Fillies capture second at Paola track meet

Register Sports Editor

PAOLA — Forced to halt competition six events shy of a complete track meet, Paola High officials called it a done deal.
On Thursday, Iola High’s Fillies and Mustangs were moving through events at the Paola Invitational when stormy weather rolled in to stop action. Paola made a decision late Friday morning to not reschedule to run the final six running events.
“That was good for our girls but bad for our boys,” said Marvin Smith, Iola High head track coach. “The girls were just about out of competitors and our boys had a chance to score points in the 300 hurdles, the 800 and 3200 meter runs.”
So with the final results in — the Fillies claimed second place in the girls’ division with 52 points. Louisburg was first with 65.5 points and Eudora took third with 45 points. There were 13 schools involved.
Paola won the boys’ division with 97 points followed by Louisburg with 74 and Pittsburg with 51. The Mustangs scored 37 points for fourth place.
Brittney Jacobs led the way for the Fillies. Jacobs was a double gold-medal winner. She had a winning jump of 15 feet, 7 1/2 inches in the long jump. She took first in the triple jump at 32’4 3/4”.
“Brittney had excellent jumps with a strong cross wind coming over the runway,” Smith said. “It was windy and cold.
“I told our kids on the bus that I don’t like going fishing with a coat on and I don’t like to be at a track meet with a coat on.”
Iola placed three in the girls’ high jump. Molly Maxwell and Jazmyne Honeycutt both jumped 4’6” but Maxwell was fourth and Honeycutt sixth. Kelsey Larson took seventh at 4’4”.
Susan Loving placed fifth in the shot put with a throw of 31’2 3/4”.
On the track, the Fillies had a silver-medal performance from Honeycutt in the 100-meter dash. Maxwell got edged out in the 100-meter high hurdles.
Maxwell ran a personal-best of 17.45 seconds and finished third. Nordquist of Louisburg was second in 17.43 seconds.
Honeycutt, Larson, Jacobs and Kendra Taiclet combined for third place in the 4x100-meter relay race. Iola’s time was 53.58 seconds.
The Fillies’ 4x800-meter relay team of Larson, Jordan Dillingham, Abby Works and Jamie Spears placed sixth in 11 minutes, 56.17 seconds.
Iola’s girls are without Maggie Wilson, who competes in the pole vault and sprints. Wilson is out with a stress fracture, Smith said.
The Mustangs’ lone gold medal of the meet came in the discus. Darin Hutton won the event with a throw of 134’2” and teammate Drew Lower was fifth at 111’8”.
Hutton took third in the shot put with a toss of 43’9 1/4”. Ethan Fulton placed fifth in the javelin with a throw of 144’9”.
On the track, Ethan Fulton was the silver medalist in 15.39 seconds. Aaron Fulton finished seventh in 16.92.
Iola’s 4x800-meter relay team of Joel Tidd, Ryan Weir, Seth Browning and Aaron Cheung was third in 9:06.
Iola High’s junior varsity athletes compete at Chanute Monday.
Iola will host a varsity triangular track meet with Chanute and Humboldt Friday. The home meet begins at 4 p.m. at Riverside Park stadium.