WICHITA — Cessna Stadium in Wichita will be filled with hundreds of
high school athletes from throughout the state, all of which have the
same goal: win a state championship.
Among them are several Junction City High School athletes, each with
their eyes set on being the best in their respective race.
State track begins Friday, and those who are making the trek to
compete this weekend are seniors Xavier Cason, Ayi-Lissa Dotson,
Leslie Etheridge, Izayiah Moore, Jamarcus Plato, Antonio Porter,
Hannah Reynolds, Alissa Sanchez and Ian Sanchez, juniors Sherriontea
Jones, Keiana Newman, Tiara Smith and Juan Tovar, and sophomores
Savanah Adams and Nyla Blagrove. Additionally, members of the girls’
4x100, 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams, and the boys’ 4x100 and 4x400
relay teams, will be participating in state.
Leading the way
Individually, the Blue Jays will be led by several upperclassmen who
qualified in more than one event. Plato qualified for both the
110-meter and 300-meter hurdles; Reynolds qualified for discus throw
and shot put; Ian Sanchez qualified for the 100-meter and 200-meter
dash; and Newman qualified for both the 100-meter and 300-meter
Also participating in running events will be Etheridge; Moore; Alissa
Sanchez; Smith and Tovar. Adams, Blasgrove, Cason, Dotson, Jones and
Porter will be participating in field events.
For some, this will not be their first appearance at the state track
meet. Last year, Adams, Dotson, Newman, Reynolds, Alissa Sanchez and
Smith all participated in the state track meet, highlighted by Newman
taking first in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles. Additionally, the
girls’ squad took home the team championship in the state track meet.
Planning to go
Events for this weekend’s track meet are staggered throughout Friday
and Saturday. A complete schedule of all events is located on the
Heartland Timing website (www.heartlandtiming.com) and the KSHSAA
website (www.kshsaa.org); times for those events JCHS athletes are
participating in are located on this page. However, KSHSAA advises
people that if meet sessions run ahead of schedule, it will continue
to run ahead and no adjustments will be made.
For Friday’s track events, times listed are for when the 4A, 5A and 6A
runners will participate. Class 4A will compete first, followed by 5A
and 6A. For Saturday’s track events, the times listed are for all 6
classes. The competing order will begin with 1A and continue
sequentially through 6A.
All listed field events are for 6A only.
Team award presentations will be conducted following the last race on Saturday.
For more information
Cessna Stadium in Wichita is located in the area of 21st and Hillside.
More information on the State Track Meet — including parking, a
facility map and ticket information — is available at the KSHSAA