The Great Bend High School is taking 19 individuals to compete at the Class 6-1A state track and field championships today and Saturday at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium.
Selam Ball and Kaylie Doll are the highest-seeded athletes for the Lady Panthers.
Both won 5A regional titles, Ball in the pole vault and Doll in the triple jump.
Ball sits at 10 feet as the third seed heading into the state meet. Mill Valley’s Emily Brigham is the vaulter to beat at 13-1.
Doll is the fourth seed with a jump of 36-3 3/4. Top-seeded Oasis Hernandez of Emporia qualified with a jump of 38-1 1/2.
Also representing the Lady Panthers is Kaylan Lagerman in the 800-meter run, Shelby Tracy in the long jump and Hannah Middleton in the pole vault.
Middleton qualified with a vault of 9-6. She’s the sixth seed in the event.
Tracy is the 10th seed, qualifying with a jump of 16-0 1/4. Brigham is the top seed with a distance of 19-4.
Lagerman is the 12th seed at 2:31.22. Bishop Carroll’s Katherine Dillard is the No. 1 seed with a time of 2:19.85.
On the boys’ side, Kole Stiner qualified in three events — the 800 run, the 1,600 run and as a leg of the 4x800 relay team.
Stiner is seeded 13th in the 800 and 11th in the 1,600. He combined with Ky Heeke, Richard Lara and Cristian Garcia for a 12th seed for the 4x800 relay.
Christian Graham joins Stiner in the 1,600 run as the 16th seed.
Chon Chavez, who won a regional title in the 3,200 run, is seeded 11th in the event.
Jayce Brack is a two-event qualifier as the No. 2 seed in the shot put and the No. 4 seed in the discus.
Nick Warren joins him in the discus as the No. 5 seed.
Anthony Valenzuela is the 15th seed in the triple jump.
Chris Burley, who is seeded second in the pole vault, joins Antonio Carrasco, Darion Yager and Ty Yager on the 11th-seeded 4x100 relay team.