Kate Fielder led the Eagles at the state meet with a silver medal in the 100 meters. The junior posted the second fastest time in the preliminaries at 12.81 seconds, then came back in the finals with a time of 12.66. Jamya O’Quinn of Moundridge won the gold medal with a time of 12.42.
Fielder also qualified for the finals in the 200 meters with the fourth-fastest time of 26.66. In the finals, she finished eighth in 27.53. O’Quinn won the gold medal in 25.99.
In her senior season, Maddie Snow qualified for the finals of the 400 meters by running a 1:01.80 time in the prelims. In the finals, she posted a faster time of 1:01.47 to finish seventh.
The winning time was 58.17 by Aubrey Donley of Lincoln.
In field events, Tia Moddelmog placed eighth in high jump. She cleared 5-feet but was tied with four jumpers who cleared the same height. She was awarded eighth based on missed attempts.
Skyler Saunders of Valley Heights, with fewer misses, took first with a height of 5-4.
Moddelmog also competed in triple jump and placed 11th with a distance of 33-4.75. Kayla Smith of Valley Heights won the event at 38-10.25.
For the boys, Colin Williams placed 13th in the 1600 meters with a time of 5:01.83. Hadley Splechter of Yates Center won the race in 4:28.33.
Colgin Kinser placed 15th in triple jump with a distance of 38-1.25. Jacob Rein of Macksville won the gold medal with a distance of 45-1.5.
Senior Kate Basore struggled in the javelin throw, her signature event, at Wichita. Basore’s best throw was 100 feet, 4 inches, which placed her 15th in the field of 16.
“Kate struggled with the javelin in a way she had not since she was learning the event as a freshman,” said Cougar coach Alex Stahlecker. “She failed to reach the finals and ended her career on a disappointing note.”
Madison Lueger of Centralia won the event with a distance of 144-2.
Despite a disappointing state meet, Basore ends her Centre career with three straight Wheat State League championships in javelin—and the league record. She also achieved two straight regional championships and two state medals: seventh as a sophomore and third as a junior.
Xavier Espinoza qualified for the finals of the 100 meters with an 11.61 time in the preliminaries, which was the sixth-fastest time qualifying time.
The Cougar junior came back in the finals to post a time of 11.53 in the finals, earning the sixth place medal. He becomes the first Centre boy to medal at the state track meet since 2010, when Trevor Troutt placed fourth in the discus.
Lane Peters of Scandia-Pike Valley won the 100-meter gold medal with a time of 11.06.
In long jump, Espinoza registered a leap of 18-7, which was his only measured jump—alongside two fouls—and kept him from advancing to the finals, even though he was only 3 inches away from advancing.
Kylar Williams of Stockton won the even with a leap of 21-10.25.
Centre’s third state qualifier, sophomore Aidan Svoboda, placed 16th in the 1600 meters in 5:15.14.
“Aidan ran his fastest first 800 of the season and was on pace for a good time, but he struggled his way home as the pace and the heat took their toll on him,” Stahlecker said.
David Lutgen of Beloit-St. John won the race in 4:28.25.
Stephany Meyer, the lone state qualifier this season, placed 10th in 2A long jump. The junior registered a distance of 15-6. The winning distance by Kate Allen of Heritage Christian Academy was 17-3.
Sarah Spencer was the only representative of the Peabody-Burns track and field to make it to the state meet. A freshman, Spencer placed 16th on (Saturday) with a time of 14 minutes, 52.5 seconds.
Autumn Princ, a sophomore from Sylvan-Lucas won the race with a time of 12:05.05.