Abilene High School senior Kylie Coup has competed in shot put for four years and Friday she had her best ever toss to capture first place at the Class 4A Regional Track Meet in Abilene.
In the finals of the event, Coup threw a career best 34-00.75 to place first in the regional meet and to advance to the state track meet this week in Wichita. The Abilene thrower beat her runner-up by almost three feet as Abigayle Berner of KC Piper tossed the shot 31-10.50 for second place. Chapman sophomore Macy Bliss was third at 31-07.50. Fourth place went to Layce McCoy of Tonganoxie at 31-06.50.
In other regional competition, Augusta senior Abbee Rhodes had the day’s best toss of 42-08 to capture first place at the Towanda-Circle Regional. At the same meet, Pratt senior Rheagan Hoover finished second with a throw of 37-08 followed by Andale senior Jacy Anderson with a toss of 37-01. Fourth place went to Andale sophomore Katelyn Fairchild at 36-04.25.
The third regional had Osawatomie sophomore Emma Seidl have a winning toss of 37-01. Second place went to Baldwin senior Kayla Kurtz at 36-09 followed by Kenzie Gray of Paola at 35-10. Ottawa junior Theresa Bruna was fourth at 35-02.50.
At the Chanute regional meet, Coffeeville junior Shonase Collins took gold with a throw of 37-06.
Independence thrower Jacueline Wilson was second at 35-05 and her teammate Raygan Cunningham was third at 34-04. Fourth place went to Christine Helman of Iola at 34-00.50.
Coup and the other qualifiers are scheduled to throw the shot put at 1:15 p.m. on Friday afternoon at Cessna Stadium in Wichita.
Rhodes of Augusta is the defending state champion with a toss of 42-06.75. The Class 4A record belongs to Kearsten Peoples of Ottawa with a toss of 51-10.75 in 2010.