualified in the 400 last season, but did not make it out of the prelims.
All three Goodland girls are first-time qualifiers. Thompson enters state with the third-best regional vault at 10-0, besting her previous season high by three inches.
Michael Pfannenstiel, jr. (110H, 4x4); Noah Gfeller, soph. (400, 4x4); Eric Rourke, sr. (4x4); Mathew Pfannenstiel, jr. (4x4); Austin Donovan, sr. (Shot); Jordan Swanson, jr. (4x4); Kyle Rourke, soph. (4x4).
Alaina Gfeller, fresh. (400, 4x1, 4x4, LJ); Samantha Ptacek, fresh. (4x1, 4x4); Lena Wedel, sr. (4x1, 4x4); Sam Wedel, soph. (4x1, 4x4); Taelyr Blehm, fresh. (4x4); Delainey Pospichal, fresh. (4x4).
Notes -- Considering the Broncos did not qualify a single event in 2013, the Broncos could be in the midst of a big turnaround. Only one Bronco, Wedel, has any state experience. She qualified in Class 3A as a sophomore and freshman as a member of the Broncos' 400-meter relay team.
On the boys' side, Noah Gfeller enters state with the fourth-best regional time in the 400-meter dash after winning the Abilene regional in 50.85, his best mark of the season.
Austin Hager, sr. (PV); Deon Lyle, jr. (HJ)
Christine Nelson, sr. (Shot); Bailey Ambrosier, sr. (PV, 4x8); Kenzie Esslinger, jr. (PV); Sierra Griffith, jr. (4x8); Katelyn Engelbert, sr. (800, 4x8); Casey Ambrosier, soph. (4x8). Raenee Peterson, soph. (4x8); Darcy Bainter, sr. (4x8).
Notes -- Norton's senior group of Ambrosier, Engelbert and Bainter and junior Sierra Griffith will have their final race together in the relay. The seniors are a close-knit group, while Engelbert, Bainter and Griffith have enjoyed great success in cross country, including a runner-up finishes the last three years and a championship in 2010. Griffith in a three-time all-state cross country runner and Engelbert has collected all-state twice. The 3,200 relay finished seventh last year. Engelbert is ranked fourth after she ran a 2:26.05 at regionals, more than three seconds ahead of her season best.
Hunter Kohler, sr. (110H, 300H, 4x1, 4x4); Eric Townsdin, sr. (100, 200, 4x1, 4x4); Trey Ellis, sr. (400, 4x1, 4x4); Stuart Lennemann, jr. (100, 200, 4x1, 4x4); Nate Prewitt, soph. (4x4); Grant Wickham, sr. (TJ, LJ, 4x1); Stephen Sage, sr. (4x1, 4x4).
Mattison Dusin, sr. (Shot, Disc); Mindy Gower, jr. (Jav).
Notes -- The Phillipsburg boys could once again be in contention to win their their state title. Despite the losses of star athletes Sean Newlan and Seth Derr from last year's second-place team, the Panthers have plenty of medal contenders again this year.
Senior Grant Wickham will be among the favorites to win both the triple jump and long jump, as long as a bum quad doesn't limit him. Junior Stuart Lennemann is a weapon in the sprints and key part of both the 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams. Senior Trey Ellis, who battled illness at regionals, will be a contender in the 400-meter dash, and senior Hunter Kohler is a standout in the hurdles.
Only two girls are going for the Panthers in senior Mattison Dusin and junior Mindy Gower. Dusin is a state veteran with a really good shot at the podium in the shot put and discus. She had her season best tosses in both events at regionals. Gower snuck into state in the javelin, her first time making it out of regionals.
Cameron Fouts, jr. (Jav.); Sam Dreiling, jr. (PV, 4x8); Ryan Mayorga, sr. (HJ, 4x8); Aaron Moore, sr. (Disc); Austin Dinkel, sr. (4x8); Tyler Rueschhoff, jr. (4x8); Matthew Mindrup, jr. (4x8); Nick Schmidt, jr. (4x8).
Melissa Pfeifer, soph. (800).
Notes -- The Monarch boys have three strong contenders in Fouts, Mayorga and Dreiling. Fouts helped TMP's 400-meter relay team to a second-place finish at state last year, but this will be his first trip in the javelin after falling three inches short of qualifying at regionals last season. Mayorga is making his first trip to state, his school-record tying mark of 6-4 in the high jump, set at regionals in Phillipsburg, among the state's best in Class 3A. Dreiling no heighted in the pole vault at state last season but seems focused on redeeming himself this season. His best mark of 14-0 is tied for third best in 3A.
