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Area teams excel at Class 1A state track meet
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Macksvilles Adam Oak, at left, who finished second in two individual events at the state track meet in Wichita, runs the final leg of the 4x400-meter relay. - photo by Kevin Price Great Bend Tribune

WICHITA — Macksville High School’s Adam Oak, who qualified for state in four events, took home a silver medals in the 200-meter dash and the 300 hurdles.
Oak took sixth in the 110 hurdles, timing in at 16.13.
“Adam just had an outstanding meet,” Macksville head coach  Jennifer Gillespie said. “He was the state runner up in the 200 and the 300 hurdles. You can’t complain about that.
“He had a tough race in the 110 hurdles. He hit a hurdle and went first to eighth in a blink of an eye, but he was still able to pull ahead of a couple.”
Oak qualified for the finals in the 300 hurdles with a time of 40.75, the 200 dash with a time of 23.44 and the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.60.
“The kids came in and competed,” Gillespie said. “We had several personal bests throughout.”
Macksville’s 4x400 relay, which included Efrain Lopez, Andrew Wendland, Seth Filbert and Oak, advanced to the final heat by winning its heat of the preliminary race on Friday.
The relay team combined for a time of 3:35.12 in the prelims.
The Mustangs finished in eighth place in the finals on Saturday.
Filbert took fourth place at the  state meet on Saturday in the 1,600, finishing at 4:38.87.
“I am very proud of how Seth Filbert did in the mile,” Gillespie said. “He broke our junior class record in the event, and he really ran well this weekend.”
The Mustangs’ Tanner Tranbarger finished in 13th place in the 300 hurdles after the preliminary race on Friday with a time of 44.03.
Lady Mustangs’ javelin thrower Megan Wood finished in fifth place with a distance of 122 feet, five inches on Saturday.
“Megan had a personal best distance in the javelin,” Gillespie said. “She finished in fifth place, but there was only two and a half feet between first and eighth I think. So she did very well in close competition.”
Derek Bevan took ninth place in the discus with a hurl of 134-2 and 14th place in the shot put, reaching a distance of 40-6 1/2.
Dakota Allison took eighth in the javelin, throwing for a distance of 153-5.

St. John
Teresa Wade left the state track meet with a silver medal in the shot put after reaching a distance of 37-2 3/4.
St. John head coach Trish Wade said that she was disappointed in her throw, but she was relieved at the same time.
“She wasn’t happy with her distance,” Trish Wade said. “You know, she threw a 39 last year. I think the stress of losing her best friend (Jeffery Gleason, who died in the tornado on Tuesday). It was emotional and she was exhausted.
“She was disappointed but relieved. She has another year. So that’s good.”
St. John’s 4x100 relay team, Pat Prescott, Gabe Olivier, Kinser Crissman and Kevin Norton, won its heat in the preliminary race on Friday with a time of 44.83.
The Tigers took second in the finals heat with a time of 44.94, missing first-place finishers Axtell by five-tenths of a second.
“They took second place,” Trish Wade said. “They came in with the best time, but that didn’t mean much becuase I think the top six teams were .6 seconds apart.
“It was a close race. The boys did a great job.”
Norton took fourth place in the 100 dash with a time of 11.45. He qualified for the 100, finishing with  a time of 11.37 in his preliminary heat.
“Kevin was just amazing this year,” Trish Wade said. “He had a horrible start in the 100, but he was still able to get fourth place.
“His starts have just been money all year. So I think it was a little shocking. He was disappointed, but I was pleased with how he did.”
The Lady Tigers’ 4x800 relay team, Dani Wendland, Jaime Waters, Tia Smith and Taylor Woodward, took sixth place at state with a time of 10:24.37.
Woodward finished in 16th place in the 3,200 run, crossing the finish line at 13:26.51.
Wendland took sixth place in the 400 dash with a time of 1:02.91. She advanced to the finals in the 400 dash with a prelim time of 1:01.49.
“She came in excited and pumped,” Trish Wade said. “She had goals coming in and she met them. She made the finals and ended up on the podium.
“She was pleased, but she was still disappointed with her times.”
Haley Falk took 14th place in the long jump with a distance of 14-5.
“I think the kids did a great job,” Trish Wade said. “They went out there and competed. Under the circumstances, I think they had a great meet.”

Otis-Bison’s Annie Kraisinger took fourth place in the 200 with a time of 26.87, along with fifth place in the 100 dash on Saturday with a time of 12.93.
Kraisinger missed qualifying for the finals of the 300 hurdles with a time of 51.07, but she did make the finals in the 200 dash, crossing the finish line at 27.81.
“Annie Kraisinger, she’s a freshman runner, and she ended up medaling in two events for us,” Otis-Bison head coach Travis Starr said. “She ran a real nice event for us in the 200. She set a school record in that race.”
She ran a 12.94 in the 100 preliminary heat.
The Cougars’ 4x100 relay team, which consists of Matt Crotinger, Mike Hlavaty, Cody Tuzicka and Jake Crotinger, qualified for the finals with a time of 45.49.
The team finished in fifth place on Saturday, crossing the finish line at 45.78.
“(The meet) wasn’t too bad for us,” Starr said. “I was happy with how it turned out. We had some kids that didn’t quite do as well as we’d hoped, and we had others who did better than we expected. It was just ups and downs.
“We were in nine events and we medaled in five. That’s pretty good.”
Jake Crotinger took sixth place in the 100 dash on Saturday, clocking in at 11.49.
“Jake ran well in both the 100 and his leg of the relay,” Starr said. “He’s definitely solid for us on his leg of the relay. All of the relay team did well. The hand offs  were very consistent.”
Janel Tammen took fifth place in the discus with a distance of 108-6.
Tammen finished in 10th place in the shot put after missing the finals with a distance of 33-10 1/4. She also took eighth place in the javelin, reaching a distance of 119-3.

Quivira Heights
Skyler Turner was the top finisher for Quivira Heights.
He took 11th place in the javelin with a distance of 146-2.
The Lady Thunderbirds’ girls’ 4x400 relay team, made up of Julee McAtee, Brooke Burton, Kinsey Phelan and Lindsey Woodmansee, finished with a time of 4:27.78 in the preliminary race on Friday.
“We finished were we were sitting going into the meet,” Quivira Heights head coach Dustin Robison said. “The girls did all they could. Skyler threw alright, but the conditions weren’t great for him.
“The girls 4x4 ate 20 minutes before they ran. The meet was running an hour ahead of schedule, and they had just ate when they made the announcement for their event.”
Quivira Heights’ girls 4x800 relay finished in 12th place with a time of 11:02.49.

The Trojans’ pole vaulter Chris Lowe took sixth place on Saturday morning in the Class 1A state track and field tournament in Wichita.
He reached a height of 12-6.
Dustin McClure finished in eighth place in the 800 run on Saturday, finishing at 2:03.92.
“Going in, both the kids were right in the middle of the pack,” Stafford head coach Merlyn Spare said. “We knew we were in the middle of the hunt. Dustin ran a new all-time best rime.
“We were there. We competed well. These guys are young, and they will be back again. They’ll be ready to compete next year.”