SHS Track and Field: Jays claim one gold, four other medals at State Championships
Nineteen Bluejays qualified for the State Track and Field Championships held Friday and Saturday, May 25 and 26, in Wichita. One gold medal and four other medals highlighted the trip.
“The coaching staff is extremely proud of all the kids who competed at state, regardless of how they finished,” said Head Coach Dave Remmers. “Sabetha athletes always represent our school well, and it’s a pleasure to talk to other coaches and hear them speak with respect for our kids.”
Bringing home a gold was the 4×800-meter girls’ relay team of freshman Hattie Lukert, sophomore Nikki Kuenzi and juniors Hunter Lowdermilk and Skylar McAfee. The girls broke a school record and had improved their time by 18 seconds. Their time was 9:56.03.
McAfee and Lukert also were members of the 4×400-meter relay team which earned them a spot on the medal stand with seventh place, along with sophomore teammates Kinley Schuette and Morgan Schuette. Their time was 4:17.19.
On the boys’ side, junior Mason Engelken finished first in both preliminary 110-meter and 300-meter hurdle races on Friday, which qualified him for the finals on Saturday. He placed fourth in the 300-meter race with a time of 39.79 and fifth in the 110-meter race with a time of 15.43.
The 4×800-meter boys’ relay team earned a spot on the medal stand with their fifth-place finish. The team included junior Henry Glynn, freshman Kaden Dillon, sophomore Micah Romines and junior Braeden Cox. Their time was 8:26.69.
Sophomore Andrew Frazee competed in the preliminary race of the 110-meter hurdles on Friday, but did not advance to finals. His time was 16.36.
The boys’ 4×400-meter relay team of Engelken, Glynn, Cox and sophomore Kaleb Grimm competed in the preliminary race on Friday, but did not qualify for finals. They finished 11th in the preliminary with a time of 3:34.12.
Cox also competed in the high jump, tying for 12th place with a jump of 5 feet, 10 inches.
In the throwing events, junior Elliott Strahm competed in the shot put, while senior Kyle Grimm competed in both javelin and discus throws. In the shot put competition, Strahm did not advance past the first flight. In javelin on Friday, Kyle Grimm finished ninth with a throw of 167 feet, 1 inch. In discus on Saturday, Kyle Grimm did not advance past the first flight, finishing 15th with a throw of 121 feet, 3 inches.
As a team, the boys finished tied for 20th out of 46 teams.
For the girls, Lukert competed in the 400-meter and 800-meter races. In the 400-meter, she finished 11th in the preliminary race with a time of 1:02.75 and did not advance to finals. In the 800-meter race, she came in 10th with a time of 2:29.97.
McAfee also ran in the 800-meter race, finishing with a time of 2:31.49 in 12th place.
K. Schuette competed in the 300-meter hurdle preliminary race on Friday, but did not advance to finals. Her time was 51.81.
The girls’ 4×100-meter relay team ran in the preliminary race on Friday, but did not advance to finals. The team of sophomores Abby Hinton and Hannah Wertenberger, K. Schuette and M. Schuette had a time of 52.77.
In the girls’ field events, junior Megan Meyer finished 10th in the high jump, and senior Gracie Saner finished 14th in the pole vault. Meyer had a jump of 4 feet, 10 inches. Saner’s vault was 8 feet, 6 inches.
As a team, the girls finished tied for 19th out of 45 teams.
“Every one of our athletes stepped up to the plate to go against the best in the state,” said Coach Christa Schuette. “Having three of our five relays medal at state is such an exciting feat! I am anxious to have almost every one of these athletes back next year to set some higher goals. It makes me happy because these kids know how to work hard.”
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Krista Wasinger is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2011. She specializes in city reporting and feature stories, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Krista is a 2004 Fort Hays State University graduate with a degree in communications studies with an emphasis in journalism. She lives in Sabetha with her husband and four children.