Moore and the boys' 3,200-meter relay team were both surprise state qualifiers. Moore is headed to state for the first time as a senior after his throw of 140-9 placed fourth at regionals. The 3,200 relay team took fourth as well in regionals, running a time of 8 minutes, 46.69 seconds, easily a season best. The only Monarch girl to qualify is Pfeifer, who also went as a freshman in both the 800-meter run and as part of the 3,200-meter relay team, which took first. Pfeifer took 15th in the 800 at state last year, but is well ahead of last year's times and even set a three second PR at regionals.
Atwood-Rawlins County Buffaloes
Jonathan Markland, sr. (100, 200); Rhett Mizer, jr. (Jav); Dylan Tiemeyer, sr. (LJ).
Rohey Singhateh, jr. (100, 200, 4x1, LJ); Keshia Green, sr. (4x1); Morgan Withington, jr. (4x1); Lexy Leitner, jr. (100, 4x1); Abbie Horton, fresh. (4x1).
Notes -- The Buffaloes jump up to 2A after competing in 1A last year, featuring the same group on the girls' side. Singhateh and Leitner were among a group of three Buffaloes to make the finals in the 100-meter dash at state last year, led by the since-graduate Taylor Leitner, who finished fourth.
The Buffaloes' 400-meter relay also is the defending state champion.
Lexy Leitner and Signhateh were sixth and seventh, respectively, in 1A in the 100. This is the third straight trip for Lexy Leitner and Singhateh in various events. Rawlins County scored 24 points on the girls' side to finish ninth in 1A last year. Withington stepped in to fill in for Taylor Leitner in the 400 relay.
The relay finished second behind Smith Center in last week's regional and is seeded sixth. Singhateh's season-best jump of 18-0.25 led the area most of the season. That mark was second in 2A entering regionals, according to Carol Swenson's statewide performance list.
On the boys' side, Tiemeyer was the Buffaloes' only state qualifier in 1A last season. He finished seventh at the 1A finale.
Jared Pfeifer, jr. (110H, 300H, 4x1, LJ); Brendon Brenner, soph. (4x1); Landon Younger, sr. (4x1, PV); Sean Lee, jr. (4x1); Brandon Groff, jr. (Jav, 4x1).
Alexcia Deutscher, soph. (100H, 200, HJ, LJ); Rachel Keller, sr. (Shot); Kaleigh Soneson, sr. (PV); Sidney Gottschalk, sr. (PV); Ashley Mattheyer, fresh. (HJ).
Notes -- Deutscher, Soneson and Pfeifer are the only Railers with state experience. Many of Ellis' athletes are seeded eighth or ninth; top eight places at state. Deutscher is eighth in the hurdles and ninth in the 200. Pfeifer is seventh in the 110 hurdles, eighth in the 300s, ninth in the long jump and the boys' 400 relay sits ninth. Junior Brandon Groff is ninth in the javelin. The MCL goes 1-2-3-5 in the boys' pole vault with the Smith Center Meitler brothers (L.T. and Kaden), Younger and Oakley senior Key Keller.
Hill City Ringnecks
Devin Keener, sr. (400); Deric McKeever, jr. (TJ).
Amanda Conway, soph. (300H); Leslie VanLoenen, sr. (3200); Allyssa Miller, fresh. (Shot, Disc); Bethany Parker, sr. (PV).
Notes -- VanLoenen qualified for state for the fourth season in the 3,200 after finishing third at the Smith Center regional, and Conway returns to state for a second straight season in the 300 hurdles. The rest are first-time qualifiers for Hill City. VanLoenen, while a consistent qualifier, does not have a state medal from track in field, but is a four-time state placer in cross country (sixth, 10th, 17th, 14th). She was 10th last season in the 3,200.
Conway is coming off a state appearance where she finished fourth last year in the 300 hurdles. She is seeded eighth with her season-bet time of 49.04 coming in last week's regional.
Ness City Eagles
Dray Carson, sr. (800, 1600, 3200); Connor Hawkins, soph. (3200);
Madison Gabel, fresh. (4x4); Bree Humburg, sr. (4x4, TJ); Jaycie Richardson, fresh. (4x4); Jessie Rubottom, sr. (800, 1600, 3200, 4x4); Emily Hahn, sr. (1600); Makenna Fritts, soph. (4x4).
