Distance races owned by area athletes at Fredonia Relays

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

FREDONIA — Dylan Sicka solidified his place as one of the top distance runners on the track in southeast Kansas Friday at the Fredonia Relays. The Yates Center High junior swept the distance races for the small school division of the annual track meet hosted by Fredonia High School.
Sicka won the 3200-meter run in 10 minutes, 58.2 seconds and claimed the gold medal in the 1600-meter run in 4:56.2. Joining Sicka in those two races was Humboldt High senior Andy Hill. Hill ran third in the 1600 in 5:14 and fourth in the 3200 meters.
For the first time, Sicka had the opportunity to compete in the 800-meter race because of the meet schedule, according to YCHS head coach Dan Berg. SIcka ran a personal-best time of 2:06 for the gold.
Humboldt High sophomore Raquel Hill defended her 3200-meter run championship at Fredonia. She won the race in 13:52 plus took the silver medal in the 1600-meter run in 6:20.
Yates Center’s Donnie Bennett owned the boys’ hurdle races Friday. Bennett opened the day winning the 110-meter hurdles in 16.5 seconds. Later, Bennett posted a personal-best time of 43 seconds to take first in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles.
Bennett and Sicka combined with Joe Tressler and Jacob Pennuto to win the 4x400-meter relay in 3:42. Tressler ran a personal-best 11.7 seconds in the 100-meter dash preliminaries then placed sixth in the final in 11.8 seconds.
Tressler finished fifth in the 200-meter dash in 25.5 seconds. Pennuto placed fifth in the 400-meter dash in 55.75 seconds.
The Wildcat 4x800-meter relay ream of Austin Knobloch, Roy Anderson, Brent Rice and Dylan Reser combined for a fourth-place time of 10:57.5.
“The 4x800 is made up of young people and they are scoring which is great and they will grow into the event,” Berg said. “We decided to go with veterans on the 4x400-meter relay after our home meet. They responded well.”
Yates Center’s Wildcat girls had a gold-medal performance of their own. Haley Bedell ran the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in a personal-best time of 54 seconds. Bedell ran fifth in the 100-meter high hurdles in 21.27 seconds.
Cherokee Schaffer earned the silver medal in the 400-meter dash in 71.9 seconds. Schaffer took sixth in the high jump at 4 feet, 2 inches. Emily Leach finished sixth in the discus with a throw of 81 feet.
“The girls did fantastic. Emily competed in really tough throwing conditions in which very few people actually got marked,” Berg said. “All of our kids are doing great. We need to focus toward the tougher meets ahead.”