COLUMBUS — Five different classifications from two different states were present at the Columbus Invitational track and field meet on Monday.
From Class 1A South Coffeyville of Oklahoma to Class 5A Pittsburg, Monday’s meet featured a wide variety of competitors from across the classification spectrum.
Parsons competed and saw several of its athletes perform well.
Kinsey Baldwin won the girls 1600m run with a time of 6:28. Anna Prazakova took second in the girls 3200m run (14:50).
Gracen Friess dominated the 300m hurdles (49.4), winning the race by two seconds over second-place Lily Brown of St. Mary’s Colgan. Friess also nabbed second in the girls high jump (4’10”).
Marion Ryan took second place in the boys 110m hurdles (18.7), second in the triple jump (40’6.75”), third in the long jump (19’0.75”) and third in the high jump (5’10”).
Labette County, also present, continued to thrive in a track season that’s trended upwards for the Grizzlies.
“With the wind and heat, it is challenging to record personal or season bests,” Labette County head coach Chris Wacker said. “This makes positioning and placing more significant. I felt our relays and longer distances ran smart, allowing others to break the wind, and then making big surges towards the end.”
Jasmine Perez claimed third int he girls 200m dash (27.8). Alex Meister won the boys 1600m run (4:54) and the 3200m run (11:15).
Russell McCarty also earned two wins in the 110m hurdles (17.1) and the 300m hurdles (44.9).
The girls 4x400m relay team of Allee Martin, Ava Alloway, Nevaeh Jones and Perez took second (4:35) while the girls 4x800m relay team of Heather Mellington, Jones, Libby Pool and Alloway also nabbed second (11:37).
The boys 4x400m relay team of Hayden McClenning, McCarty, Eli Hestand and Hunter Schaplowski grabbed second (3:47), while the boys 4x800m relay team of Zavier Phillips, Blake Cashman, Austin Ourada and Meister won the event (9:24.5) by a tenth of a second over Riverton.
Elsie Sorrell won the girls shot put (34’8”) and grabbed second in the discus (105’1”).
Oswego was also in Columbus for the meet.
“It was extremely windy and made it really tough to perform at a high level. With that being said I thought we had some kids step up and perform their best despite the wind,” Oswego head coach Neal Cruse said. “We have only touched the surface of how good we can be.”
Oswego didn’t have any top-three finishers in Columbus. Breanna Davis’ sixth place finish in the discus (74’0.75”) marked the highest finish.