SUNDAY. MAY 31, 1998 STATE TRACK AND FIELD THE SALINA JOURNAL Williams has role in three medals I H'" .Central sophomore ;rnedals in long jump, triple jump, 400 relay By LARRY MORITZ 'The Salina Journal ,;, WICHITA —Tammy -Williams had never competed in front of a crowd like the one ,that poured into Cessna Stadium on Saturday. She'd also never competed with the quality athletes, from top-to-bottom, that she went up against in her three events at the Kansas State Track and Field Championships. !!.."'. But all-in-all, Williams made -:her first extended experience at "the state track meet a successful one. . Williams won two individual medals and was part of Salina Central's 400-meter relay team 'that placed third in the Class 5A finals. 4 "This is my first time ever to ••get a medal at state," said 'Williams, a sophomore at Central. "I came to state last year "with the 400-relay team hut we .didn't make it to the finals." v ^Williams won her first state ; )fl r edal when she finished fourth ~'in the triple jump on Friday. . ? She was the event leader in 'Saturday's long jump after three preliminary jumps, hut ^finished second when McPher- "s0h's Lisa Chartier went past ;tier with a leap of 17-10 in the finals. ;; "I thought I did pretty good in the long jump," Williams -said. "I went 17-4% and my : best this year was 17-5%, so I'm ^pleased with what I got. I do know I was more nervous for '^the long jump than I was for ttte triple jump. My coach kept stelling me to relax, but that's 'hard for me to do when all ;these people are here." ° Central junior Christina "-Frost also won three medals Saturday. Frost joined Williams, Honesty Powell and Corina Ticking in the 400 relay .JhM placed third in 50.87. ,"„ oShe also finished fourth in the 200 dash (26.37) was also tpkrt of the Mustangs' 1,600 relay team with Tieking, Jennifer jFox and Jessica Williams, as Jhey combined for a fourth- jplQ.ce finish in 4:08.00. .* .cjessica Williams also medaled in two events, taking fifth in the 400 dash in 1:00.90. The Mustangs finished with 27 ,,team points, tying for fourth in cthe 5A team standings. :i ;;;'"Salina South's only medal at h -s.feite came from senior Alison '•Stadel in the shot put. Stadel 'placed sixth in Saturday's nie.yent with a top throw of 38-:4%. The Cougars' 3,200 relay JtSam fell one spot short of a jnedal, finishing seventh de- tspite running a season-best time of 10:10.68. Photos by KELLY PRESNELL/The Salina Journal Oakley's Cody Carter clears the next-to-last hurdle in his victory in the Class 3A 110-meter hurdles Saturday. Carter also won the 300 hurdles and the 400-meter dash. Oakley's Carter wins 3 events Plainsmen standout runs away from competition in both hurdle races, 400 meters in Class 3A By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal WICHITA — While most of his fellow 400- meter runners were off somewhere gasping for air, Cody Carter was crouching in the Cessna Stadium starting blocks hoping he could keep it together for one more turn around the track. With the physically demanding 300 hurdles directly following the open 400, there wasn't time for fatigue. So Carter simply did what he had done all weekend at the Kansas State Track and Field Championships: he left the competition in the dust. "It takes the power out of your legs, that's for sure," said Carter, whose victory in the Class 3A 300 hurdles was his third of the meet. "I was running on fumes. "I was just trying to relax, cool down and drink water (between the races). I was kind of dizzy out of the blocks. It took me about 50 or 100 meters." Carter's victories in the 300 hurdles and 400 came after he started his day with a first place in the 110 hurdles. He capped a perfect day by leading Oakley to first place in the 400 relay. It has been a breakthrough season for Carter, who signed to run track next year at Fort Hays State. Last year, he was limited to a fourth-place finish at state in the 300 hurdles. "I didn't expect to be this successful," Carter said of his medal haul. "I didn't expect the 400 to be so good." Carter had a personal best in the 400 with a time of 48.83 seconds and won the 300 in 39.09, which was .7 seconds off his best mark. Only his 110 hurdles time of 15.88, into a stiff wind, failed to push his previous standards. Oakley finished second in the 3A team race behind Riley County. Appelhans wins twice Hill City's Mike Appelhans would have liked a third state championship in the 2A sprints, but in addition to second place in the 400-meter dash he still defended his championships in the 100 and 200. "I was really happy," he said. "I knew I wanted to defend (the 100 and 200 titles). I was glad when the 400 was over with. My legs still felt pretty good (in the 200), but I was a little tired. "I felt stronger in the 100." Appelhans won the 100 in 10.97 seconds and the 200 in a meet-record 22.08. Lucas-Luray enjoys good day Lucas-Luray picked up three gold medals from three different athletes on Saturday and finished third in the 1A team standings. The Cougars got first-place finishes from Dusty Feil in the discus (168-2), Andy Bricker in the 400 (50.64) and Ben Dolton in the high jump (6-6). Hillcrest's Kade Kolman was another area winner in the 300 hurdles (40.86). Thompson, File strike gold Tony Thompson never did find the groove at state that had carried him through a stellar season in the shot put and discus. But the Beloit senior still completed a gold-medal double Saturday by winning the discus