BY JIM MISUNAS
ROZEL — Pawnee Heights’ four-event 1A state track qualifier Regan Carlson is primed for an encore performance. Carlson placed fourth in the 1A 1,600 (5:41.84); seventh in the 800 (2:31.35); eighth in the 3,200 (12:41.41) and 15th in the long jump (14-10), a rare fourth event for a distance runner.
“A distance runner being able to qualify for state in the long jump is pretty rare,” said Pawnee Heights coach Rick Carlson. “I haven’t seen it happen very often. She has a good chance in making it to state in all four events again this year.”
Pawnee Heights Tiger Kade Scott, an All-state 6-man football player, placed 13th in the long jump (18-8) last year. Scott will compete in the long jump, 800, 1,600 and 3,200. He placed sixth in the 800 at regionals last year.
“Kade already exceeded his regional distance from last year at the first meet,” Carlson said, “He has a good chance at state in long jump and 800. Kade is an elite distance runner that does well in the long jump.”
Caleb Karst will compete in the shot, discus, javelin and 1,600 relay.
“Caleb has a good chance at state in the javelin,” Carlson said. “He has throw 149-0 at the first track meet, 10 feet away last year’s regional qualifying. He has the shot 40 feet, which puts him in the running.”
Dalton Hamby will compete in the shot, discus, javelin and 1,600 relay. Hamby’s best shot is (42-0) and he’ll be competitive in the javelin.
Carlson expects the girls’ 400-meter relay to competitive with Ashlee Miller, Madison Polson, Cadence Nondorf and Jaden Carlson. The boys 1,600-meter relay will feature Caleb Karst, Gage Myers, Jr. Cordero and Kade Scott.
“Both boys and girls teams should be competitive in every meet,” Carlson said. “With 11 girls, they should be able to score points. The boys have quality events that should do well at league and regionals.”
PAWNEE HEIGHTS STATE QUALIFIERS
Long jump—15—Regan Carlson, 14-10
Long jump—13—Kade Scott, 18-8
PAWNEE HEIGHTS TRACK ROSTER
Regan Carlson (long jump, 800, 1,600, 3,200); Kade Scott (long jump, 800, 1,600 relay, 3,200 relay); Ashlee Miller (long jump, triple jump, 100, 4000 relay); Katie Amspacker (shot, discus, javelin); Stephanie Hands (shot, discus, javelin); Gage Myers (800, 1,600, 3,200 relay, 1,600 relay); Tiffany Humphrey (100, 200); Jaden Carlson (long jump, shot, 200, triple jump, 400 relay); Madison Polson (long jump, triple jump, 100, 200, 400 relay); Courtney Stacey (shot, discus, javelin); Fiona Stoll (1,600, 3,200); Kylee Scott (800, 1,600, 3,200); Jr. Cordero (200, 400, 1,600 relay, 3,200 relay); Eli Knauf (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, high jump); Cadence Nondorf (high jump, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 400 relay); Dalton Hamby (shot, discus, javelin, 1,600 relay, Caleb Karst (shot put, discus, javelin, 1,600 relay)
TIGER TRACK SCHEDULE—4-3—at Ellis, 3; 4-10—at Ness City, 3; 4-17—at Plainville, 3; 4-20—at Montezuma, Rebel Relays, 3; 4-27—at Greensburg, Kiowa County, 3; 5-4—at Bucklin, Red Ace Relays, 3:30; 5-11—at Ashland, SPIAA League, 3; 5-18—1A regional, 3; 5-25-26—at Wichita Class 1A state