WICHITA — Neither rain, sleet, hail, thunderstorms or tornadoes are supposed to stop the U.S. mail delivery, but it wreaked havoc on this year’s KSHSAA All-Classes State Track & Field Championships at Cessna Stadium on the campus of Wichita State University.
The normally two-day meet was finally played out in three days, along with several weather delays that halted action for good Friday afternoon and again Saturday night.
The meet finally ended Sunday afternoon with the 4x400-meter relay races that usually wrap up action late Saturday evening.
Recent Udall High School grad Josh Fielder ended an illustrious high school career with two State titles, while Central of Burden junior Chance Cook also collected State gold.
Udall finished 10th in boys standings, three spots ahead of Central.
Fielder medaled in three events and came close in a fourth.
He opened Day 2 of the meet Saturday morning by leaping 44 feet, 7.5 inches to win the 1A boys triple jump, not far behind his season-best (44-11 1/2). Thomas Atkins of Hanover was State runner-up at 43-9 1/4.
Fielder wasted little time Saturday afternoon, taking the 1A 400-meter title in a season-best 49.83 seconds, the only runner to clear 50 seconds and the first time Fielder achieved the feat this season. Runner-up Ivan Varela of Northern Valley finished in 50.44 seconds.
Fielder had little time switching from the track to the jump pits Saturday afternoon, earning the medal for fifth place in the 1A long jump, leaping 20-5 1/2. Atkins took the State title by leaping 21-4.5. Fielder’s season-best jump of 21-9 1/2 would have captured the gold medal.
Fielder teamed with Brayden Sadler, Trevor Whiteman and Koby Mackey to finish 10th in the 4x400 relay in 3:38.35 on Sunday morning.
Cook cleared 15 feet to win the 1A boys pole vault by 1 1/2 feet over runner-up Nicholas Stutsman of Northern Valley, who reached 13-6. Cook entered the Big Show with a season-best 14 feet.
Recent Central grad Clayton Cook, a cousin of Chance, stood on the medal podium twice with fourth-place finishes in both the 1A boys javelin and shot put.
Cook threw the javelin a season-best 163-8 during Saturday morning competition, nearly eight feet better than his previous best (155-9). Caden Bach of Northern Valley won the 1A State title by throwing the spear 186 feet even.
Cook took over in the shot put pit just before action ended late Saturday afternoon, throwing the orb 46-7 3/4. Daegan Steinlage of Centralia won the 1A State title with a throw of 51-11.5. Cook’s season best was 48-2 1/2.
Central placed 10th in the boys 1A 4x800 relay. Austin Henderson, Raymond Vaughn, Challen Jimenez and Clark Loewer finished in 8:53.45.
Udall grad Michaela Mosqueda finished 10th in the 1A girls pole vault, clearing 8-6 late Saturday afternoon, nine inches off of her season-best (9-3). Six girls cleared 8-6, but three others finished ahead of Mosqueda due to number of attempts.
Central grad Breanna Williams was another who cleared 8-6, but she tied for 11th with her season-best leap. Breanna Schmitz of Centralia took the 1A State title by clearing 11 feet even.
Udall’s Brayden Sadler placed 12th in the 1A boys 200 in 24.13 seconds, a shade behind his season-best (23.71). Atkins won that gold medal in 22.87 seconds.
Udall grad Whitney Leiblie was one of seven athletes to clear 4-10 in the 1A girls high jump Saturday morning, placing 12th. Alexandra Hart of Rolla cleared 5-2 to win the gold medal. Leiblie’s season best was 5-2.
Udall grad Corbin Goodson competed in two events. Goodson placed 14th in the 1A girls triple jump Saturday afternoon by leaping 32-6 3/4, well off of her season-best (35-2 1/2). Macy Doebele of Hanover cleared 36-10 to take the title. Goodson competed Friday in the long jump, placing 16th at 14-9, well off of her personal best in that event as well (16-1 1/2).
Central freshman Bridgette Lawson placed 14th in the 1A girls 200 in 27.67 seconds.
Udall freshman Mercedes Cruse had her first taste of State, but was unable to complete a throw in the 1A discus on Sunday. Sabrina Thomas of Kiowa County won the 1A State title with a throw of 122 feet even.
Leiblie, Goodson and Mosqueda joined Layna Adams in the 1A girls 4x400 relay Sunday, placing 15th in 4:29.23 for the Lady Eagles.