Wilson is 4A regional pole vault champ

Iola qualifies nine for state track meet

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

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Up and over is Iola High sophomore Maggie Wilson as she clears 10 feet at last Friday’s Class 4A regional track meet hosted by Santa Fe Trail High School near Carbondale. Wilson is the regional champion and on her way back to state pole vault competition this coming weekend in Wichita.
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Iola High junior Ethan Fulton (left) is in stride with Paola High’s Joe Stephens early in the 110-meter high hurdle final race at last Friday’s Class 4A regional meet hosted by Santa Fe Trail High School near Carbondale. Stephens pulled ahead late to win with Ethan Fulton in second place and his brother, Aaron Fulton in fourth, as they qualified for the state track meet this weekend in Wichita.
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Kelsey Larson, Iola High freshman, runs in the 400-meter dash at last Friday’s Kansas Class 4A Regional track meet hosted by Santa Fe Trail. Larson took fourth and qualified for state.
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Iola High junior DarinHutton, seen here throwing at the Southeast Kansas League meet, qualified for the Class 4A state track meet in the discus. He was fourth at the regional last Friday.
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Iola High sophomore Kirstin McGuffin, seen at the Southeast Kansas League meet, qualified for the Class 4A state track meet in the javelin. She placed fourth in the event at last Friday’s Class regional track meet.

CARBONDALE — Maggie Wilson is just hitting her stride on the pole vault runway. Wilson wasn’t able to compete most of the 2009 track season because of a stress facture in her foot.
A week before it was the Southeast Kansas League championship. Last Friday, it was for a second trip to the Kansas Class 4A State Track Meet.
Wilson captured a 2009 4A regional pole vault championship in the meet hosted by Santa Fe Trail High. Wilson was among the nine athletes Iola High qualified for state competition.
“I vaulted better than last week at league. I’m disappointed I didn’t get over 10’6” or 11 feet today but being regional champion is a good feeling,” Wilson said.
Wilson, a sophomore at IHS, didn’t have a miss in the regional competition until the 10 feet, 6 inch height. She started in at 8’6”.
Wilson and second-place finisher Allison Hoover of Eudora both vaulted over the 10-foot bar.
And neither cleared 10’6” but Hoover had misses, especially at 10 feet, that allowed Wilson to take the gold medal.
Wilson was third a year ago at the regional. She holds the Iola High girls’ pole vault record at 10’6”, which she made at last year’s state track meet.
“I’m looking forward to going back to state and improving on my placing,” Wilson said. She earned a sixth-place medal.
Iola High juniors Ethan and Aaron Fulton — twin brothers — ran second and fourth to qualify in the 110-meter high hurdles. Ethan battled the state’s top hurdler in Class 4A, Joe Stephens of Paola, until the end.
Stephens won the race in 14.55 seconds. Ethan Fulton was second in 14.90 seconds. Aaron Fulton placed fourth in 15.67 seconds.
Aaron Fulton also qualified for the state meet in the javelin. He was third with a throw of 168’10”.
Junior Darin Hutton placed fourth to qualify in the discus, with a throw of 121’4”.
Sophomore Kirstin Mc-Guffin will be going to her first state track meet. McGuffin used a personal-best throw of 117’10” to place fourth in the girls javelin.
Also going to her first state track meet is freshman Kelsey Larson. Larson qualified by taking fourth in the 400-meter dash in 1 minute, 2.52 seconds.
Larson combined with junior Jazmyne Honeycutt, senior Brittney Jacobs and sophomore Molly Maxwell to qualify in the 4x100-meter relay race. The Fillies’ foursome had a time of 52.35 seconds.
Iola had a couple of near misses along the way Friday in regional action.
Senior Keith Bateman lost out by an inch of qualifying in the triple jump. He was fifth at 42’71⁄4”. He also was 13th in the long jump at 18’2”.
Hutton took sixth in the shot put at 44’91⁄2”. Senior Drew Lower was sixth in the discus at 121’5” and Ethan Fulton placed sixth in the javelin at 160’10”
Ethan Fulton had to turn around after running the 110-meter high hurdle final and run the 100-meter dash final. He finished eighth in 11.75 seconds.
The Mustangs’ 4x100-meter relay team of Bateman, E. Fulton, junior Shane Snavely and senior Chad Rourk took seventh. Their time of 44.94 seconds was seventh at the meet but it put that four on the IHS honor roll at eighth place.
“That’s how tough our regional was,” said Marvin Smith, IHS head track coach.
“Other teams loaded their 4x800-meter relay teams up with good milers.”
Iola’s 4x800-meter relay team led after three legs but got left behind late in the race. It took sixth in 8:43.87. Senior Joel Tidd and juniors Ryan Weir, Seth Browning and Aaron Cheung ran the race.
Freshman Roman Yocham ran eighth in the 1600-meter run in 4:577.84. Browning was ninth in the 800-meter run in 2:05.79.
Combining for ninth in the 4x400-meter relay race were Bateman, Tidd, Weir and Snavely.
Junior Nate Pope finished 12th in the 3200-meter run in 10:55.01.
Senior Kyle Carswell was 13th in 11:00.87.
For the Fillies, Larson was fifth in the 200-meter dash in 27.72 seconds. Maxwell placed seventh in the 100-meter high hurdles in 17.48 seconds.
Freshman Kendra Taiclet was 14th in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 53.29 seconds.
Sophomore Abby Works was 13th in the 800-meter run in 2:50.72.
Maxwell cleared the bar at 4’10” for sixth in the high jump. Jacobs made the finals of the long jump and placed eighth with a leap of 15’21⁄4”. She also was eighth in the triple jump at 32’91⁄4”.
Senior Susan Loving placed fifth in the discus with a throw of 106’5” while sophomore Katlyn Cleaver in eighth place at 96’6”.
Loving was sixth in the shot put at 33’61⁄2” and Cleaver was ninth at 30’23⁄4”.
The Fillies’ 4x400-meter relay team of Honeycutt, Jacobs, Larson and Taiclet was ninth in 4:29.23.
The nine qualified for the state meet go to Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium for the 2009 state track and field championships Friday and Saturday.
A state meet schedule will be in the Register Wednesday.