WICHITA – St. John’s championship trio defended their title in the 1A 3,200-meter relay at the state track championship.
The Tigers’ veterans Cashe McVey, Mason Osborne and Trey Fisher joined newcomer Eddy Calleros to first-place (8:23.9) in the 3,200-meter relay, a stunning 37 seconds better than regionals. The Tigers beat runner-up Olpe (8:32.52) by 81/2 seconds.
It marked a perfect finish for seniors McVey, Osborne and Calleros. Every runner performed their best race of the season on the state stage.
“It’s pretty special to win state titles in back-to-back years,” Fisher said. “That’s really hard to do.”
McVey punched through traffic to lead off with a solid start to give Calleros the lead.
“I ran my best 800 of the season,” McVey said. “I started strong going through. I finished strong. I’m so blessed to have my teammates on my team.”
Calleros was next up with the task of keeping the race close against runner-up Olpe Academy for the Tigers’ final two runners.
“I felt like that was my best time of the year,” Calleros said. “I had to stay with him. I wasn’t going to let him stretch it out.”
Osborne, St. John’s multi-sport standout, used his natural-born talent to overcome the lack of day-to-day track training after playing golf this spring. He handed Fisher the baton in first place.
“It went really good. I ran a smart race,” Osborne said. “The guy ahead of me started slowing down, so I passed him. It gave Trey confidence I had the lead. It gave me a boost when I held the lead.”
Fisher knew things were good when he held the lead.
“It meant the world to me that I could trust these guys to give me the lead,” Fisher said. “I got off to a great start and held them off. I always run hard that first lap and it’s gut-check time the second lap.”
Ellinwood’s Ashtin Klepper placed fourth in the 800 (2:25.09), improving 31/2 seconds. Erin Hammeke placed fifth in the 3,200 (12:28.59). Madison Ward finished fifth in the shot put (37-53/4) and discus (117-7).
Hoisington’s Samantha Colson placed fifth in the 300 hurdles (16.01).
Macksville’s Brook Smith finished fifth in the high jump (5-0). Pawnee Heights’ Dalton Hamby placed fifth in the shot put (46-21/2).
St. John’s Darby Smith finished fourth in the 1,600 (5:41.12). Erin Crissman placed fifth in the triple jump (34-71/2).
1A CENTRAL PLAINS
3,200—12—Cole Lamatsch, 10:47.96
3,200 girls relay—9—Central Plains,10:43.7 (Hannah Redetzke, Callie Zink, Jennah Jeffrey, Monica Short)
200—13—LaTaya Gray, 27.78
800—4—Ashtin Klepper, 2:25.09
1,600—8—Erin Hammeke, 5:38.75
3,200—5—Erin Hammeke, 12:28.59
Shot put—5—Madison Ward, 37-53/4
Discus—5—Madison Ward, 117-7
100 hurdles—5—Samantha Colson, 16.01; 9—Bailey Sanders, 16.51
300 hurdles—10—Bailey Sanders, 49.37
400 relay—10—Hoisington, 44.95 (Cade Mason, Chase Robinson, Xavier Robinson, Wyatt Pedigo)
3,200 relay—14—Hoisington, 8:50.48 (Ian Doss, Dayne Yott, Mason Haxton, Dylan Richards)
Long jump—1—Xavier Robinson, 21-21/4
Triple jump—2—Xavier Robinson, 44-81/2
Pole vault—3—Maleigha Schmidt, 10-6
1,600—14—Brayden Lothman, 4:47.04
Long jump—8—Brock Skelton, 20-4
Triple jump—4—Brock Skelton, 43-0
High jump—6—MaKayla Leiker, 5-0
200—16—Karson Waters, 24.35
300 hurdles—14—Cleven Huggins, 42.85
1,600—13—Abigail Ibarra, 6:05.92
1,600 boys relay—13—Macksville, 3:42.67 (Michael Seward, Cleven Huggins, Harley Blaske, Karson Waters)
High jump—5—Brooke Smith, 5-0
Long jump—10—Jayce Kohls, 19-91/2
Shot put—14—Luke Higgason, 42-113/4
1A PAWNEE HEIGHTS
400—10—Kade Scott, 53.4
800—6—Jaden Carlson, 2:29.23
Long jump—7—Jaden Carlson, 16-23/4
Shot put—5—Dalton Hamby, 46-21/2
3,200—15—Cayden Brozek, 10:53.78
1A ST. JOHN
200—14—Mason Osborne, 24.21
400—7—Trey Fisher, 52.29
800—16—Cashe McVey, 2:11.81
1,600—4—Darby Smith, 5:41.12
1,600—16—A.J. Miller, 5:03.44
1,600 boys relay—4—St. John, 3:34.16 (Trey Fisher, Joel Ortiz, Cashe McVey, Mason Osborne)
1,600 girls relay—11—St. John, 4:20.54 (Erin Crissman, Paige Doran, Payton Meyer, Darby Smith)
3,200 boys relay—1—St. John, 8:23.9 (Cashe McVey, Eddy Calleros, Mason Osborne, Trey Fisher)
Triple jump—5—Erin Crissman, 34-71/2
Pole vault—7—Paige Doran, 8-8