November 28, 2014

Plank, Wait win state track titles at Wichita

GEHS junior Danie Plank won her third straight state javelin title with a throw of 138-2 inches at the 6A tournament in Wichita May 26. Teammate and senior Ashlee Bilhimer finished third with a throw of 132-11.  Submitted  photo

Danie Plank (javelin) and Cassie Wait (pole vault) won state titles helping Gardner Edgerton High School bring back a third-place trophy from the 6A state track and field meet at Wichita’s Cessna Stadium, May 26.
Wait, a junior, broke the 6A state meet record in the pole vault clearing 12’7½”. That erased the old standard of 12’6″, set by Drue Davis, a 2006 Lawrence Free State graduate.
Wait won the state 5A vault as a freshman, but missed state as a sophomore because of a foot injury.
“I missed pole vaulting and it was great to get the chance to prove myself again,” said Wait.
Equally impressive was Plank, who captured her third straight javelin title with a throw of 138’2″. Maize freshman Keiryn Swanson opened the competition with an excellent throw of 137’11″ but had to settle for second place.
“There was a lot of pressure since I had won two times,” said Plank. “The competition was a lot harder.”
Blazer senior Ashlee Bilhimer finished third (132’11″).
Third-place awards went to Hannah Schneider with a shot put toss of 38’10″ and Kyla Martin, who cleared 5’4″ in the high jump. Natalie Mitchell tied for third in the vault clearing 10’6″.
Martin also placed fifth in the 200 meters in a time of 26.45 and seventh at 100 meters in 12.43.
Martin anchored the 400 relay to a seventh-place finish in an excellent time of 50.09. She teamed with Taylor Claybon, McKenna Douglass and Wait.
“To bring back a third-place team trophy in our first 6A state meet is impressive,” said Coach Larry Ward.
Olathe East won the title by a 69.5-51 margin versus runner-up Lawrence Free State. GEHS had 48 points for third.

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