Thirty-three athletes from six area schools qualified for the 2019 KSHSAA State Track and Field Championships in Wichita, which starts on Friday, at last Friday’s regional meets.

Parsons led all local schools with 14 total qualifiers for the state meet. Labette County added nine to the Class 4A field.

Erie and Cherryvale will send four and three competitors respectively to the Class 3A competition. Oswego qualified two to the 2A field while St. Paul will send one competitor to to the 1A competition.

At the No. 10 4A Regional in Chanute, the Parsons boys finished in second place with 107 points. The Vikings’ girls took fourth place with 62 points.

Winfield won the boys bracket with 119 points, while Independence won the girls side with 156 points.

“Our goal was to try to win the regional with the boys,” Parsons head coach Rob Barcus said. “We don’t see Winfield a lot, so we didn’t know how good they were. They had more depth than we did. The boys team was disappointed a little bit, we wanted to defend that title.” 

For the Parsons boys, 10 boys finished in the top four of their events to qualify for state.

DaQuan Johnson took first in the 100m dash (10.82), while Brett Baldwin was third in the 1600m run (4:48.79).

Gage Friess was first in the 400m dash (52.23) while Tate Robison took fourth in the same event (54.18). Baxter Finley took fourth in the discus (129’9”). 

The Parsons boys jumpers had a ticker-tape day in Chanute. Zion Natt took third in the high jump (6’0”) and second in the triple jump (40’8.75”). 

“We jump well as a team,” Barcus said. “Coach (Wes) Krull, who was a jumper in high school, has come in enthusiastically and really worked wonders with them. They’re just having a great year.” 

Josh Pierce finished fourth in the long jump (19’5.75”) and third in the triple jump (40’7.75”).

Davonte’ Yates took second in the long jump (20’6”) and first in the triple jump (43’1.75”) while Dariq Williams upset Yates, the school record holder, to win the long jump (20’6.5”).

“Dariq jumped really well his previous meet,” Barcus said. “He didn’t jump in Parsons. We knew he could get out there. I was a little surprised he beat Davonte’ after he just set the record. But Davonte’ had just done six triple jumps, so I’m sure he was little fatigued.” 

The Parsons boys 4x100m relay team of Yates, Friess, Johnson and Williams took first place (43.15) and its 4x400m relay team of Yates, Robison, Friess and Johnson took first as well (3:34.13).

For the Parsons girls, Gracen Friess qualified in three solo events. The junior took fourth in the high jump (4’9”), first in the 300m hurdles (50.39) and second in the 100m hurdles (16.24).

Anna Ecoff took fourth in the 100m dash (12.84) and second in the 200m dash (27.77). Hollie Marlow took third in the 200m dash (27.88) and first in the 100m dash (1:01.35).

Sanya Anderson took third in the discus (113’5”) while the Parsons girls 4x400m relay team of Gracen Friess, Ecoff, Nena Taylor and Marlow took third (4:20.18).

“We want to get past Friday to the finals and not look ahead,” Barcus said. “It’ll be different for our guys a little bit, but we’ll talk about it all. So much of it is mental up there in Wichita. We just want to get some medals. It’d be nice to place with team points, but we want kids to get their best times and distances.” 

Labette County also competed at the regional in Chanute. The Grizzlies’ girls took sixth with 43 points, while the boys were seventh with 37 points.

“We were really pleased with how well we did,” Labette County head coach Craig Hartman said. “We had kids from every spectrum qualify for state. We had throwers, distance runners, sprinters. We just qualified in every area. The improvement these guys have shown has been really good.” 

For the Labette County boys, Alex Meister took fourth in the 3200m run (10:35.40). Zach McCarty finished in fourth in the 300m hurdles (44.11). 

High jumpers Caleb Hentzen and Ethan Jameson took first and second place respectively with both clearing 6’6”. 

“Obviously we’d love to see them go one and two at state,” Hartman said. “The competition will be extremely tough. We’ve seen some of the kids at Pitt State and the KU Relays. But the kids are capable of performing at that level. I’m excited to see what we can do.” 

Labette County’s boys 4x400m relay team of Jameson, Henson, McCarty and Tucker Shadley took third place (3:37.40). 

As for the Grizzlies’ girls, freshman Jasmine Perez took second in the 400m dash (1:01.99) and first in the 200m dash (27.68).

“I thought she performed really well,” Hartman said. “She’s really improved in her 400-meter dash.” 

Gracie Gatton took fourth in the 3200m run (13:43.17).

Lauren Forbes took second in the long jump (14’7.75”) and third in the triple jump (29’11’’) while Elsie Sorrell took fourth in the discus (109’10”). 

“We want to go out and see kids perform and have personal records,” Hartman said. “If they go to the state meet and do the best they possibly can do, that’s our expectation. We want to continue to improve and that’ll be good enough.” 

At the No. 14 3A Regional in Girard, the Cherryvale boys took 11th with 14.33 points while the Chargers’ girls were 13th with 15 points.

For Cherryvale’s boys, Tyson Gray took fourth in the 110m hurdles (17.58) while Bryce Sallee took third in the shot put (46’10”). 

As for Cherryvale’s girls, Mariah Monroy was the lone state qualifier. She took second in the triple jump (35’4”) and fourth in the 300m hurdles (50.07).

At the same regional, Erie’s girls took seventh with 32 points while the boys were 13th with four points.

Alexis Hernandez was the lone boys qualifier for Erie, taking fourth in the javelin (146’3”). 

Three Erie girls qualified for Wichita, led by Ashlynn Aikins who took first in the 100m hurdles (15.46) and third in the triple jump (34’11”).

Nicole Aikins placed second in the javelin (123’8”) while freshman Hailey McGowen took fourth in the pole vault (7’6”). 

At the No. 17 2A Regional in Marion, Oswego’s girls took 14th place with 10 points while the Indians boys were 13th with eight points.

Trayton Walker was the lone Oswego boy to punch a ticket to state, finishing fourth in the 1600m run (4:54.97) while Abby Long took fourth in the shot put (30’11.5”) to be the lone Oswego girl headed to Wichita.

Finally at the No. 24 1A Regional  in Burlington, St. Paul’s girls took 15th pace as at team with 10.5 points while the boys were 18th with three points.

Emily Hutcherson is the lone state qualifier from St. Paul as she took first in the javelin (115’1”). 

The 2019 KSHSAA State Track and Field Championships start on Friday morning with the gun for the 1A Girls 3200m run sounding at 7:45 a.m. at Cessna Stadium on the Wichita State University campus.

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