WICHITA — A smile crept around Emilee Ebert’s face, curling into a grin as she finally admitted it.
Her Frankfort 4x100 team knew there was a 1A record to be broken at Saturday’s state track meet at Cessna Stadium.
The Wildcats set out to shatter it.
The team of Mariah Broxterman, Grace Dressman, Lydia Loiseau and Ebert accomplished exactly that, winning the 1A title with a time of 50.44 and breaking the state record in the process.
For Ebert, it was all part of the plan.
“We knew what the record, and our goal was to beat it,” Ebert said. “So when I turned around and saw it and knew that we got, it was so cool. Obviously our goal was to win it, but to get the record was the cherry on top.”
That wasn’t the only title Ebert won in Wichita, though.
The senior placed first in the long jump, winning the competition with a jump of 17-04.75 on Friday.
It was Frankfort’s first state title in a number of years, and it helped the Wildcats reach fourth at about 7:20 p.m., when the meet was postponed to Sunday because of inclement weather in the area.
To top it all off, Ebert missed last year’s state track meet with an injury.
On Saturday, she came back for two championships.
“It’s something I’ve wanted for so long — to be a state champ,” Ebert said. “Getting two of them, it’s been really special.”
Wamego’s day was highlighted by a pair of third-place finishes.
Senior Steven Roudybush took third in the 110-meter hurdles, completing the competition in 14.79 seconds.
Fellow senior Marcquiece Cade finished third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.35.
That helped the Wamego boys end the day in eighth place with 30 points.
The hurdles helped the Red Raiders in more ways than one.
Senior Kynzie Underwood took fifth in the 300-meter hurdles, clocking in at 47.89 seconds. She also finished sixth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.29 seconds.
Still, the Wamego girls sit in 15th place with 22 points.
Senior Victoria Pettay took home a pair of fourth-place finishes. The first was in the high jump, where Pettay recorded a leap of 5-02, while the second came in the triple jump, where she finished with a mark of 33-08.75.
Riley County (3A)
Ames Burton already had a bright future before Saturday even began.
Now, it might be even more so.
The Riley County sophomore followed up on her freshman campaign, which ended with a pair of medals in the shot put and the discus, by doing much of the same on Saturday.
She finished second in the 3A girls discus with a throw of 136-11 and second in the shot put with a toss of 40-07.00.
“She competed pretty good,” Riley County coach Jesse Woodard said, “because the girl that won (Jaci Dalinghaus, Seneca-Nemaha Central) came out and hit that on her first throw, and Ames’ first throw wasn’t very good.
“But she competed real well. I’m proud of the way she competed.”
In sum, the Riley County girls ended the day slotted in 11th place, with 19 points. The boys are in 15th place, with 15 points.
That meant Woodard was pleased with several other of his competitors, including senior Keaton Koenig, who took seventh in the pole vault with a personal-record mark of 13-06, which also tied a school record.
“He’s always been a really tough regional for pole vault,” Woodard said.
Rock Creek (3A)
Nolan Churchman did his best to help out Rock Creek on Saturday.
The junior took second in the 3A boys high jump, finishing at 6-04.00.
That helped the Rock Creek boys end Saturday’s portion of the Kansas state track meet in 23rd place, with eight points.
The Mustang girls failed to score any points, but they only were one spot away from doing so.
That was courtesy of sophomore Grace Fike, who finished ninth in the girls long jump with a jump of 16-05.00.
Freshman Mallory Wallace took 11th in the 100-yard dash with a time of 12.89 seconds.
Lauren Schutter spotlighted the Wabaunsee girls’ day in Wichita.
The freshman took home a state title in the 2A girls triple jump, landing a mark of 36-04.00.
She also took second in the girls long jump, leaping 16-06.50.
The Wabaunsee girls ended Saturday in 13th place, with 20 points, while the boys are in 44th place, with one point.
The Charger boys have Jace Reves to thank for that. The sophomore took eighth in the 800-dash, finishing in 2:04.83.
Valley Heights (2A)
Valley Heights’ Yungeberg siblings had a day to remember on Saturday.
Freshman Emma Yungeberg secured a state title in the 2A girls javelin, hurling a mark of 129-11, while she also took seventh in the girls shot put and eighth in the girls discus.
Jake Yungeberg didn’t fare too badly, either.
The sophomore took 16th in the boys discus, logging a throw of 122-05.
It didn’t net the Mustangs any points, though, and they didn’t get points from anyone else.
The Valley Heights girls, though, are in eighth place, with 27 points.
They got support from their girls 4x800 relay team of Abigail Steinfort, Catherine Toerber, Madison Vermetten and Samantha Vermetten, which placed third with a time of 10:23.27.
Blue Valley Randolph (1A)
Blue Valley Randolph had a tough time getting on the board on Saturday.
The Rams’ only finishers were senior Cole Montgomery, who finished 10th in the 1A boys high jump with a mark of 6-00.00, and sophomore Jeremiah Duncan, who took 10th in the 100-yard dash, completing it in 11.44 seconds.
Neither were enough to net the Rams any points, though.