STATE TRACK AREA PREP BOYS: Ulysses' Annis, Holcomb's Tucker claim track golds
by KEVIN THOMPSON
WICHITA — The 4-3-2-1A boys had some great moments at the state track meet at Cessna Stadium in Wichita Saturday.
Tate Annis of Ulysses ended his high school career late Saturday with a win in the 200-meter dash on the track he will call home next year as he runs as a Wichita State Shocker.
That goes along with his win in the long jump on Friday
"There's just something different about this meet. This is probably the best I've felt running-wise and jumping-wise all year ever since I was battling from that sickness (at the start of the season)," he said. "I guess it happened at a good time, didn't it?"
Annis out-ran Colton Mays of Rose Hill 22.52 seconds to 22.82.
It was also a great day for Holcomb's Heath Tucker, who won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, and for Scott City's Brenner Wells, who won the javelin with a personal best throw of 191-8.
Tucker was running even with last year's champion, Sean Newlan of Phillipsburg, when Newlan hit the final hurdle and fell to the track as Tucker crossed the line in 38.19 seconds in what Tucker described as the best race he's ever won.
Tucker also finished third in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.88 seconds and ran legs on the fourth-place 4x100 and runner-up 4x400 relays.
Scott City got a surprising first place from Wells in the javelin, taking out a defending state champion in the process.
He got the win on his first throw, and it held up to some close competition.
Teammate Joey Meyer led most of the 800-meter race before succumbing to the defending champion McNutt, but he finished second with his best time of the season, 1:58.28.
The Stanton County 4x800 relay team came in with the eighth best time left with second best on the day in 8:30.17.
Jacob Cron took the final handoff from Fabian Avelar in fourth place, took the lead after a lap before getting passed on the final curve.
The Hugoton 4x800 team improved from fourth last year to third, but they did it the hard way.
In a fast race, the Eagles stayed a consistent eighth place until the final leg when anchor Patrick Weaver passed five racers to help Hugoton to a bronze medal.
Marques Logan of Stanton County finished sixth in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.80 seconds.
Ness City was third in the 4x100-meter relay in 44.69 seconds. Sublette was eighth 47.73.
Holcomb finished fourth in the 4x100-meter relay in 44.24 seconds.
Kyle Dupree of Syracuse followed his third-place performance in the pole vault Friday with a third in the triple jump on Saturday, jumping 42-07.5. Jake Gesling of Sublette was sixth with 42-1.5.
Scott City's 4x800 relay ran in fourth place the entire race, finishing in 8:24.33.
Tyler LaSalle placed second in the 400-meter dash in 50.82 seconds behind Tanner McNutt of Humboldt.
Area boys found successes in various ways in the 1600 meter run.
Josh Mehl of Wichita County placed second in 2A in 4:28.5, a personal record. Grant Garst of Inman won in 4:25.16 after it looked as though he was going to run away with it.
In 1A, Troy Wineinger of Tribune ended his high school career by setting the school record. In the last 10 meters, his last-second charge caused him to stumble over the finish line and hit the track, but he had fourth place and broke the 31-year old school record, set by Tribune attorney Charles Moser.
For more details and complete state track meet results, read Tuesday's Telegram or go to www.gctelegram.com after 6 a.m. on Tuesday.