PAOLA – The Paola boys and girls swept the Class 4A regional at Panther Stadium.

The Panthers posted 168 points, defeating runner-up Eudora by 85 points Friday, May 17. Louisburg was third in the team standings with 82 points. Osawatomie placed ninth.

The Lady Panthers held off rival Baldwin by 20 points, scoring 107 points to win the regional.

Paola boys and girls turned in 35 personal records in the meet, qualifying 28 athletes for state.

The Louisburg boys and girls qualified 19 athletes for state in 21 events.

Darian Hudgeons swept the distance races. She won the 1,600 with a time of 5 minutes, 27 seconds and crossed the finish line in 12:20 for first place in the 3,200.

Carson Eilts dominated in the hurdles, winning the 110 hurdles in 14.63 and crossing the finish line 39.49 for first place in the 300 hurdles.

Seth Richmond won the javelin with a mark of 188-05. He placed second in the 300 hurdles and third in the 110 hurdles.

Connor Hasz, Evan Phillips, Ryan Wokutch and Eilts ran a time of 43.17 for first place in the 4x100.

Alyssa Henness ran a time of 26.21 for first place in the 200 dash. She placed third in the 100.

Hailey Schlup had a distance of 34-7.5 for first place in the triple jump.

Aaron Maxwell, Clayton Essex, Christopher Shell and Mason Escobar placed second in the 4x800. Maxwell was fourth in the 800.

Preston Martin was runner-up in the high jump. Lamont Hill placed second in the long jump and Haze was third. Jeffrey Shartz placed second in the javelin.

Shelby Ratner placed second in the 100 hurdles. Mckenzie Gagnebin was runner-up in the discus.

Wokutch placed second in the 100 and the 200.

Chase Robbins was third in the 200 and third in the high jump.

Mackenzie Kuehl placed third in the javelin. Kenzie Gray was third in the shot put.

Sophie Jones, Anna Phillips, Schlup and Henness placed third in the 4x100.

Marina Johnson, Allison Walania, Ratner and Jones finished fourth in the 4x400.

Morgan Clark was fourth in the high jump. Kassidy Blann placed fourth in the pole vault.

Rowan West placed fourth in the discus.

Regional Champions

Louisburg Wildcats Justin Collins, Blue Caplinger, Ben Widenmann and Chris Williams broke their own school record in 4x400 relay, winning the regional title with a time of 3:23.

Williams ran a personal record time of 51 seconds to win the 400 dash.

Louisburg freshman Delaney Wright won two events and qualified for state in four events. Wright ran a time of 59.99 seconds to set a new school record on her way to taking gold in the 400 dash. She also won the long jump with a new school record of 17-11, breaking a mark set in 1995. Wright placed second in the 200 and also ran on the Lady Cats runner-up 4x400 relay team.

Carlee Gassman of Louisburg ran a time of 46.69 for first place in the 300 hurdles.

Lady Cats Jordon Leach won the 100 dash in 12.62, spreading her arms like she was flying as she passed the finish line.

Alyse Moore of Louisburg broke her own personal record in the javelin by almost 25 feet, winning the regional title with a throw of 129-11.

Emma Seidle of Osawatomie had a mark of 37-1 for first place in the shot put. She placed fourth in the discus.

First Ticket

Osawatomie seniors Aaron Gulley, Christian Aden and Bryce Filipin joined freshman newcomer Jay Filipin on the Trojans 4x800 relay team. This was the first season of track and field for the four and the teamed up to put quite a year together, qualifying for state with a fourth place finish in the regional.

It was a dramatic race for the Trojans. The Trojans were in last place and moved to fifth place for the final 800. Jay Filipin, the freshman, darted off in the first 400 and ran into fourth place. He held on over the final 400 to punch the team’s ticket to state, sending the four to state for the first time.

State Qualifiers

Lady Cats Rain Pugh, Sydni Keagle, Wright and Gassman placed second in the 4400 relay.

Charlie Koontz, Caplinger, Widenmann and Collins broke the Louisburg Wildcat school record in the 4x100, placing second in 43.33.

Pugh, Leach, Keagle and Gassman placed second in the 4x100 for the Lady Cats.

Kiefter Tucker of Louisburg was runner-up in the discus.

Louisburg freshman Tom Koontz ran a personal record time for third place third in the 300 hurdles. Koontz raised his arms in jubilation after crossing the finish line.

Anthony Davis of Louisburg placed third in the 1,600 and Wildcat teammate Ryan Rogers was fourth.

Wildcat Trent Martin placed third in the pole vault and teammate Luke Faulkner finished fourth.

Michael Waldron of Louisburg placed third in the javelin.

Keagle of Louisburg placed fourth in the 100 hurdles, breaking a 1979 Lady Cats record with a time of 15.99.

Brandon Cooper of Louisburg placed fourth in the 100 dash.

Lady Cat Avery Graham was fourth in the pole vault.

Thaid Timblin, Boyd Cole, Sutter Conrad and Beau Beers of Osawatomie placed fourth in the 4x100. Timblin placed fourth in the 200.

Jay Filipin, Bryce Filipin, Cole and Timblin finished fourth in the 4x400.

Sports Editor Gene Morris can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or

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