STATE TRACK AREA PREP GIRLS: Wycoff leads Scott City to 3rd in Class 3A girls
By BRETT MARSHALL
WICHITA — Kelly Wycoff's double-gold performance on Saturday powered the Scott City Lady Beavers to a third-place team finish in the Class 3A Kansas State Track and Field Championships at Wichita State University's Cessna Stadium.
Wycoff, who successfully defended her 200-meter dash title with a winning time of 26.49 (into the teeth of about a 15-20 mph wind), also garnered gold in the 100-meters with a time of 12.38. She came close to making it a trifecta, but came up just shy in the 400-meters, finishing second despite running a season best time of 58.14.
The Lady Beaver junior also anchored her 4x400-meter relay team to a second-place finish with a time of 4:12.91.
MeganThornburgh had an eighth place finish in the 800-meters.
Scott City's 39 points were just an eyelash behind winning Garden Plain (41.50) and runner-up Cheney (41).
The Telegram's area girls performers came up with another stellar effort on the final day of the state meet, as Hugoton's Nicole Kinser added to her state cache of gold medals by winning the Class 4A long jump, going 17-6 1/2 to win by just 1.75 inches.
Stanton County's Mauri Steimel also won her second gold of the meet, capturing the Class 2A shot put with a winning throw of 41-10, just six inches shy of her season best mark.
Cimarron sophomore Morgan Ediger claimed the Class 3A 300-meter hurdle race by posting a time of 46.64 while Lakin's Kara Simmons was third in 47.45. Cimarron's Eva Koopman was fifth in the long jump at 16-06.
Satanta's 4x400-meter relay team of Veronica Longoria, Vanessa and Valerie Caro, and Emma Stalker had an impressive victory in Class 1A, posting a winning time of 4:17.75.
Wichita County's Paige Wells closed out her stellar prep career with another heartbreaking loss in the 1,600-meters, losing by a mere .03 of a second to Lauren Harrell of Maranatha Academy. It was the second straight photo-finish setback for Wells, after coming up short in 2012 against Lincoln's Jenna Farris. Wells then posted a fifth-place finish in the 800-meters in her final prep race.
The Greeley County Lady Jackrabbits' 4x800-meter relay team of Megan Reding, Kelli and Kashli Holthaus, and Coraima Yanez took a bronze third place with a season best time of 10:19.53.
Dighton freshman Dakota Hoffman placed third in the Class 1A 400-meters with a time of 1:00.72.
Also in Class 4A, Ulysses' Jessi Arnold had a solid performance, taking third in the 300-meter hurdles (48.12) and a sixth in the 200-meters (27.45). The Lady Tigers' Chisholm Branscum was sixth in the 800-meters (2:24.90) and the 4x400-meter relay team took eighth (4:19.87).
More details and complete state meet results will be available in Tuesday's Telegram or check online at www.gctelegram.com after 6 a.m. on Tuesday.