Gardner Edgerton High School is home to the fastest boy and girl in the Eastern Kansas League (EKL).
Last weekend, Taylor Claybon and Jaylon Radel won EKL titles in the 100 meter dash. In the girls’ race, Claybon took the top spot with a time of 12.91 seconds. Radel crossed the finish line in first place in 10.97 seconds. The times were personal bests for the senior sprinters.
“These senior competitors have worked extremely hard in our speed/sprint program over the years, and that hard work paid off Friday night,” GEHS Coach Brian McGee said in a release.
The GEHS girls’ track squad finished the league meet in second place. In addition to Claybon’s championship, four other lady Blazers took championships.
Hannah Culberston won the EKL title in the discus. Abbie Buie took the top spot in javelin, Lauren Strick brought home a gold medal in the shot put, and Kayla Burcham is the EKL pole vault champion.
In addition to his league championship 100-meter run, Radel also ran the anchor leg on the 400-meter relay. His speed in the final leg nearly erased a 20-meter deficit and helped the GEHS relay team to its seasonal best time of 43.34 seconds – earning them a silver medal in the process.
McGee said the team had high hopes for the 1600-meter relay squad.
“However, events did not work in our favor as we sustained some key injuries and were forced to scratch the relay,” McGee said.
In addition to the top finish from Radel in the 100-meter dash and a second-place finish from the 400 meter relay squad, several other Blazers earned points for the GEHS boys’ team.
Connor McGuire took second in the pole vault. Traezon Henderson took fifth place in the 100-meter dash; Andrew Sprague earned a fifth-place in the discus; Kyle Stubler tied for fifth in the pole vault; Greg Bacon took fifth in the 300-meter hurdles; Jared Bartlett placed sixth in the javelin; and Marcus Gilmore took eighth place in the 100-meter dash.
The Blazer boys’ team took last place in the league meet.
“I believe this will serve as motivation for our young team to gain toughness and to secure an intimidating work ethic moving forward,” McGee said. “We will improve.”
Regional track and field will be at Blue Valley High School beginning on May 23. The top four places in each event will advance to the state championships in Wichita.