The SHS track team is already making a statement this year only three meets into the season. At the Wichita State University Shocker Prestate Challenge on April 13, the Black Bears had 13 athletes competing, with four who competed in the 1-6A elite division. Freshman Tyus Wilson placed second in elite high jump (6-05.5), junior Grace Rowland placed third in elite triple jump (35-10), senior Lexi Edwards placed eighth in elite 100M hurdles (15.82), and senior Taya Wilson placed 11th in 100M hurdles (16.24). In addition, Rowland won the 1-3A long jump, sophomore Brady Myers won the 1-3A triple jump, and freshman Kayla Morris won the 1-3A high jump.
“I kind of zoned everybody out,” Myers said. “Not really meaning to, but I just zoned all the coaches out and stuff and just focused on what I needed to do and what I thought was different.”
This focus is something that is hard to achieve, since the meet is the largest of the year outside of the state meet. With athletes from over 70 teams competing over two days, the challenge brings on a new level of performance.
“Some of the competition changes, but it’s nice to see some of the same competitors there from year to year and get to compete against them specifically at that track meet,” Rowland said. “They have different divisions, but they have an elite division that includes anybody, so I got to jump against people from Garden City, Dodge City, Andale, schools that I normally
wouldn’t get to jump against except at this meet. It’s really nice to see different sides of competition.”
In addition to the competition, the Shocker Prestate Challenge gives athletes a glimpse at state and where they stand. With six meets left before regionals, however, there is still a lot of room for even more improvement.
“I’m looking forward to getting better and building bonds with everyone, and seeing where we go as a team,” Edwards said. “I’m excited to see where the year takes us. It would be awesome to get a lot of people to state and see everyone there. We only have a couple returners, and a lot of new people. Having them see state and keep performing well throughout their high school years would be awesome.”
Other results from the Shocker Prestate Challenge:
100M Dash, Myers, 13th, 11.98; Alan Anderson, 24th, 12.26
110M Hurdles, Ty. Wilson, 5th, 16.99
800M Run, Max Dutton, 14th, 2:12.55
400M Relay, A. Anderson, Black Richter, Hans Anderson, Myers, 10th, 46.77
1600M Relay, H. Anderson, Richter, Dutton, A. Anderson, 10th, 3:48.13
Long Jump, Myers, 6th, 19-05.25
Triple Jump, Myers, 1st, 41-0.5
Javelin, Richter, 3rd, 143-04; H. Anderson, 10th, 135-0
100M Dash, Edwards, 3rd, 12.83; Esmerelda Castillo, 15th, 13.62
200M Dash, Shelby Drier, 13th, 29.45
300M Hurdles, Morris, 2nd, 49.10
400M Relay, Rowland Drier, Castillo, Edwards, 2nd, 51.55
High Jump, Morris, 1st, 4-09.75; Drier, 3rd, 4-07.75;
Long Jump, Rowland, 1st, 16-01; Alaina Madden, 5th, 15-0