Notes -- Ness City's trophy hopes took a big hit when Emily Hahn went down with a hamstring injury in the 400-meter relay in the Smith Center regional. Hahn and Rubottom were first and second in the 800-meter run in 2A last season, but Hahn could not run the 800 with the injury in the relay. Ness City coach Patrick Younger said Hahn has about a 50 percent chance of competing in the 1,600 Saturday, but will not run in the preliminaries with the 1,600 relay team. Rubottom qualified in the same four events for the second consecutive season. She was sixth in the 3,200, fifth in the 1,600 and second in the 800 last season. The Eagles' 1,600-meter relay did not make it out of the preliminaries.
Humburg qualified in the triple jump in 2012 as a sophomore. She is seeded 13th in the event at 32-10.
Carson missed last year's state meet, but was a qualifier in the 3,200 and 1,600 as a sophomore in 2012. In the fall of 2012, Carson won the Class 2A state cross country championship, then suffered through an injury-filled spring. Carson and Hawkins are seeded second and third after finishing the same in a tough 2A regional in the 3,200. Carson, who finished third in 2A cross country as a senior, also is seeded fourth in the 1,600 and ninth in the 800. His seed time of 10:12.42 is 32 seconds slower than his season best of 9:40.71. Hawkins' regional time (10:12.69) was 14 seconds faster than his previous season best.
Darius Herl, sr. (110H, 300H); Key Keller, sr. (PV).
Notes -- Herl is a three-time state qualifier, but qualified for just the second time in the 110 hurdles, and added the 300 hurdles for the first time. Herl was a member of the Plainsmen's 400-meter relay in 2012. Last season, Herl false-starter in the 110 hurdles at state. Keller returns to state for the second straight season in the pole vault, where he was a spot back of earning a state medal on misses at 12-6. He is seeded fifth at 11-6.
Oberlin-Decatur Community Red Devils
Myles Sheaffer, soph. (400); Regent Erickson, jr. (Shot); Bryson Wesley, soph. (100).
Winter Polivka, jr. (4x4, 4x8); Jakobi Blau, fresh. (800, 4x4, 4x8); Caitlin Shields, jr. (4x4, 4x8); Demi Murray, jr. (4x4, 4x8, Disc, Jav); Morgan Jansonius, jr. (4x4, 4x8); Alexis Hissong, sr. (4x4); Sierra Hendrickson, fresh. (4x8).
Notes -- Murray threw 137-1 to win last week's Class 2A regional and enter state as the top seed in the javelin, her second straight trip to the 2A finale in that event. Earlier in the season, Murray uncorked a 139-2, second-best in 2A behind Mission Valley's Allison Zerbe. Polivka is in her third trip to state as part of a Red Devil Relay, and Hissong her second. Oberlin's 3,200 meter relay was first last week in Smith Center by 27 seconds at 10:03.80. That is the highest seed by 14 seconds, and a season best for the relay team by eight seconds.
Erickson returns to state for a second consecutive year, but in a different event. Erickson qualfied in the discus last season, the Red Devils' lone qualifier on the guys' side a year ago. He finished 10th.
Samuel Kaup, fresh. (4x1, 4x4); Travis Leikam, jr. (4x1); Trevor Desaire, sr. (4x1); Hayden Friend, fresh. (100, 4x1, 4x4); Dylan Wiesner, sr. (4x4, Jav); Quinn Dewey, sr. (4x4); Kolt Newell, jr. (HJ, 4x1, 4x4); Brent Gehring, jr. (HJ); Hadley Gillum, sr. (Disc).
Brooke Eilers, soph. (300H); Bailey Winters, sr. (Disc); Shania Werner, soph. (100, LJ).
Notes -- Eilers and Werner are returning state qualifiers for the girls, but Winters and the entire group of boys did not qualify a season ago. Dewey, though, did qualify as a sophomore in 2012 as part of the Cardinals 3,200-meter relay team. Two of the Cardinal qualfiers --Wiesner and Gillum -- are in their first season with the Plainville track program. Both enter state as regional champions. Wiesner, who will wrestle in college, won the javelin last week in Smith Center with a throw of 164-2, while Gillum, who will play basketball at Fort Hays State University, won the discus at 153-7. Gillum is seeded second in the discus with the mark, behind South Gray's Jake Peters. Gillum has a season-best throw of 175-0, and Wiesner has gone 169-7 in the javelin.
