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Otis-Bison taking seven to state
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The Otis-Bison High School track and field team qualified seven athletes for the Class 1A portion of the state track and field meet on Friday and Saturday at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium.
At the top of the list is freshman Annie Kraisinger, who qualified in three separate events.
Kraisinger will be making her first trip to the state meet in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, as well as the 300 hurdles.
“She has been really good all year long,” Otis-Bison head coach Travis Starr said. “She runs those events very well. She narrowly missed qualifying in the 100 hurdles.”
Janel Tammen qualified in three events as well, the discus, shot put and javelin.
“She’s starting to peak over the last couple of track meets,” Starr said. “She has really gotten very consistent in the javelin and discus. The consistency in those events have really helped her. In the shot put, she’s been steady all year.”
Jake Crottinger qualified for the 100 dash with a first-place regional time of 11.64. He also qualified as one of the legs of the 4x100 relay.
“He’s had a little bit of a hit injury, kind of a pulled muscle,” Starr said. “He’s been to state before, but he missed last year because of injury. He’s had a few injuries, but I think he is back to 100 percent now.”
Matt Crottinger, Mike Hlavaty and Cody Tuzicka are the other three legs of the relay.
Hannah Bannister took second place at the regional meet in the triple jump with a leap of 33 feet, 1 3/4 inches.
“She really started getting better at the league meet and the meet before that,” Starr said. “She didn’t have her best jump in the regional meet so hopefully she can get it back up to where she has been the last couple of meets for state.”