Heights’ Creighton Sanders wins first gold
Heights junior Creighton Sanders craves being busy. Sitting on the couch irks him. Relaxing bores him.
So when it was suggested that he pick up the javelin and add to his already busy spring – he’s an outfielder for the Falcons baseball team, too – he figured why not?
Sanders won the Class 5A javelin title by throwing 204-11, an improvement of more than 13 feet. He also was second in the 110 hurdles, finishing in 14.59.
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Sanders’ ability to multi-task is enviable. He’s also a standout football player and helped the Falcons win the 5-1A team swimming title.
He has a 3.88 GPA, he’s involved in choir and hopes to earn a choir scholarship while at a camp in June. He’s going to the Missouri State one-day padded camp on Sunday. He’s got baseball tournaments scheduled on Thursdays through Sundays. He’s a mentor in the Real Men, Real Heroes organization.
"Every day I have something going on," Sanders said.
He successfully balanced his time between baseball and track, and then between the various track events.
"This year was a little bit different," Sanders said. "I was on the (400 relay), too, and I wasn’t as much at hurdles as I was in the past. I still came out with a (personal record) in hurdles today, and when I went over to javelin, I got loose."
Heights coach Steve Crosley raved about Sanders.
"Obviously he’s a very, very talented athlete," Crosley said. "He’s one of those athletes who hates to lose. But if he does, he channels it in the right way and makes up for it somewhere else rather than get all down and let it compound everything.”
Winfield’s Riley Osen wins the 4A 1600
Winfield junior Riley Osen heard the crowd start cheering him on with about 200 meters to go in the 1600. He finished in 4:19.77, just two seconds off the Class 4A record.
He could have gotten the record, but at about the midway point, he felt the pace slow.
"I listen to breathing a lot," Rosen said. "I passed him and heard his breathing get really heavy, so I just kind of carried it out and no one came with me."
Osen also won the 4A 3200 on Friday.
Moundridge’s DeShawn Pfeiff adds 2A 400 title
Moundridge senior DeShawn Pfeiff won the 2A pole vault in 2014 at 13-feet, but a shoulder injury during football and the subsequent surgery ended his chance at defending that title.
"That really tore me up," Pfeiff said. "Pole vaulting was my thing. I love pole vault. I get more thrill doing pole vaulting than anything else. After surgery, I didn’t really have a choice. It was either run or not do track."
Pfeiff, who finished 10th in the 2014 400, won it in 51.13. He had a more than three-second improvement from last season.
Newton’s Kade Remsberg sweeps 5A 100 and 200
When Topeka Seaman’s Joe Reagan, the three-time defending champion in the 100 and 200, he suffered a season-ending injury, it opened up the sprints in 5A.
"I saw it as a chance to go and get the gold," Newton sophomore Kade Remsberg said. "He’s amazing competition. Him not being here made it a lot easier for me."
Remsberg won the 100 in 10.76 and the 200 in 21.85.
Haven’s Jacob Newcomer and Berean Academy’s David Ladwig both win 110 hurdles titles
Haven senior Jacob Newcomer played baseball through his sophomore season, but in 2013, he attended the state track meet.
“I saw how fun it was,” Newcomer said. “My coach said, ‘you’ll be good at it.’ It ended up being a blast.”
He gave up baseball and went out for track the following season, when he finished second in the 110 hurdles.
Newcomer won the Class 3A title on Saturday in 14.9 seconds.
“Last year I didn’t have much of a push. I didn’t know what to expect,” Newcomer said. “I basically pushed myself out of fear for everyone else.”
This season he was constantly pushed by Berean Academy senior David Ladwig, who won his first title in Class 2A, finishing in 14.92 seconds.
“He always beat me. I hated racing him,” Newcomer said of Ladwig with a laugh. “I definitely was always trying to beat him. But he has great form, great mechanics.”
Ladwig also finished second in 2014, right behind teammate Gabe Holmes.
While he enjoyed winning, 2014 may have been a better season.
“I kind of liked last year,” Ladwig said. “I had a buddy to run with. We made each other better every race. It couldn’t have ended better.… (Saturday) I ran about as fast as I could, did about as well as I could.”
Ladwig also won the 300 hurdles in 40.07.
Andover Central’s Jordan Birch defends 110 hurdles title
Andover Central junior Jordan Birch didn’t sleep well on Friday night. He had finished third in Friday’s preliminaries and was eager to run the final race.
“I knew I could improve on how I did yesterday by so much,” Birch said. “I was excited to see how it was going to go today. The start was good, and it felt pretty good all the way through. It’s probably one of my best races of the season.”
Birch won in 14.42, edging Heights’ Creighton Sanders, who finished in 14.59.
“I knew I had to get my start down because yesterday in prelims, it wasn’t my best start,” Birch said. “My start was good today, and I was able to maintain all the way through.”
Trinity Academy’s Tyler Burns wins second 4A long jump
Trinity Academy senior Tyler Burns won his second straight Class 4A long jump, but this time he was tied with Andale senior Hunter Knoblauch after the competition ended.
Burns won because his second-best jump (21-4 ½) was about an inch better than Knoblauch’s.
“It’s kind of cheap that it came down to jumps like that,” Burns said. “I guess I’ll take the win no matter how it comes.
“… It’s nice to go against Hunter because he’s a good friend of mine, and he’s a good competitor, a great friend, so if there was anyone to compete against, it would have been Hunter.”
Collegiate’s Jacob Newlin wins first 3A high jump title
Collegiate junior Jacob Newlin finished 13th as a sophomore in the Class 3A high jump.
“I had the (1600 relay) right before I jumped, and I didn’t place at all,” Newlin said. “I’m still running the (1600 relay), but it’s just kind of how the meet’s going this year, just different planning that has kind of helped me out.”
While Newlin has jumped 6-4, he won with a jump at 6-2.
“I felt like I jumped pretty well,” he said. “I feel like I could jump better … so I’ve got something to strive for.”
Andale’s Hayden Bugner credits coach with 4A pole vault win
Andale senior Hayden Bugner relished his win in the Class 4A pole vault. He went 15-feet -- 3.5 inches below his personal best – to get his first state title.
Pole vault coach “Mark Schmidt’s probably the biggest factor in that,” Bugner said. “He’s always willing to put in the time, and he’s one of the best coaches you’re going to find.”
Bugner’s consistency at getting a clean jump the first time at a new height was a help, although he did miss initially at 14-6.
“I came back, and cleared 15-0,” he said. “That put me over the edge.”Bugner missed at 15-6 twice and then tried at 16-2 to beat the school record.
Etc. — Collegiate won the Class 3A title with 71 points, 17 more than second-place Beloit. … Andale won Class 4A for the third straight season with 68 1/2 points, 21 1/2 more than second-place Bishop Miege.