• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Jayhawks qualify for state track meet with performance at regionals

Updated: May 20

The Jayhawk-Linn Regional track team gathers for a team photo after competing at the 2A regional meet at Lyndon on Thursday. Several team members will be headed to the state meet next week. (Photo by Jedidiah Seely, Special to the Journal)

The Jayhawk-Linn track team qualified several athletes for the state track meet at the 2A regional meet at Lyndon on Thursday, May 19.

For the girls, junior Taylor Burns qualified for state by placing third in the discus with a throw of 103 feet 9 inches. Burns also placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 28-8.

Two girls relay teams also placed in the top five. The 4x400-meter relay team of Gia Schneider, Cynthia Cazares, Jadyn Marrs and Alieah Gillis ran the event in a time of 4:43.04, taking third place.

Schneider joined Adison Randall, Camryn Thomas and Brylee Doleshal in the 4x800-meter relay for fourth place with a time of 12.49.14. Both relay teams will run at the state meet next week.

Gillis, a freshman, placed sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 14.10. Cazares and Schneider placed ninth and 10th, respectively, in the 800-meter run. And sophomore Danyka Pointer turned a time of 14.23 in the 100-meter, good enough for ninth place.

For the boys, freshman Gabe Springer placed fourth in the pole vault with a vault of 9 feet, guaranteeing him a shot at a state title. Junior Dakota Wallace placed ninth with a vault of 8-06.

Junior Garrett Seely finished fourth in the 400-meter run with a time of 54.73. That time qualifies him for a trip to state as well. He placed fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.9.

Sophomore Dillon Champlin came in fifth in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:21.48, less than six seconds ahead of teammate Wallace, who finished in sixth place.

The boys 300-meter hurdle competition saw freshman Trenton Broyles take a fifth-place finish with a time of 43.55.

This year’s Kansas State Track and Field Championships is a two-day event that will begin on next Friday, May 27, at the Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium.

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