WICHITA — Paola senior Seth Richmond left Cessna Stadium in Wichita for the last time as a member of the Panther track and field team.
He did so with a little hardware.
Richmond had a throw of 197 feet, 2 inches on his third throw in the javelin. The mark stood for the gold medal in the event, giving Richmond the state javelin title in Class 4A.
“Winning a state title was amazing, because over the past years in javelin, I didn’t do the best,” Richmond said.
The third time was the charm.
Richmond qualified for state in the javelin his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
This time he had a great day and knew it when the javelin left his arm.
“When a throw is good, you don’t really feel anything,” Richmond said. “That’s how I knew it was the one.”
His personal record in the event is 198-10. Richmond was not far off that mark for the title at state.
He opened the round with a 174-4, which would have placed him fifth. Richmond only got better from there in his first three attempts. His second throw was 183-3, which would have placed third.
Richmond had the 197-2 on his third attempt and that landed him the gold medal.
He got to stand at the top of the podium in front of the crowd at Cessna Stadium in Wichita, site of the largest high school track and field meet in the nation.
“Being out there before helped because it gave me a feel of the atmosphere and what being watched by thousands of people felt like,” Richmond said.
“It was something I have never felt before and may never feel again,” he said. “But, I’m glad I did it as a Panther.”
Richmond also got to put his arms around another piece of hardware as the Paola Panthers scored 52 points, holding off Champan by two points for the third-place team trophy.
“I’m so happy I could get on the podium with my whole team and get a trophy that will be in Paola High School forever,” Richmond said. “It leaves a good feeling in my stomach knowing I left my senior year of track on a good note.”
Richmond placed fourth on the 4400-meter relay team. He also qualified for state in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles.