Wilson, Honeycutt are SEK event champs

Register Sports Editor

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Iola High’s Jazmyne Honeycutt (right middle) and teammate Kelsey Larson (left middle) are in a close finish in the 200-meter dash final at Thursday’s 2009 Southeast Kansas League Championships. Honeycutt won the race with Larson finishing second.
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Iola High sophomore Maggie Wilson goes toward the sky as she wins the 2009 Southeast Kansas League girls’ pole vault championship at Thursday’s league meet in Coffeyville.

COFFEYVILLE — Four points separated first from second at the 2009 Southeast Kansas League championship track meet. Chanute won the title with 120 points and Iola High’s Fillies were second at 116.
In Thursday’s league meet on Coffeyville’s track, the Fillies went 1-2 in the 200-meter dash final. Iola High head coach Marvin Smith and other coaches couldn’t remember the last time the Iola girls won the SEK 200-meter championship.
Junior Jazmyne Honeycutt and freshman Kelsey Larson were separated by two-tenths of a second at the finish line. Honeycutt won the race in 27.5 seconds and Larson was second in 27.7 seconds.
“I knew it was a close race but I had a burst of energy right at the end,” said Honeycutt following the win. “To have Kelsey and I go 1-2 in the race is great.”
Larson, who recorded a silver-medal performance in the 400-meter dash in 63.2 seconds, said she had talked to Honeycutt before the 200 meters about going 1-2 in the race.
“Then we did it. I had a good race and it’s great,” Larson said.
Sophomore Maggie Wilson captured the first SEK championship of the day for the Fillies. Wilson won the pole vault after taking second a year ago at the league meet.
Wilson cleared the bar at 9 feet, 6 inches.
“It’s great to be the league champion but I’m disappointed I didn’t go higher,” Wilson said.
Wilson was out for five or six weeks with a stress facture in her foot. She has been back competing the past two and half weeks. She was looking to get back over 10 feet.
Wilson and Honeycutt combined with senior Brittney Jacobs and freshman Kendra Taiclet to set a new IHS school record in the 4x100-meter relay race. The Fillies ran the race in 51.5 seconds for second place Thursday.
That broke the old mark of 51.6 seconds set in 1985 by Yolanda Williams, Carla Letsinger, Christy Alexander and Misty Mann.
The Fillies had 12 athletes earn All-SEK honors by placing in the top three of 14 events Thursday.
Senior Susan Loving took second in the shot put with a throw of 34’4” with sophomore Katlyn Cleaver in sixth at 30’4”. Loving was second in the discus at 105’10” and Cleaver was fifth at 99’10”.
Jacobs was second in the triple jump with a leap of 32’4 1/2”. She placed third in the long jump at 14’7”.
Sophomore Kirstin McGuffin was third in the javelin with a distance of 113 feet, which was her personal best. Molly Maxwell, a sophomore, was third in the high jump, clearing the bar at 4’8”. Maxwell was third in the 100-meter high hurdles in 16.9 seconds.
Honeycutt took third in the 100-meter dash in 13.3 seconds. Taiclet was fourth in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles.
Iola’s 4x800-meter relay team of sophomores Jamie Spears and Abby Works, freshman Jordan Dillingham and senior Suzanne Wood was third in 11 minutes, 13.3 seconds. The 4x400-meter relay team of Taiclet, Larson, Honeycutt and Jacobs was third in 4:20.9.
The Fillies are preparing for next Friday’s Class 4A regional track meet at Santa Fe Trail High in Carbondale.