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Five high school tracksters qualify for state PDF Print E-mail
Written by Darci Tomky   
Five Dragon athletes earned themselves a spot at the state track meet with pre-qualifying times and distances at the Wray Invitational Thursday, April 15.

Triple jumpers Marci Vasa and Kyle Carper met the qualifying distances, and Vasa, Heather Duester, Mallory Bennett and Marissa Smith are headed to state in the girls’ 4x100 meter relay.

Smith landed qualifying times in the 100 and 400 meter races. The sprinter also would have qualified in the 200 meter dash, but the race was considered “wind-aided” because the wind was blowing over two miles per hour.

These five HHS athletes also claimed first-place honors in all their state qualifying events.

Although he didn’t qualify for state, coach Sandra Rahe noted long distance runner Jeremy Loutensock had outstanding performances at the Wray meet. The HHS sophomore earned first place in the one mile, clocking in at 4:44. “It was awesome to watch!” said Rahe. “He really put everything he had into the race.” Loutensock just missed the state qualifying time of 4:39.

He also claimed top honors with his 2:08.81 time in the 800 meter run, just off the 2:02 qualifying time. “We are so proud of his efforts and we know he will keep pushing himself to reach his goals,” added Rahe. Loutensock finished the day with a 55 second 400 meter leg in the boys’ 4x400 meter relay.

Other first-place finishes on Thursday include Carper in the long jump; Shelby Beavers, Bennett, Vasa and Duester in the sprint medley relay; and KrisAnna Ham in the 100 meter hurdles.

“All kids continue to improve times and distances,” said Rahe. “They are getting faster and stronger each week!”

HHS girls’ team had another great meet, finishing in second place with 120 points. Team scores in order of ranking included Akron with 181, Holyoke 120, Wray 88, Yuma 80.5, Merino 56, Sedgwick County 54, Otis 53, Caliche 43, Haxtun 23.5, Fleming 20 and Idalia 19.

The boys’ team earned sixth place with 64 points. Other team scores in order of placing are Wray with 112, Sedgwick County 102, Otis 98, Yuma 77, Merino 66, Holyoke 64, Idalia 55.5, Akron 31.5, Haxtun 28, Fleming 26 and Caliche 6.


Boys’ results

4x400 meter relay—Alex Quintana, Cody Fricke, Loutensock and Carper, third, 3:43.47.

100 meter dash—Carper, sixth, :11.84.

800 meter run—Loutensock, first, 2:08.81.

1600 meter run—Loutensock, first, 4:44.03.

110 meter hurdles—Quintana, second, :17.88.

300 meter hurdles—Quintana, third, :43.14.

Long jump—Carper, first, 20’5.5”.

Triple jump—Carper, first, 42’9.5”; Fricke, eighth, 35’7”.


Girls’ results

4x100 meter relay—Duester, Bennett, Vasa and Smith, first, :52.16.

4x200 meter relay—Duester, Bennett, Vasa and Ham, second, 1:54.11.

4x400 meter relay—Nicole Brandt, Lauren Blomme, Becca Brandt and Smith, seventh, 5:19.31.

4x800 meter relay—Becca Brandt, Blomme, Molly Brandt and Ashley Gragg, fifth, 11:54.95.

Sprint medley relay—Beavers, Bennett, Vasa and Duester, first, 1:54.72.

100 meter dash—Smith, first, :12.78.

200 meter dash—Smith, first, :25.86.

400 meter dash—Smith, first, :58.26; Duester, fourth, 1:02.16.

800 meter run—Gragg, eighth, 2:58.39.

3200 meter run—Nicole Brandt, fourth, 15:00.20.

100 meter hurdles—Ham, first, :18.08; Beavers, sixth, :18.67.

300 meter hurdles—Beavers, third, :53.69; Ham, sixth, :54.36.

High jump—Lindsay Helgoth, third, 4’4”; Bennett, fourth, 4’2”.

Triple jump—Vasa, first, 34’6”.

Shot put—Patricia Adams, seventh, 26’3”; Kaylee Groshans, eighth, 25’6”.


Upcoming action

HHS track team competed at Imperial, Neb. Tuesday, April 20. Results will be reported in next week’s Enterprise.