It had been a long time since Pittsburg High hosted a varsity track meet.
Let’s put it this way: a few of the seniors might have been born during the same year.
“It’s been since about 1994 or 1995, we’ve been able to host a varsity track meet,” Pittsburg head coach Gary Ausemus said on easily the nicest weather day of the spring sports season. “It’s been at least that many years since we held the league meet. Maybe even a little longer than that, probably.
“This is a great atmosphere. We’ve got a great facility and we’re just glad the weather held off. We’re excited to be able to host a meet again. We’re very thankful for our community to support our track team like this.”
The Pittsburg girls made it worth the wait by cruising to a Southeast Kansas League title, scoring 170 points, 65 more than runner-up Chanute.
“The girls came to perform,” Ausemus said. “We had a lot of them step up today. It was a good day. We had a lot of personal bests. Chelsea Baker came to perform, I can go down the list, Chelsea Baker, Andie Casper scored a lot of points, Brianna Maxwell. Sarah Jewett. Lizzy Willis. We just had a great day.
“Morgan Plank, freshman, she runs the 4x8 and then goes over and jumps two feet further in the triple jump than she ever had. She stepped up. Another freshman, Violet Biggs, she performed well at the varsity level in sprints, which it’s tough in the SEK. It’s a sprint-dominated league with Coffeyville and she performed well for a freshman, I thought.
“I was real pleased all the way around on the girls side. When you score 170 points, that’s a full team effort. Just excited and proud of them.”
Casper finished fourth in the 100-meter dash in 12.86 seconds, Biggs fourth in the 200 in 28.01 and third in the 400 in 1:05.05, Jewett and Willis finished 1-2 in the 800 in 2:26.92 and 2:29.17 respectively, Baker won the 100 hurdles in 16.59, and Katie Phalen and Ashlee Beitzinger finished 2-3 in the 300 hurdles in 52.38 and 52.42, respectively.
The 4x400 (Jewett, Casper, Nicole Striplin, Willis) won in 4:14.39 and the 4x800 (Jewett, Willis, Plank, Phalen) won in 10:34.00. The 4x100 (Striplin, Jewett, Baker, Casper) finished second in 50.35.
Baker, Biggs and Plank finished third, fourth and sixth in the high jump with respective marks of 5 feet, 2 inches, 4-10 and 4-6. Beitzinger and Hicks finished 1-2 in the pole vault at 8-6 and 8-0. Casper won the long jump with a mark of 17-5 1/2 and Striplin placed fifth at 15-5.
Baker (35-11), Striplin (34-2 3/4) and Plank (32-0) occupied the top three spots in the triple jump.
Maxwell finished second in the shot put (35-5 1/4), third in the discus (112-3) and third in the javelin (111-0).
Page 2 of 2 - On the boys side, Pittsburg finished second behind Coffeyville.
“We knew it would be tight,” Ausemus said. “We were in it still with a couple events left to go. We had really good performances on the boys side, just Coffeyville was a tough team. They deserved to win. They were good today.”
Ethan Paul-Davis finished third in the 100 in 11.53, Jessie Thomas fifth in 11.62 and Josh Allmon sixth in 11.82.
Danilo Pinheiro finished fourth in the 200 in 23.73, Allmon fifth in 24.24 and Thomas sixth in 24.34.
Pinheiro placed second in the 400 in 52.13 and Thomas fifth in 55.79.
Garrett Stalder finished second in the 800 in 2:07.43 and Braden Brown fifth in the 3,200 in 11:08.64.
Garrett Harmon took fourth in the 100 hurdles in 16.24 and fourth in the 300 hurdles in 43.64.
The 4x100 (Alex Barnes, Paul-Davis, Allmon, Pinheiro) finished second in 44.48, the 4x400 (Stalder, Barnes, Paul-Davis, Pinheiro) third in 3:34.78 and the 4x800 (Stalder, Brown, Jeremiah Jones, Lukas McConnell) won the event in 8:47.52.
Brown won the pole vault with a mark of 10-6, Paul-Davis (20-0) and Barnes (19-1) finished third and sixth in the long jump, Barnes won the triple jump at 42-9 1/2 and Stalder finished sixth in the triple at 39-2.
Gershom Avalos provided 10 points in the shot put with an impressive heave of 49-8 1/2, Chris Huyett took fourth in the shot at 45-9 1/2, Dakota Taylor placed third in the discus at 143-10 and Skyler McGuire fifth at 132-11.
2013 Southeast Kansas League Meet
Team results, girls: Pittsburg 170, Chanute 105, Coffeyville 96, Fort Scott 71, Independence 61, Labette County 19, Parsons 19.
Team results, boys: Coffeyville 144, Pittsburg 126, Labette County 117, Chanute 100, Fort Scott 40, Parsons 20, Independence 11.
Individual champions, girls: Devin Cosper, Coffeyville (12.24, 100); Andrea Newton, Coffeyville (26.05, 200); Sativa Scott, Coffeyville (1:02.76, 400); Sarah Jewett, Pittsburg (2:26.92, 800); Katren Rienbolt, Fort Scott (5:27.70, 1600); Rienbolt, Fort Scott (11:47.98, 3200); Chelsea Baker, Pittsburg (16.59, 100 hurdles); Regan Awkward, Chanute (49.00, 300 hurdles); Coffeyville 4x100 (49.57); Pittsburg 4x400 (4:14.39); Pittsburg 4x800 (10:34.00); Maddi Rollins, Chanute (5-6, high jump); Ashlee Beitzinger, Pittsburg (8-6, pole vault); Casper, Pittsburg (17-5 1/2, long jump); Baker, Pittsburg (35-11, triple jump); Carina Zogg, Coffeyville (37-3 1/4, shot put); Brianne Lawrence, Fort Scott (118-5, discus); Haley Taylor, Chanute (138-2, javelin).
Individual champions, boys: James Newton, Coffeyville (11.07, 100); Newton, Coffeyville (22.77, 200); Jon Kelly, Labette County (52.12, 400); Abe Russell, Parsons (2:05.45, 800); Russell, Parsons (4:46.55, 1600); George Langston, Labette County (10:20.38, 3200); Chandler Carson, Labette County (15.43, 110 hurdles); Newton, Coffeyville (40.77, 300 hurdles); Coffeyville 4x100 (43.38); Coffeyville 4x400 (3:32.95); Pittsburg 4x800 (8:47.52); Taylor Stice, Labette County (6-2, high jump); Braden Brown, Pittsburg (10-6, pole vault); Destin Downing, Coffeyville (22-5 1/2, long jump); Alex Barnes, Pittsburg (42-9 1/2, triple jump); Gershom Avalos, Pittsburg (49-8 1/2, shot put); Cody Howell, Chanute (151-4, discus); Garin Sinn, Fort Scott (175-7 1/2, javelin).