There weren’t a boatload of Skyline Thunderbirds at the state track meet in Wichita over the weekend, but the ones who were there did well—very well, indeed.
Sprinters Morgan Flowers and Jessica DeWeese each brought home a silver medal, and distance runner Roman Ibarra narrowly missed medaling in his two races.
Senior Morgan Flowers culminated a stellar 3-sport career as a Thunderbird by mounting the awards stand to receive her silver medal in the 100m dash. Qualifying earlier during Saturday morning’s prelims by posting a 12.74, Flowers sprinted to the finish line in 12.58 in the finals to earn her 2nd place.
“It felt good to end my career that way,” Flowers said later, after receiving her medal.
Freshman Jessica DeWeese narrowly missed qualifying in the 100m, placing 9th in 12.98. (The top 8 qualify for finals.) She more than made up for that in the 200m, however. She earlier had posted a qualifying time of 26.79 in Friday’s prelims, then came back Saturday with a 27.55 which was good for 2nd place.
Ironically, Flowers and DeWeese were both bested by the same girl— Caroline Bingham of Maranatha Academy, who won the 2A girls team title. Skyline finished 19th in the team standings thanks to the 16 points won by Flowers and DeWeese.
Freshman Roman Ibarra competed in both the 1600m and 3200m runs. Although not medaling in either race, Ibarra was the top freshman finisher in both—indicating he will be a force to be reckoned with in the future. His 4:48 (10th) in the 1600m was a mere 5 seconds from placing, and his 10:48 in the 3200m placed him a respectable 11th.
So at the state track meet, the Skyline track program saw the ending of one standout career with Morgan Flowers 2nd place in the 100m, and the beginning of two promising careers in Jessica DeWeese and Roman Ibarra.