Wildcats, Eagles earn medals

Register Sports Editor

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Yates Center High sophomore Brae Adams takes a turn in the discus ring at Saturday’s state track meet in Wichita. Adams earned the seventh-place medal in the Class 2A girls discus.
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Uniontown High’s Abbie Smith (1533) goes for it in the air in the Class 2A long jump. Smith finished second at the state meet Saturday in Wichita.
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Yates Center High’s Dylan Sicka (3662) runs the Class 2A 1600-meter race in which he earned the fourth-place medal at the state track meet Saturday.

WICHITA — What a difference a year makes.
Yates Center High sophomore Brae Adams went from finishing 16th, or last, at state as a freshman to capturing a medal in the Kansas Class 2A girls discus. Adams along with Uniontown High senior Katie Spainhoward medal-ed in the event.
Spainhoward was 13th a year ago. She claimed the sixth-place medal with a throw of 119 feet, 4 inches. That was a personal best and set a UHS girls school record.
Adams, who has the Yates Center school record in the discus, was the seventh-place medalist. She had a throw of 111’7”.
“I thought it was a great accomplishment to make that improvement,” said Adams about her rise from last to eighth. “I was really happy to make it back to state this year and to medal. It felt good to be on the medal stand.”
For Spainhoward, it was a double-medal final fling at the Kansas High School All-Class State Track and Field Championships. She had been there before but never earned a medal.
“It was really exciting to set a school record and medal at state on the same throw,” Spainhoward said of her sixth-place finish in the discus. “That was special.”
Spainhoward also took the sixth-place medal in the 2A girls shot put Saturday with a throw of 36 feet. She said she went from being a 33-foot thrower to a 36-foot thrower in the event “with the help of my coaches” this season.
“Being a senior and taking two state meet medals was great. I went into the meet wanting to reach the medal stand and I did, twice,” Spainhoward said.
Uniontown junior Colt Bartlett was the first medal winner in Class 2A from the Register area high schools. Bartlett took seventh in the boys shot put on Friday morning.
“It’s pretty good for my first year in track and my first year at state,” Bartlett said of his throw of 44’ 21⁄2” for a medal. “I was just hoping I wouldn’t screw up.”
Yates Center junior Dylan Sicka qualified for the state meet in all three distance races. He admitted he struggled in running the 3200-meter race Friday morning, finishing 11th in 10 minutes, 36.36 seconds.
Back on the Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium track Saturday, Sicka earned two top 10 finishes in his other two races.
First came the 1600-meter run. Nine seconds separated first through seventh place finishers. Sicka held off Scott McCracken of Maranatha Academy at the finish line to capture the fourth-place medal. Sicka ran the race in 4:37.68 and McCracken was fifth in 4:38.03.
Sicka was back on the track later for the 800-meter run. He earned the fifth-place medal in another tight race. Sicka’s time was 2:01.07 and Mark Mock of Washington County took sixth in 2:01.43.
“In the 1600-meter I was unbeaten in it all season but I wished I had had some strong competition in some of those meets to push me. I did run my fast final lap — 67 seconds — at the state meet,” Sicka said.
“I was hoping to win the race but fourth is all right. I have next year.”
Sicka said he was disappointed in his 3200-meter run on Friday. He said he planned to work hard over the summer and put in a lot of milage to be ready for the long distance run next year along with his cross country running in the fall.
“This is the first year I’ve run the 800. I really don’t know how to run it and try to sprint the whole way. I’m pleased with fifth in it and running 2:01,” he said.
Uniontown junior Abbie Smith had the top distance in Class 2A long jump for the season. Smith said she was looking to win the event at the state meet.
“But I’ll take second. The girl who won it went over 17 feet on her final jump. I wasn’t having my best day of jumping at state and didn’t get out far enough,” Smith said.
Smith, who was third in the event at state last year, won the silver medal with a leap of 16’7 1/4”.
“I wasn’t even expecting to qualify for the finals in the hurdles,” Smith said. “After the qualifying heat, I felt confident going into the final. The thing about the hurdles is to do it the same every time. I had a good run in the finals.”
Smith went from not qualifying for the finals a year ago to taking a third-place medal in 2009 100-meter high hurdles for Class 2A. She ran the race in 16.15 seconds.
Humboldt High and Marmaton Valley High each had competitors at the state track meet but did not medal.
Here are the other area competitors and results in Class 2A.
Girls: 3200-meter run-14. sophomore Raquel Hill, Humboldt, 13:41.09; triple jump-16. sophomore Mercedes Trollope, Marmaton Valley, 26’ 10 1/4”; javelin-14. freshman Jacy Ermel, Uniontown, 94’7”; 300-meter intermediate hurdles preliminaries-12. Abbie Smith, Uniontown, 53.10, 15. freshman Haley Bedell, Yates Center, 58.29; 200-meter dash preliminaries-15. sophomore Emily Aikins, Uniontown, 27.92; 100-meter dash preliminaires-10. Aikins, Uniontown, 13.53.
Boys: discus-10. Colt Bartlett, Uniontown, 126’8” 12. senior David Shank, Uniontown, 124’4”; long jump-junior Ben Dixon, Uniontown, 18’5 1/4”; 100-m dash preliminaries-15. junior Nick Miller, Humboldt, 12.06; 200-meter preliminaires-12. Dixon, Uniontown, 23.81; junior David Van Hoose, Yates Center, 24.20; 300-meter intermediate hurdle preliminaies-11. junior Donnie Bennett, Yates Center, 42.80, 13. junior Kurtis LaRue, Marmaton Valley, 43.92, 16. senior Scott Sollars, Humboldt, 48.40; 110-meter high hurdle preliminaries-10. Bennett, YC, 16.13, 12. senior Chris Winner, Humboldt, 16.81, 16. LaRue, MV, 16.80; 400-meter preliminaries-11. senior Jacob Pennuto, Yates Center, 52.70; 4x400-meter relay preliminaries-14. Yates Center (Bennett, Pennuto, Dylan Sicka, senior Joe Tressler), 3:44.71.