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Panthers gear up for largest high school meet in nation
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WICHITA— In just a two day span over 3400 competitors from across Kansas will vie for a state championship in their respective classes at this weekend’s Kansas State Track and Field Championships.

All six classes will congregate this Friday and Saturday at Wichita State’s Cessna Stadium and Great Bend will feature 24 of those 3400 hopefuls.

“This will be a great experience for our athletes,” said coach Todd Kaiser. “You have all six classes and over 3,000 athletes competing at the same site.  No matter what class it might be, we’re going to see some outstanding performances this weekend.”  

In the running events and the 4x100 and 4x400 relays the top eight will advance to the finals round on Saturday. All field events will be competed as finals.

Events get underway for Great Bend on Friday afternoon, May 29. Jayce Brack and Zane Pierce will represent the Panthers in the shot put which begins at 1:15 p.m. Brack will then head to the discus ring at 3 p.m. Jeffery Muiruri will participate in the 110 meter high hurdles and 300 meter intermediate hurdles at 2:30 and 4:45 Friday. Muiruri will join Cal Marshall, Antonio Carrasco and Ty Yager at 6:25 that evening for the 4x400 meter relay.

In other boys events, Cal Marshall, Trey Hurd, Yager and Andrew Morss will compete in the 4x100 meter relay at 3:15 p.m. Friday. Yager is scheduled to compete in the 400 meter race at 3:55 p.m. Kerby Depenbusch will run during the nightcap in the 3200 meter scheduled for 7:20 p.m. Depenbusch’s race Friday night will be marked as a final.

In Friday’s girls events, Camryn Dunekack will race in the 400 meter at 3:35 p.m. LaCora Bryant will participate in the 200 meter at 5:15 p.m. Dunekack, Baleigh Fry, Macy Moyers and Kaylan Lagerman are scheduled to compete in the 4x400 relay at 5:55 p.m. In field events, Kate Warren is slated to compete in the shot put at 6:30 p.m. while Shelby Tracy works in the long jump also at 6:30.

Saturday’s girls competition begins at 8 a.m. with Dunekack competing in the high jump. Warren is scheduled for the discus at 9:45 a.m. In the girls 4x800 relay, Mariah Stein, Fry, Moyers and Lagerman will team up at 10:30 a.m. Lagerman will then run in the 800 meter scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

On the boys’ side for Saturday, Eric Vasquez, Mason YellowWolf, Quinton Elliot and Isaiah Davis will run in the 4x800 relay at 11:40 a.m.


Dunekack-400 meter (3:45 p.m.-Sat.)
Bryant-200 meter (5:50 p.m.-Sat.)
Dunekack, Fry, Moyers and Lagerman-4x400 relay (6:30 p.m.-Sat.)


Muiruri-110 meter high hurdles (10 a.m.-Sat.)
Marshall, Hurd, Yager and Morss-4x100 relay (3:20 p.m.-Sat.)
Yager-400 meter (4:05 p.m.-Sat.)
Muiruri-300 meter intermediate hurdles (4:45 p.m.-Sat.)
Muiruri, Marshall, Carrasco and Yager-4x400 relay (7 p.m.-Sat.)

Kaiser paid tribute to the departing seniors.

“For our seniors, it’s a great finish to the contributions they have made to our track program during their four years at GBHS,” Kaiser said.

“Jayce has the opportunity to earn two more state competition medals in the shot put and discus. He’s had a great career at GBHS and will be hard to replace,” he said. “He’s moving on to compete on the track team at Kansas State University and is going to be a great addition to their program.”  

“For Zane, I was happy to see him qualify for the state meet his senior year,” said Kaiser. “He’s been a steady performer throughout his career at GBHS and the state meet is going to be a great experience for him to end his track and field career.”  

“Ty and Antonio have both been steady performers for us in the running events throughout their career at Great Bend,” said the coach. “They have both earned medals at the state meet in previous years and they both have the opportunity to earn a few more at this year’s state meet.  They are both moving on to continue their track and field careers at Barton Community College wear they will both be nice additions to that program.”  

“Mariah has been a steady performer for us throughout her cross country and track career at GBHS.  he’ll be competing on our 4 x 800 relay that has a chance of medaling at state this weekend.”  

Stein will join Carrasco and Yager at BCC this fall as part of the cross country and track and field teams.