WICHITA — Recent Arkansas City High School grad AJ Wilson was runner-up in the 5A boys 400-meter run Saturday afternoon at the KSHSAA All-Classes State Championships.
Wilson, who recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his track career at Cowley College, finished the event in 50.17 seconds, second to Elijah Mosley of Wichita Heights, who won the 5A State title in 48.29 seconds.
Wilson, the reigning 4A 400-meter State champion, entered the Big Show with a season-best time of 49.85 seconds.
The Bulldogs also were reigning 4A State champs in the 4x400 relay, but Wilson was the only athlete that didn’t graduate last year.
Wilson teamed with Dylan Hettenbach, Brock Merz and Corbin Liermann to place 12th in the event Sunday afternoon in 3:32.62.
Just like Wilson in 4A last season, Mosley ran a leg on the 5A State champion team from Wichita Heights in 3:24.1.
Merz competed Saturday afternoon in the 5A boys 300 hurdles, finishing 10th in 41.21 seconds, slightly behind his season-best (41.11). Kody Marvin of Bishop Carroll took the 5A State title in 39.66 seconds.
In the only field event for Ark City, Britton MacLaughlin culminated his high school career by placing 13th in the 5A boys javelin Saturday afternoon. MacLaughlin threw the spear 145 feet, 1 inch. Isaac Mitchell of Salina South won the 5A State title by reaching 181-1.
Because of the weather delays, the preliminaries of the 5A girls 100-meter dash were canceled.
Junior Spirit Frazier competed Saturday morning, placing 13th in 12.89 seconds, a shade off of her season-best (12.65). Kalli Anderson of Newton set a State record, winning the gold medal in 11.81 seconds.
The Lady Bulldogs placed 13th in both the 4x100 and 4x800 relays.
Frazier joined Brianna Zapata, Taylor Meinen and Juju Eaton to run the 4x1 in 51.59 seconds. Zapata joined Hadlea Shaw, Mia Onelio and Lydia Watanabe to run the 4x8 in 10:49.84.