Breaks her own school record

WICHITA – Running in her final high school track meet, Abilene’s Sydney Burton capped her career with a back to back State Championship in Class 4A 800M.

It was just a year ago when Burton captured her first title in the open 800M and she established a new Cowgirl record at 2:17.49. Saturday, the Kansas State University signee ran even faster.

She ran her first 400M at 1:06.596 this year and then opened her stride and the distance between competitors with a 1:10.429 lap to secure the gold medal at 2:17.025.

That mark also broke her own Abilene High School record.

Burton finished nearly three seconds faster than her closest competitor Fallon Russell, a senior from Shawnee Bishop Miege. Russell finished at 2:19.85. Buhler sophomore Leah Bentley, who ran second to Burton at the Abilene Regional, finished third with a time of 2:21.17.

“It was awesome being able to do this back to back and especially my senior year,” Burton said. “I’ll be honest there was a lot of pressure going in but I just kind of removed that pressure as much as I could and just went out there and gave it my all.”

Burton’s high school teammate Abby Barnes also qualified for the 800M for the first time in her career, Barnes started out quickly with Burton to maintain the pace through a lap and a half. She had to get out of a boxed in situation but faded at the end, but still ran a very good half-mile finishing just off the podium.

New event

Burton added the 1600M to her portfolio this track season. Winning most meets this season, she ran second at the Abilene regional behind Chapman’s Taylor Briggs. At state, she earned third place with Briggs taking the title at 5:06.18 and Russell of Miege just nipping her down the stretch.

Russell ran 5:18.93 with Burton crossing at 5:20.78.

“I did Ok today at the 1600M,” Burton said. “I ran my second best time. I just need to build up my endurance over the next couple of years to be able to hit that mile harder.”

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