By RON PRESTON
WICHITA – Unlike most of the spring sports season the weather was perfect for the 103rd running of the Kansas State High School Activities Association boys and girls (42nd annual event) state high school track meet in Wichita’s Cessna Stadium Friday and Saturday.
Thousands of fans, family and friends filed into Cessna Stadium as one of the largest crowds in recent years saw the best of the best compete for state championship medals, school records and even some state records were eclipsed at the grand daddy of all high school track meets in the country.
Dickinson County student athletes that qualified for the state event performed well representing themselves and their individual high schools in good fashion.
One of the entire meet’s highlights was the performance of the Solomon High School boys track team in Class 2A competition. Solomon senior graduate Josh Burdine stood on the awards stand four times as he won gold in three individual events and a second place finish in the fourth in his first state track meet appearance.
Travel plans, injuries and other issues have kept Burdine from appearing in previous state meets, but this was his year.
Burdine won the high jump (6-7) and placed second in the long jump (22-00) on Friday and then came back on Saturday morning to claim the gold in the 110-meter hurdles (15:18) and also took first place in the triple jump (46-0.25).
Burdine’s finish in the triple jump and high jump were his personal best and also set new Solomon High records according to Josh.
“In the long jump I only got 22 feet even, but I scratched on my last jump and it felt pretty good, it could have been a 23-0, but stuff happens,” Burdine said.
Burdine is set to play basketball at Barton County Community College next year.
Solomon junior Mason DeMars took home the fourth place medal in the high jump (6-2) for the Gorillas.
DeMars ran second leg of the Class 2A second- place finishing 4x100 meter relay team from Solomon.
Senior graduate Justin Glover, DeMars, Daniel Durant and Jesse Glover had the second best qualifying time in 4x100 and turned it into a second place medal just being inched out at the finish line by Plainville High school. Solomon’s time of 44.69 was .16 seconds off the winning time by the Cardinals.
“It’s going to be tight race between us and Plainville,” Durant said before the finals.
Senior graduate Craig Wiese just missed qualifying in the finals on the Class 2A shot put with a toss of 44-8.5 to finish ninth in the state.