WICHITA — Two-for-two.
Hoisington’s Jonathan Ball matched his brother’s feat by clearing the bar at 14 feet to capture the Class 3A state title Saturday at the Kansas track meet. Brandon Ball, a wrestler at Fort Hays State, also captured the 3A pole vault title.
A third Ball brother, junior Christopher Ball, placed fourth, and has set a goal to become the third brother to win the pole vault championship next year.
“I was happy with first-place, but I wasn’t happy with the height I cleared,” said Ball, who cleared 15-63/4 in regionals at Hays last week. “The wind would pick up at our backs, then die. It gave me trouble. I had a trouble figuring out the right spot for my standards.”
Ball said he thought overall jumping conditions were favorable.
“I had a couple of good vaults I missed on,” he said. “Now, we’ll see what our younger brother can do next year.”
Jonathan Ball placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles (15.3), eighth in the 300 hurdles (42.58) and helped the Cardinals’ 1,600-meter relay to fourth (3:29.17) with a season-best time joining Christopher Ball, Cameron Davis and Brenner Donovan.
Cardinal Jocelynn Pedigo placed seventh in the discus (111-8).
The Hoisington boys scored 27 points to place seventh in 3A. The Cardinal girls scored six points and placed 25th.
LARNED 4A – Katie Fischer led Larned with a runner-up finish in the high jump (5-2). Teammate Mikayla Leiker placed ninth (5-0). Shevin Martin placed sixth in the 400 (51.15) with a season-best time. De’Shaun Clark placed 12th in the shot put (48-8).
ST. JOHN 2A – The St. John Tigers sliced 10 seconds to place runner-up in the 3,200-meter relay (8:24.25). Quincy Smith (2:02.7), Triston Long (2:08.3), Trey Fisher (2:04.6) and Jorge Calleros (2:08.3) competed on the silver-medal winning relay. Placing eighth were Chase Fisher, high jump (6-0); and Cole Kinnamon, 200 (23.21). St. John’s boys scored 10 points and placed 17th.
Bailey Burns finished fifth in the girls pole vault (9-6) and Paige Doran was 12th (8-6). The Tiger girls placed 33rd with four points.
ELLINWOOD 2A – Emporia State signee Joanna Strecker ended a highlight-filled career with an eighth place finish in the 800 (2:28.03). Drew Blake placed sixth in the 100 (11.37).
MACKSVILLE 2A – Macksville’s Jacob Rein enjoyed a strong state meet with a third in the 200 (22.8), fourth in the triple jump (43-1) and fifth in the long jump (20-81/2).
CENTRAL PLAINS 2A – Emily Ryan earned a silver medal in the high jump (5-2) and Alex Barton finished fifth (6-2). The Central Plains girls scored eight points and placed 27th. The Oiler boys scored nine points and placed 19th.
OTIS-BISON 1A – Last year’s state champion Taylor Regan placed third in the triple jump (35-8) and fourth in the long jump (16-6). The Otis-Bison girls scored 11 points to place 23rd. Blake Bahr placed fifth in the 100 (11.2)
PAWNEE HEIGHTS 1A – Four-event state qualifier Regan Carlson placed fourth in the 1,600 (5:41.84); seventh in the 800 (2:31.35); eighth in the 3,200 (12:41.41); and 15thh in the long jump (14-10). The Pawnee Heights girls scored eight points and placed 27th.
STATE TRACK FINISHERS
Discus—7—Jocelynn Pedigo, 111-8
Javelin—11—Jared Curtis, 154-2
Pole vault—1—Jonathan Ball, 14-0; 4—Christopher Ball, 13-6
Pole vault—5—Maleigha Schmidt, 10-0
110 hurdles—3Q—J. Ball, 15.24; 8Q—C. Ball, 16.12
110 hurdles—4—J. Ball, 15.3; 8—C. Ball, 15.65
300 hurdles—7Q—J. Ball, 42.05; 9—C. Ball, 42.22
300 hurdles—xx—J. Ball, 42.05
400—12—Brenner Donovan, 52.79
1,600—16—Dayne Yott, 5:01.65
1,600 relay—4Q—Hoisington, 3:33.31 (Christopher Ball, Jonathan Ball, Cameron Davis, Brenner Donovan)
1,600 relay—xx—Hoisington, 3:33.31 (Christopher Ball, Jonathan Ball, Cameron Davis, Brenner Donovan)
ST. JOHN 2A
High jump—8—Chase Fisher, 6-0
Javelin—14—Tara Nelson, 101-9
Pole vault—5—Bailey Burns, 9-6; 12—Paige Doran, 8-6
200—6Q—Cole Kinnamon, 23.51
200—6Q—Cole Kinnamon, 23.51
400 relay—13—St. John, 54.43 (Kerisa Brown, Baley Doggett, Paige Doran, Torre Fisher)
400 relay—10—St. John, 45.49 (Dorian Berisha, Quincy Smith, Jorge Calleros, Cole Kinnamon)
1,600 relay—10—St. John, 3:35.47 (Jorge Calleros, Alexis Valenzuela, Trey Fisher, Quincy Smith)
3,200 relay—2—St. John, 8:24.25 (Quincy Smith, Triston Long, Trey Fisher, Jorge Calleros)
Javelin—12—Peyton Duvall, 150-9
100—7Q—Drew Blake, 11.51
300 hurdles—13—Madelyn Hayes, 51.68
400—16—Peter Joslin, 54.28
800—xx—Joanna Strecker, 2:31.96
1,600 relay—15—Ellinwood, 4:32.09 (LaTaja Gray, Madelyn Hayes, Marie Maestas, Joanna Strecker)
Long jump—5—Jacob Rein, 20-81/2
Long jump—13—Emma Stimatze, 15-7
Triple jump—4—Rein, 43-1
110 hurdles—NT—Bryce Casper, 16.33
3,200—11—Sarah Hammeke, 13:08.07
3,200 relay—12—Macksville, 10:48.46 (Emma Stimatze, Jennifer Ortiz, Sophie Filbert, BrayLynn Anchutz)
CENTRAL PLAINS 2A
High jump—5—Alex Barton, 6-2
High jump—2—Emily Ryan, 5-2
Long jump—16—Emily Ryan, 15-4
400 relay—9—Central Plains, 52.75 (Keely Hipp, Emily Ryan, cassidy Crites, Rebecca Stratmann)
Long jump—4—Taylor Regan, 16-6
Triple jump—3—Regan, 35-8
Shot put—12—Luke Higgason, 42-11
100—4Q—Blake Bahr, 11.38
3,200 relay—15—Otis-Bison, 11:53.84 (Anjoelina Johnson, Cristen Trapp, Maddie Wiltse, Regan)
PAWNEE HEIGHTS 1A
Long jump—15—Carlson, 14-10
Long jump—13—Kade Scott, 18-6
800—xx—Regan Carlson, 2:34.04
High jump—2—Katie Fischer, 5-2; 9—Makayla Leiker, 5-0
400—4Q—Shevin Martin, 51.22
Shot put—12—De’Shaun Clark, 48-8
3,200—13—Cayden Brozek, Stafford, 10:52.36