Varsity Kansas has introduced a new series, Moment of the Year. The series will highlight the top moment or performance from the 2017-18 high school sports season for each of the Wichita-area schools. And now, the El Dorado Wildcats.
El Dorado did not have the most athletic successes this year, but it did boast one of the greatest high school distance runners in Kansas.
Senior Cale Carson came third at the Class 4A boys cross country. And on his last day in a Wildcat uniform, he won the 800 meters and anchored El Dorado's state championship 4x800-meter relay team.
Carson had the second best 800-meter time in all of Kansas this year, winning the title at 1:56.18 and celebrating with a spread eagle pose across the finish line.
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Carson dominated the 4A 800 meters. He finished about 1.5 seconds ahead of Ottawa's Kasey Spigle, who would have won a state title in four other classes including 6A.
The class was strong, but Carson was stronger.
Carson showed his class again at Wichita State's Cessna Stadium in the 4x800. After juniors Christian Price, Ezekiel Kemboi and Dylan Wittum put in outstanding splits to set Carson up.
In his first lap as the Wildcats' anchor, he ran a 53.425. It was the fastest lap among all 4A competitors.
That lap gave El Dorado a near three-second lead, and Carson blasted past the field to the title. The Wildcats finished at 7:59.55.
El Dorado finished with four state championships — team or individual — in the 2017-18 school year. Carson helped account for two of them. That helped land Carson on the Eagle's inaugural All-Metro Boys Track and Field Team.
Other Key Moments
- El Dorado's Braden Morgan wins the Class 4A 195-pound wrestling title over Clay Center's Gavin Ware with a pin in 31 seconds.
- Wildcat wrestler Cameron Hunt wins the 4A 220-pound weight class state championship over Bonner Springs' Caleb Willis with a pin after 6:17.
- El Dorado volleyball team clinches a spot at the 4A state tournament with a sub-state tournament title.
- Wildcat wrestler Payton Sadowski finished fifth at the 4A tournament in the 126-pound weight class.