Lancer, Titan athletes on to state

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

MADISON — Crest High and Southern Coffey County High had track athletes qualify for 2009 Kansas Class 1A State Track competition by placing in the top four at last Friday’sregional track meet hosted by Madison High School.
Southern Coffey County’s Shelby Birk was the regional long jump champion. She won the event with a leap of 16 feet, 23⁄4 inches.
Birk also qualified in the triple jump with a third-place distance of 32’41⁄2”. Teammate Ashton Guden-kauf was fourth in the event at 31’9”.
Birk and Gudenkauf combined with Kristen Garland and Laurie Ohl to take the gold medal in the 4x100-meter relay race. They posted a time of 52.74 seconds.
The same foursome for the Lady Titans posted a second-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay race. Their time was 4 minutes, 24.27 seconds.
Jenna Witteman and Kristin Stephens, both of Southern Coffey County, went second and fourth in the 200-meter dash. Witteman’s time was 27.23 seconds and Stephens was clocked in 28.01 seconds.
Crest High’s lone girl qualifying for the state meet was Amanda Strickler. She placed second in the javelin with a throw of 110’10”.
Crest High’s boys were led by Todd Johnston, who took second in the long jump at 19’ 73⁄4”. Johnston also was fourth in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 43.49 seconds.
Brandon Newton earned the silver medal in the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.51 seconds. Dustin Davis-Jones was fourth in the 3200-meter run in 11:07.30.
Brandon Newton and Johnston combined with Bryan Newton and Tanner Strickler to place second in the 4x100-meter relay in 45.61 seconds. Micah Smith joined Brandon Newton, Johnston and Strickler for second in the 4x400-meter relay race in 3:41.25.
Southern Coffey County’s Justin Shields qualified in three individual events. He was second in the 400-meter dash in 53.38 seconds, third in the 100-meter dash in 11.29 seconds. Shields plac-ed fourth in the long jump at 19’13⁄4”.
The Titan 4x400-meter relay team of Travis Bryan Jordan Clark, Colin Kraft and Colt Newkirk was third in 3:42.06.
The Kansas High School All-Class State Track and Field Championships are this Friday and Saturday in Wichita at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium.
Others from the two schools who competed at the regional meet but did not qualify for state were:
Girls: 100-m dash-6. Kristin Stephens, SCC, 12.38; 200-m dash-6. Laurie Ohl, SCC, 29.09’ 1600-m run-5. Kristen Garland, SCC, 5:58.24; 3200-m run-5. Italy Loving, Crest, 14:10.28; high jump-6. Ashton Gudenkauf, SCC, 4’6”; shot put-6. Amber Tinsley, Crest, 27’4”; discus-5. Amanda Strickler, Crest, 95’9”; javelin-6. Katelyn Rogers, SCC, 99’9”, 7. Shayla Stephens, Crest, 97’9”.
Boys: 100-m dash-6. Trevor Smith, SCC, 11.49; 200-m dash-5. Tanner Strickler, Crest, 23.37; 800-m run-6. Travis Bryan, SCC, 2:16.82; triple jump-5. Strickler, Crest, 38.5”; javelin-5. Nathan True, SCC, 152’6”, 6. Dakota Ramsey, Crest, 147’9”; discus-7. Jake Tinsley, 111’10”.