• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Lady Buffalos dominate Pioneer League track meet

Prairie View senior Jane Hough vaults her way to a first place finish at the Pioneer League track meet at Prairie View on Thursday, May 12. (Photos by Roger Sims, Linn County Journal)

With contributions from hurdlers and sprinters to throwers, jumpers and distance specialists, the Prairie View girls track team put the lock on a Pioneer League track title on Thursday, May 12, when the school hosted the league meet. It was the first time the girls have won the league meet since 1995.

The Lady Buffalos scored 194 points, 74 points ahead of the second place team. The girls team has been a force all season, placing second at the Louisburg Invitational and dominating other meets as well.

The strength this year comes from performances both from juniors and seniors as well as a trio of freshman distance runners that dominated cross country meets last fall. Vaulters, jumpers and a young group of throwers also contributed to the win.

Junior Maddie Baker, left, pushes competitors in the 100-meter hurdle event. She placed third.

"We have been preparing all season to be at our best the last three track meets, which is league, regionals, and state," said Kyle Littrell, head track coach. "Our girls were very motivated to perform their best and win a league championship, something that hasn't been done here at PV since 1995.

"I am so proud of the girls and how they compete. They are a really fun group of girls to coach. All of our assistant coaches are very demanding of our kids in practice and it is starting to show at the right time. Hopefully this trend continues at Regionals and State next week."

The results from Thursday's meet indicate that the girls team could be a dominant force in the league over at least the next three years.

The explosive strength of junior Lexi Baker put her in the top five finishers of the jumping and vaulting events. A first-place finish in the triple jump (32 feet 7.25 inches), second place in the high jump (4 feet 6 inches), second place in the pole vault (8 feet 6 inches) and fifth in the long jump contributed significantly to the overall team score.

Junior Maddie Baker placed third and sophomore Laney Shaffer placed fourth in the long jump.

Freshman long-distance runner Bree Allen took first-place finishes in the 800-, 1600- and 3200-meter runs.

Freshmen distance runners Bree Allen and Kylie Teagarden finished first and second in both the 1600-meter and 3200-meter runs. Allen turned in a time of 5:45.62 in the 1600 and 13:13.18 in the 3200. Fellow freshman Kally Stroup placed seventh in the 1600.

Allen went on to win the 800-meter run, an event she first tried a few weeks ago at the Jayhawk Invitational. She turned in a time of 2:31.47. Stroup placed sixth in that event.

Sprinters also figured heavily in the team score. The 4x400 meter team of Kinley Baker, Maddie Baker, Jessica Petric and Stroup posted a 4:17.38 time, 10 seconds faster that the second-place finisher.

The 4x100-meter team of Kinley Baker, Maddie Baker, Petric and Kelsie Konitzer ran the relay in a time of 52.14 for second place. Their time was only .25 of second behind the first place finisher.

Jessica Petric, left, takes the hand-off from Kinley Baker in the 4x100-meter relay. Prairie placed second, a split second behind Burlington.

Petric and Konitzer also placed in the 200-meter dash, with Petric taking second place and Konitzer fifth. Kinley Baker placed third in the 100-meter dash with Konitzer placing fifth and Petric coming in seventh.

Senior Jane Hough, who won the pole vault with a vault of 9-1, placed third in the 300-meter hurdles, with teammate senior Hallie Snyder taking sixth place. Maddie Baker placed third in the 100 meter hurdles, closely followed by Hough in fourth place and Snyder in fifth.

The future looks bright for the girls throwing team after last week’s performance. Senior Kylee Eastwood placed fourth in the javelin and fifth in both the discus and shot put. However, the freshmen and sophomore throwers were competitive.

Freshman Lilah McCarty threw the discus 92 feet 6 six inches to take fourth place just ahead of Eastwood. Freshman Becca D’Attoma and sophomore Morgan Johnson placed fifth and sixth, respectively in the javelin, closely following Eastwood.

Junior Emmaleigh Petty took fourth place in the shot put, followed by Eastwood, and freshman Mary Jane Britz placed sixth.

The team travels to regionals at Chanute on Friday, May 20, with several girls looking to qualify for the state meet.

Senior Kylee Eastwood unleashes a put. She placed in the top five of all three events for throwers.

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