Area athletes battle against tough competition at state meet

Numerous other athletes from area schools competed at the track-and-field championships this weekend in Wichita. Following is a summary of their performances.

— CANTON-GALVA. Stephen Jowers, the only Eagle to qualify for state, placed seventh in the Class 2A 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles in 15.77 seconds and 42.61 seconds, respectively.

— Centre. Justin Garrard led his team with a second-place finish in the Class 1A 3,200-meter run. He completed the eight-lap race in 10 minutes 18.39 seconds. He also finished eighth in the 1,600 meters in 4:50.94.

For the Centre boys, Aaron Barney placed fourth in the triple jump at 42-93/4 and 10th in the long jump at 20-6. Todd Stahlecker finished eighth in the 800 in 2:09.32. Eric Peterson was 14th in the 110-meter hurdles prelims.

For the Cougar girls, Laura Klenda placed sixth in the javelin at 114-08 and 16th in the shot put at 31-53/4. Jackie Klenda was ninth in pole vault after clearing 9-0. Jill Fenske was 15th in the 100-meter prelims at 13.32 seconds. Dani Hatfield was 15th in the 3,200 and 1,600 with times of 14.08.55 and 6:37.27, respectively.

— GOESSEL. Justin Fensky turned in Goessel’s best performance with a fifth-place finish in the Class 1A triple jump with a leap of 42-31/4. Ben Goering, the other Bluebird boy to qualify, tied for seventh in the pole vault at 12-6.

Trishia Fensky, the only Bluebird girl to qualify for state, did not clear the opening height in pole vault.

— MARION. Casey Nelson led the Warriors’ effort at Wichita by tying for fourth in the pole vault by clearing 14-0. Gavin Moore, the other Marion boy to qualify, placed 14th in the 3,200 meters with a time of 10:44.39.

Jessica DeForest, the only Marion girl to qualify, placed 11th in the 3,200 meters in 13:03.02.

PEABODY-BURNS. The Warrior boys scored four team points in the Class 2A competition with a fourth-place finish in the 4×100. On that team were Isaiah Eldridge, Job Hilliard, Kurt Phillips and Mario Nava.

Nava qualified for the 100-meter finals, where he placed eighth in 11.66 seconds; he had the 11th-fastest time in the 200 meters prelims at 24.29 seconds. Andrew Topham finished 10th in the 3,200 in 10:57.32 and Nicholas Whitney was 11th in the 1,600 in 4:58.72 to round out the boys’ participation.

For the girls, Jana Windsor scored three points by placing fifth in the 1,600 meters in 5:37.07. Marie Unruh finished ninth in javelin with a throw of 109-08. Brooklynn Spicher had the 13th fastest qualifying time in the 400 meters at 1:04.39. The Warriors’ 4×800 team of Windsor, Alyssa Carter, Ashley Elliott and Traci Windsor was 15th in a time of 11:04.57. -Don Ratzlaff

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