PAOLA — The boys 4x400-meter relay team scored valuable team points in the final event of the Class 4A state track and field meet at Cessna Stadium in Wichita, leading the Paola Panthers to a third-place trophy.

Louisburg, Osawatomie, Paola, Prairie View and Spring Hill qualified 77 athletes for state in Class 3A, Class 4A and Class 5A.

Seth Richmond of Paola and the Louisburg Wildcats 4x400-meter relay team won gold medals.

Richmond won the javelin with a mark of 197-2, scoring 10 points in the event. He placed 10th in the 300-meter hurdles and 14th in the 110-meter high hurdles.

Louisburg Wildcats Justin Collins, Blue Caplinger, Ben Wiedenmann and Chris Williams ran a time of 3 minutes, 25.39 seconds for first place in the 4x400-meter relay.

Paola posted 52 points for third place in the meet held May 24-26, holding off Chapman by two points for the final team trophy.

Tri-County Spotlight Track and Field student-athletes turned in three runner-up performances and won seven bronze medals.

The boys and girls, who qualified for state, turned in another 20 medal-winning performances for fourth fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth place.

Richmond and the Wildcat 4x400-meter relay team were named Tri-County Spotlight Track and Field Co-Male Athletes of the Year. (See related story)

Louisburg freshman Delaney Wright medaled in four events for the Lady Cats. She placed fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.74. Wright ran a leg on the Lady Cats fourth-place 4x400-meter relay team. She won a state medal in the 200-meter dash, placing seventh in 27.07. Wright placed eighth in the long jump with a leap of 15-10.5.

Wright was selected the Tri-County Spotlight Track and Field Female Athlete of the Year. (See related story)

Spotlight Track

Gold

Seth Richmond won the javelin with a mark of 197-2. Richmond placed 10th in the 300-meter hurdles and 14th in the 110-meter high hurdles. He also ran a leg on the Paola Panthers fourth-place 4x400-meter relay team.

Justin Collins, Blue Caplinger, Ben Wiedenmann and Chris Williams of Louisburg ran a time of 3:25.39 for first place in the 4x400-meter relay.

Silver

Panther Kyle Wokutch placed second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.67. He placed 10th in the 100-meter dash.

Emma Seidl of Osawatomie had a mark of 39-7.75 for second place in the shot put. She placed 16th in the discus.

Izzy Williams of Spring Hill placed second in the 200-meter dash (Class 5A) with a time of 25.60. She was fifth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.51.

Bronze

Darian Hudgeons of Paola placed third in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11:49. Hudgeons ran a time of 5:29.49 for sixth place in the 1,600-meter run.

Lamont Hill of Paola placed third in the triple jump with a mark of 44-3. He was 10th in the long jump.

Hailey Schlup of Paola, a two-time state qualifier as a sophomore, placed third in the triple jump with a mark of 34-1.

Brennen Feeback, Wyatt O’Leary, Hunter Willyard and Chase Rooney of Spring Hill placed third in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:27.

Alec Waterman, James Barnett, Jordan Norman and Feeback of Spring Hill placed third in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 43.34.

Rooney of Spring Hill was third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 40.21. He was ninth in the 110-meter high hurdles.

Norman of Spring Hill placed third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.49.

State Medalists

Leading the Paola Panthers to crucial points with a fourth place finish in the 4x400-meter relay were Carson Eilts, Evan Phillips, Richmond and Wokutch.

Connor Hasz, Phillips, Eilts and Wokutch of Paola ran a time of 43.66 for fourth place in the 4x100-meter relay.

Lady Cats Rain Pugh, Sydni Keagle, Carlee Gassman and Wright placed fourth in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:12.

Eilts of Paola placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.22 and crossed the finish line in 39.73 for fourth place in the 300-meter hurdles.

Gassman of Louisburg was fourth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 47.52.

Shelby Ratner of Paola placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 1.07.

Alyse Moore of Louisburg had a distance of 131-9 for fourth place in the javelin.

Wildcat Luke Faulkner cleared 13-6 for fourth place in the pole vault.

The Louisburg boys placed fifth in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 43.68. Running the relay were Charlie Koontz, Caplinger, Widenmann and Collins.

Mckenzie Gagnebin of Paola placed fifth in the discus with a mark of 112-10.

Kenzie Gray of Paola had a mark of 36-4.25 for fifth place in the shot put.

Avery Graham of Louisburg placed fifth in the pole vault, going over the bar at 10-0.

Feeback of Spring Hill placed fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 42-11.5. He was seventh in the long jump with a leap of 20-11.25.

