WICHITA — Thunderstorms, heavy rain, even tornadoes were not on the schedule Friday for the KSHSAA All-Classes State Track & Field Championships at Cessna Stadium on the campus of Wichita State University.
Not that officials haven’t seen this before.
Right smack in the middle of severe storm season, the annual track and field meet often is interrupted by inclement weather, and Friday was no exception.
A handful of small-class events were completed early Friday before storms moved into the Wichita Metro area, including a possible tornado that uprooted trees near Douglass.
At press time, the meet was scheduled to resume late Friday with the six boys and girls 3,200-meter races. That was in jeopardy as more storms were continuing to build south and west of Wichita.
If those races weren’t completed Friday night, they would be rescheduled for early this morning.
The remainder of the running and field events were suspended until today.
Just four area athletes were able to compete Friday morning.
Central of Burden’s Clark Loewer was the only area runner to compete in a finals event.
Loewer finished 11th in the 1A boys 3,200-meter run in 10 minutes, 47 seconds. He was a tad bit more than two seconds behind Wakefield’s Dalton Murray (10:44.53) to crack the top 10.
Collin Oswalt of Hutchinson Central Christian won the 1A State title in 9:53.8.
The wet jump pits were no friend of Udall’s Corbin Goodson.
Goodson competed in the 1A girls long jump, finishing 16th by clearing 14 feet, 9 inches. That wasn’t anywhere near her season-best jump of 16-1 1/2 from earlier this season, and it was 3 3/4 inches behind 15th-place Aubrey Kuhlman of Wallace County (15-0 3/4).
Emilee Ebert of Frankfort captured the 1A State title by clearing 17-4 3/4.
Two area athletes were unable to qualify for the finals in preliminary hurdles events, both placing 13th.
Dexter’s Kristian Fossum ran the 110 high hurdles in a season-best 17.02 seconds, but still placed 13th in a heated race. Tharen Cox of Northern Valley (16.59) placed 12th, while 11th-place Christian Seifert of Clifton-Clyde (16.52), 10th-place Garrett Dalinghaus of Frankfort (16.5) and ninth-place Cody Baxter of St. Francis (16.45) narrowly missed the cut for today’s finals. South Gray’s Ethan Salmans (16.41) took the eighth and final spot for today’s finals.
Teammate Kyndel Randall didn’t quite hit her season-high of 16.93 seconds in the 100 low hurdles, finishing in 17.1 seconds.
Kaylie Zimmerman of Little River also finished in 17.1, while 11th-place Aubrey Kuhlman (16.84), 10th-place Landrea Sears of Sedan (16.48) and ninth-place Amanda Stock of Troy (16.17) all missed the cut. Camryn Boykin of Washington County took the final preliminary spot in 16.11 seconds.
Both running and field events are slated to begin at 8 a.m. today.
KSHSAA All-Classes State
Track & Field Championships
Friday at Cessna Stadium, Wichita
3,200 — 11. Clark Loewer (CB), 10:47.0.
110 Hurdles — 13. Kristian Fossum (Dex), 17.02.
Long Jump — 16. Corbin Goodson (Ud), 14-9.
100 Hurdles — 13. Kyndel Randall (Dex), 17.1.