Plainville's 400-meter relay team also claimed a regional title with the second best regional time in Class 1A at 45.33.
Smith Center Redmen
Nick Lehmkuhl, jr. (110H, 300H, 4x4); Clint Rogers, sr. (300H, 4x4); L.T. Meitler, jr. (4x4, 4x8, PV); Kaden Meitler, fresh. (4x4, 4x8, PV); Nick Johnson, sr. (Shot); David Meyer, jr. (Disc); Cole Lorenzen, sr. (Disc); Hunter Kline, sr. (4x8); Landon Wingerson, jr. (4x4, 4x8); David Hileman, fresh. (4x4, 4x8); Galen Allen, jr. (4x8).
Lynzee Mace, sr. (100H, 300H, 4x1); Cheyanne Hileman, jr. (100H, 4x1); Ashley Johnson, soph. (4x1); Courtney Panter, jr. (100, 4x1); Drew Mann, jr. (Shot, Jav, 4x1); Kaitlin Albert, sr. (4x1).
Notes -- The Smith Center boys won their regional by 26 points over Ell-Saline, and did it with five gold medals. Eighteen points came in the pole vault where the Meitlers, brothers, were first, second at 13-6 (L.T., season-high) and 12-6 (Kaden), respectively. Those are the top two seeded marks for state as well. L.T. Meitler is making his third trip to state in the event, where he was fourth at 13-6 a year ago. Lehmkuhl is at state for the third consecutive season in the 110 and 300 hurdles, while Rogers returns for the second straight year in the 300s. Neither made it out of the preliminaries in the event.
Mace is a 4-time state qualifier in the 100 hurdles, where she medaled fourth and seventh the last two years. Panter qualified in the 200 last season, and as a member of the Lady Red's 400-meter relay team.
WaKeeney-Trego Community Golden Eagles
Devon Ghumm, sr. (Shot).
Cheyenne Nickelson, fresh. (PV, 4x8); Addie Zeman, sr. (4x8); Peyton Desormiers, jr. (4x8); Elyssa Carr, soph. (4x8); Payton Nowlin, sr. (4x8); Macy Mattheyer, soph. (4x8).
Notes -- Trego had a one-year stint in 1A last season, but hopped back up to 2A. Ghumm is just the second boys' qualifier for the Golden Eagles in now seven seasons with coach Jeff Rhoden. Clayton Riedel, now at Hays High school, was the first a season ago. Ghumm has a season-best of 49-1.5, and enters seeded ninth with his second-place regional throw of 45-3.75.
Desmormiers, Zeman, Nowlin and Carr all are returning state qualifiers. Nowlin is at state for the third straight season as part of a relay. Nickelson is seeded ninth in the pole vault at 8-6, but has cleared 9-0 on two occasions this season.
Almena-Northern Valley Huskies
Jordan Baird, sr. (200); Hunter Chandler, sr. (HJ); Phillip Bryant, jr. (LJ); Clinton Cole, jr. (PV).
Brooke Baird, soph. (PV).
Notes -- Chandler returns to state in the high jump, joined by three newcomers to the state meet. Chandler was third in a tough high jump field at 5-10 in Hays last week, but lept 6-6 earlier this season.
On the girls' side, Brooke Baird has a top-seed mark at 9-6, tying her season best. She was one of three to clear 9-6 at the Hays regional.
Layton Werth, jr. (800, 1600, 3200).
Notes -- Werth returns for the second straight season in the 1,600 and 3,200 after finishing second behind Wheatland-Grinnell standout Tuker Gillespie in both events last week in Hays. He added a fourth-place finish in the 800 for a third event. Two seasons ago, Brewster had no qualifiers. He was one of four last year.
Shayla Hubbard, sr. (4x8); Elizabeth Keltz, soph. (4x8); Diana Garcia, soph. (4x8); Katlin Ritchey, jr. (4x8); Allie Frisbie, jr. (300H, TJ); Elizabeth Keltz, soph. (4x8); Arais Castillo, fresh. (4x8).
Notes -- Hubbard, Frisbie, Ritchey and Garcia all were members of last season's 1,600-meter relay team. All were first-time qualifiiers a season ago. Frisbie is seeded seventh in the 300 hurdles after she finished second in the Hays regional behind Triplains' Shayna Rogge.
