It wasn't quite the way Dylan Hartnett wanted to go out, but he's still thinking of his final experience as a Dodge City Red Demon as a treasure.
    Hartnett was one of the favorites to win the Class 6A 400 and 200 dashes at the Kansas State High School Activities Association state track meet, but he finished second in the 400 (48.97 seconds) and fourth in the 200 (22.25) Saturday afternoon at Wichita State University's Cessna Stadium. They were improvements from last year, when he finished third and seventh, respectively.
    “(I got) three medals and did my best, so I can't complain too much,” Hartnett, who will be competing collegiately for Wichita State, said after the 200. “I was going for more in the 200, but my legs were pretty tired and I couldn't go. I feel tired. I'm going to miss high school track, but I'm excited for next year.”
    Hartnett's third medal came when he teamed with Denton Durler, Shane Graves and Bobby Krahn and finished the 4x100 relay in a time of 43.74.
    The Red Demons finished 12th in the final team standings with 22.5 points. Shawnee Mission South won the team standings with 77.5 points, followed by Shawnee Mission East (73), Maize (42) and Shawnee Mission Northwest (38.5). Fellow Western Athletic Conference team Garden City finished 25th with six points.
    Dodge High senior Cliff Burdick was a little angry after not recording a mark in the pole vault event earlier Saturday, and he wanted to make sure he wasn't going to leave Wichita empty-handed. Burdick
held off a late challenge and finished third in the 300 hurdles with    
a time of 39.56.
    “I'm just a little angry that I didn't beat my prelim time,” Burdick said. “Then the dude in lane 2 (Olathe North's Jake Catloth) was coming up on me, and I said, 'No.' He wasn't getting me. It could have been better, but it's a good way to finish.”
    Burdick will be heading to Kansas State to compete in hurdles and the pole vault for the Wildcats.
    Junior Toby Boese finished sixth in the pole vault with a leap of 13 feet. Boese, who didn't compete in last year's meet, was seeded third with a clearance of 14 feet over the bar.
    Boese said his finish this year is motivation to do better in 2009.
    “I'm a little disappointed, but I was pleased that I placed,” he said. “This is going to push me because a lot of guys are graduating, and I want to step up and do well for my team at this meet.”
Lady Demons finish 18th
    The Lady Demons finished 18th in their final team standings with 12.5 points. Olathe East and Leavenworth tied for the Class 6A state title with 57 points apiece, followed by Shawnee Mission South (53.5), Manhattan (49.5) and Blue Valley Northwest (34). Garden City finished 27th with two points.
    Junior Samantha Shirley finished tied for fifth in the high jump with a leap over the bar at 5 feet, while Kaley Temaat finished sixth in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:15.60. Temaat had finished third Friday in the 3,200 run.
    Liberal finished eighth to lead WAC action in Class 5A with 25 points. Hays finished 13th with 20 ,and Great Bend was 21st with eight. The Panthers finished tied for third in the girls final standings with 57 points, while Liberal tied for 11th with 18, and Hays came in 14th with 15.