Eleven boys and 12 girls will represent Gardner Edgerton High School after posting qualifying marks at a 6A regional in Olathe last week.
‘We are real excited with the number of kids qualified for the state meet,” said Coach Brian McGee. “We are looking forward to some outstanding efforts.”
Teamwise, the Lady Blazers finished second to Olathe East while the boys gathered up just enough points for fourth place in the standings.
For the boys, senior Matt Mayeske led the way with regional titles in the 100 and 300 hurdles. Mayeske raced to a 14.5 clocking in the 100 hurdles and posted a time of 40.37 in the 300 race.
Equally impressive was senior Travis Reed who won the regional javelin title with a season best 174’-1 inch effort.
“Travis won the title on his last throw and all his hard work paid off,” said McGee. “I was real proud of his effort.”
Anthony Cisneros will join Reed in the state javelin arena after posting a third place effort of 168’-11 inches. On a sad note, senior Riley Craig fell just short of a return appearance in the javelin ’with a non-qualifying mark of 160’.
Senior Ben Carpenter qualified in the pole vault with a 14’-6” clearance. The other silver medal belonged to Jaylon Radel who qualified with a season best 100 meter time of 10.99. Radel is only the second Blazer boy to clock under 11.0 on the event.
The days most pleasant surprise came from the 400 relay of Mayeske, Marcon Waters, Radel and Traevohn Wrench who qualified with a fourth place time of 43.01.
The 1600 relay of Mayeske, Dakota Steuber, Waters and Dalton Shump earned a trip to state with a fourth place time of 3:28.
On the girls side, seniors Danie Plank and Cassie Wait led the way with regional titles.
Plank won the javelin with a throw of 147’, took second in the discus with an effort of 113’ and took third in the shot put with a heave of 37-9”.
Wait nearly no heighted in the pole vault clearing the opening mark of 10’ on her third and final attempt. Wait regrouped and once again emerged regional champ with a 12-4” clearance.
Silver medal qualifiers included Natalie Mitchell with an 11-0’ clearance in the pole vault and Jill Starling with a season best javelin throw of 124’-7 inches. Earning third place in the discus was Kyra Burcham. Fourth place efforts came from Jessica Cisneros in the javelin and Abby Buie in the pole vault.
On the track, the 3200 relay of Sierra Coen, Miranda Tenove, Katie Groshong and McKenzie Scoggin finished fourth in a season best time of 10.02.
The Blazers will compete in the state meet at Cessna stadium in Wichita May 24-25. For the first time, medals will be awarded to the top eight placers in each event.