Tristen Winkel, soph. (PV).
Jessica LaRocque, fresh. (4x8); Sheila Elmore, soph. (4x8); Cheyanne Becker, sr. (4x8); Shayla Schweitzer, fresh. (4x8); MaKinlie Hennes, soph. (HJ, 4x8); Erin Brown, soph. (4x8).
Notes -- Winkel was one of five vaulters across the state to clear the top-seeded 13-0 mark as he was second in Valley Heights regional on misses. All the girls' for the Knights are first-time qualifiers. The girls' 3,200 relay team was third in the Valley Heights regional.
Golden Plains Bulldogs
Tristan Schwarz, sr. (Disc); Zach Spresser, sr. (TJ).
Kami Miller, soph. (100H, 300H, 4x4); Macayla Easton, sr. (400, 4x4); Kynndra Rush, soph. (800, 4x4); Gabrielle Schiltz, fresh. (4x4); Kylie Jones, sr. (4x4, HJ).
Notes -- Spresser returns to state for the second consecutive season in the triple jump after his second-place finish at the Hays regional with his season-best leap of 42-2.5.
Easton, Rush and Jones all are returning state qualifiers for the Bulldog girls -- Easton for the third time in the 400. Easton was fifth as a sophomore in the 400 in 2012, then fifth last season as a junior.
Chase Kennedy, sr. (400, 4x8, 4x1); Josh Heim, jr. (4x8); Tyler Kaus, sr. (4x8); Kade Spresser, sr. (4x8); Connor Katt, jr. (100, 200, 4x1); Austin Rietchek, soph. (4x1); Christopher Weber, sr. (4x1, Jav); Josh Heim, jr. (4x1, 4x8); Mitchel Johnson, sr. (4x8).
Terran Hoyt, soph. (4x1, Jav); Carly Heim, jr. (200, 4x1, TJ); Lexi Schamberger, jr. (4x1); Kristina Farber, sr. (4x1, HJ); Madison Niblock, sr. (Jav); Lara Stephens, soph. (4x1); Kelsey Geerdes, soph. (4x1).
Notes -- Hoxie sports have delivered great success in football, volleyball and basketball the last three years. Football reached sub-state last year. Volleyball has been fourth and second the last two falls. Boys' basketball has three straight state appearances, including a third and second. Girls' basketball has won three straight crowns and is currently on a 73-game winning streak. Track has enjoyed success, but has trouble breaking into the top-three.
Last year, the Hoxie girls won a regional crown and finished fourth at state. The Hoxie boys took 26th. This year, both Indian teams have opportunities for top three showings, and the girls have an outside chance at a title. Farber and Heim are state contenders in their individual events.
La Crosse Leopards
Marshall Jay, sr. (110H, 300H, 4x1, 4x4); Taylor Yohe, sr. (100, 4x1, 4x4); Andrew Jay, jr. (4x1, 4x4, LJ); Lucas Moeder, sr. (4x1, 4x4, Disc, Jav); Clayton Herdman, fresh. (400, 4x1, 4x4); Sheldon Schmidt, jr. (Shot, Disc, 4x1); Cole Kershner, jr. (Shot); Chance Sherman, sr. (4x4).
Notes -- Traditionally, the Class 1A state title is decided by athletes who can score 30-plus points. La Crosse has rolled to the last two crowns behind big point scorers in Levi Morss and Kip Keeley, who combined for more at least 50 points in each of the last two weeks. The Leopards graduated both athletes - now playing football for Kansas State University - but return plenty of veterans. Senior Taylor Yohe did track as a freshman then golf the last two years.
He was deciding in the winter what to do in the spring and wanted to try both, the first dual partnership in coach Jon Webster's six-year tenure. Yohe had strong grades and La Crosse's student handbook allows an athlete to do two sports in the same season.
Austin Tien, soph. (PV).
Michaela Girard, sr. (100, 200, 4x4); Karlee Braun, fresh. (4x4); Kayla Hofaker, fresh. (400, 4x4, LJ); Christen Greving, soph., (4x4, Shot).
Notes -- Girard is a three-time state qualifier after missing out as a sophomore with a knee injury. She qualified last season in the 100, the 200 and the 400-meter relay, along with Greving, who qualified again this season in the shot put as well. Girard was seventh in the 200 last season at state and eighth in the 100. She won both events last week at the Hays regional, and is seeded fifth and sixth, respectively in the events. She has run a 12.80 in the 100 this season.
