A week ago, the Ashland High boys track team found itself atop the competition at the Southern Plains Iroquois Athletic Association meet at Memorial Stadium.

    On Friday, the Bluejays once again finished first at the Class IA regionals at Memorial.

    With a team total of 111, the Bluejays finished 29 points ahead of Pawnee Heights, which took second.


   A week ago, the Ashland High boys track team found itself atop the competition at the Southern Plains Iroquois Athletic Association meet at Memorial Stadium.
    On Friday, the Bluejays once again finished first at the Class IA regionals at Memorial.
    With a team total of 111, the Bluejays finished 29 points ahead of Pawnee Heights, which took second.
    "The main thing is being relaxed," Ashland coach Jim Gillaspie said. "We knew we were well prepared and relaxed and could do the best we could and that's what they did."
    Ashland qualified numerous athletes for state, including Bobby Krahn, who attended Dodge City High School last year. Krahn took home the gold in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes.
    "Bobby Krahn was big for us today," Gillaspie said. "But all those guys who took the seconds and thirds, those guys really made it a total team victory that way."
    Ashland also got winning performances from Cole Gardiner in the 1600-meter run, Ransom Gardiner — who finished second in the 1600-meter run — in the 3200-meter run and Spencer Amerin in the high jump.
    The Bluejays' 4x400-meter relay team of Ben Fox, Krahn and the two Gardiners also paced the field with a final time of 3:33.89.
    "It's exciting to qualify all those guys for state," Gillaspie said. "It took all of them to do what we did. They really worked hard and state will be the final chapter as far as that goes."
    Minneola finished second for the girls with a team total of 53.50, trailing only South Barber who paced the field with a 77.
    Kara Minor finished first in the 100 meters with a 12.53 and second in the 200 with a 26.38 for the Wildcats, and Minneola took silver in both the 4x100 and 4x400.
    Jetmore's Morgan Edwards had a winning leap of 16-4 1/2 in the long jump, while the Longhorns' 4x100-meter relay team of Isaiah and Lucian Bradshaw, Evan Kreger and Isaiah Richardson finished first for the boys with a 44.67.

Reach Keith Jenkins at (620) 408-9909 or e-mail him at keith.jenkins@dodgeglobe.com.