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Trenton Broyles clears a hurdle in the 300 meter race at the state championships. He placed fifth in the event. (Photos by Aubin Skipper, special to the Journal)
WICHITA – Of the three teams that Linn County sent to the state track and field championship meet on Friday, the Jayhawk-Linn team sent the most athletes. Both the men’s and women’s teams finished in third place at regionals, with several athletes earning a trip to the Class 2A state games in Wichita.
Three of the men made the podium for individual medals, and the men’s 4x100 meter relay team also placed. On the women’s team, no one won medals but two of the competitors came very close.
Sophomore Trenton Broyles took fifth place in the 300-meter hurdles race with a top 50 time of 41.28 seconds.
Junior Gus Grote turned in a 16.29 time on the 110 hurdles, good enough for seventh place. He also placed 12th in the triple jump with bounds totaling 40’0.5”.
The 4x800 relay team of Trenton Broyles, Garrett Seely, Ryan Broyles and Gus Grote too seventh place in the state track meet.
Sophomore Cooper Johnson took eighth in the high jump with a leap of 5’10”.
The men’s 4x100 meter relay team of Garrett Seely, Ryan Broyles, Trenton Broyles and Gus Grote placed seventh in the 4x100 meter relay.
Senior Dakota Wallace ended his high school track career with an 11’6” vault in the pole vault, good enough for 10th place. Sophomore Gabe Springer also vaulted 11’6” for 11th place and in doing so increased his personal record.
The men’s team garnered enough points to place 23rd in the 2A division.
The team of Kiera McGrew, Adeline Randall, Gia Schneider and Cynthia Cazares competed in the 4x100 meter relay.
A Jayhawk freshman in her first trip to the state meet turned in impressive performances. Hurdler Brea Dawson was placed ninth in the 100 meter hurdles preliminaries with a time of 16.73. She also placed ninth in the 300 meter hurdles preliminaries - only 0.03 seconds short from qualifying for the finals.
In other contests:
• Freshman Brilyn Bogan cleared the high jump bar at 4’8” for a 14th place finish in the high jump.
The women’s 4x400 team of Dawson, senior Cynthia Cazares, Adeline Randall and Kiera McGrew placed 12th in the preliminaries with a time of 4:24.55.
The women’s 4x800 team of Cazares, Randall, McGrew and Gia Schneider placed 15th with a time of 11.37.73, about 27 seconds slower than their time a regionals where they won first place.
Cazares and Randall placed 14th and 16th respectively in the 800-meter run. Cazares clocked the distance in 2:37.22 with Randall close behind with a time of 2:39.58.
Brea Dawson places ninth in the preliminaries of the 100 meter hurdles.