Parsons, Labette County qualify athletes in numerous events at state
LOUISBURG — Parsons High School captured four titles at the Class 4A regional track competition in Louisburg Friday. Labette County High School won one regional title.
Parsons qualified six athletes for the state Class 4A track and field competition in Wichita Friday and Saturday and Labette County will send 10 athletes. Events begin Friday morning at Cessna Stadium on the campus of Wichita State University.
Isiah Taylor, Isaac McPherson, Isaiah McPherson, Dannerick Yates, Donte Gress and Kaylee Krull of Parsons will advance to the state meet.
Taylor won the high jump with a leap of 6-feet, 8-inches.
“Isiah had a great day of jumping. He didn’t miss until 6-6 and barely missed at 6-9 for the school record. He has sped up his approach and is really attacking the bar with every jump,” Parsons Coach Rob Barcus said. “His dad, assistant Coach LaShawn Taylor, has Isiah peaking at the right time. His regional jump was the best in 4A. He has an excellent chance to be a state champion,” Barcus said.
Freshman Isaac McPherson won two titles at Louisburg: the 100 and 200 meter races. He won the 100 in 11.17 and the 200 in 22.78.
“Isaac is just a competitor, even in prelims he doesn’t like to lose. He has a great chance to medal at state,” Barcus said.
Yates finished fourth in the 100 and Isaiah McPherson finished fourth in the 200 to both earn state trips.
“I told Dannerick all he had to do was get in the finals and he would have a chance to finish in the top four. I don’t think he believed me, but that is exactly what happened. He has just improved all year. And Isaiah in the 200 was a pleasant surprise. He has been running the 400 and 800 all year, but with the times posted in those races it would have been really hard for him to qualify for state. He asked to run the 200 and ran really well,” Barcus said.
The Viking 4x100 meter relay team of Donte Gress, Taylor, Yates and Isaac McPherson captured the school’s fourth title of the day with a time of 44.28.
“For the boys, this was the race coach and I were really nervous about. We knew we had a chance to win, but we have had trouble with exchanges all year. But the guys pulled it all together and ran a great race. They deserve all the credit.”
Barcus called Krull’s run in the 3200 one of the best races of the day. Her fourth-place finish qualified her to run in Wichita.
“I was worried about this race all day long. We decided to not have her run the 1600 and just focus on the 3200, which was a tough call. She was sitting with the sixth fastest times in both events and a girl scratched the 1600 so she was sitting in fifth, but we stuck with the plan and it paid off. She was in sixth going into the last lap, but dug deep and not only passed but ran away from the two girls ahead of her to finish fourth. The four girls in our regional ran the four fastest times in any 4A regional so it was definitely a tough field. She was less than a second off the school record. She told me after the race there was no way she was letting the guys go to state without her,” Barcus said.
“We were extremely proud of how all our runners and jumpers competed. The boys actually finished in a fifth-place tie with Osawatomie, which is a good showing in a 16-team field,” Barcus said.
Another finisher for Parsons:
Eli Kendrex finished eighth in the 300 meter hurdles in a time of 44.02.
Grizzly senior Garett Britton won a regional title in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles Friday. He will participate in three events at state: the 110-meter high hurdles, the 300 intermediate hurdles and the 4x100 relay team.
Labette County qualified to compete in seven events at state.
Britton won the 300 meter hurdles in 39.85.
“This was the seventh time this season that Garett has won his primary event,” LCHS Coach Craig Hartman said.
Senior Chandler Carson was second in the 110 meter high hurdles in 14.98 and Garett Britton was fourth in this event to also qualify for the state.
George Langston ran a personal record time of 4:47 in the 1600 meters to advance and also qualified in the 3200 meter run, in which he finished fourth with a time of 10:57.03.
The 4x800 meter relay team (Jared Hawks, Alex Smith, Matthew Webster, Dylan Royer) placed fourth to continue their season in Wichita with a time of 9:05.
The 4x100 meter relay team (Dominic Johnson, Jalen Holder, Garett Britton, Chandler Carson) ran a competitive 44.62 to also earn the right to compete this week at state.
Each member of the 4x400 meter relay (Jalen Holder, Chandler Carson, Mitchell Kelly, Garett Britton) ran a personal best time in the 400 to place second. Garett Britton anchored this relay with a very impressive 50.7.
“This team has been very successful this year primarily due to the great leadership and work ethic of the senior class. Both the senior boys (Garett Britton, Chandler Carson, Mitchell Kelly) and senior girls (Maddie Holzem, Renae Weaver, Samantha Workman) have been very competitive and coachable throughout their careers at Labette County High School,” Hartman said.
“Coach Kristi Snider, Coach Marty Warren, Coach Scott Carson and I are very proud of this team and we believe that they will continue to compete a very high level at the State Meet. It has truly been an honor to work with these kids this season,” Hartman said.
Lane Britton placed sixth in the long jump with a personal record jump of 19-feet, 7-inches, missing the opportunity to compete next week by an inch.
Bryce Thomas equaled his personal best in the pole vault to place fifth with a vault of 10-feet, 6-inches. Renae Weaver placed sixth in the 100 meter high hurdles in 17.97.