After a week off from competition, both the Skyline and Pratt High track and field teams are ready to prove themselves against top competition from around the area at their respective regional track meets, which weather permitting, will be held across the state today.


After a week off from competition, both the Skyline and Pratt High track and field teams are ready to prove themselves against top competition from around the area at their respective regional track meets, which weather permitting, will be held across the state today.

Skyline travels to Greensburg to compete in the 2A Kiowa County regional, while Pratt High will take a longer trip out to Winfield for one of four 4A regionals.

The Thunderbirds have had a solid season so far, and expect to continue that today. With 15 other teams competing at Kiowa County, coach Summer Younie likes the chances of her girl’s team to make it to state. They have finished well at some of the larger meets this season, and regionals is always a big one.

Both sides of the Skyline team struggle with numbers, and the girls have plenty of top-level talent – they win their share of races – they just don’t have many events with more than one girl competing. So at smaller meets, deeper teams catch them in the standings.

But at large meets, those teams end up with zero placers, while Skyline’s most talented athletes still finish well.

Whether or not they can finish well enough to qualify as a team remains to be seen, but if they don’t, count on Anna Petrowsky, Morgan Flowers and Brooke Fisher to qualify in several events.

On the boys side, Karson Becker leads the way for the Thunderbirds, making his mark on the jumping field events. He holds the top jump in 2A this season in the triple jump, and has done well in the long jump. He also runs middle distance and has thrown the shot put.

For the Greenbacks, coach Jeff Fuss thinks his girls will get to state as a team as well. They share in Skyline’s problems in that they don’t have much depth, but the girls they have all put up points toward the team score.

Fuss thinks his girls have a chance to do well at the state meet as long as everyone is at full strength and running healthy.

If for some reason they don’t get there as a team, Dominique Staats, Aubrey Hoover and Cheyenne Becker should all qualify for state individually in their top events.

The Pratt boys have overachieved this year as a team, putting together several quality finishes at meets this season.

Repeating that performance at regionals is always much tougher, but the boys should have several state qualifiers as individuals.

Payson Maydew and Brady Seidel almost always finish at the top in the 300m hurdles, with Maydew running the 110 high hurdles as well. In addition, any number of Greenbacks could have a solid day in Winfield and make their way to state unexpectedly.

Look for full results in Monday’s Tribune from both regionals.