By JIM MISUNAS
WICHITA — State track qualifier Camryn Dunekack leaped straight from the pool to the high jump pit.
The Great Bend high jumper competed in four state swimming events when she hopped on a plane to Liberal Friday. One hundred minutes and 313 miles later, Dunkekack cleared a career best 5-foot-3 to qualify in the Class 5A state high jump. She flew back to Topeka Friday night.
Camryn’s mother Tatum put together a plan where she could compete in state swimming and track the same day.
“I hadn’t thought about it, but she told me that we should try this,” Camryn said. “I said OK.”
Dunekack said she was surprised when surprised when she achieved personal bests in all four swimming events, then cleared a career best high jump height.
“‘Wow — Camryn I didn’t know you could do that,’ ” she told herself. “I was surprised as anyone. Considering I had two meets in one day and performed my best — that was tough, but it was fun. It’s requires a lot mentally. It helps my confidence.”
The 5A girls high jump starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at Wichita State University. Mill Valley’s Megan Eckman (5-4) has a better high jump than Dunekack (5-3).
Hurdler Jeffery Muiruri (39.79) is ranked fourth in the 300-meter hurdles behind leader Noan Green of Blue Valley Southwest (37.04). He’s signed to run track at Hutchinson Community College. Muiruri was elimimated by a false start at regionals in the 110-meter hurdles.
“I ran my season’s best time. I set a goal to run in the 39s and I did that,” he said. “My season has gone really good. I want to move into the top three. I wish I would’ve made it in the high hurdles, but it does allow me to focus more on the 300 hurdles.”
Running with Muiruri on the 1,600 relay (3:30.79) are Nick Reed, Trey Hurd and Mason YellowWolf. The 400-meter relay team of Ramses Lopez, Trey Hurd, Nick Reed and Muiruri also qualified (43.59).
Double regional champions LaCora Bryant and Kerby Depenbusch led Great Bend’s 15 qualifiers for the Class 5A state track meet at Wichita. Bryant captured the 100 (12.34) and 200 (26.41). Depenbusch won the 1,600 (4:34.76) and 3,200 (10:09.39). Depenbusch joined the winning 3,200-meter relay (8:29.05) with Eric Vazquez, Quinton Elliott and Mason YellowWolf.
“We have quite a few entries who have an opportunity to get on the podium,” said Great Bend coach Todd Kaiser. “LaCora Bryant has a great shot in the 100 and 200. Kerby Depenbusch has a chance in both of his races, especially in the 1,600, if he runs his fastest times. Our relays have a chance if they run their personal best.”
Other qualifiers are Trey Hurd, 200 (23.82); Eric Vazquez, 800 (2:03.06); Kate Warren, shot put, (36-6), discus, (124-4); the 1,600-meter relay (4:16.72) of LaCora Bryant, Baleigh Fry, Macy Moyers and Kaylan Lagerman) and the 3,200-meter relay (10:14.13) of Macy Moyers, Karen Razo, Baleigh Fry and Kaylan Lagerman.
GREAT BEND STATE QUALIFIERS
100m—5. LaCora Bryant, 12.34
200m—6. LaCora Bryant, 26.41
1,600m relay—13. Great Bend 4:16.72 (Bryant, Baleigh Fry, Macy Moyers, Kaylan Lagerman)
3,200m relay—13. Great Bend 10:14.13 (Moyers, Karen Razo, Fry, Lagerman)
High jump—2. Camryn Dunekack, 5-3
Shot put—9. Kate Warren, 36-6
Discus—6. Kate Warren, 124-4
200m—16. Trey Hurd, 23.82
300m hurdles—4. Jeffery Muiruri, GB, 39.79
800m—14. Eric Vazquez, 2:03.06
1,600m—12. Kerby Depenbusch, 4:34.76
3,200m—13. Depenbusch, 10:09.39
400m relay—6. Great Bend, 43.59 (Ramses Lopez, Hurd, Nick Reed, Muiruri)
1,600m relay—13. Great Bend 3:30.79 (Muiruri, Hurd, Mason YellowWolf, Reed)
3,200m relay—10. Great Bend, 8:29.05 (Depenbusch, Vazquez, Quinton Elliott, Mason YellowWolf)