WICHITA - Junction City junior Keiana Newman earned her second straight state championship in the 100-merter hurdles event as the JCHS boys and girls teams finished seventh and sixth, respectively, in the KSHSAA State Track Meet held Friday and Saturday in Wichita.
After taking first in the preliminaries with a time of 14.65 seconds, Newman edged Hutchinson's Janeia Wren for the 100-meter championship. Newman crossed in 14.744 seconds, while Wren finished in 14.748 seconds.
Newman then followed up that performance with a second-place showing in the 300-meter hurdles event. After finishing the preliminary round in second, she finished convincingly in second place in the finals, trailing Garden City's Taylor Savolt by .35 seconds, and finishing ahead of Wren by nearly three-quarters of a second.
Also finishing in the top three for Junction City was senior Jamarcus Plato. He finished third in both the 110-meter hurdles event with a time of 14.92, and the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 39.53.
Meanwhile, sophomore Savannah Adams earned a second-place finish in shotput with a long throw of 38-10.5. Hutchinson's Jayla Bynum earned first with a throw of 42-04.25.
Hannah Reynolds finished third in discus throw with a mark of 122-05. Meanwhile, the boys 4x100-meter relay team finished second in the finals with a time of 41.94. The squad of Ian Sanchez, David Giddens, Javontez Brime and Izayiah Moore finished just behind Wichita South, who posted a time of 41.62.
Overall, the girls squad finished with 41.5 points, good for sixth. Lawrence won the 6A state championship with a team total of 82 points. The boys finished with 34 points, good for seventh (5th place was a tie with 35 points). Manhattan took the boys team championship with a total of 76 points.