BY TAYLOR ELDRIDGE
10:05 a.m. — Time to get our update on for the finals of the boys’ 110-meter high hurdles for all classes.
Class 1A — South Haven’s Blake Wilkey placed third in an extremely close race and South Barber’s Stephen Lebeda took fourth in a race that was decided by less than a tenth of a second for the top four.
Class 2A — A pair of Inman teammates took second and third in Jason Friesen and Sam Martin.
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Class 3A — Independent’s Brian Ray took third in a time of 15.83 and was closely followed by Collegiate’s Josh Barrett for fourth. Conway Springs’ Tyler Martin also took sixth.
Class 4A — Not much here, besides Haven’s Sean Covalcine taking second in the race.
Class 5A — Newton’s Miguel Johns didn’t get out very well in this race, but recovered to take fifth place in a time of 15.17. That was it from the area.
Class 6A — Northwest senior Andrew Etheridge hit the first hurdle to start the race, but didn’t let it slow him down and pulled away after the last hurdle to win the state title in a time of 14.22. Maize’s Miles Ukaoma and Derby’s Meshach Kennedy were neck-and-neck the whole race, but Ukaoma pulled away for second place in 14.41 to Kennedy’s 14.45. Heights’ Lewis Taylor finished in eighth.
9:45 a.m. — Update on all the classes for the girls’ 100-meter hurdles.
Class 1A – South Barber’s Erin Merklein got out in front early in the race and held on to win the state title in a time of 15.31, edging South Haven’s Breana Bryant.
Class 3A — Marion’s Julie Zeiner fought out Garden Plain’s Sierra Hays and Collegiate’s Grace LeMaster to win the state title in a time of 15.20, as Hays and LeMaster finished second and third, respectively.
Class 4A — After a disappointing finish last year, Clearwater’s Hannah Tjaden redeemed herself with a state title-winning time of 15.45. Maize South’s Hannah Grubbs placed sixth and Andale’s Maddie Behny took seventh.
Class 5A — McPheron’s Anna Eigruber took second in a time of 15.32 and Carroll’s pair of Kristen Sponsel and Kristen Powell took fifth and sixth and McPherson’s Courtney Pavlik took eighth. But the story here was KC Washington’s Le’Tristan Pledger going insane and running the state’s all-time third-fastest time of 13.90, and setting the new record in Class 5A.
Class 6A — Goddard’s Sarah Irsik, just a freshman, pulled off a second place finish in a very competitive race. But again, the story here was the winner. After watching Pledger beat her state-fastest time, Olathe East’s Breeana Coleman one-upped her with a 13.80, the state’s second-fastest time.
I’m back again this Saturday morning to bring you the latest from the 2010 Kansas State Track & Field championships.
So far all classes have ran their 100-meter dash prelims and there are various field events going on right now.
9:21 a.m. — In Class 2A, Peabody-Burns junior Lauren Pickens had the fastest qualifying time with 12.54. She’ll be expected to win later today. On the boys’ side, Hutch Trinity’s Michael Mesh is in the finals later today with the 6th-fastest qualifying time.
In Class 3A, Independent is looking strong as the pair of Tina Liu and Imani Fenner have the top two qualifying times in the girls’ 100. Douglass’ Lauren Green also qualified for the finals in that race.
In Class 4A, Maize South’s Hannah Grubbs and Andale’s Jeffi Holman are qualified for the 100 girl finals. On the boys’ side, Valley Center’s Joe Fisher had the fastest qualifying time and is in, just edging out Trinity’s Morgan Burns.
In Class 5A, Andover’s Bailey Clifton has fourth-fastest qualifying time. Newton’s Katelin Gaeddert is also in for the finals. Not much on the boys’ side, but Bishop Carroll’s Jason McNeal and Hutchinson’s Kyle Eldridge are in. Oh yeah, and my story girl, Micaela Wesley, tied the fastest time ever posted in the state with a prelim time of 11.90.
In Class 6A, Southeast’s Aarian Tipton has qualified in first with a time of 12.06 and Heights’ Taylor Chandler is also in those finals as well. Heights’ Skylarr Gatson has the fourth-fastest qualifying time. Derby’s Marqueiz Tucker is also in.