Blu-Jay boys, Buffalo girls show strength at state track meet
Blu-Jay sprinter Isaiah Bates looks up at the scoreboard after finishing a record-breaking time of 10.5 seconds. (Photos by Aubin Skipper, special to the Journal)
WICHITA – Linn County’s fastest runner became arguably the fastest runner in the state on Saturday, May 28. And the county’s young endurance runner put her name in the record books for a second time this year by making the medal stand in three separate medium- and long-distance events.
Those were just a couple of stories coming out of the Kansas State Track and Field Championships at Wichita on Friday and Saturday, May 27-28.
Pleasanton High School sprinter Isaiah Bates, a junior, used his explosive power to unofficially break the state record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.50 seconds, eclipsing the times of all of the 100-meter competitors but one runner from a much larger school.
Athletes from Pleasanton, Jayhawk-Linn and Prairie View high schools competed in the Kansas State Track and Field Championship meet last weekend.
And while Bates was able to take the gold in the 100, he pulled a hamstring on his leg of the 4x100-meter relay. The injury put the Blu-Jay relay team out of medal contention in the relay. It also kept Bates from running in the 200-meter dash finals despite having the fastest preliminary time in that event as well.
The Blu-Jay team, which won both their league and regional meets without throwers, placed 14th in overall score for the state meet.
Prairie View distance runners Bree Allen, left and Wylie Teagarden warm up before a race.
Prairie View long-distance runner Bree Allen, a freshman who already had a state runner-up title in cross country, put in another state-worthy performance as well. Allen finished in the top three in three class 3A races: third in the 800-meter, third in the 1600-meter, and second in the 3200-meter runs. Allen’s teammate Wylie Teagarden, also a freshman, had a strong finishes in both the 1600 and 3200 events.
Allen’s three events put 20 of the 30 points the Prairie View girls team accumulated to place fifth overall in the state meet. Other team members also added points as well. The 4x400-meter relay team of Kinley Baker, Jessica Petric, Kelsie Konitzer and Maddie Baker placed fifth, and Maddie Baker took fifth place in the 100-meter hurdle competition.
The Prairie View girls team won both the Pioneer League and regional track meets in May leading up to their trip to state. Allen, Teagarden and Maddie Baker are expected to return to compete next year.
And while the Jayhawk-Linn team might not have had a star runner, they sent a large contingent of athletes to the state meet, turning in respectable performances.
Here is the breakdown on how the teams performed:
Jayhawk-Linn - Class 2A
Girls 4x400-meter relay: preliminaries, Gia Schneider, Cynthia Cazares, Jadyn Marrs and Alieah Gillis, 14th, 4:44.28
Girls 4x800-meter relay: finals, Schneider, Cazares, Adison Randall, and Camryn Thomas, 14th, 12:11.40
Girls discus: finals, Taylor Burns, 16th, 72’-9”
Boys pole vault: finals, Gabe Springer, no height
Boys 400-meter run: preliminaries, Garrett Seely, 14th, 55.20
Above, Jayhawk Garrett Seely strides out in his bid for a slot in the 400-meter dash. Below, Cynthia Cazares carries the baton for the Jayhawks in the 4x800-meter relay.
Pleasanton - Class 2A
Boys 100-meter dash: finals, Isaiah Bates, 1st, 10.50
Boys 200-meter dash: preliminaries, Bates, 1st., 22.64, did not run in finals
Girls 100-meter dash: preliminaries, Landry George, 14th, 13.77
Boys Long Jump: finals, Judah Skipper, 12th, 19’-02”
Boys triple jump: finals, Dale Gillespie 12th, 40’-03.5”; Judah Skipper, 15th, 38’-07.75”
Boys High jump: finals, Dale Gillespie, 4th, 6’-00”
Boys pole vault: Tony Gillespie; Doniphan Meik
Boys 4x100-meter relay: Bates, Skipper, T. Gillespie and D. Gillespie, 3rd in preliminaries, 44.34; 8th in finals, 46:83
Above, Blu-Jay Tony Gillespie prepares for a vault as teammate Doniphan Meik awaits his turn. Below, Isaiah Bates, center, finishes the final heat in the 100-meter dash.
Above, Dale Gillespie clears the bar on his way to a fourth place finish. Below, Dale Gillespie, from left, Tony Gillespie, Judah Skipper and Isaiah Bates with their medals for the 4x100-meter relay.
Prairie View - Class 3A
Girls pole vault: finals, Jane Hough, 9th, 9’-6”
Girls 4x400 meter relay: finals, Kinley Baker, Jessica Petric, Kelsie Konitzer and Maddie Baker, 5th, 4:16:93
Girls 4x100-meter relay: preliminaries,K. Baker, Petric, Konitzer and M. Baker, 13th, 51.59
Girls 100-meter dash: preliminaries, K. Baker, 15th, 13.22
Girls 400-meter dash: finals, K. Baker, 8th, 1:02.53
Girls 100-meter hurdles: finals, M. Baker, 5th, 15.79
Girls 200-meter dash: preliminaries, Petric,15th, 27.90
Girls 800-meter run: finals, Bree Allen, 3rd, 2:25.94
Girls 1600 meter run: finals, Allen 3rd, 5:23.23; Wylie Teagarden, 14th, 6:04.07
Girls 3200-meter run: finals, Allen, 2nd, 11:54.36 ; Teagarden, 15th, 13:29.84
Above, Prairie View runner Kelsie Konitzer comes off the blocks in a relay race. Below, Kinley Baker, center, competes in the 100-meter dash.
Above, Prairie View vaulter Jane Hough clears the bar on her way to a ninth-place finish. Below, Jessica Petric fends off a competitor in the 4x100-meter relay.