WICHITA – Running in her fourth and final opportunity at the Kansas State High School Activities Association Track and Field Meet, Hope High School graduate Jessyka Barten gave it all she had and made it on the medal stand in her one and only event.
Barten, a distance runner, qualified for the Class 1A girls 1600M run at her regional meet at Washington County High School earlier this month. She ran third place with a qualifying time of 5:51.88.
Barten was the Wheat State League champion in 1600M with a first place time of 5:57.18 at the meet held in Goessel at the beginning of the month. She was also the league champion 3200M runner at 13:39.58.
She just missed the qualifying line at regional with a fifth place time of 13:34.39.
“This is four years going to the state meet and my final year,” she said. “I’ve been here every year of high school.”
As a high school freshman, Barten ran 14th in 1600M with a time of 6:12.70 and she medaled for the first time with an eighth place finish in 3200M at 13:09.60 In 2017 as a sophomore, she ran ninth in both of her signature events, 1600M and 3200M.
She reached the podium again in 2018 with a seventh place medal in 3200M with a time of 13:03.15. She ran 10th in 1600M and she was a member of Hope’s 4x800M Relay team that crossed 13th that year.
“I have appreciated every moment especially coming from a small school like Hope,” she said Saturday afternoon. “I have had endless support from my coaches and being very faithful, I can’t thank anybody else but God and my parents for just pushing me through it. I have been through a lot of injuries. I had a stress fracture at the state meet last year but I was just happy that I could finish out and be here one more time.”
Barten was extremely pleased with her 1600M time on Saturday.
“I PR’d by about 10 seconds for my entire career in the mile,” she said. “I am certainly happy with my time.”
Barten has signed to run Cross Country and Track at Kansas Wesleyan this fall.
Holly Brockmeier picks up two
Hope junior Holly Brockmeier climbed the steps to the state medal stand twice this weekend after earning medals in both javelin and shot put.
Brockmeier placed fifth in javelin with a toss of 129-04. She reached that mark on her second attempt. She had a second place qualifying mark from the Washington County Regional of 127-10.
She was the 2019 Wheat State League champion in javelin with a toss of 125-04.
Centrailia’s Madison Lueger won the Class 1A event with a throw of 140-02.
Brockmeier also reached the medal stand with a sixth place finish in shot put. Her toss of 35-03.00 solidified a sixth place finish.
White City’s Jada Lee finished third with a toss of 37-00.75. Krysten Bartlett of Hutch Central Christian was the champion with a heave of 38-01.75.
Lee took the regional title in shot put with a toss of 36-04.00 with Brockmeier coming in second at 36-01.25.
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