Tien qualified for the first time for the Trojan boys.
Jacob Chambray, jr. (3200, 4x8); Dean Masters, soph. (4x8, 4x4); Joseph Raat, soph. (4x8, 4x4); Jackson Meiers, sr. (4x8, 4x4); Grady Dickerson, fresh. (4x4); Cale Hooper, sr. (4x4, 4x8); Riley Chrisler, sr. (4x4); Bryce Ginther, jr. (4x8).
Kayley Chrisler, fresh. (3200); Regan Casey, sop. (100H, 300H, Shot); Kourtney Grafel, jr. (HJ).
Notes -- Meiers, Raat and Chambray were all on last season's state-qualifying 3,200 relay team that finished ninth in 1A, while Meiers is back at state in the long jump for the third time (with two state medals). He is seeded fifth in the long jump after placing third in Hays. He has gone four inches better than his seed mark of 20-3.25.
Grafel also has two state medals in the high jump.
Jordan Hoffman, sr. (100, 200, 400).
Annie Kraisinger, sr. (100, 200); Taylor Regan, fresh. (LJ, TJ).
Notes -- Hoffman entered state last season as a surprise favorite in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes, before a groin injury in the 100 prelims cut short his chances. He's back after having won all three events at last week's Hays regional.
He has the second-best seed time behind Osborne's Boone Cady in the 400 at 51.38 seconds.
Neither Kraisinger nor Regan were at state last season. After finishing second behind Triplains' Shayna Rogge last week at regional, Regan is seeded second in the triple jump at 35-10.5, her season-best jump.
Boone Cady, sr. (400, 4x1, 4x4); Cullen Grabast, fresh. (800, 4x1, 4x4); Alan Mick, sr. (300H, 4x1, 4x4); Kenton Ubelaker, sr. (4x1, 4x4); Maverick LeRock, sr. (4x1, 4x4); Brandt Wolters, jr. (Jav); Alex Werthmann, jr. (4x1, 4x4).
Taylor Noel, sr. (Disc); Jessica Princ, sr. (Jav).
Notes -- The Osborne boys came up a bit short of qualifiers (on paper) out of last week's Valley Heights regional, but still could have enough in the relays to do some damage. Cady enters state as the top seed in the 400-meter dash, while the 1,600 relay is seeded first and the 400 relay fourth. Cady was third in the 400 at state last season. Cady, Ubelaker and Mick are all three-time qualifiers having qualified in relays two seasons ago. Wolters enters state seeded fourth in the javelin. Osborne won the Eight-Man Division I state football championship last fall.
Princ finished sixth in the javelin at state last spring. She got off to a bit of a rough start this year, but has a season-best throw of 118-10, 10 inches farther than last year's medal-winner. Noel is seeded fourth in the discus at 111-0, but threw 112-9 earlier in the year.
Taylor Keller, fresh. (3200).
Notes -- A newcomer is the lone representative for the Roosters, who sent three to state last season. Keller was third in the Hays regional last week in the 3,200, finishing in 10:57.39, an 11 seed.
Brett Crist, jr. (110H, Jav.).
Sarah Bird, fresh. (400, 800, 4x4, LJ); Brooke Blackwill, fresh. (4x4); Carma Wolf, soph. (4x4); Inga Franke, jr. (4x4); Shelby Coburn, jr. (Disc, 4x4).
Notes -- Bird was a part of four gold medals at last week's Hays regional. She won the 400, 800 and long jump, and participated in the Bulldogs' winning 1,600-meter relay team. Coburn is back at state for the second consecutive season in the discus. Last season, she qualified in both the shot and the discus. She won last week's regional with a throw of 107-11.
Quinter did not qualify anyone on the boys' side a year ago. Crist was second behind La Crosse's Lucas Moeder in the javelin last week, and was second in the 110-meter hurdles behind Stockton's Jaden Williams.
St. Francis Indians
Derek Queen, sr. (100, 400, 4x1, 4x4); Logan Lampe, sr. (200, 4x1, 4x4); Taylor Rogers, fresh. (4x1, 4x4); Cade Bracelin, jr. (4x1); Lane Hobrock, soph. (4x4); Mason Schiltz, sr. (PV); J.R. Landenberger, fresh. (4x1); Quinton Cravens, fresh. (4x1).
