WICHITA — Area Class 3-2-1A schools had to wait an extra 90 minutes to begin their afternoon session at Friday’s opening day of the 2018 Kansas State Track and Field Championships.

Just 10 minutes into the field events after an 8 a.m. start, lightning was sighted about 12 miles east of the stadium, forcing KSHSAA officials to halt the meet, clear the stadium, and wait for the bolts to move further to the southeast.

When the afternoon session started about 3 p.m., the officials had caught up more than an hour of the lost time.

Scott City had a successful day by most standards, with the Beavers’ girls and boys both qualifying with the fastest times in Class 3A — the girls set a school record of 4:06.76 as Dulce Ayala, Emily Weathers, Madison Shapland and Emily Smith, took the lead early and held it throughout.

“It’s so neat to beat the school record, but we really want to win the race (Saturday),” said sophomore Madison Shapland, who also placed eighth and reached the podium in the pole vault, clearing 9-06, just shy of her season best 10-00.

The Beavers’ boys 4x4, meanwhile, had to sub in sophomore Brandon Winderlin after Jarret Jurgens suffered an injury, yet the relief runner did nothing to slow down the Beavers' top-seeded team as he, Adrian Ruelas, Wyatt Hayes and Kaden Wren clocked a 3:24.92, nearly four seconds ahead of the runner-up time.

“Brandon did a great job and we’re very proud of him,” said Hayes, who will go into Saturday’s events with the fastest 800-meter qualifying time in that event. “We wanted to do well, and it seems like we just have the mindset that no matter who runs, we’re gonna do our best to see how low we can go. We have great runners.”

But the final field event of the late evening session came in the pole vault where Scott City’s Faurot and his younger brother, Loren, battled a strong contingent of vaulters.

The older Faurot, who earlier this season set the state’s standard for 2018 by clearing 16-00, waited until the bar reached 14-06 before starting and he cleared that height as well as 15-00 on his first attempts.

His younger brother, however, cleared 13-06, missing all three tries at 14-00 to place eighth and make the medal stand.

But when the elder Faurot cleared 15-00, he was not alone as Caney Valley’s Chandler Heid, entering the event with a best of 15-00, was still in.

Heid missed his first two attempts at 15-06, as did Faurot, but then made the height on his final try. Faurot then appeared to get over the bar, but grazed it and it fell off, giving Heid the title and Faurot the silver medal.

Earlier in the day, Faurot had placed second in the high jump at 6-04, off his season best. Having sat out nearly three weeks with an injury, Faurot has just been getting back into tip-top condition in the past two weeks.

The all-around track star also qualified second in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 14.81 seconds. Lakin’s JP Perez was a seventh-place qualifier in the 300-meter hurdles at 40.93.

Deerfield’s Sheridan Rodriguez overcame both a calf injury and illness to place third in the Class 1A high jump, clearing 5-04, just shy of her season best 5-06.

Still, the Spartan senior said she was pleased with how her day had gone.

“The leg was bothering me all week of regionals, and sometimes it just tightens up,” Rodriguez said. “I’m a little bummed by it, but I didn’t expect to get sick. I didn’t have much left after I ran the 200.”

Rodriguez, who had cleared every height up to the 5-06 on her first try, was still pleased with the effort.

“I did as much as I could and I guess that’s all you can do,” she said.

Lakin’s Aaliyah Jones also set a school record when she cleared 10-06 in the 3A pole vault to place third.

Scott City distance runner Makaela Stevens ran a 12:10.58 to place third in the 3A girls 3,200 meters. The Beavers’ boys 4x100, with Winderlin, Nick Nowak, Jurgens and Jordan Horn, ran a 43.67 to earn the top seed for Saturday. Lakin’s 4x100 and 4x400 baton units also qualified, finishing seventh and fifth, respectively.

In Class 2A, Sublette’s Laiten Greeson qualified fifth in the 200 (26.49), but missed in the 400 (1:02.18) and will seek a finals berth in the 100 meters early Saturday morning.

The Syracuse girls 4x100-meter relay ran its season best of 51.83 and qualified fifth for the finals.

On the boys' side of things in 2A, Stanton County put themselves into position for a strong finish as they qualified numerous runners for Saturday’s finals.

Devin Berens was second in the 200 meters (22.92) and the 4x100 and 4x400 relay squads came in first (43.61) and third (3:29.31). The Trojans’ Isaiah Barrera finished fifth in the 3,200 (10:28.04 while Syracuse’s Christopher Giancola was right behind in sixth at 10:28.39). Wichita County freshman Sheldon Whalen qualified fifth in the 300 hurdles at 41.84.

Stanton County’s Trey Summers and Duane Jones went third and sixth in the pole vault, clearing 13-00 and 12-06, respectively. Syracuse’s Reece Hart placed seventh in the discus (144-03) and Stanton County’s Miguel Aleman was eighth at 139-08.

In Class 1A, it was a South Gray set-up day and the Rebels fared well on both the girls and boys sides.

Emily Salmans qualified seventh in the 200 (26.77) and Satanta’s Sicely Jackson eighth (26.82) and then Salmans nearly equaled her season best 400 (59.2), clicking off a 59.69 to earn the top seed.

“I think the 400 is my best race, and I just try to make up the stagger and then the last 100-150 yards kick it in,” Salmans said. “It’s exciting to compete here. You hear all the yells from the crowd, even if it’s not for you. I’m just running much stronger than I did a year ago.”

Greeley County’s Abigail Berggren placed fifth in the 3,200 in 12:53.32, while Ingalls’ Regan Ast qualified second in the 300 hurdles in 47.21.

The Satanta girls 4x100 relay team qualified fourth at 51.72

Another Deerfield field event performer, Griffin Cherico, placed sixth in the shot put (35-00.50) while South Gray’s Shade Torres was second in the javelin at 133-07.

South Gray’s defending Class 1A boys team champion had a solid effort, as well, qualifying Craig Griebel in the 200 (22.89, 3rd) and 400 (51.31, 1st). The Rebels’ 4x400 relay team qualified second with a time of 3:31.88. Gilbert Peters, the defending 1A discus and shot put champion, will compete in both of his specialities Saturday.

Dighton’s boys, meanwhile, was sixth in 3:32.83 in the 4x400 relay. The Hornets’ Marcus Rowe medaled in eighth place of the long jump at 19-01.

Saturday’s schedule begins at 8:30 a.m. with prelims in the 100-meter dashes for all classes of both girls and boys. The remainder of the finals then begins at approximately 9:30 a.m.