• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Pleasanton boys track team wins regional title

Updated: May 22

The Pleasanton boys state qualifiers and coaches celebrate taking the regional 2A championship trophy at Lyndon on Thursday evening. Below at right, Isaiah Bates leaves the pack behind as he clinches a trip to state in the 100-meter dash. (Photos by Aubin Skipper, special to the Journal)

The Pleasanton Blu-Jay track team continued to shine on Thursday at the regional 2A track meet at Lyndon. The boys team, which has won several invitational meets this year, earned the regional championship trophy. It's the first time since 1987 that the boys team has been the regional champion, according to coach Dan Saulsberry.

Competing without a contingent of throwers, the boys team took the top honor relying on sprinters, vaulters, and jumpers, all of whom turned in state-worthy performances.

Junior runner Isaiah Bates had the winning time in both the 100- and 200-meter dash, qualifying for state in both events. The school record-holder in both the 100 and 200, Bates posted a 11.23 second time for the 100 at the regional meet.

He followed up by running the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.93, nearly half a second faster than the second-place winner.

Landry George turns on the speed in the girls 100-meter dash finals on Thursday. She placed third, winning a trip to the state meet.

Junior Landry George placed third in the girls 100-meter dash, a state-qualifying run. The junior clocked 14.01 in the final, two-tenths of a second slower than her qualifying time of 13.81. George also placed fifth in the girls 800-meter run with a time of 2:44.92, and sixth in the pole vault at 6 foot 6 inches.

Senior Judah Skipper, who went out for track for the first time this year, placed third in the boys long jump with a leap of 19 feet 9 1/4 inches and will be competing in the state event.

Dale Gillespie clears the bar in the high jump event. He had the winning jump.

Dale Gillespie, a junior, will be competing at state in two events in Wichita. In high jump competition, his jump of 6 foot gave him a first-place finish. He also placed third in the triple jump with a triple leap of 38 feet 9 inches, and Skipper placed fourth in the triple jump at 38 feet 2 1/2 inches.

Sophomore Tony Gillespie placed first and sophomore Doniphan Meik placed second in the pole vault, qualifying both athletes for state. Gillespie had a vault of 10 feet 6 inches, and Meik cleared the bar at the same height.

Bates, Judah Skipper, Tony Gillespie, and Dale Gillespie teamed up in the 4x100-meter relay to take second place with state-qualifying time of 45.00.

Judah Skipper stretches forward in the triple jump. He went on to take fourth place.

Several Blu-Jays performed well at regionals but were just short of qualifying for the state meet:

  • Freshman hurdler Nate Johnson turned in a sixth-place time of 19.76 in the 100-meter high hurdles.

  • Dale Gillespie placed sixth in the 100 with a time of 12.15

  • Freshman Hayden Johnson placed seventh in the 200 with a time of 25.24.

  • Junior Telleah Gratton placed fifth and freshman Shiloh Skipper was sixth in the girls high jump, both clearing the bar at 4 feet 6 inches.

  • Rees Chapman, a freshman, placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 76 feet 2 inches.

  • Junior Kayleanne Harrington placed ninth in the discus.

  • Kali Umphenour, a sophomore, placed seventh in the javelin. She also placed eighth in the shot put.

  • Sophomore Eryn Sabine placed 12th in the javelin.

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