By RON PRESTON
Dickinson County student athletes competed in their final springs sports event of 2013 at the 103rd running of the Kansas Sate High School Activities Association Sate Track Meet Friday and Saturday in Wichita.
Abilene High School had three state qualifiers with Savannah Roth in pole vault, Krista Bacon in 100-meter hurdles and Marcus Gonzales in high jump.
Roth, who will be a senior next year at AHS, finished in a three-way tie for the fifth place medal at 9-6.
“Savannah had a very good day for herself. Getting fifth in the state is quite an accomplishment,” Abilene assistant coach Bill Christner said.
Bacon, a senior graduate, also claimed a fifth place medal in the 100-meter hurdles at 16.51.
“Krista has been solid all year for us. She had worked hard and really concentrated on getting better each time out,” Coach Jeff Geist said about Bacon.
Marcus Gonzales did not qualify for the Class 4A high jump finals but ended up his career with a 12th place finish in state competition.
Chapman High School’s lone qualifier for the state meet Carlie Phillips in the 100-meter dash narrowly missed the qualifying time and did not compete in the finals. The senior at Chapman will return next year with hopes of making the finals.
“Carlie ran extremely well for us this year, she had a great time in the regional and has worked very hard at this event,” Chapman coach Michelle Elliott said.
Herington’s Ramsey Stramel was on the medal standl twice for the Railers in Class 2A action.
Stramel finished sixth in the 200-meter dash (24.0) and fifth in the 400 meter dash (51.77).
Stramel is slated to play football at Johnson County Community College next fall.
Stramel’s teammate Sarah Lietz joist missed qualifying for the finals in shot put.
Hope High School senior Nathan Lorson won two medals in the Class 1A boys division as the senior graduate finished third place in the 200-meter dash (23.61). This was a wire- to -wire race with a photo finish to determine the champion from Linn High School had a time of 23.48, while second place was 23.58, just .03 ahead of Lorson.
Lorson also captured a fifth place medal in the 400-meter dash (52.20) for the Lions.
“My track season is going good after tearing my ACL,” Lorson said.
“My sister Raelyn, who was a state track qualifier and medalist, couldn’t compete this year as she also had the same injury and an additional tear,” Lorson added.
“My knee feels amazing so I have placed in the top three in the 400 in our meets this year and I just started doing the 200 at league this year,” he said.
Other notable events at the state track meet were the performance of a couple athletes that broke State Track Meet records.
Phillipsburg’s senior graduate Sean Newlan broke a meet record in the 110-meter hurdles for Class 3A at 14.10 and was also a member of the first place finishing 3A new record holding 4x100 meter relay team (42.54).
Newlan also found out that his plans to grey shirt in football at Kansas State next year had changed as he received a call from Kansas Sate during the meet telling him he was on full scholarship and to report to summer workouts in June.
Meade High School had a track burner in Class 2A as Weins scored the track in the 100-meter dash in record setting fashion at 10.73. He would also take gold in the 200-meter mash (23.01.02) and the 400-meter dash (49.67).
Weins is expected to play football next year at Garden City Community College.
Also in attendance and participating for Lawrence Free-State High School was senior Alexa Harmon-Thomas, the daughter of the late Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame Derrick Thomas. Harmon-Thomas won both the 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles to help lead Lawrence Free-State to the Class 6A girls’ team championship.