Gardner Edgerton High School will be well represented in this weekend’s 6A state track and field meet in Wichita.
Fifteen boys and 10 girls posted qualifying marks at the May 18 Olathe 6A regional and will make the trek to state at Wichita’s Cessna Stadium, May 25-26.
“Overall, I was real pleased with our performances at regional,” said Coach Brian McGee. “We got an excellent group qualified and ready to compete.”
For the boys, Ryan Weisenburger led the way with a regional pole vault title. The senior leaped a personal best 15’2″ to win the event. Teammate Ben Carpenter tied for second in the event clearing 13’6″ and will make the trip to state.
Second-place awards went to Matt Mayeske who set a new junior class record with a 15.17 clocking in the 110 meter hurdles. Marcus Williams qualified in the same event with a season best and third-place timing of 15.25.
Colton Pevehouse qualified in the long jump with a second place and season best leap of 22’1″. Anthony Seymour’s fourth-place leap of 21’8″ also qualified.
Third places went to Dewey Molenda who finished third at 800 meters in 2:01.4. Mayeske added third-place points in the 300 hurdles with a time of 41.25 while Tim Seymour took fourth in 41.5.
Earning a third place in the 400 relay was the foursome of Williams, Marcon Waters, Jaylon Radel, and Pevehouse in a new school record time of 43.36.
Radel added fourth-place points in the 100 meters in a new sophomore class recordo f 11.22. Jacob Fretz took fourth with a season best shot put of 48’3″. Riley Craig took fourth inn javelin with a throw of 160′.
Another fourth place came from the 1600 relay of Tim Seymour, Waters, Mayeske, and Luke Fischer in a time of 3:28.3.
Just missing state qualifying marks were Zach Hickman (fifth, high jump, 6’4″) and Bryan Plank (fifth, discus, personal best 135’5 ½”).
Equally impressive were the Lady Blazers who accumulated 96 points and took second to four-time defending 6A champion Olathe East.
A 1-2-3 sweep in the javelin led the way. Dani Plank took first with a 140’6″ throw. Ashlee Bilhimer was second with 135’10″ and Jessica Cisneros, third with 131’5″.
Right behind came pole vault points from Cassie Wait, first place with a 12’10″ clearance – number two on the all-time Kansas list. Natalie Mitchell took second clearing 12’0″.
Kyla Martin had another big day placing first in the high jump with a personal best leap of 5’6″. She took second at 100 meters in a new school-record time of 12.26 – erasing Kelly Hancock’s record. She took third at 200 meters in 26.28 and she anchored the 400 relay of Taylor Claybon, Cassie Wait and Makenna Douglass to fourth in a season best 50.09.
Plank qualified in three events; winning the javelin with a throw of 140’6″; third in the discus (personal best 111’4″) and fourth in the shot put (37’5″).
Senior Hannah Schneider re-set her shot put school record at 41’6″ to win a regional title.
“We will have a great group competing at state and hope to give Olathe East a run,” said Coach Larry Ward. “It should be another great meet.”
Competition gets underway at 8 a.m. on May 25 with the girls pole vault. The top seven in each event medal.