with a throw of 170 feet, 11 inches. For Thompson, who also won the 4A shot put on Friday, the discus title was his third in four years. He was second to teammate Casey Seyfert last year. And while his winning throw was well off his season best of 194-7, it was his best in four trips to state. "I'm just glad I got one in there to beat (Sabetha's Ryan) Spears," said Thompson, who edged Spears by just nine inches after beating him in the shot put the previous day. "(The throws) felt all right, I just didn't have that extra snap today. I've usually thrown around 180, but I guess I just peaked out a little early." Gary File, Thompson's Beloit teammate, also won a state title with a throw of 203-4 in the javelin. Concordia's Jake Letourneau was second at 199-0. The winning throw was File's second-best ever, but fell well short of his 216-8 last week at regionals. "It just clicked last week," File said. "I felt I could have done a little better with the wind today, I just couldn't get it to fly." With the victory, File joined his brother Darin in the record books. Darin File won three javelin championships and now competes at the University of Missouri, where he took second in the Big 12 this year. Beloit finished second in the team race with Concordia third. Barta wins 3A high jump Jade Barta of Smith Center was looking for redemption Saturday after a bad Friday, and found it in the high jump. "I'm really happy," Barta said after clearing a personal best 6-6 to win the 3A high jump. "I didn't have a good day yesterday in the long jump and triple jump, so I knew I had to come back today and do better." Barta scratched on all three preliminary jumps in the long jump Friday and failed to reach the finals in the triple jump. In 3A, Roger Philpot of Norton also was a winner Saturday, taking the shot put in 53-7. Bishop defends 800 title Smoky Valley's Tim Bishop was a double champion last year in the 4A 800- and 1,600-meter runs, but did not qualify for the 1,600 this year after an injury-plagued season. But he came back strong in the 800, winning with a season-best time of 1:53.96. In Class 5A, McPherson's Travis Stites won the 300 hurdles (39.67) and Hays' Kyle Herl the discus with a 171-9. Class 2A produced two area champions in addition to Appelhans. Nick Young of St. Francis cleared 14-0 to win the javelin and Victoria's Clint Herl won the javelin at 184-0. Ciris / St. John's Eck has another banner day FROM PAGE D1 " - Eck, the standout sophomore ftpm St. John's Beloit, enjoys the big meet atmosphere at state — so much so that she would be satisfied if the two-day event .marked the beginning and the end of the high school season. "The state meet always gets me so psyched up, I wish I could skip all the other meets and just come here," Eck said. And why not, since Eck has proven that she not only belongs ' at the state meet but seems to 'turn it up a notch once she steps ^inside Cessna Stadium. She fell a fraction of a second short of a perfect weekend Saturday, winning her specialty, the 100-meter hurdles, in the morning for her second gold medal. She later finished second in the 200 dash. Eck won the 1A long jump Friday during the opening day of competition. "That makes five gold medals for Eck in two years, repeating as state champion in the long jump -and 100 hurdles. If not for an un- "fbrtunate accident in the 300 hur- ~dles at last week's regional meet, :Eck would have likely won a ^third title this year. '' "It's too bad because I really .don't remember anything," Eck 'said of the accident. "I hit my Tiead when I fell, but I guess I came out of it pretty fast because I ran the 200 later in the meet. ;,"They said my trail leg caught ?it and I tumbled with the hurdle. "The week before in practice I had v Sophomore Lindsay Eck of St. John's-Beloit sails to victory in the Class 1A 100-meter hurdles Saturday. been working on shorter steps between the hurdles for a faster time." The regional mishap did not af- fect her approach at state. She had a 15.57 running into the wind in the 100 hurdle finals, winning by six-tenths of a second over Grinnell's Heinrich. "I just wanted to go out and do my best," Eck said. "I actually focus on the finish line and whatever happens, happens. That was the first time I've ever hit a hurdle in a race. It was hard when I saw everybody lining up in the 300 (during Friday's preliminaries), but I'll be back next year." • It was an excellent weekend in field events for a pair of Oklahoma State signees. Friday it was Russell's Andrea Holloway winning both the shot put and discus in the 4A girls competition. Logan senior Christina Triplett repeated that feat Saturday in the 1A events. Triplett broke her own 1A state record in the shot put when she threw 44-9% during Saturday's preliminaries, then topped it once more on the final attempt of her high school career with a throw of 44-11%. "That's about four feet less than my personal best," Triplett said. "I'm disappointed with the way I threw today. I just wanted to get back over the 48-foot mark. "I was very pleased with the way I threw the discus today. I took second the past two years so I think this was my year to get first in that event." It was the third year in a row Triplett set a state record in the shot put, but she won her first discus title with a throw of 129-8. • An exhausted Mary Ruggiero had only two words to say as she left the track following the 4A finals of the 300 hurdles. "I'm done." She could just as easily