It was a stacked regional, the toughest 4A regional in many events. The Pratt High School track and field team found the sledding tough, as no boys qualified for the State track meet—although several did manage to place and score. Several Lady Greenbacks will be moving on to state, including the usual suspects as well as some pleasant surprises.
The girls throwing corps made the most noise for Pratt, with junior Jenson Maydew winning both the shot (41-3) and the discus (111-5). Samaria Kohman also qualified for state, taking 3rd in discus (105-9). Kohman was also 5th in shot put (34-11.) Kayla Baer will be making a trip to state as well, placing 4th in discus (101-1). It is quite a feat for three girls from the same school to qualify in a single event, but that’s just what Pratt’s girl throwers did, with all three discus twirlers earning a trip to WSU next weekend.
Senior Kaylah Romine returns to state in the 3200m after taking the silver with 12:16. Romine missed qualifying in the 1600m, finishing 6th (5:41). Romine has a 2nd event at state, however, as the girls 4x800 relay qualified, running 10.33 to take 3rd. Adele Loomis, Cassidy Cronister and Nichole Moreland each carried the stick in addition to Romine.
In her 800m, Loomis placed 6th with a 2:29, good enough to place but not qualify.
Pratt’s sprinter/jumpers will be represented at WSU as well. Paige Bailey qualified, taking 4th in long jump at 16-6. She placed 6th in the 100m (13.68). Connor Reh took 4th in the 100m (13.12) to earn a state berth. She placed 5th in triple jump, 35-0, missing by 2” of going to state in that event as well. Those two plus Christina Fernandez and Jaci Kolm each took a carry on the qualifying 4x100 relay (3rd 51.55).
Rounding out PHS girls scoring was Chloe Cannata who got 5th in pole vault (9-0).
The boys placed in a few events, but none made it to Wichita. Robby Eggleston took 5th in the 200m (23.68). The 4x100 relay also took 5th with Eggleston, Skylar Dean, Weston Riner and Nick Koler taking the stick. Lastly, the 4x400 relay with Riner, Josh Ash, Devin Roberts and Ryan Landry took 6th (3:33.)
Team scores were not available at presstime, but it is believed host Andale won both the boys and girls divisions. The State meet will be next Friday and Saturday at WSU.