Wamego boys finish fifth in 4A, Herrs shines for Rock Creek

By Joel Jellison

WICHITA — The Wamego boys got a handful of good performances over the weekend to aide a fifth-place team finish at the state meet at Cessna Stadium.

The Red Raiders’ boys finished with 31 points to end up in fifth. The Wamego girls scored four points in the meet.

Wamego coach Rick Patton said they knew they would have to be near perfect to end up on the podium.

“We ended up a top six or seven team, but it was a pretty good weekend,” he said. “Anytime you are top 10, you did something good.”

The Wamego 4x800 relay of Colton Butler, Isaac Poe, Hudson Philip and Jordan Routh captured a 4A state title with a time of 7:59.71, 15 seconds faster than second-place St. James Academy.

Poe returned later in the day to claim a state title in the 300 hurdles with a time of 39.22.

Routh took third in the 1,600 run with a time of 4:33.02, nearly 9 seconds behind the leader. Routh finished off his weekend by taking seventh place in the 800.

Patton said Saturday was the best day for the team after he thought Friday was a 50/50 performance for his team.

“Saturday, I thought overall was a really, really good day,” he said. “Routh had a phenomenal meet in everything he did. I thought it was a very good day, obviously Isaac winning the 300 title was nice.”

Rock Creek’s Elizabeth Herrs followed up her discus-winning performance on Friday by taking first in the javelin and beating her own meet record with a throw of 148-01. The previous record was 147-04 on her winning effort in 2011. She also took fourth in the shot put.

Herrs scored 24 total points for the Rock Creek girls, also their meet total, as the Mustangs finished ninth. The Rock Creek boys had eight points.

The Riley County girls’ 4x800 relay of Cajsa Larson, Abbi Collins, Emily Collins and Stacy Pachta finished third with a time of 10:14.49. The winning time from Douglass was 9:58.43.

Kiana Robinson, Abbey Marcotte, Vallie Kenfield and Madison Vardo teamed to take seventh in the 4x100 relay with a time of 52.37.

Robinson, Larson, Pachta and Vargo took seventh in the 4x400 relay to conclude the meet for the Riley County girls. The Falcons scored nine team points and finished 23rd. The Riley County boys finished scoreless.

Former Riley County coach Garry Sigle was honored with his induction into the KSHSAA Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Saturday. The Falcons entered the meet with an individual champion each of the last 17 years. That streak came to an end Saturday.

Frankfort’s Jacob Broxterman had a winning effort in the 1A shot put, finishing with a distance of 48-06.5.

Adam Koch took home a seventh-place medal for the Wildcats, taking the last medal spot in the 1,600. The Frankfort boys were 16th with 12 points.

Valley Heights’ Elijah Smith, who was fourth in long jump and second in triple jump on Friday, finished third in Saturday’s 110 hurdles. Heights’ Tommy Tyon was fourth in shot put at 47-02.5. The Mustangs’ boys finished 10th as a team with 22 points.

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