Moundridge's Pfeiff wins state title

By Steve Sell
May 31, 2015
Jacob Doerksen

WICHITA — Moundridge’s DeShawn Pfeiff repeated as a Class 2A state champion on Saturday at the Kansas State Track and Field Championships.

But there’s a caveat. He did it in a different event.

Pfeiff won the 2A pole vault last year, but due to an injury he could not compete in that event this season.

However, he still had his legs. And they carried him to the 400 meter title in 51.13.

Add in a second by Cade Graber in the triple jump (43-5) to go along with a third by Joel Holloway in Friday’s long jump (19-11 1/4), Moundridge was able to finish in the Top 10 with 26 points, good for a tie for ninth.

MHS’ 4 x 400 relay team (Pfeiff, Alejandro Jimenez, Parker Lange and Damian Calderion) took eighth (3:37.59) and Holloway had an eighth in the triple jump (41-7 1/2) to account for the other points.

Meanwhile, it was a red-letter day for the Wildcat girls, who took home the third-place plaque with 36 points, one more than West Elk.

There was no touching Maranatha Academy (109) and Meade (70) as those schools were in a class by themselves.

Anna Stucky had individual thirds in the 100 (12.78) and 400 (1:01.38), while running a leg on the second-place 4 x 400 relay team (4:12.2).  Other members were Ashley Holler, Bailey Strausz and Peri Lange.

Stucky wound up with four medals as she anchored the second-place 4 x 100 relay team  (51.68) that also included Lange, Strausz and Cassidy Siemens.

Lange also had a third in the 300 hurdles (17.53). The Wildcats’ other point was an eighth by Siemens in the 200 (27.4).

Hesston’s boys, in Class 3A, took seventh place with 25 1/2 points.

Justin Smith had won the triple jump on Friday (44-4 1/4) to account for 10 points.

On Saturday, the Swathers took fourth (4:09.43) in the 4 x 400 (Cole Rostetter, Jonathan Weber, Zach Esau and Austin Bollinger) and in the 4 x 800 relay (Weber, Bollinger, Esau and Alex Lemus in 8:29.13). Individually, Bollinger was sixth in the 800 (2:02.7) and Scott Duerksen tied for sixth in the high jump (6-0).

The Swather girls were tied for 19th with 16 points. They had a fourth from their 4  x 400 relay (Kylie Brenneman, Taylor Valdez, Alaina Dunlavy and Jessanna Nebel, 4:09.43), while individually Nebel was fifth in the 300 hurdles (46.96) and Caylee Richardson was seventh in the javelin (118-4).

In Class 4A, Smoky Valley’s Calvin Shannon won his second medal of the weekend by taking fifth in the 1,600 in 4:30.04. He had placed sixth in Friday’s 3,200 (10:00.65). He scored all seven of the Vikings’ points.

The Smoky Valley girls also scored seven points. The 4 x 800 relay team of Sophia Peterson, Kate Deterding, Paige Talbott and Allison Rose was fifth (10:17.47) and Amanda Behenna was sixth in the 100 (12.7).

Little River’s Zach Galyon took eighth in the 2A 400 (52.79).