Stanton County Trojans
Area's best dominate events at Haskell Co. Relays
By BRETT MARSHALL
SATANTA — Stanton County's track duo of Jenna Black and Quinn Kendrick have the top marks in their respective specialties in the 2012 Telegram Honor Roll.
So does Moscow's Osvaldo Granillo, the Wildcats' quadruple gold medal-winner from last year's Class 1A state track meet.
On Tuesday, at the Haskell County Relays, those three showed why they are among the elite in southwest Kansas as they came away with victories in the nine-team meet.
Granillo added four more gold medals to his cache as he won the 100 (10.93), the 200 (22.65) and 400 (50.58) before anchoring a come-from-behind win in the 4x400-meter relay with a team season-best of 3:34.11. His anchor leg of 50.1 allowed him to overtake Stanton County's Daniel Molina, who had a 25-meter lead with the handoff for the final leg.
Black captured her lone win in her favorite, the 3,200-meter run (11:50.71) and then ran on two relay teams for the Lady Trojans to get some speed workouts where she ran a 2:32 split on the 4x800-meter squad and then clocked a 1:06.0 in the 4x400 race.
Kendrick, who cleared a season-best and school-record 14-6 pole vault a week ago at the Stanton County Invitational, captured his event with a leap of 14-0, easily topping Syracuse's Kyle Dupree, who could manage just an 11-6 vault after going 13-0 at Scott City the week prior.
There were several other multiple event winners in the meet, which saw the Southwestern Heights eclipse Stanton County, 103-98, to win the girls division while the Trojans walked off with the boys division, winning easily with 160 points to runner-up Sublette's 94.
Temperatures hovering in the low to mid 90s, combined with some windy conditions in the middle of the meet, created a mix of results with times on the track and marks in the field events, perhaps not matching up with what the competitors and coaches would have expected.
Granillo seemed to be feeling the effects of the heat and humidity, but also battled a tight hamstring muscle.
"This meet just has taken a lot out of me," an exhausted Granillo said at the end of his three individual races and just before his anchor leg of the 4x400-meter relay. "I just don't feel like I've got that raw power today. The humidity has really drained me."
Granillo said he was disappointed with his times as he had hoped for personal bests with the warmer weather.
"Just not a good day, we made a last-minute entry into this," Granillo said of finding out on Saturday the team would be running in the Relays. "I've really been looking forward to Hugoton (on Friday). When you're from the small school, you get really pumped to run against the bigger schools. So I'm looking forward to that."
Granillo, who will compete in the decathlon next year at Central Missouri State University, said he had hoped to go under 50-seconds in the 400-meters after having posted a 50.01 in the season-opening meet at Cimarron the last Friday of March.
"I guess when you change your goals, and your expectations are higher, when you have a day like today, it just doesn't feel as good," Granillo said.
For Stanton County's Black, who set The Telegram's season-best mark in the 3,200-meters (11:42.14) Friday night at the Holcomb Invitational with a stirring victory over Class 2A rival Paige Wells of Wichita County, Tuesday was a day simply to work on conditioning and speed.
In her only individual race, she won by more than a minute while coming up just short of her time from Holcomb. The Lady Trojan freshman, who suffered with a bout of mononucleosis during the 2011 fall cross country season, is happy to be healthy and running well.
"I was just hoping to get my splits faster at the end," Black said of her 3,200 race. "I think I'll continue to get faster and just working on the speed events today will be a big help."
Black, whose season-best marks also include the 1,600-meters (5:24.27), is happy with where she is halfway through her first season at the high school level.
"I enjoy running against Paige, we push each other and it's good for both of us," Black said. "She's really good in the 800 and we're really battling in the 1,600 (Wells ran a 5:16.16 last week to post the season's top mark)."
Black's top 1,600 time is 5:24.27 and she is chasing the school record of all-time great Dodie Martin (5:18.6 in the 1,600 and 11:24.3 in the 3,200).
"Well, they're not the easiest school records to go after, that's for sure," Black said. "But those are my goals and I think I'm going to get stronger and faster."
Kendrick, who suffered a fracture in his foot during the 2011 football season, and then had both a high and low ankle sprain, is now healthy and just rounding into shape for the final half of the season.
"It's felt good for about a week and a half," Kendrick said of his foot. "For the first time in a long while, I felt stronger and that I could get the push off that I need."
Tuesday, after clearing 14-0, Kendrick moved the bar to 15-0 and missed on all three attempts, just narrowly missing his final vault.
"I've got a stronger pole that we just ordered and once I get comfortable with that I think I've got a good shot at 15-0," said Kendrick, who set the school mark with his 14-6 vault. "Getting the standard at the right depth is a big thing for me now. I was over and looking down at the bar and just brushed it, so I know I can get it."
Other multiple winners on the girls side included Syracuse's Mia Wilson in the 100-meters (13.71) and long jump (15-06.5), Stanton County's Haley Floyd in the 800 (2:40.40) and 1,600-meters (5:59.93), Deerfield's Bridget Crandall in the 100-meter (16.91) and 300-meter (50.12) hurdles, and Mauri Steimel of Stanton County in the shot put (37-0) and discus throw (104-10).
On the boys side, Stanton County's Marques Logan captured three individual titles — the 110-meter (15.91) and 300-meter (42.72) hurdles along with the high jump (5-10). Double winners included Joseph Iman of Elkhart in the 1,600-meters (4:58.72) and 3,200-meters (10:53.30), and Moscow's Rigo Bustillos in the shot put (45-01.50) and discus throw (123-11).
See results in Scoreboard, Page B2.
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