Four Golds for Fielder at SCBL Championships

Central of Burden junior Chance Cook clears the bar in 2019 in the pole vault at the South Central Border League Championships at Udall High School. Cook cleared 13-9 to win the event by more than 2 1/2 feet.

UDALL — The Udall boys and West Elk girls captured the team track and field titles Friday at the South Central Border League Championships.

Udall senior Joshua Fielder captured four gold medals in individual competition, while senior Michaela Mosqueda took home a pair of golds.

The Eagles won five individual gold medals and scored 141 points to win a spirited battle with runner-up Central of Burden (138) by just three points in a two-team race.

The Raiders took home four individual gold medals and nearly made it a clean sweep in the boys relay races, winning two of three and placing second in the third.

The Lady Patriots (153) dominated the running events, taking five of their six gold medals on the track while sweeping the relay races to top Udall (133) by 20 points.

Fielder won the 200-meter dash in 23.56 in a near-photo finish with teammate Brayden Sadler (23.71) and Central’s Chance Cook (23.9). Fielder took the 400 in 53.48 seconds, with Sadler third.

Fielder cleared 21 feet, 7 inches to win the long jump and won the triple jump at 44-8, outdistancing teammate Trevor Whiteman (38-11 1/2), who also finished second in the high jump (5-6), one spot ahead of teammate Jayce Rieth.

Mosqueda cleared 9-3 to win the pole vault by 15 inches, and took the shot put by heaving the orb 29-11 1/2.

Whiteman was tops in the 300 hurdles (45.19 seconds) in a photo finish with Wyatt Eldridge of Oxford (45.46) and Central’s Hunter Rierson (45.8).

Senior Whitney Leiblie cleared 5-2 to win the girls high jump by six inches over Sedan freshman Landrea Sears (4-8). Senior Corbin Goodson won the girls long jump by clearing 15-2 1/4, beating runner-up Macey Pond of South Haven (14-9 3/4) by 4 1/2 inches.

Udall freshman Mercedes Cruse threw the discus 107-1 1/2, nearly 20 feet better than runner-up Sammie Strnad of Caldwell (87-11 1/2).

The Cook family combined for four gold medals for the Central of Burden Raiders.

Senior Clayton Cook threw the discus 147-4, the javelin 145-5 and the shot put 45-5 3/4 to sweep the throwing events.

Junior Chance Cook cleared 13-9 to win the pole vault by more than 2 1/2 feet over teammate Hunter Rierson (11-0), who placed third in the 200 hurdles.

The Raiders won the boys 4x400 relay in 3:36.07 and took the 4x800 relay in 9:29.01.

The South Haven Cardinals, who had four athletes race from the meet to the softball field for the SCBL title game, left with three silver medals.

The top performer for Oxford was sophomore Wyatt Eldridge, who was runner-up in the 300 hurdles (45.46) and the 100-meter dash (11.98).

Junior Kristian Fossum had the top finish for Cedar Vale/Dexter, finishing third in the boys 110-meter hurdles in 17.19 seconds.


Three golds for Mull

BUHLER — Winfield High School senior Jack Mull captured three gold medals Friday at the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division III Championships.

Mull swept the hurdles events, winning the 110-meter hurdles in 14.72 seconds and taking the 300 hurdles in 39.86 seconds. Mull won the pole vault by six inches, clearing 12 feet even.

Matthew Everett continued his dominance in the discus, throwing the orb 176-4, nearly 27 feet farther than runner-up Jori Van Goethem of McPherson (149-5). Everett was third in the shot put.

Sophomore Rhea Anderson represented the Lady Vikings atop the medal stand, winning the 300 hurdles in 49.57 seconds.


Bulldogs earn gold

MAIZE — The Arkansas City High School boys track and field team finished a solid third Friday at the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division II Championships.

Senior AJ Wilson, the reigning 4A State champ in the 400-meter run, continued his dominance in that event, winning in 50.11 seconds. Wilson was third in the 100.

Senior Britton MacLaughlin threw the javelin 148 feet, 9 1/2 inches to win that event.

Sophomore Brock Merz left for home with the gold medal in the boys 300-meter hurdles in 41.11 seconds. Merz was runner-up in the 110 hurdles (16.52).

The ACHS boys 4x400 relay team, also reigning 4A State champs, won the league title in 3:29.89.


Klaassen fourth at State

TOPEKA — Arkansas City High School senior Pierce Klaassen didn’t end his high school career the way he had envisioned.

Klaassen dropped both of his matches Saturday on Day 2 of the KSHSAA Class 5A State Championships on a dreary day — in more ways than one — at the Kossover Tennis Center.


Viking duo seventh

PRATT — Winfield High School seniors Zach Butler and Tayton Thomson-Donham brought home the medals for seventh place in doubles play Saturday on Day 2 of the KSHSAA Class 4A State Championships at the Walter Blake Tennis Complex.

The WHS duo worked their way into the championship quarterfinals when rain halted action late Friday. They fell 6-1, 6-1 to eventual 4A State runners-up Cody Schiffner and Luke Kohler of Abilene. Facing elimination, the Viking duo battled back with a 9-3 triumph against the Iola tandem of Breton Plumlee and Ellijah Fawson on the backside.


Tigers advance

The No. 2-seeded Cowley College baseball team blasted 15th-seed Pratt 15-1 in the rubber game Sunday at the best-of-three NJCAA Region VI Playoffs at City Ball Park.

Sophomore Brannon Jordan tossed six scoreless innings Friday in a 5-2 win of the series opener. Jordan (8-2) allowed four hits, while striking out seven and walking two.

Clinging to a 1-0 lead, sophomore Cody Milligan hit a three-run double in the bottom of the eighth to help to bust the game open.

Things did not go as well Saturday, when the Beavers evened the series with a 13-6 win.

Sophomore right fielder Parker Dunn went 3 for 4.

The Tigers wasted no time taking control Sunday.

Sophomore Grady Davenport hit a two-run single in a four-run first inning and added another two-run single in a 10-run second to help the Tigers to a 14-0 cushion.


Lady Eagles are champs

BURDEN — The Udall High School softball rolled to its 13th consecutive victory Friday by defeating South Haven 9-2 in the championship game of the South Central Border League Tournament at Central of Burden Junior-Senior High School.

The baseball and softball tourneys were moved to Burden due to field conditions at the Broadway Recreation Complex in Winfield.

Udall sophomore Emma Enderud tossed a complete-game four-hitter in the title game. Enderud (14-5) struck out 11 and walked three.

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