Everett cruises to discus gold

Recent Winfield High School graduate Matthew Everett captured the gold medal Saturday in the 4A boys discus at the State track and field meet.

WICHITA — Matthew Everett wrapped up a stellar high school career Saturday afternoon by capturing the 4A boys State discus title at the KSHSAA All-Classes State Track & Field Championships at Cessna Stadium.

The Winfield High School boys finished seventh in the state.

Everett didn’t match last week’s school-record throw of 192-6, but he once again had little competition. His throw of 183 feet, 9 inches was nearly 13 feet farther than Lemoses White of Kansas City-Piper, the 4A State runner-up who threw 170-10.

Everett finished fourth in the shot put, throwing the orb 49-4.25 early Saturday afternoon. Cole Sample of Tonganoxie won the 4A State title with a put of 59-6.5.

Recent WHS grad Jack Mull was unable to replicate his success in last weekend’s 4A Regional meet in the hurdles.

Mull, who swept the Regional titles in the two events, was runner-up Saturday morning in the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.67 seconds.

Eric Kop of Wellington took the 4A State title in a near-photo finish in 14.54 seconds. Mull’s season-high of 14.34 seconds would have netted him the gold medal.

Unlike 3A, 2A and 1A, the larger classes were unable to run a preliminary race due to multiple weather delays.

Mull settled for sixth place in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 40.07 seconds, just a shade below his season high of 39.48 seconds. Brett Winsor of Pratt won the 4A State title in 39.07 seconds.

Mull had to wait until Sunday to compete in the 4A pole vault, but he reached the podium stand again with an eighth-place finish by clearing 13 feet even, three inches off of his season best. Ty McPhail of Andale cleared 15 feet to win the 4A State title.

Sophomore Craig LaBrue stood on the medal stand in both long-distance events.

LaBrue finished sixth in the 3,200 in 10:17.29 first thing Saturday morning, shaving nearly 12 seconds off of his season-best (10:29.19). He then turned around early Saturday afternoon and ran the 1,600, placing seventh in 4:42.63, shaving nearly four seconds off of his season-best (4:46.28).

Aaron Modrow of Chapman swept the two gold medals, winning the 3,200 in 9:49.25 and taking the 1,600 in 4:34.31.

Sophomore Camilo Tarin reached the medal stand with a seventh-place finish late Saturday night in the 4A boys 800 in a season-best 2:03.71. Ryan Derry of Towanda-Circle took the 4A State title in 1:57.51.

Representing the Lady Vikings on the track, Rhea Anderson claimed the sixth-place medal in the 4A girls 300 intermediate hurdles Saturday afternoon in a season-best 48.06. Sian Helfrich of Pratt took the 4A State title in 45.9 seconds.

Recent grad Landon Davis reached the medal stand late Saturday afternoon in the 4A boys 200, placing eighth in 23.15 seconds, just a hair off of his season-best (23.05). Jordan Hawkins of Buhler won the 4A State title in 22.49 seconds.

John Kaiser finished 14th in the 4A boys 400 in 54.52 seconds Saturday afternoon. His season best was 52.75 seconds. Brenden Hudson of Ulysses took the 4A State title in 50.55 seconds.

Freshman Jessa Burris represented the Lady Vikings in the field events, placing 15th in the javelin with a throw of 92-5. Her season-best was 96-10. Katelyn Fairchild of Andale threw the spear 156-11 to win the gold medal.

The Vikings finished 11th in the 4A boys 4x800 relay. Tarin, LaBrue and Kaiser teamed with Joey Bowlby to finish in 8:42.37.

Kaiser, Mull, Tarin and Davis finished 13th in the 4x400 relay in 3:32.93.

Junior Reese Venable competed at State in the 4A boys high jump, but was unable to record a height. Hunter Jones of Nickerson took the 4A State title by clearing 6-10.

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