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Area athletes qualify for state

By The Mercury

Nearly 60 athletes from the area qualified for the state track tournament in Wichita after performances at their regional meets this week.

From the Wamego boys, Jordan Routh picked up spots in the 800-meter run, the 1,600 and the 3,200, while Colton Butler qualified in the 800 run. The 4x400 and 4x800 relays qualified, Cody Wilson made it in javelin and Isaac Poe will run the 110 and 300 hurdles.

For the Red Raiders’ girls, the 4x400 and 4x800 relays will compete, while Elizabeth Evans made it in discus and shot put. Brooke Woodward will compete in the javelin.

Ty Wendland will represent the Riley County boys in the 100 dash, while Nate Elder will compete in the 3,200. The 4x100 and 4x800 relays qualified, while Joel Garver made it in the high jump and long jump. Shay Lehmann qualified in the high jump, Chris Garten will go for triple jump and Jake Brazzle will throw the discus.

The Riley County girls got Cajsa Larson in for the 800 run, and Stacy Pachta and Emily Collins in for the 3,200. The 4x400, 4x100 and 4x800 relays will all compete, while Kiana Robinson will be there for long jump.

Rock Creek’s boys will take Kyon Case for the 100 and Aaron Kuecker for the high jump. Logan Miner will compete in the long jump and KJ Dobbins will take on the triple jump. Ryan Schneider will compete in the long jump, triple jump, 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles.

Elizabeth Herrs will represent the Rock Creek girls as the No. 1 seed in the discus, shot put and javelin. It’s the last high school meet for the future Oklahoma Sooner. Hayden Schlochterme will be in the long jump.

The Frankfort boys will have Adam Koch competing in the 1,600 and the 3,200, while they will also run the 4x800 relay. Jacob Broxterman will compete in the shot put and Jonathan Ippert will be in the pole vault.

Calley Bargmann is the only Frankfort girl headed to Wichita, competing in the discus.

Valley Heights will have Elijah Smith compete in the boys’ long jump, triple jump, 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles, while Tanner Trimble will be in the triple jump and Tommy Tryon in the shot put.

The Mustangs’ girls will be Kelsey Potter in triple jump and Drew Mann in the javelin.

Blue Valley Randolph will take two participants to state, as Bobby O’Neill will go in the boys’ discus and Annie Ross will go for the girls’ 400 dash.

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