have said "I won," after completing the hurdle sweep Saturday. The Smoky Valley junior won both the 100 (16.03) and 300 (46.30) hurdle events. "When I was coming off the track, I knew the pain was worth it," Ruggiero said. "I came here hoping to win both events, and I don't want to sound cocky, but I didn't want to go home and say I finished second." Although her times in both events were very respectable, Ruggiero said she was probably not at her best this weekend. "I had better form earlier this year, but when you are being pushed by better people, your form kind of gets lost. You would hope by the end of the season you don't have to worry about your form." • Solomon senior Jamie Nelson closed her high school career with two first-place finishes, leading most of the way in her victory in the 1A 1,600 run, then using a strong sprint in the final 100 meters to come from behind and win the 800. A year ago Nelson ran on the heels of Claflin standout Jackie Stiles for four laps before finishing second in the 1,600. This year she took the lead early. "I like running in the lead," said Nelson, who will run track and cross country at Cloud County next year. "I don't like somebody on my tail, but I do like chasing somebody." Dickson shines in 3 sprints By ARNE GREEN Tlie Salina Journal WICHITA — Jon Dickson wasn't interested in hearing excuses. The Southeast of Saline sophomore had just placed in his third event Saturday at the Kansas State" Track and Field Championships .and all he knew was that he had no state; title to show for it. His second-place finish to Dusty ' McDonald in the 200-meter dash was his second behind the Lyndon senior, and he had a fifth place in the 400. Dickson was later disqualified in the 200 for stepping outside his lane. "I wish I could have come back to Salina with three golds," said Dickson, a sophomore who last year ' •• placed sixth in the 100 and fifth in the 200 at state. "That 400 really took it out of me today, along with -the' heat. I'm out of gas. ". "I'm tired of hearing I'm only a sophomore and have two more years. I'm pretty happy, but then again I would have liked to have ,. beaten McDonald." :,.. -'a Dickson and McDonald had the 1 ; • ' fastest preliminary times in the 100. J! and 200, but McDonald was stronger in both. McDonald won the 100 g oun »y hnug . in 11.21 seconds wUIHHJf UUJS with Dickson second in 11.33. McDonald won the. 1 " 200 in 22.24, with Dickson and Lyndon's Donald Edison close behind: Edison was awarded second place '' with a time of 22.53 when Dickson T was disqualified. Cody Carter of Oakley, a four- ' event winner, captured the 400 in, 48.83 seconds. Dickson was fifth in . 50.7. : Dickson said his near-misses would serve as strong motivation next year. "Very much so," he said. "I hope I won't hear that I'm only a junior and have one more year." ; t Central relay team second Salina Central's 3,200-meter relay team made a run at a gold medal, but Goddard's Matt Fouts had too much of a finishing kick, knocking the Mustangs into second place. Still, the Mustangs took more than four seconds off their previous best time as Adam Moos, Chris Affholder, Andy Schorn and A. J. Young ran an 8:08.85. "Everybody ran great," said Schorn, who handed the baton to Young on the anchor leg in first place. "Moose probably had a PR (personal record), Affholder did well and I think I did OK. "I tried to get us the lead. Maybe I should have gotten a better lead. A. J. did the best he could, but that guy from Goddard (Fouts) ran great. They've got a great team. Give them all the credit." Butler picks up second medal Salina South's Michael Butler, • who won the Class 5A shot put on 'Friday, nearly pulled off a double",on Saturday when he finished second in the discus with a personal best of 162-1. '', Butler's throw came on his fifth of six attempts, beating his previous best of 158-3. But Hays' Kyle Herl threw 171-9 on his fifth try as well, to win it. "He works hard," South coach Jay Edwards said of Butler, a junior who was not a factor at state in either the shot or discus last year. "He's out. there seven days a wee. I wish I had a whole team of Michael Butler's. If I did, we'd score a whole lot of points!" Cougars third in pair of relays Salina South's Ronnie Jackson . was so intent on catching Liberal's Melvin Sanders on the anchor leg of the 400-meter relay that he never saw Wyandotte's runner coming. With Jackson giving chace, Wyandotte slipped by, dropping the Cougars to third place after qualifying second in Friday's preliminaries. "I thought we ran a pretty good . race, but I guess Wyandotte snuck. up on us, said Jackson, who teamed with Luke Ross, Rob Rominger and Chris Young to finish in a season-; " best 43.26 seconds. "I had a good feeling that we ran better than yesterday. "I'm pretty happy because we still got a state medal. That was our main goal." The Cougars picked up a second relay medal in the 1,600 relay when Rominger, Brandon Ebert, Jeff Haas and Young finished third. They barely qualified Friday, posting the seventh and final time, but moved up four spots in the finals. Etc. • Salina Central also got fourth- place finishes from A.J. Young in the 300 hurdles (41.13) and Adam Moos in the 800 (1:59.36). Moos also was sixth in the 1,600 with a time of 4:38.72. • For Southeast of Saline, Daniel Craig was fourth in the 3,200 with a time of 10:23.3, and Jameon Schwarz sixth in the javelin at 177-11.
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