Ashland High School’s Spencer Amerin cleared six feet, six inches on Friday afternoon to take home the Class 1A state crown in the high jump at the 6-1A state track and field championships at Cessna Stadium

    Amerin had cleared 6-8 earlier in the season, but it only took 6-6 to take first place. He missed all three of his attempts at 6-8.

    Cody Howell of Pretty Prairie took second and Centralia’s Jerrell Nightingale placed third.


     Ashland High School’s Spencer Amerin cleared six feet, six inches on Friday afternoon to take home the Class 1A state crown in the high jump at the 6-1A state track and field championships at Cessna Stadium
    Amerin had cleared 6-8 earlier in the season, but it only took 6-6 to take first place. He missed all three of his attempts at 6-8.
    Cody Howell of Pretty Prairie took second and Centralia’s Jerrell Nightingale placed third.

BOYS
  LONG JUMP
Amerin did not fair as well in the long jump, taking sixth place with a 20-4 jump.

   4x100 RELAY
Minneola’s relay team of Colbie Penick, Kameron Ptacek, Jason McClaren and Trace Pike took third place in the preliminaries on Friday, finishing with a time of 45.12.
    Ness City competed in the same heat as Minneola and ran a 44.53, taking first.
    The finals will take place at 3 p.m. on today.
  200-METER DASH
    For the first time this year, Ashland’s Ben Fox did not take first in the 200, finishing third in the preliminaries. He will get a second chance to take first overall in the event finals tonight at 5:55. He finished the preliminary in 22.97.
    Finishing right behind him was Minneola’s Jason McClaren at 23.49. McClaren also qualified for the finals.
    Garrett Breech of Flint Hills took first (22.89).

  DISCUS
    Giles Fox of Ashland took second place in the discus, launching it 160-8. He placed behind Greeley County’s Jonathon Miller. Miller tossed the discus 167-1.

GIRLS    
   POLE VAULT
    Bucklin’s Melinda Davis continued to improve on Friday, helping her take home first place in the pole vault.
    A month ago, Davis could not get over 8-6, since then she has improved dramatically at every meet and on Friday she cleared 10-0.
    Her best vault prior to Friday, was 9-6, which she did at the regional meet a week prior.
    Not only is 10-0 good enough for first place, it is also a personal best and a Bucklin High School record.
    South Gray junior Mikayla Skidmore took third with a 9-6 vault. Skidmore has been stuck at that mark all year.
    Skidmore is only two weeks back from a rib injury that kept her from competing for almost a month.

  100-METER HURDLES
    Greensburg’s Morgan Fulton took fourth in the preliminaries in the 100  hurdles to qualify today’s finals, which start at 9:30 a.m.
    Fulton’s time of 16.63 was second-best in her heat. The top qualifier was South Barber’s Erin Merklein with a 15.75 time.

  300-METER HURDLES
`Fulton finished third in her heat to move to the finals in two events. Her time of 48.24 was good enough for fifth overall.
    The finals will be at 4:10 today.
    Bucklin’s Sammy Kreutzer took the final qualifying spot in the event, running a 48.60 for eighth place overall. She finished fifth in her heat.

  4x100 RELAY
    The Minneola relay team, composed of Morgan Minor, Kassy Ptacek, Samantha Harrington and Kara Minor, took second in their heat and third overall in the preliminaries with a time of  51.67.
    Their placing is high enough to qualify for the finals today at 3.
    The Jetmore team of Lauren Shuler, Crystal Bradshaw, Brooke Borger and Morgan Edwards took fifth in their heat to just miss qualifying for the finals.
    Skyline edged Jetmore by less than second to take fourth.

 TRIPLE JUMP
    Jetmore’s Morgan Edwards took fifth, soaring 34-9 3/4. The top finisher in the event was Ashley Shearer of Cunningham, going 38-4 1/2.

      400-METER DASH
    Jetmore’s Crystal Brashaw just missed qualifying for the finals, finishing fifth with a 1:01.73 time. First place was captured by Wallace County’s Hallie Kuhlman (58.81).

   200-METER DASH
    Minor sprinted to a 27.27 finish to take third in her heat to move on to the finals. Wallace County’s Hallie Kuhlman won the event, running a 25.86.
    The finals will take place at 5:54.

   4x400 RELAY
    The South Central group of Michelle Burt, Chrissy Selzer, Lauren Jarnagin and Tori Brass finished the rsvr in sixth with a time of 4:17.63. They qualified that starts at 6:10 tonight.


— Ryan Buchan