Cessna Stadium, Wichita State University, Wichita
May 26-27, 2017
What does it take to put on the nation’s largest participant track meet? KSHSAA Assistant Executive Director Jeremy Holaday provided us some fun facts about May’s event.
“First off it takes a year’s worth of planning. Track administrator Mark Lentz is already planning next year’s event as we speak,” said Holaday. There are over 3,000 participants and 200 coaches from 6 classifications for this two-day event. 20,000 spectators flood Cessna Stadium in Wichita to cheer on the student-athletes.”
It’s an impressive, live event for sure. Our YurView team set out to capture it all on video. Let’s look back at some of the races that caught our eye.
Class 1A – Boys 800 meter run
Olpe’s Kyler True left little doubt that he was the class of the field in this event. True was well in charge of the boy’s 800 long before the two laps around Wichita State’s Cessna Stadium had ended. True had already quickly earned the enthusiastic crowd’s complete devotion to his efforts. Before Saturday was complete, True would capture three individual gold medals, including wins in the 1600, and 3200. A fourth gold medal would be earned when he anchored Olpe’s winning 4×800 meter relay.
Class 5A – Girls 300 meter hurdles
Taylor Muff of Pittsburg finished second in the preliminaries to the best qualifier, who was Celeste Buchanan of St. James Academy. It looked like the pair would finish exactly in that order again. Except this time, Muff leaned her tall frame to its maximum length to edge win Buchanan in a time of 44.37. The winning margin was just .14 seconds. It was the second consecutive year that Muff was a winner in the Class 5A Girls 300 meter hurdles race in dramatic fashion.
Class 4A – Girls 800 meter run
Girard’s Cailie Logue had already won a handful of gold medals in dominating fashion during her high school career. However, this one may have topped the rest. The dominant long distance runner found herself in a tight race in a much shorter distance than she is accustomed to winning comfortably in. It was just the kind of push Logue needed to set a State Meet Record as she won by just a second over Maize South’s Kassidy Johnson in 2:12.27.
Class 5A – Girls 4×100
Newton High School girls relay team of Kalli Anderson, Taylor Antonowich, Jennifer Andres, and Savannah Simmons wowed the crowd with a new meet record time in a time of 46:86. The Railroader quartet lived up to high expectations after setting a new meet record in the preliminaries. The race and hand-offs were run flawlessly. The dominating performance helped Newton to win the Class 5A girls team championship.
See more from these championships in our playlist below containing 50 videos. Unfortunately a few races were not captured due to a power outage during production.