Speed should key Inman girls to plenty of state points

By Steve Sell
May 27, 2014

The Inman track and field teams will have speed to burn this weekend in the Kansas State Championships at Wichita State.

The Teutons had an outstanding day on Friday in regional competition and have chances at state gold in several sprint events.

The Teutons amazingly finished 1-2-3 in the 100 meters, with Krystal Miller first, Emma Aberg second and Krystan Miller third. 

Aberg, a foreign exchange student, ran a school-record 25.59 in the 200 meters to advance along with Krystan Miller, as they finished first and third, respectively.

Krystal Miller also qualified in the 400 meters.

In addition, the Teutons qualified two relays and both teams were first at regional. The 4 x 100 team included Nicole Neufeldt, Krystal Miller, Krystan Miller and Aberg. The 4 x 400 included the three Millers (Krystal, Krystan and Kristin) and Aberg.

Look for the Teutons to pile up a lot of points.

The Inman boys will be represented as well. Individually, Barkley Williams qualified in the high jump, Tyler Cottam advanced in the triple jump and Justin Friesen moved on in the 300 hurdles. Those three, along with Ethan Counsell, also will compete in the 4 x 400 relay.

Both Hesston teams should score heavy points. The Swather boys will be led by ace Ryan Schadler, as the future Wichita State Shocker won the 200, 400 and long jump at Friday’s regional and was edged for first in the 100. His 48.46 in the 400 was a school record, while he went 21-10 in the long jump, ran 11.05 in the 100 and 22.14 in the 200. He’s a threat to score 40 points this weekend.

A strong state favorite for the Swathers will be Justin Smith, who broke the Hesston triple jump record Friday with a bound of 44-9 1/2.

Also qualifying for the Swather boys were Austin Bollinger in the 800, Zach Esau in the 1,600 and the 4 x 800 relay team.

On the girls’ side, the Swathers are also well fortified. Hesston got through all three relays, as well as Ali Jost in both the 100 and 200. Mikala Heddin broke the school record in winning the 3,200 (11.42.77), while also advancing were Hannah Schmitt in the high jump, Veronica Ziegler in the triple jump and Michaela Adams in the 100.

Here’s a look at the other area schools:

• Little River — It was all girls for the Redskins. Emily Baldwin moved on in the shot put and javelin, while high jumpers Erin Hudson and Rebecca Hawkinson also advanced. The 4 x 100 relay team got in as well.

• Smoky Valley — Logan Windholz qualified in both the 1,600 and 3,200, as did Stephen Klaassen in the shot put and Mason Weiss in the 300 hurdles. The 4 x 100 relay team, which has had a good year, will get a crack at state honors. Emily Deterding will triple jump for the Viking girls, who also qualified a pair of relay teams.

• Moundridge — The Wildcat girls, who were fourth in Class 2A last year, have plenty of points potential.

Two relay teams qualified. Individually, Anna Stucky made it in two events (long jump, 100 hurdles), while also competing will be Rylie Dick (high jump), Ashley Holler (high jump), Peri Lange (300 hurdles) and Cassidy Siemens (200). Deshawn Pfeiff was a double qualifier for the boys, as he’ll compete in the pole vault and 400, while also running on the qualifying 4 x 400 relay team.

• Canton-Galva — It will be a busy weekend for the Eagles’ Cody Savage as he should be a strong contender in the 100 and 200 meters. He would have been a top javelin finalist, but a bad elbow prevented him from competing in that event after being one of 2A’s best earlier in the season. C-G’s boys also advanced a 4 x 100 relay team.

• Elyria Christian School — In its first year of competition, the Eagles did not qualify any performers.