St. John hosted a 10-school track meet on Friday. The meet featured several state powers like Pratt, Ellinwood, and the CPL's own Macksville and LaCrosse.
The Tiger track teams hosted some tough competition on Friday. The Lady Tigers trailed only larger schools for fifth place. The Tiger boys finished ninth with 6.5 points, 10 points back from Central Plains, and 1.5 points in front of Larned.
Teresa Wade picked up gold medals in the throwing events, winning the javelin by 10 feet at 119-08, and taking the shot put by more than three feet at 38-11.25, the best 1A throw of the year. Haley Falk won the high jump by two inches at 4-8, and finished second in the 300m hurdles in 50.71. The picked up a second silver medal in the long jump at 15-11, three inches from the gold.
The 4x100m relay team led the Tiger boys with a fourth-place finish in 47.60. Schuyler Brown finished sixth in the triple jump at 36-1, 11 inches from fifth place.
The Mustangs had plenty of competition Friday in St. John. The Class 1A power faced off against a new 1A power in LaCrosse. Macksville edged out the Leopards by nine points for the meet championship. The Lady Mustangs finished seventh out of 10 teams.
Adam Oak remains the top hurdler in Class 1A, taking gold in both events. Both of his times on Friday set the new standard for 1A in 2012. He won the 110m hurdles by 0.06 seconds in 14.90, and won the 300m hurdles by half a second in 39.99. Oak had to face off against another of the top sprinters in 1A, finish second in each of the 100m and 200m dashes. He has top five times this year in both events. Recent K-State football signee Seth Filbert won the 1600m run by five seconds in 4:46.42, and placed second in the 800m run in 2:05.52 behind one of the top runners in the state. Henry Penner ran the second best time in 1A (10:23.07) to finish second in the two-mile, and Isaac Seibert cleared 12-0 to win the pole vault by a foot.
Lisa Penner won the mile by 11 seconds in 5:42.02. Her 800m time of 2:28.64 was the fourth best in 1A this year, but also the fourth best on Friday against larger schools. Kenzie Pavlu finished third in the discus at 99-0.
The Leopards are new to Class 1A, but not new to CPL foe Macksville. The two schools led a 10-team field at St. John’s track invite on Friday. LaCrosse finished nine points behind the Mustangs in second, and 30 points in front of Ellinwood. The girls finished at the bottom of the pack.
Levi Morss went head-to-head with another 1A top sprinter, beating Macksville’s Adam Oak in both the 100m and 200m dashes. His 200m time of 22.65 is the third best in 1A, and he ran a 11.08 100m dash, also a top time. He swept the sprints with a gold in the 400m dash in 52.09, the fourth best time in 1A this year. Morss collected his fourth gold medal in the long jump at 21-1.25, beating teammate Austin Webs by nearly 18 inches. Morss has the third best jump in 1A. Kip Keeley threw the javelin 164-4 to win by nearly 13 feet. He won the silver in the triple jump at 40-6.25, missing the gold by five inches.
Alyssa Oborny led the Lady Leopards at fifth place in the triple jump at 29-9.50, less than a foot from the silver medal. Haily Gilbert finished sixth in the javelin at 81-11.
The Oiler track teams faced a tough field Friday in St. John, including 1A powers Macksville and LaCrosse, 2A power Ellinwood, and 4A’s Pratt. The Lady Oilers finished third out of 10 teams, trailing only Pratt and Ellinwood. The boys finished eighth.
Julie Demel won the 200m dash by 0.38 seconds in 28.20. She won a second gold in the triple jump by more than a foot at 31-11.75. Maddy Demel won the discus at 105-4.5, just 4.5 inches ahead of teammate Alicia Grover. Lindsey Woodmansee picked up bronze medals in the 800m run (2:28.64), and the long jump (15-0.5).
Tanner Woolf led the Oiler boys in the throwing events with a silver medal in the shot put at 40-11, three feet from the gold. Woolf finished fourth in the discus at 111-4, 16 inches from the bronze.