Dodge City High senior Bryce Sonday wanted to give everything on his last throw for the Red Demons Saturday afternoon in the Class 6A boys discus in a last effort to retain his state title from a year ago.
Unfortunately as he threw, Sonday lost his balance and his hands touched outside the circle causing him to foul on the lawn next to Wichita State's Cessna Stadium. Sonday put his arms over his head, walked to get his discus and then over to his coaches dejected of not fulfilling his goal.
It was that type of day of not quite getting over the jump for success with both Dodge City High track squads; but DCHS track head coach Dave Foster said the kids and everyone should look at their times or distances to see their success, not where they placed.
"If they were only measuring themselves by their times or distances, then they would be pleased," Foster said. "They threw better and ran better, but there was better competition this year. The kids are thinking of placing and not seeing the big picture. They performed better; it was just the competition improved."
The Red Demons finished 11th in the Class 6A standings with 27 points after two days of events, while the Lady Demons (who competed in nine events) scored six points from one event to finish tied for 26th in the 6A girls standings.
Dodge City didn't have any boys athlete to finish higher than third in their events during the weekend. Sonday finished third in the discus (172-0) to go along with his third in the shot put on Friday.
"Bryce is looking at finishing third, but I think when he sits down and realizes he threw 172, which is better than what he did last year in winning the state, I think he'll be pleased," Foster said.
Meanwhile, Oscar Carmona battled Blue Valley Northwest's Samuel Guinn and Blue Valley's Colton Donahue down to the end of the Class 6A boys 1,600 race; but Guinn finished first and Donahue second as they were able to outkick the DCHS junior in the final few yards. Carmona finished in a time of 4:20.48.
"He was in the hunt with 100 meters to go and he took an advertent elbow from one of the other kids which knocked him off his stride," Foster said. "He still did well staying there all the way to the end."
Carmona also finished fifth in the boys 800 in a time of 1:58.32; while teammate Elder Colindres placed seventh at 1:58.94. The final points came from junior Victor Ortiz, who finished sixth in the pole vault after clearning 13-6.
The only points scored for the Lady Demons came in the 100 hurdles where Summer Wilson finished third in a time of 15.23 seconds.
"Summer is an other person who will sit back and appreciate her time," Foster said. "She ran the second fastest time in the state (at the regional) and it just goes to show how tough 6A is. She beat the 5A champion (Liberal's Jai Chapman) by more than a hurdle in the Western Athletic Conference meet."