Thinclads place high state
by Clarke Davis
Jefferson County tracksters provided strong competition at the state track meet in Wichita Saturday.
The Perry-Lecompton boys’ 4x400m relay team — Colin Coleman, Cody Williams, Seth Surface, William Hinrichsen — placed first with a time of 3:23.70 in 4A while Jefferson County North’s Luke Pyle captured first place in the 2A javelin throw, 183.08.
Coleman also placed first in the 200m dash, 21.87, setting a state record.
JCN’s Laramie Leakey was first in the girls’ pole vault, 10-06, and Valley Falls Max Badgett was second in the 2A boys’ long jump, 20-10.25.
Other county thinclads in state finals were:
Jefferson County North — boys: Luke Pyle, discus, 6th, Joel Abel, high jump, 10th, Devon Wilson, 3200m run, 14th, Bryce Noll, triple jump, 15th; girls: Jamie Navinskey, long jump, 3rd, and 100m dash, 4th, Heather Polson, high jump, 5th, 4x100m relay — Lauryn Baker, Hannah Twenhafel, Jacee Kramer, Jamie Navinskey — 6th, Randi Noll, discus, 8th, Grace Kramer, discus, 12th, Elaina Tweed, high jump, 15th.
Perry-Lecompton — boys, Austin Kurtz, javelin, 10th, and Seth Surface, 400m dash, 7th; girls: Emma Taylor, 300m hurdles, 5th, Lexia Jamison, 800m run, 6th, and Abbigayle Folks, triple jump, 10th.
Valley Falls — boys, Chance Morrow, 800m run, 5th; girls, Emily Nottingham, 200m dash, 7th.
Oskaloosa — girls, Madison Miller, discus, 11th.
McLouth — girls, Kayla Steffey, 400m dash, 8th; boys, Remington Courter, long jump, 14th.
Jefferson West — girls, Janelle Debus, high jump, 15th.
In team rankings after 18 events, Perry-Lecompton boys were 8th and the girls, 28th, in 4A. In 2A boys, Jefferson County North, 22nd, and Valley Falls was 25th. The JCN girls ranked 8th with Valley Falls 37th and McLouth 39th.
Jefferson County still has two state record holders. Tom Hays, McLouth, set the pole vault record at 15 feet in 1981 and Heidi Yost of Perry-Lecompton holds the triple jump record at 39-1 set in 1999.
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