LABETTE — The Pittsburg High School track and field team continued its tradition of excellence on Friday at the SEK League Championship Track and Field Meet, after both the girls’ and the boys’ team won the league championship with point totals of 202 and 184 respectively.


The Pittsburg girls’ team was lifted to its eighth consecutive SEK championship and ninth out of the past 11 with help from a pair of records set by McKenzie Wilks in the 800-meter run and Daeshia Turner in the triple jump.

Turner’s historic leaps in the triple jump were a distance of 38 feet and 3 inches, which set the meet record and the school record.

Wilks set the meet record in the 800, crossing the finish line at 2:21.46.

Taylor Muff gave the Purple Dragons 10 points with a first-place finish in the 100 hurdles, setting the pace at 15.3.

Faith Turner finished first in the 100 with a time of 12.27, while Daeshia Turner came in close behind in third at 12.59.

Wilks also won first in the 1600, finishing at a time of 5:23.55.

The Purple Dragons’ 4X100 relay team consisting of Vanessa Yaghmour, Faith Turner, Logan Lord and Daeshia Turner placed second with a time of 51.23.

Muff placed first in the 300 hurdles with a time of with a time of 46.89, while Susana Canales came in close behind in second at 49.96.

Coming in behind Wilks in the 800 was Lupita Sanchez and Lord in second and third respectively with times of 2:31.1 and 2:31.5.

The 4X400 consisting of Abbie Casper, Lord, Sanchez and Wilks took first with a time of 4:14.42.

Daeshia Turner and Faith Turner placed first and second respectively in the long jump with leaps of 17-05 and 17-03.

Laken Robinson represented PHS in the high jump, placing second after clearing a height of 4-08.

In the Pole Vault, Kiera Miller and Yaghmour tied for the highest jump, both clearing 8-06.

Muff placed first in the shot put with a distance of 39-01 and in the discus with a toss good for 118.


For the boys’ team, the win marks its fourth consecutive league championship and ninth win out of the past 12 years.

Connar Southard placed first in the 1600 with a time of 4:45.83.

Brandis Evan placed third in the 100, coming in at a time of 11.59.

The PHS 4X100 relay team consisting of Evans, Corbin Jefferson, Keagan Cole and Gumaro Rodriguez took third with a time of 44.7.

Rodriguez also took second in the 300 hurdles — finishing with a time of 41.27 — and in the 200, closing in at 22.99.

The Purple Dragons swept the top three in the 800, as Southard, Andres Arriola and Cade Southard placed first, second and third respectively with times of 2:03.3, 2:03.68 and 2:05.83.

Seth Hoffman took third in the 3200 at 10:48.15.

The PHS 4X400 team consisting of Rodriguez, Arriola, Cade Southard and Connar Southard won first, crossing the finish line at 3:34.37.

Joel Kafka won first in the pole vault with a height of 13-00, placed second in the triple jump with a distance of 41-01, third in the long jump — covering a distance of 20-07 — and third in the high jump with a height of 6-00.

Nathan Woods and Reese Willis took first and second respectively in the shot put with distances of 44-05 ½ and 42-05 ½.

Woods and Willis also topped the list in the discus, with Woods placing first at 123-01 and Willis taking second at 120-00.

— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.