Wildcats run down state gold in 4x400-meter relay

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Louisburg Wildcats Justin Collins, Blue Caplinger, Ben Wiedenmann and Chris Williams pose for pictures at Cessna Stadium in Wichita after winning the Class 4A boys title in the 4x400-meter relay.

WICHITA — There is something about being No. 1. As hard as it is to get there, it is even harder to stay there.

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 at Cessna Stadium in Wichita, seniors Blue Caplinger and Chris Williams and sophomores Justin Collins and Ben Wiedenmann were the team to beat.

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 on Sunday afternoon, May 26.

“Your gold medal champions, from Louisburg High School.”

There is nothing quite like hearing that from the crowd at the largest high school track and field meet in the nation.

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.

The four broke another record at the Class 4A regional track and field meet with a time of 3:23.76 to win the gold.

Their time has kept them as the top-ranked 4x400-meter relay team in the state.

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

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