State Track & Field Begins Friday

The Kansas State High School Activities Association State Track & Field Championships will begin for area teams on Friday morning at Cessna Stadium in Wichita. Many area athletes will be competing for State Championships in their respective events.

The meet gets underway at 7:45 a.m. Friday with the 1A Girls 3200m Run Finals, followed by the 1A Boys 3200m Run, then the 2A & 3A 3200m Finals. Many field events will get underway at 8:00 a.m. The rest of the day Friday sees more field events and the running preliminaries for Class 1A through 3A begin at 9:00 a.m. with the 100m Hurdles.

There’s a long list of area athletes that have qualified for state, including 19 returning State placers from a year ago and two returning State Champions, as Clara Eilert of St. John’s in the 1A Girls 100m Hurdles and Caden Callaway of Pike Valley in the 1A Boys 3200m Run will both look to defend their titles in those events.

As far as teams are concerned, the Beloit Trojans boys and girls will both be well represented in Class 3A, as well as the Osborne Boys and St. John’s Girls in Class 1A and the Smith Center Boys in Class 2A.

Beloit won their home 3A Regional Championship in both boys and girls action last Friday. We had a chance to catch up with head coach Ryan Isbell, and he offered his thoughts on both teams chances at State against the rest of the 3A competition.

The Osborne Bulldog boys team was also a regional champion last week in Class 1A at Hays. They will send multiple athletes to Wichita, and their head coach Steve Tiernan discussed their chances in the 1A Boys ranks this weekend.

Again, the State Track & Field Championships start at 7:45 on Friday morning in Wichita. Fans can find a complete list of athletes competing from the KD Country 94 & Z 96.3 listening area at www.nckssports.com. Fans can also stay informed with what is going on at State Track & Field by tuning in for our reports beginning after 9:00 a.m. on KD Country 94 Friday, with reports each half hour until the early session finishes. Coverage continues just after 9:00 a.m. on Saturday as well with reports every half hour all day long.