Phillips qualifies for Irish in 100-meter dash
HOYT – To qualify for the state track meet a student athlete must have at least the fourth best time or distance in their regional meet.
Friday at Hoyt three Abilene High School athletes, junior Savannah Roth and seniors Krista Bacon and Marcus Gonzales, qualified for the state track meet beginning Friday at historic Cessna Stadium on the campus of Wichita State University.
Carlie Phillips will be a repeat performer representing Chapman High School.
Roth placed third in her state-qualifying event, pole vault, with a leap of 9-7. This performance put her in the Class 4A top 16 at sixth place heading into the state meet. She also places sixth in the javelin throw with a throw of 98-09.
“Savannah has worked very hard and been extremely goal driven in the pole vault and it paid off for her today,” AHS Coach Jeff Geist said following the meet.
“We had some disappointment with the girl’s javelin. I thought we could get two in the finals but unfortunately it wasn’t our day,” he said.
Bacon was close to being a dual qualifier in hurdles. She finished second in the finals of the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.31 and will return to the state meet. She placed fifth in the 300-meter hurdles at 49.04.
“Krista had a slow start in the prelims, by far the last out of the blocks, but she battled back and ran hard. In the finals, Krista was solid all the way through,” coach Geist said.
Gonzales will also return to the state meet in his prime event high jump placing second at 6-0.
Gonzales was also a close dual qualifier for the state in the javelin throw. He finished in sixth place with a throw of 162-06.
“Marcus threw the javelin well. He was in third place going into the finals; unfortunately three young men came up with big throws to bounce him to sixth.” Geist said.
Trey Bender finished sixth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.11and Andrew Schwarting finished fifth in the 400-meter dash with a 52.87.
“We had solid performances from Trey and Andrew but they came up short. Both gave great performances especially for both being freshmen,” coach Geist said.
“We also had PR’s from Taylor Thompson and Carly Wilson in the 800-meter run,” he added.
Thompson finished seventh with a time of 2:29.92 and Wilson ran 2:42.93.
“Dustin Engle and Andy Tope had personal bests for us in the shot put and discus,” Geist concluded.
Engle tossed the shot put 40-11.75 and Tope threw the discus 118-04 for their best marks of the season.
The Chapman Fighting Irish will be represented at the state meet by their junior ace sprinter Carlie Phillips.
Phillips placed second in her main event the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.83, well off her Chapman record time of 12.32. Her time at the regional placed in her eighth place of the top 16 Class 4A 100-meter runners of which none beat her record time at the other regionals.
Other regional placing for the Irish came from their girls’ 4x800 meter relay team (Amber Hahn, Miranda Rodney, Kaolin Fink and Courtney Hahn) 6th, 10:24.8.
Amber Hahn placed fifth in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:36.75.
The Irish 4x100 girls’ medley relay team (Kathryn Fink, Lindsey Hurford, Milea Anderson and Phillips) placed 6th at 51.46.
Colton Rudolph placed sixth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.54.
Team scoring for the girls at the regional was Concordia 91, Hesston 74, Wamego 63, Topeka-Hayden 56, McPherson 50, Colby 41, Holton 33, Buhler 33, Smoky Valley 27, Royal Valley 23, Abilene 17, Goodland 16, Chapman 12, Jefferson West 10, Rock Creek 6 and Clay Center 6.
Wamego tock the boy’s division with 98 points followed by Buhler 71.5, Holton 66, Royal Valley 63, Hesston 53, Concordia 38, McPherson 36, Goodland 34.5, Rock Creek 28, Colby 20, Abilene 12, Clay Center 11, Topeka-Hayden 11, Jefferson West 9, Smoky Valley 6 and Chapman 1.
STATE QUALIFIERS – ABILENE
Krista Bacon – 100-meter hurdles
Marcus Gonzales – high jump
Savannah Roth – pole vault
STATE QUALIFIER – CHAPMAN
Carlie Phillips – 100-meter dash