LOUISBURG — Gold medal champion sprinters Blue Caplinger, Chris Williams, Justin Collins and Ben Wiedenmann are the Tri-County Spotlight Co-Male Athletes of the Year.
The four ran away with the gold medal at state, winning the Class 4A state title in the final event of the meet with a time of 3 minutes, 25.39 seconds.
Caplinger, Williams, Collins and Wiedenmann were announced as the gold medal champions, taking their place on the podium at Cessna Stadium in Wichita on Sunday afternoon, May 26.
Caplinger, William Collins and Wiedenmann share the athlete of the year award with Paola Panther Seth Richmond who won gold in the javelin.
Caplinger, Collins and Wiedenmann medaled in two events. The three teamed up with Charlie Koontz to place fifth in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 43.68.
Williams also placed in two events. He ran a time of 52.52 for seventh place in the 400-meter dash.
The Louisburg Wildcats 4x400-meter relay team ran its way to No. 1 in the state rankings and started breaking records in the process.
Heading into the Class 4A state track and field meet Caplinger and Chris Williams, seniors; and Collins and Wiedenmann, sophomores, were the team to beat.
The end of the season was just how the Wildcat 4x400-meter relay team scripted it.
Caplinger, Williams, Collins and Wiedenmann were simply running down what was theirs. This state title belonged to them and they were not going to let go of the gold.
The four sent notice to the rest of the state at the Frontier League track and field meet at Panther Stadium in Paola on Friday, May 10.
Caplinger, Williams, Collins and Wiedenmann ran a time of 3:25.10, breaking a 19-year-old Louisburg Wildcat record in the process of taking league gold.
There was still more to be done the following week when the four were back in Paola for the Class 4A regional track and field meet.
State was on the line.
Caplinger, Williams, Collins and Wiedenmann felt the need for speed, again, breaking their own school record with a time of 3:23.76 to win the gold at regional. Their time kept them as the top-ranked 4x400-meter relay team in the state.