By NICK McQUEEN
Special to The Telegram
HAYS — Greeley County senior Kennedy Schneider is no stranger to what it takes to perform at a high level in the postseason.
Having won state championships in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs in Class 1A as a junior, the Schneider name has been synonymous with success in the same events again this season.
Friday's Class 1A regional at Lewis Field Stadium was no different.
"Today felt pretty good," Schneider said after winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 in dominant fashion. "I had three races, so I kind of had to be a little bit conservative."
The Jackrabbits were anything but conservative, though, hogging up points in all three distances events, and collecting a second-place regional trophy with 62 points.
Quinter won the girls' regional title with 66.
"I knew we had the potential to finish where we did in the distance races, and the girls really stepped up and ran well," Greeley Co. coach Greg Cook said. "We were hoping for a little better finish and sneak three in in all three, but we'll take the two and the three in the 1,600.
In the 1,600, Schneider finished first in 5:40.07, while freshman Coraima Yanez was second in 5:42.43, and sophomore Kelli Holthaus took home the bronze in 5:43.45.
Schneider and Yanez, the Schneider and Holthaus replicated the sweep in the 3,200 and 800, respectively.
"The girls have been doing reall well this season, so proud of everyone to do what we did," Schneider said.
Schneider finished the 3,200 in 13:12.85 with Yanez second in 13:13.22. In the 800, Schneider ran 2:33.32, followed in by Holthaus in 2:34.62. The dominance in the events came on a blustery day.
"It's a surprise, but when you see times coming in, you are really thinking it's a possibility," Cook said of his squad sweeping top spots in the three events. "You always keep in mind it's a possibility."
Schneider, who ran behind former Jackrabbit standout Madison Moser as a sophomore in 2010, replicated her feat from last season by claiming three golds in the regional round. Now, she sets her sights on doing the same thing at next week's season finale at Wichita's Cessna Stadium.
"It doesn't seem like anything was good — because the weather was so icky," Schneider said. "But I have high goals for state... really excited."
Senior Adam Smith also qualified for state for Greeley County Smith finished second in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.61.
The Jackrabbit girls, who had just four compete, finished 11 points ahead of third-place Hoxie.
"The state meet is the state meet," Cook said. "It's something where anything can happen.
"Kennedy is hoping to repeat in the other two and finish her career by winning all three of them, and she has the capability to do that," the coach added.
Speer, Brown pace Dighton
Both sophomores Leslee Speer and Diamond Brown had qualifying days for the Dighton Hornets.
Speer, who just missed qualifying in two events as a freshman, got it done this time around in the triple jump and the 100-meter hurdles.
Speer, on her first jump of the day, went 35 feet, 1 1/4 inches to finish second in the triple jump. She then was fourth in the hurdles in 17.06 seconds.
"I had a really good triple jump," Speer said. "Feel pretty good about the 100 hurdles, too."
Speer had the top jump after the preliminary round, but was overtaken by Winona-Triplains freshman Shayna Rogge, who leapt 35-08.25 on her second attempt in the finals — with the strong tail wind.
"My first one was the best one," Speer said. "I think it was just because I was fresh. I hadn't really done anything else today."
Brown, after earning the top seed in the prelims, upheld the standing to win the 200-meter dash in 26.61 seconds.
Also qualifying, the Dighton boys' 3,200-meter relay team finished fourth in 9:10.43, and freshman Graham Applegate was fourth in the 800 in 2:05.87.
See results in Scoreboard, Page D2.