Valerie Wurm, jr. (100, 4x4); McKayla Taylor, jr. (4x4); Emily Elfers, soph. (4x4); McKenzie Taylor, soph. (4x4); Dallas Reed, jr. (PV); Journey Lee, soph. (PV).
Notes -- Two seasons ago, Mason Schiltz placed second behind older brother Isaac in the pole vault. Last season, he was second behind Frankfort's Lucas Adams. Schiltz has cleared 13-0 at state the last two years, and was one of five guys to clear the height at regionals last week. Lampe and Queen are returning state qualifiers in the 400 and 1,600-meter relays.
The boys' 400-meter relay is the defending 1A state champion.
Reed returns for the Indian girls after having placed second in the pole vault in 1A last season at 9-0. She has cleared 9-6 this a season, a mark she equalled at last week's Hays regional -- one of three to do so.
Jaden Williams, jr. (110H, 300H); Reed Stephens, sr. (800, 1600); Kian Coffey, fresh. (TJ).
Morgan Beougher, jr. (1600).
Notes -- Williams, who could have been one of the top hurdlers as a sophomore, missed last year due to a knee injury sustained in basketball season. He claimed regional titles last week in Hays in both hurdling events. He enters the field this week with season-best times of 14.96 in the 110 hurdles, and 40.56 in the 300s.
Stephens is a two-time qualifier after competing on a 3,200 relay at state for the Tigers last year. Stephens won the 800 last week in Hays.
The Stockton girls did not have any qualifiers a season ago. Beougher was fourth in the 1,600 in the regional.
Courtney Batchman, soph. (100H, 300H, TJ).
Notes -- Last season, Paul Barrientes was the Mustangs' lone qualifier. This year it comes on the girls' side with Batchman, who could be in line for multiple medals. Arguably her best even is the 300 hurdles. She is seeded second in the event at 48.30 seconds after winning her regional last week, and has a season-best time of 48.14.
Thunder Ridge Longhorns
Benton Hrabe, sr. (Shot); Trent Rietzke, jr. (TJ).
Monica Jirak, fresh. (Disc); Tayler Peterson, soph. (Disc); Shaylin Webb, soph. (Jav.)
Notes -- All of the Longhorns are first-time state qualifiers. Hrabe enters the shot put with a fourth-seed at 47-8.25 after a third-place finish in the regional. Rietzke was fourth at the regional and is seeded sixth at 41-9.25 in the triple jump.
Jirak and Peterson finsihed second, third in Hays to qualify in the discus and Webb was third in the javelin.
Tanner Hobbs, sr. (4x1); Connor Gagnon, sr. (4x1, LJ); Clayton Roth, sr. (300H, 4x1); Lane Kisner, soph. (4x1); Eric McAlonan, soph. (HJ); Jacob Stoffel, sr. (4x1); Sam Ottley, sr. (4x1).
Jayden Newbold, soph. (LJ); Julioe Nowak, fresh. (4x4); Audra Nowak, sr. (4x4); Jayden Newbold, soph. (4x4); Karly Oberle, fresh. (4x4); MaKayla Crawford, jr. (4x4).
Notes -- Victoria has had just two athletes place in the last three years: sprinter/jumper Taylor Kisner, who scored 38 points by herself in 2011, and Gagnon who finished eighth in long jump last year. The Knights have more opportunities this year, especially with Gagnon, Newbold and possibly the 400 relay, which is ranked tenth at 45.38, but is .11 seconds out of eighth.
Newbold and Gagnon qualified in the same events last year. Audra Nowak is back for the first time since her freshman year when she ran on the 1,600 and 3,200 relays.
Wallace County Wildcats
Kyle Gfeller, sr. (110H); Spencer Medina, soph. (4x8, TJ); Hardin Perry, soph. (4x8, 4x4); Tyrell Springstell, sr. (4x8, 4x4); Callahan Grund, sr. (800, 4x8, 4x4); Clay Schemm, sr. (4x4, 4x8, HJ); Dalton Walker, sr. (Shot); Luke Schemm, soph. (HJ); Nate Klinge, jr. (4x4, 4x8); Kyle Gfeller, sr. (4x4).
Hannah Pletcher, fresh. (100H, 4x1); Cassidy Kreigh, fresh. (4x1); Rachael Kuhlman, jr. (4x1); Rylea Rains, jr. (Disc, Jav); Allison Dewees, sr. (4x1); Ellie Dinkel, fresh. (4x1).
