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  • Davied, Bogina highlight first All-County team

  • With nationally-ranked track & field programs at Pittsburg State (men and women) and two individual state championship winners in Drew Davied of Girard and Kaylee Bogina of Northeast, it was another solid year for track & field in Crawford County. The Pittsburg girls won a Southeast Kansas League title...
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  • With nationally-ranked track & field programs at Pittsburg State (men and women) and two individual state championship winners in Drew Davied of Girard and Kaylee Bogina of Northeast, it was another solid year for track & field in Crawford County.
    The Pittsburg girls won a Southeast Kansas League title on their home course, Girard swept boys and girls titles in the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League, the Northeast boys won a Three Rivers League title, the Pittsburg girls and Colgan boys finished second at their respective regionals and multiple athletes medaled at the state tournament held in Cessna Stadium, Wichita, one of the great Kansas sporting events.
    We’re introducing something new this year — the Morning Sun All-County Track & Field Team.
    Jonny Adamson, Colgan (1600, 3200)
    Once upon a time, this Coffeyville Community College cross country signee and Shrine Bowl cross country race selection began his high school track career in sprints.
    Fortunately, he found a niche and developed his skills at running longer distances — establishing school records in the 1600 and the 3200.
    Adamson, a fixture amongst the lead group, broke his own school record with a time of 9 minutes, 56.59 seconds in the 3200. This record-breaking time gave Adamson a third place medal at state, finishing behind Alex Conn of Benoit and state champion Cory Donley of Sacred Heart, who swept both distance titles. Adamson collected a second medal with a fifth in the 1600 (4:39.88).
    Adamson enjoyed a solid year — league and regional titles in cross country, as well as league and regional titles in both the 1600 and the 3200. Additionally, he won another individual league title in the 800 and finished third in the state in cross country. He won a league cross country title his junior year.
    At his signing with Coffeyville CC in January, Colgan head coach Cathy Oplotnik gave Adamson some words of encouragement.
    “Jonny, we’ve had three great years,” she said. “Let’s end your senior year with a great year in track and I know you’re excited. I know you’ve got teammates who’re excited to see what you can do and what they can do, as well.”
    Gershom Avalos, Pittsburg (shot put)
    When he signed with elite wrestling program Labette Community College, Avalos indicated wrestling and soccer were his two favorite sports.
    With track being his third favorite sport, Avalos fared extremely well under those circumstances.
    Avalos closed out his high school career with a fifth in the shot put (49 feet, 4 1/2 inches) at the state meet and won regional and league titles in the event, finishing 51-0 at regionals and 49-8 1/2 at league.
    During his time at Pittsburg High, Avalos wrestled, played kicker in football, started at goalkeeper in soccer and tossed an implement known as the shot in track. He won two regional titles in wrestling and one in track & field.
    Page 2 of 5 - Chelsea Baker, Pittsburg (triple jump, high jump, 100 hurdles, 4x100)
    The multi-talented Baker finished her junior season in style with three medals at the Big Meet: third in the 4A triple jump (36 feet, 7 1/4 inches), fourth in the 100 hurdles (16.29 seconds) and sixth in the 4x100 (50.52) with teammates Sarah Jewett, Andie Casper and Nicole Striplin.
    At regionals, she finished second in the triple jump (35-6 3/4), third in the 100 hurdles (16.82) and fourth in the high jump (5-0).
    In Southeast Kansas League competition, the first varsity track meet hosted by Pittsburg High since the 1990s, Baker won league titles in the triple jump (35-11) and the 100 hurdles (16.59).
    Part of a group who first made its impact on PHS track as freshmen, including Jewett and Striplin, Baker made her presence known when she collected two medals at her first state meet. She placed fourth in the 5A high jump (5-2) and seventh in the triple jump (34-7 1/2).
    With competitors like Nicole Kinser of Hugoton and Tayler Soucie of Osawatomie graduated, it could be a big senior year for Baker if she holds up her end of the bargain with hard work and dedication.
