Cassie Wait and Danie Plank closed their high school track careers in record setting fashion May 25-26 at the Kansas state track and field championships at Cessna stadium in Wichita.
Wait broke her own state-meet record and won the 6A pole vault title with an all-class record clearance of 13- feet, 2 inches. She won the 5A title as a freshman and 6A title as a junior. She missed the state meet as a sophomore because of a foot injury.
“I was very confident and the crowd helped me a lot,” said Wait. “This was my last state meet, and I wanted to end on a good note. This makes everything in the last eight years I have been vaulting for pay off.”
Equally impressive was Plank who completed a career sweep in the javelin with a gold medal throw of 146- feet, 9-inches. She became only the second girls javelin thrower in Kansas to win four straight state titles.
“It feels great to win” said Plank. “I don’t think it has set in yet that this was my last state meet. I don’t get to come back next year.”
Another success story came from Jessica Cisneros who barely made finals and then uncorked a third place javelin throw of 129-feet, 9 -inches.
“She went from ninth to third placed with some excellent throws,” said Coach Brian McGee. “I was so proud of her effort.”
Natalie Mitchell tied for third place in the pole vault clearing 10-feet, 6-inches and Abby Buie finished sixth clearing 10-feet. Plank also placed sixth in the shot put with a heave of 37-feet, 7-inches.
The 3200 relay of Miranda Tenove, Sierra Coen, Katie Groshong and McKenzie Scroggin finished10th in a time of 10:08. Kyra Burcham finished 11th in the discus with a toss of 110-feet.
On the boys side, senior Ben Carpenter closed his pole vault career in style with a third place effort of 14-feet. Anthony Cisneros saved his best for state unloading a fourth place javelin throw of 174-feet, 5- inches. It was the sixth best javelin throw in Gardner Edgerton High School history.
“Anthony kept working hard all season and came through with an excellent effort,” said McGee.
Senior Matt Mayeske raced to eighth place medals in the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles and Travis Reed finished just out of the medals with a ninth place javelin throw of 162-feet, 3- inches.
Jaylon Radel slipped out of the blocks and had to settle for eighth place with a 100 meter time of 11:08.
Teamwise, the boys gathered enough points for 18th place, while the Lady Blazers settled for fifth place in the standings.
“Overall, it was a good season and we have a talented group returning,” McGee added.