WICHITA — It has grown more and more typical that sophomore Max Blaufuss has his better throw of the javelin among his earlier attempts.
During Saturday’s KSHSAA State Track and Field Championships, Blaufuss saved his best for last. His final heave of the competition put him atop the leaderboard, albeit briefly, as he settled for second place in the 1A javelin.
“This year, I was just aiming to get on the podium,” he said, finishing one step away, in ninth, as a freshman. “I was very happy about it.”
The Olpe boys had six top-two finishes on the weekend as a whole, scoring 34 points to place fourth among 1A teams.
The 4x800 relay team of Cam Hoelting, Nolan Redeker, Derek Hoelting and Jed Cole also place second with a time of 8:32.52.
The elder Hoelting, Cam, had two other high finishes as an individual, taking third in the 800-meter run (2:01.04) and fourth in the 1,600-meter run (4:36.33). Redeker was 13th in the 1,600, but also caught the podium with his Friday eighth-place finish in the 3,200-meter run.
Carter Cox finished fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (41.51), fifth in the 200-meter dash (23.14) and 11th in the 100-meter dash (11.45).
The Olpe girls scored 14 points at the state meet, good for 16th among 1A schools.
Macy Smith took part in four events and took to the podium three times. After her fourth-place finish in the 3,200-meter run on Friday, Smith followed with a fifth place time of 5:41.49 in the 1,600-meter run as well as a 10th place finish in the 300-meter hurdles on Saturday. She also joined Adalina Scheve, Mallory Kueser and Marley Heins to take fourth in the Eagles’ 4x800 relay.
Heins also competed as an individual, placing 11th in the 800-meter run (2:34.19).
Carrie Sleezer took part in two throwing events for Olpe, placing ninth in the discus with a lead toss of 101-06 and 15th in the shot put with a high mark of 31-09.75.
Farrow finishes high jump 2nd for Madison
Madison’s Emily Farrow finished her senior year with a second-place finish in the 1A high jump on Saturday morning. Farrow cleared 5-02, the last bar that was topped, but finished the runner up as it took her third try to clear it.
Reese Farrow finished 15th in the competition, clearing 4-06.
Sydney Talkington placed 10th in the 1A shot put with a top throw of 33-11.75.
For the boys, George Gonzalez reached the podium with a seventh place time of 42.33 in the 300-meter hurdles. He was also joined by Ryan Wolgram, Austin Watts and Nasun Wasson in the 4x400 relay, which finished 12th among 1A teams (3:42.17).
Also taking the awards stand was Casey Helm, whose throw of 146-06 in the discus placed him in seventh.
Wasson placed 16th in the 100-meter dash (11.77) and the boys’ 4x100 relay team had a baton miscue and did not finish its race.
For nearby Hamilton, Kelton Buettner took third in the 110-meter hurdle finals (15.44) and tied for eighth in the high jump. He reached 40-03.25 in the triple jump to place 10th and 19-03.25 in the long jump, good for 13th.
Massey headlines Wildcats’ weekend at state track
In just her second go-around at state track, junior Khylee Massey ended up with the second-best mark in the girls’ 2A discus, reaching 124-11 for the runner up.
Out of her hand, she said she thought it wasn’t a very good throw. When the number came across the results board, however, it was proven to be quite the opposite.
“My family was cheering ... and I (wondered) why,” she said. “I (thought) I threw maybe, 115. Then the board turned around (and read 124). I was sitting in first at that point by ... an inch. It was super cool to get that feeling of hey, I can do this.”
“I’m just excited that I came out and threw my best today.”
It was the seventh best throw in the girls’ discus on the day, including all six classes.
Tanner Boyce had a pair of trips to the podium for the Northern Heights boys, finishing fourth in the 400-meter dash (51.47) and seven in the 200-meter dash (23.57). Trey Rathke took fifth in the 110-meter hurdle finals (15.65) and the 4x800 relay team of Jerrod Campbell, Ryder McGuire, Gene Finney and Taj Bailey took 13th with a time of 8:51.04.
Chase County distance relays place sixth
Both 4x800 relay teams scored points at the state meet for the Chase County track and field teams.
The girls’ quartet of Maya Eidman, Laura Koch, Belinda Scoville and Landry Hinkson was sixth with a time of 10:38.91, while the boys foursome of Owen Eidman, Brock Lauer, Cael Budke and Cory Johnson was sixth, finishing in 8:42.46.
Individually for the boys, Johnson also was 11th in the 800-meter run, while Tanner Koch took 14th in the 110-meter hurdles.
Makenzie Higgs was 10th in the 100-meter dash, crossing the finish in 13.15, while also taking part in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. The sprint group of Morgan Spinden, Higgs, Courtney Butter and Brylee Potter was 14th with a time of 53.18. The 4x4 squad of Hinkson, Scoville, Higgs and Eidman was 13th with a 4:20.99.
Eidman also competed in the girls’ 400-meter run, finishing ninth.
Carlson, Day reach the podium for CGHS
Senior Lauren Carlson took four trips to the podium at the state track and field championships to finish her high school career.
She was third in the 100-meter dash (12.44) and fourth in the 200 (26.17) as an individual.
“I was happy to make it (to state) in all four events,” she said. “I haven’t been able to do that in ... four years.
Carlson was joined by Lauren Reddick, Sanaia Palmquist and Darian Julian in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, which finished third and fourth respectively. The goal for the sprint relay had been to break the school mark.
Carlson got to see her squad do it twice in less than two weeks, as it broke the school mark at the regional meet, then sliced even more time at state.
“We’d been wanting to break our school record all year,” Carlson said.
Julian also took 14th in the long jump, reaching 14-06.25, while Abbi Good was 16th at 14-05.5. Reddick cleared 4-08 in the high jump to take 13th.
On the boys side, Tucker Day was one step from the top of the podium twice on Saturday, finishing the 3A state runner up in both the discus and the shot put. His opening heave in the disc was a 164-11, which stood as the second highest mark among the field, while his last throw of the shot put was a 50-04.25.
His throw was the eighth-best in the disc among all classes.
Other area results: Lebo’s Kyle Reese finished ninth in the 1A boys pole vault, clearing 11-06. He also took 16th in the long jump, reaching 18-06.5. Abby Peek also competed for Lebo, but didn’t record a height in the girls pole vault.
Waverly’s Megan Foster also took part in four events, placing fifth in the 400-meter run (1:00.65), eighth in the long jump, 10th in the triple jump and 12th in the 200-meter dash.