In a rewarding weekend at the Kansas State High School Activities Association’s state track and field championships in Wichita, Montgomery County track athletes brought home medals and several state titles.
Here is a brief rundown of the medalists from Montgomery County high schools. Complete details will be printed in the June 5th issue of the Montgomery County Chronicle.
• The Caney Valley High School boys’ track team had its best-ever performance at a state meet, securing 49 team points to finish in fourth place in the class 3A division.
• Two Caney Valley boys took the top two medals in the discus and shot put events. Kenny Brown won the state title in the shot put (56 feet, 3.5 inches) while Levi Wyrick was the silver medalist at 54 feet, 6 inches.
Wyrick would win the discus throw (172 feet, 5 inches) while Brown would be less than two feet behind (170 feet, 7 inches) to claim second place overall. Wyrick’s gold medal marks the second one he has earned in the discus event in his high school career.
• Nic Camper, a Caney Valley senior, moved into the status of legend when he won his third state championship in the boys’ high jump. Camper won the event with a mark of 6 feet, 6 inches — the same height he attained at the state championships in 2012 and 2013.
• Camper also placed in the triple jump with a distance of 42 feet, 8 1/4 inches.
• The Field Kindley High School girls’ track team placed third in the class 4A division with 42 team points. Meanwhile, Independence girls were a few paces behind with 32 team points — good enough for fifth place overall.
• The Field Kindley High School boys’ track team placed fourth in the class 4A division with 33 team points.
• The girls’ 4×100 meter relay teams at Field Kindley and Independence have been rivals throughout the season. However, Independence got the faster step when it finished the 4×100 meter relay in second place at 50.01 seconds (trailing Kansas City-Piper, which finished with 49.70 seconds). Just a mere half step behind Independence was Field Kindley, which finished in third place. IHS team members are Tyra Welch, Shalei Matthews, Shania Vannoster and Kalei Vannoster. FKHS relay team members are Randee Johnson, Andrea Newton, Amunique Downing, and Devin Cosper.
• The Independence girls’ 4×400 meter relay team placed second overall with a time of 4:04.24.
• Independence’s Shalei Matthews, a junior, placed third in the class 4A girls’ triple jump (36 feet, 2 3/4 inches).
• Field Kindley’s Andrea Newton, a sophomore, won first place in the class 4A 200 meter run with a gold-medal time of 25.16 seconds. In that same race, Independence’s Kalie Matthews, a junior, placed fourth (26.30 seconds).
• Newton also won second place in the class 4A girls’ long jump (16 feet, 4 inches).
• Devin Cosper, Field Kindley senior, won first place in the class 4A girls’ 100 meter run with a time of 12.34 seconds. Andrea Newton placed second in 12.41 seconds.
• Also in the class 4A girls’ 100 meter run, Kalei Matthews of Independence placed seventh (12.78 seconds).
• Independence sophomore Danielle Berry won eighth place in the class 4A girls’ javelin with a throw of 117 feet, 10 inches.
• Elijah Jones, a Field Kindley senior, settled for fourth place in the class 4A 200 meter run (22.47 seconds). He also placed sixth in the 400 meter run (51.41 seconds).
• Justus Towery, a Field Kindley senior, placed fourth in the class 4A boys’ 300 meter hurdles (40.48 seconds).
• Field Kindley’s James Newton, a senior, placed fifth in the class 4A boys’ 100 meter run (11.28 seconds).
• Field Kindley’s Destin Downing, a junior, placed second in the class 4A boys’ long jump (21 feet, 8 3/4 inches) and also was a silver medalist in the triple jump (44 feet, 8 inches).