    Kaylee Bogina, Northeast (1600, 3200)
    With a running pedigree involving a successful mother (Fort Scott head coach Tracey Bogina), a successful aunt (Northeast head coach Piper Richardson) and a successful older brother (former Northeast runner and current Pitt State runner Austin Bogina), Bogina has already developed her own name and reputation in the sport with two years of high school running left.
    Bogina won her first state title in the 2A 3200 on the first day of the two-day track extragavanza. With results in at 8:36 a.m. that Friday, Bogina accomplished more before some people wake up or at least make it through their second or third cup of coffee.
    Bogina finished the 2-mile race in 11:32.70, running nearly 10 seconds faster than Katelynn Adam of Ell-Saline.
    Since the 3200 was the first event of the day, Bogina gave the Northeast girls 10 points and the team lead in the state track meet.
    Bogina owned the fifth-best winning time in the 3200, behind Katren Rienbolt of Fort Scott (11:25.13, 4A), Jordan Puvogel of Hiawatha (11:22.59, 3A), Cameron Gueldner of Olathe Northwest (11:17.63, 6A) and Kaelyn Balch of Bishop Carroll (10:56.70, 5A). Her 11:32.70 time would have placed Bogina first in 1A, third in 3A, second in 4A, fifth in 5A and sixth in 6A.
    Additionally, Bogina placed sixth in the 1600.
    Bogina earned All-County honors for basketball.
    Andie Casper, Pittsburg (long jump, sprints)
    There was little which Andie Casper did not do in her four years of high school. She lettered in four sports (volleyball, basketball, softball and track), signed with hometown Pittsburg State to play volleyball and earned class valedictorian for her academic feats of all As.
    Page 3 of 5 - With both softball and track on her schedule this past spring, Casper proved herself on the track in the sprints and relays and in the field with the long jump. She won league titles in the long jump (17-5 1/2) and the 4x400 (4:14.39) along with Sarah Jewett, Nicole Striplin and Lizzy Willis.
    Casper won a regional title in the long jump (17-3 1/4) and qualified for state in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. She earned her first medal in the 4x100.
    During her senior year, Casper earned All-County honors in volleyball, softball and track.
    Drew Davied, Girard (high jump)
    Nobody had more of an impact on the state track scene than this Girard freshman — he won nearly every meet he was in and completed a trifecta of titles with league, regional and state triumphs in the high jump.
    Davied met his personal best of 6-8 to win his first state title — a mark nobody surpassed at state. Grady Derryberry of Madison won at 6-6 in 1A, Josh Burdine of Solomon 6-7 in 2A, Nick Camper of Caney Valley 6-6 in 3A, Adam Deterding of Hays 6-8 in 5A and Kai Shean of Olathe North 6-8 in 6A.
    Of the six high jump champions, Davied was the only underclassman and he was the only male freshman to win an individual state title. In fact, six freshmen won titles at the state meet — Brandi Jo Roepke of Valley Heights (1A — 100, 200, 400), Santana Reeves of South Barber (1A — 1600, 3200), Claire Theis of Kingman (3A — 400), Cameron Gueldner of Olathe Northwest (6A — 3200) and Breanna Eckels of Wichita Southeast (6A — triple jump) won on the girls side.
    Davied earned All-County honors in basketball.
    Conner Dayton, Colgan (long jump, 100, 4x100)
    A star football player his senior year (1,482 yards and 15 TDs on 228 carries), inheriting the running load after the graduation of Christian and Zach Smith, Dayton likewise inherited the lead sprinter role on the Colgan track squad after the graduation of Derek Beck.
    At the state meet, Dayton medaled in the 100 and the 4x100 — placing eighth in the former (11:30) and seventh in the latter (45.53) with Alex Gilmore, Tucker Hoffman and Austin Commons his three relay mates.
    On the first day of the meet, Dayton picked up his first medal with a fourth in the long jump (21-5 3/4). Dayton landed at 21-5 3/4 on his second attempt. Hunter Veith of Chaney won with a leap of 23-1.
