BY JIM MISUNAS
SALINA – Great Bend Panther Kaiden Esfeld (1:56.98) posted his career-best 800-meter times, the second-best time in Kansas at Friday’s Salina Central Track Invitational.
Esfeld also won the 1,600 (4:34.19) and Madison Regehr won the 300-meter hurdles (40.45). The Panthers won the 1,600-meter relay (3:28.01) with Oliver Dominguez, Esfeld, Alex Galindo and Regehr. Regehr finished second in the 110-meter hurdles (16.28).
“Both teams performed really well. Kaiden Esfeld brought home three gold medals, including the second-fastest 800-meter time in the state,” said Great Bend track coach Lyles Lashley. “I couldn’t be prouder of Madison Regehr. He’s worked hard and lowered his PR in the 300-meter hurdles from 44 seconds to 40.45, top five in the state. Kaiden, Regehr, Alex Galindo and Oliver Dominguez win an exciting 4-by-4 relay.”
The 6A Manhattan Indians (125) edged the Panther girls (1181/2) for the team title, but the Panthers geared up for next week’s Western Athletic Conference meet with superior performances.
Makenzie Premer won the 100 hurdles, 15.69 and 300 hurdles, 46.7. Emma Loomis won the 800, 2:29.86. The Panthers swept the 1,600-meter relay (4:08.52) with Eliana Beckham, Sadie Spray, Emma Loomis and Premer; and the 3,200-meter relay (10;10.3) with Loomis, Diane Alvarez, Cassie Ellegood and Beckham.
Runner-up finishes were earned by Spray, 300-meter hurdles, 47.59; and Taryn Warren, shot put, 36-4.
“Highlights included Kenzie Premer winning both hurdles and senior Emma Loomis winning her second-ever career individual gold medal,” Lashley said. “Kenzie and Emma teamed with Eliana Beckham and Sadie Spray to lower their state leading 4-by-4 time. Eliana Beckham, Emma Loomis, Diane Alvarez and first-timer Cassie Ellegood won the 4-by-8 in a state-leading time. By the end of the night, we were sixth. That’s what great weather does.”
SALINA CENTRAL INVITATIONAL
GIRLS TEAM SCORES—1—Manhattan 125; 2—Great Bend 1182/2; 3—Salina Central 94; 4—McPherson 55; 5—Hays 48; 6—Junction City 40; 7—Buhler 39; 8—Salina South 361/2; 9—Dodge City 30; 10—Nickerson 18; 11—Hutchinson 8
GREAT BEND GIRLS RESULTS
100m hurdles—1—Premer, 15.69; 6—Spray, 16.82
300m hurdles—1—Premer, 46.7; 2—Spray, 47.59
800m—1—Emma Loomis, 2:29.86; 4—Diaz, 2:32.47
1,600m—3—Diaz, 5;35.06; 5—Boone, 5:43.55
1,600m relay—1—Great Bend, 4:08.52 (Beckham, Spray, Loomis, Premer)
3,200m relay—1—Great Bend, 10:10.3 (Loomis, Alvarez, Ellegood, Beckham)
High jump—3—Luna, 5-2; 4—Spray, 5-2
Shot put—2—Warren, 36-4
Javelin—2—Blessing, 118-10; 4—Nachtigal, 112-0
GREAT BEND BOYS RESULTS
110m hurdles—2—Regehr, 16.28
300m hurdles—1—Regeher, 40.45
1,600m relay—1—Great Bend, 3:28.01
Triple jump—5—Dominguez, 42-8
Javelin—3—Mathew Moeder, 151-2