WICHITA — The Kansas State Track and Field Meet got underway Friday on the campus of Wichita State University at Cessna Stadium.
Crawford County had several representatives vying for state titles in multiple classes throughout the day. The first-day highlights included long-distance running and field events. Inclement weather shortened the first day of events, with on the Class 5A and 4A DII having only completed its complete schedule for Friday.
KANSAS CLASS 5A
Six members of the Pittsburg High School track and field team competed on day one at the state meet, with Daeshia Turner and Dylan Untereker finishing best among their respective teams.
Turner took fourth place in girls’ triple jump, with a leap of 36 feet, 4 1/2 inches for the Purple Dragons.
Ashlee Beitzinger came in sixth place in the pole vault with a clearance of 10-0, while Sam Bollinger placed 10th in the shot put with a throw of 35-0.
PHS’ Jayden Hammond placed 12th with a leap of 33-01 1/2.
Untereker placed seventh in the boys’ discus throw with a toss of 145-02, and he also took 14th, recording a throw of 44-10 1/2.
KANSAS CLASS 4A DII
Girard came away with two individual state championships on the first day of action.
Cailie Logue earned a state title in the girls’ 3200-meter run, finishing with a time of 10 minutes and 31.6 seconds as she continues her climb to being one of the most-decorated athletes in Crawford County history.
Drew Davied earned a state title for the Trojans in the boys’ high jump, with a leap of 6-08.
Layne Karhoff placed 12th in the girls’ 3200 with a time of 12:34.88.
Frontenac’s David Madl took 12th in the boys’ high jump with a jump of 6-0.
Girard’s Jonathan Zimmerman took 13th in the boys’ 3200 with a time of 10:17.60.
Ryan Hemy, of Frontenac, placed 15th in the javelin throw with a toss of 127-06.
Girard’s Ryan Hughes took 16th in the 3200 with a time of 10:50.60.
Saturday will have a modified schedule at Cessna Stadium because of the rain postponing action Friday afternoon.
Jordan Buckamneer is a sports reporter of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on twitter @jbuckamneer.