    Dayton earned All-County honors in football and made state appearances in three sports his senior year: football, basketball and track.
    Sarah Jewett, Pittsburg (800, 4x100, 4x400, 4x800)
    The Pittsburg girls track squad featured several versatile athletes and none may have been more versatile than Jewett, the daughter of longtime Pitt State head cross country-track & field coach Russ Jewett.
    Page 4 of 5 - Jewett qualified for state in the 800 and the 4x100, 4x400 and 4x800 relays, the only link in all three squads. Back when this incoming senior was a freshman, Jewett qualified for state in the long jump.
    She earned two medals at state — finishing seventh in the 800 (2:25.47) and sixth in the 4x100 (50.52) with her teammates Nicole Striplin, Chelsea Baker and Andie Casper.
    Taylor Johnson, Frontenac (pole vault, 4x100)
    Frontenac head track coach Troy Morris vividly remembered the moment in time when Johnson broke the school record in the pole vault at the Southeast Invitational in April.
    “I was standing there at the time,” Morris said. “The guy working there asked him what he wanted to move it to and Taylor said 14-1 (14 feet, 1 inch), which was an odd increment. He already won the meet and the guy asked him, ‘Is 14-0 the school record?’ He said ‘Yeah.’ They moved it up to 14-1 and he went over it pretty easy.”
    Johnson had just cleared 13-0 before his school record clearance of 14-1. Oh, by the way, Johnson also ran a leg on the Raiders’ 4x100 relay.
    The Pitt State track & field signee qualified for state in both the pole vault and the 4x100, earning a medal with an eighth place in the pole vault (13-0).
    Ryan Rakestraw, Southeast (high jump, triple jump, 300 hurdles)
    Rakestraw came onto the area track scene strong his freshman year and he came back even stronger his sophomore year, qualifying for state in the high jump, triple jump and 300 hurdles. He won regional titles in both the high (6-0) and triple (41-0). At state, Rakestraw placed fourth in the high (6-2). Early in the season, Rakestraw established a school record in the triple with a mark of 43-0 at the Riverton Invitational.
    J.T. Richardson, Northeast (triple jump, long jump, sprints)
    Richardson had one of the great days of the year for any local athlete: he established a school record in the triple jump at the Burlington Invitational and later that day, he earned a win on the pitching mound for the Northeast baseball team against two-time Class 2-1A state qualifier St. Paul.
    At the state track meet, Richardson narrowly missed a title with a second place in the triple jump (42-9 3/4) and he also finished sixth in the long jump to give Northeast all 11 of its points to finish tied for 24th in 2A.
    Richardson earned All-County honors in football and baseball.
    Nicole Striplin, Pittsburg (triple jump, 4x100, 4x400)
    Another outstanding track athlete in the class featuring Chelsea Baker and Sarah Jewett, Striplin qualified for state in the triple jump, 4x100 and 4x400.
    Striplin collected two medals at the state meet: seventh in the triple jump (35-3 1/2) and sixth in the 4x100 (50.52) with Jewett, Baker and Andie Casper. Striplin and Baker each medaled in the triple.
    Page 5 of 5 - 2013 MORNING SUN ALL-COUNTY TRACK & FIELD TEAM
    Jonny Adamson, Colgan (1600, 3200)
    Gershom Avalos, Pittsburg (shot put)
    Chelsea Baker, Pittsburg (triple jump, high jump, 4x100, 100 hurdles)
    Kaylee Bogina, Northeast (1600, 3200)
    Andie Casper, Pittsburg (long jump, sprints)
    Drew Davied, Girard (high jump)
    Conner Dayton, Colgan (long jump, 100, 4x100)
    Sarah Jewett, Pittsburg (800, 4x100, 4x400, 4x800)
    Taylor Johnson, Frontenac (pole vault, 4x100)
    Ryan Rakestraw, Southeast (high jump, triple jump, 300 hurdles)
    J.T. Richardson, Northeast (triple jump, long jump, sprints)
    Nicole Striplin, Pittsburg (triple jump, 4x100, 4x400)
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