Notes -- The Wallace County boys, last fall's Eight-Man Division II state football runner-up, looks to contend in the team race this weekend, highlighted by the brother high jumping duo of Clay and Luke Schemm. Luke (6-6) and Clay (6-2) finished 1, 2 at the Hays regional. Luke has gone 6-7.25, good for second-best in 1A this season, while Clay matched his season-best in the regional. Luke Schemm was second as a freshman at state, jumping 6-2. He was runner-up behind Madison's Grady Derryberry, who jumped 6-6 for the 1A title.
Gfeller is a returning state qualifier in the 110 hurdles. He ran, but did not make it out of the preliminaries in Wichita last spring. The Wildcats' 1,600 relay is seeded fourth after last week's second-place regional showing. The 3,200 relay also is seeded fourth after placing second. Grund also qualified in the 800 for the second straight season.
Zachary Unruh, jr. (300H, 4x8); Edgar Valenzuela, soph. (4x8); Tyler Compton, sr. (4x8); Trevor Frasier, sr. (4x8); Hayden Walker, sr. (PV, 4x8); Greg Kuykendall, fresh. (4x8).
Robyn See, jr. (100, 400, PV); Alivia McKinney, fresh. (800); Kelsey Hale, sr. (Shot).
Notes -- See qualified in the pole vault last year and finished in fourth place at 8-6, and was one of three to clear 9-6 at the Hays regional last week to qualify. McKinney and Hale are at state for the first time.
Walker and Unruh are three-time state qualifiers on the boys' side, while Walker qualified in the pole vault for just the second year, and Unruh is in the 300 hurdles for the first time at state. Both were members of a qualifying relay team in 2012. Walker was one of two to qualify in the pole vault last season for Weskan, and finished in 10th place.
Compton was a junior member last season of the Coyotes' gold-medal winning 3,200-meter relay, which has three new members this year.
Western Plains Bobcats
Ruth Hair, sr. (4x8); AnnaBelle Withington, fresh. (4x8); Jenace Mood, soph. (4x8); Madeline Withington, jr. (4x8); Hailey Fairbank, jr. (4x8); Katie Sargent, fresh. (4x8).
Notes -- Last season, Juan Mendez was the first state qualifier for Western Plains since 2009, and came away with a state medal. This season, the Bobcats' medal hopes lie in the girls' relay, which was fourth at the Hays regional, good enough for a six seed in the state field.
Tuker Gillespie, sr. (800, 1600, 3200).
Taylor Tustin, jr. (3200, 4x8, 4x4); Lacey Ostmeyer, jr. (800, 4x8, 4x4); Brooke Bixenman, fresh. (4x8); Kirsten Zerr, soph. (1600, 4x8, 4x4); Haelie Kniesteadt, fresh. (200, 4x4); Kylie Wood, jr. (4x4, 4x8); Kristen Heier, soph. (4x4, 4x8); Hannah Waldman, soph. (HJ).
Notes -- This is Gillespie's fourth straight season qualifying in the 1,600 and 3,200. Two seasons ago, Gillespie earned his first state medals with a fifth-place showing in the 3,200 and sixth in the 1,600, then repeated the same placings as a junior last year, he won both events at the regional last week, and was second to add the 800 to his state-qualifying resume.
Tustin and Ostmeyer are in their third straight qualifying year for the Thunderhawk girls, while this is a first qualification for Tustin in the 3,200. Last year, she ran the 800 and 1,600 as her individual events at state.
The girls' 3,200 relay was second at state last season, and returns Tustin, Ostmeyer and Wood from that team. They enter Saturday's event as the top seed with a regional win last week in 10:29.49, a season-best by 13 seconds.
Shayna Rogge, jr. (100H, 300H, TJ).
Notes -- This is the second season in a row Rogge is the only representative for Triplains. This season, Rogge is looking to get back to medal-winning performance she had two seasons ago. As a freshman, Rogge was third in the 100 hurdles, fifth in the triple jump and sixth in the 300 hurdles.
Last season, though, Rogge false-started in the 100s, and finished ninth in the preliminaries in the 300s. She also finished ninth in the triple jump. She won all three events at last week's Hays regional. She enters state with the top regional mark in the triple jump at 36-2, nearly a foot better than her previous season high. The top three triple jumpers from the Hays regional are the top three seeds at state.