Brenden Meek of Spring Hill placed fifth in the shot put with a mark of 50-11. He was eighth in the discus with a distance of 145-11.

Preston Martin of Paola cleared 13-0 for sixth place in the pole vault.

Lady Broncos Alli Frank, Jordyn Anderson, Vienna Lahner, and Williams placed sixth in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:09.

Paola Panthers Aaron Maxwell, Clayton Essex, Christopher Shell and Mason Escobar ran a time of 8:30 for seventh place in the 4x800-meter relay.

Williams of Louisburg ran a time of 52.52 for seventh place in the 400-meter dash.

Mackenzie Kuehl of Paola placed seventh in the javelin with a mark of 121-8.

Hasz of Paola had a leap of 20-1.25 for eighth place in the long jump.

Lady Cats Jordan Leach, Pugh, Keagle and Gassman placed eighth in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 50.69.

O’Rion Davis of Prairie View ran a time of 16.23 for eighth place in the 110-meter high hurdles (Class 3A) with a time of 16.23. He was 12th in the 300-meter hurdles.

Brooke Allen of Prairie View placed eighth in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:35. Allen placed 11th in the 1,600-meter run.

Shelby McCain of Prairie View had a mark of 119-4 for eighth place in the javelin.

State Qualifiers

Alli Frank of Spring Hill qualified for state in four events. She ran a leg on the Lady Broncos sixth-place, medal-winning 4x400-meter relay team. Frank also placed ninth in the triple jump, 15th in the high jump and 16th in the long jump.

The Lady Panthers placed ninth in the 4x100-meter relay, missing a state medal by one place. Running the relay were Sophie Jones, Anna Phillips, Alyssa Henness and Schlup.

Henness of Paola placed ninth in the 200-meter dash, one spot from a state medal. She qualified for state in the 100-meter dash.

Kaegle of Louisburg placed ninth in the 100-meter hurdles.

Kassidy Blann of Paola placed ninth in the pole vault, missing a state medal by one place. She qualified for state with a third-place finish in her regional.

Kiefer Tucker of Louisburg was ninth in the javelin.

Bronco Wyatt O’Leary was ninth in the pole vault.

Willyard of Spring Hill placed ninth in the 400-meter dash.

Chase Robbins of Paola was 10th in the triple jump. Robbins was 11th in the 200-meter dash and 12th in the high jump.

Lady Panthers Marina Johnson, Allison Walania, Ratner and Jones finished 10th in the 4x400-meter relay.

Rowan West of Paola placed 10th in the shot put. He also qualified for state in the discus.

Michael Waldron of Louisburg was 10th in the javelin.

Ariel Alcorn of Prairie View placed 10th in the long jump.

Thomas O’Leary of Spring Hill placed 10th in the pole vault.

Meredith Todd of Spring Hill placed 10th in the shot put and 16th in the discus.

Keen Knittel of Spring Hill was 11th in the 110-meter hurdles and 14th in the 300-meter hurdles.

Dominic Victor of Prairie View was 12th in the 400-meter dash.

Brayden Dame of Prairie View placed 12th in the pole vault.

Thomas Koontz of Louisburg placed 12th in the 300-meter hurdles.

Trent Martin of Louisburg was 12th in the pole vault.

Leach of Louisburg placed 12th in the 100-meter dash.

Aaron Maxwell of Paola was 13th in the 800-meter run.

Brandon Cooper of Louisburg placed 13th in the 100-meter dash.

The Prairie View girls placed 13th in the 4x100-meter relay.

Jessica Petric of Prairie View placed 13th in the 100-meter dash.

Kinley Baker of Prairie View was 14th in the 400-meter dash.

Seniors Aaron Gulley, Christian Aden and Bryce Filipin and freshman Jay Filipin of Osawatomie placed 14th in the 4x800-meter run.

Morgan Clark of Paola was 14th in the high jump.

Thaid Timblin, Boyd Cole, Sutter Conrad and Beau Beers of Osawatomie placed 14th in the 4x100-meter relay.

Jay Filipin, Bryce Filipin, Cole and Timblin of Osawatomie placed 15th in the 4x400-meter relay.

Timblin of Osawatomie placed 15th in the 200-meter dash.

Anthony Davis of Louisburg was 15th in the 1,600-meter run.

Madeline Belcher of Spring Hill placed 15th in the shot put.

Broncos Skyler Navratil, Braxton Dixon, Skyler Burke and Wyatt O’Leary placed 15th in the 4x800-meter relay.

Wildcat Ryan Rogers placed 16th in the 1,600-meter run.

Kenzie Rios of Spring Hill was 16th in the shot put.

Sports Editor Gene Morris can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or gene.morris@miconews.com.

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