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Nineteen state-bound
Class 5A State Track & Field Championships
spt kp Anthony Valenzuela
Great Bends Anthony Valenzuela practices for the triple jump during practice on Tuesday. - photo by Kevin Price Great Bend Tribune

Check out the state qualifiers link on the Kansas State High School Activities Association website for the upcoming Class 6-1A state track and field championships, which is set for Friday and Saturday at Cessna Stadium on the Wichita State University campus.
The KSHSAA needs to update its state listing for the 5A boys’ pole-vault competition.
Then again, maybe it’s the height Chris Burley of Great Bend is destined to clear this weekend in Wichita.
Burley won a regional championship last Friday at Salina District Stadium, clearing a personal-best mark of 15 feet, six inches, breaking his old mark of 15-0.
Nick Meyer of Bishop Carroll cleared 16-0 last Friday in a regional at Carroll. His best jump this season is 16-8. Ranked No. 2 is Burley, who narrowly missed three times at 16-0.

• Heavy medal toll
Great Bend is taking 19 athletes to the state meet, including multiple-event performers Kole Stiner (800-meter run, 1,600 run and 3,200 relay), Jayce Brack (javelin and discus) and Burley (pole vault, 400 relay). Other Panthers competing individually include Chon Chavez (regional champion in the 3,200 run), Nick Warren (discus), Elijah Conner (pole vault), Anthony Valenzuela (triple jump) and Christian Graham (1,600). Relay members in the 400 include Burley, Antonio Carrasco, Darian Yager and Ty Yager. The 3,200 relay includes Stiner, Ky Heeke, Richard Lara and Cristian Garcia. ... It’s quality, not quantity, for the Lady Panthers, who have five individual qualifiers, including regional champions Selam Ball (pole vault) and Kaylie Doll (triple jump). The other three are Shelby Tracy, a second-place regional finisher in the long jump, along with Hannah Middleton (pole vault) and Kaylan Lagerman (800 run).