The boys’ and girls’ Track and Field teams finished strong at the state meet this past Saturday in Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium, where both teams consistently moved up in the overall rankings both days. The boys’ team finished the meet in sixth place with 32.33 points while the girls team placed fifth overall with 41 points.
The boys’ team started out the second day in 14th place with 4.33 points after the pole vault. Throughout the day seniors Joe Turner and Chris Clarke consistently dropped time and placed higher in their races than predicted, earning the Lancers unexpected points that pushed the boys up eight places by the end of the afternoon.
For the girls team, the weekend was highlighted by a repeat of last years relay successes. The Lady Lancers took first place in the 4 x 800 meter relay made up of junior Hanna Jane Stradinger and seniors Mallory Kirby, Hannah Satterlee and Maddy Rich. With the addition of sophomore Abby Dunn, Stradinger, Satterlee and Kirby also took home first in the 4 x 400 meter relay, setting a new school record of 3:56.28.
According to Stradinger, the emotions and attitudes the seniors had in their last races rubbed off on the rest of the team. “[The 4 x 400 relay] was Hanna Satterlee’s last race in her life, and she wanted to run her hardest and her fastest” said Stradinger “We tried to break the state record, but we broke the school record.”
Besides the relays, there were many standout individual performances throughout the meet. For the boys, this included a fifth place finish in the boys 400 meter dash by freshman Troy Wilkins, a second place in the boys 200 meter dash by Turner and a third place in boys pole vaulting by junior Kyle Engelken. From the girls squad, a second place by Dunn in the girls 400 meter run and a second place finish by Stradinger in the girls 800 meter open run were the peak of the individual events.
“The 4 x 400 was the last race of the day, and it was the last chance in the year for us to do really well, to do really strongly in,” said Stradinger, “And we did.”
See below for complete Track and Field placings
Boys 6A State Track and Field at Wichita:
The boys 4 x 100 relay placed third at state with a time of 42.22 seconds. The relay team was made up of seniors Chris Clarke, Jordan Dietrich, Joe Turner, and junior Andrew Goble.
The boys 4 x 800 relay of Evan Nichols, Jay Lehoczky, Cater Olander, and Mitch Daniel has placed 13th at state with a time of 8:26.79.
Seniors Chris Clarke and Joe Turner have placed fourth and sixth, respectively at state in the 100 meter dash. Clarke had a time of 10.94 seconds, and Turner had a time of 11.00 seconds.
Freshman Troy Wilkins has placed 5th at state in the 400 meter run with a time of 50.28.
Junior pole vaulter Kyle Engelken placed third at state with a vault of 13’6″.
Junior shot putter Brian Williamson placed seventh at state shot put with a throw of 50’4″.
Junior Perry placed ninth at state in the long jump with a jump of 20’0.75″.
Sophomore Adam Simmons has placed 14th at state in the 800 meter open run with a time of 2:08.81.
Seniors Joe Turner and Chris Clarke have placed second and seventh, respectively, at state in the 20o meter dash . Turner ran with a time of 22.36 seconds, and Clarke ran with a time of 22.84 seconds.
The boys 4 x 400 relay made up of Jack Fay, Joe Lewis, Tucker Styrkowicz, and Troy Wilkins placed fifth at the state meet with a time of 3:27.86.
The Boys Track and Field state team finished in sixth place with 32.33 points.
Girls 6A State Track and Field at Wichita:
The girls 4 x 800 relay placed first at state with a time of 9:30.20. The relay team was made up of Maddy Rich, Hannah Satterlee, Mallory Kirby, and Hanna Jane Stradinger.
Sophomore Abby Dunn ran the 400 meter run with a time of 58.30 seconds to place second at state. Senior Hanna Satterlee ran with a time of 59.41 to place fourth.
Senior Jessie Sykes has placed 12th at state in the 16oo meter run with a time of 5:31.58.
Junior Hanna Jane Stradinger and senior Mallory Kirby have placed second and seventh, respectively, in the 800 meter open run. Stradinger ran with a time of 2:18.52 and Kirby ran with a time of 2:22.95.
Junior Kelsey Kost has placed eighth in the javelin throw at state with a throw of 111’5″.
Freshman Grace Pickell and Junior Logan Weckbaugh have placed eighth and ninth, respectively at state in the high jump.
The 4 x 400 relay team made up of Hanna Jane Stradinger, Mallory Kirby, Abby Dunn and Hannah Satterlee placed first at state and broke the school record with a time of 3:56.28.
The Girls Track and Field state team finished in fifth place with 41 points.