It was a sweep for the Andale Indians at the 4A regional track meet, as both the boys and girls ran away with the gold medal Thursday night in Towanda. The Ulysses Tigers put up a strong performance, finishing in eighth place for the girls, while the boys took fifth place.
The standout performance for the Tigers was Brenden Hudson, winning both the 200-meter dash with a mark of 22.47 and the 400-meter run with a time of 50.51. More importantly, Hudson qualifies for state in both of those events.
Joining Hudson at the state track meet next week will be Edgar Soto in the 100, Edwardo Mendoza in the pole vault and Maurice Ochoa in the triple jump.
For the girls, Yessenia Ornelas qualified for two events, finishing fourth in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs. The only other Tiger state qualifier was Riley Oglevie, finishing fourth in the high jump.
At Hill City
In the Class 1A regional Thursday in Hill City, the Wallace County Wildcats won the girls meet with a team score of 74 and the Almena-Northern Valley boys won with a total of 88 team points.
As a team, the Dighton Hornets girls finished in 13th place with 19 points and the Greeley County Jackrabbit girls finished in 22nd place with five points.
For the boys, Dighton finished in 10th place with 19 points, while Greeley County finished tied for 16th place with 10 points.
Qualifying for the Jackrabbit boys was Fabel Yanez in the 3,200-meter run, placing in second. Joining Yanez on the girls side is Lauren Crotinger, finishing in fourth place in the same event.
Dighton’s Traci Cramer was the school’s sole first-place finisher, and also qualified for two events after winning the 3,200 run with a time of 13:50.35 and placing in third place in the 1,600-meter run.
For the Hornet boys, the 4x800 relay is going to Wichita, and Marcus Rowe is also going after finishing in fourth place in the long jump.
The Kiowa County Maverick girls track team defended home track advantage in a Class 1A regional, blowing out the competition, finishing in first place with a score of 123. The second-place Kinsley Coyotes finished with 44 points. For the boys, Hutchinson-Central Christian won with a team score of 48 points on Thursday night in Greensburg.
Following the Mavericks, the South Gray Rebels finished in fourth place with 35 points, the Ingalls Bulldogs finished tied for fifth with a score of 30 points, the Satanta Indians finished in 11th with a team score of 21 and the Deerfield Spartans finished in 21st with 2 points.
For the boys, South Gray finished in eighth with 27 points, Moscow followed in 12th with 23 points, then Satanta with 21 points in 14th place and the Ingalls Bulldogs in 19th place with 15 team points.
Individually for the girls, Shade Torres was the sole area athlete to earn gold, winning the javelin with a mark of 131-05. In the same event, Jade Nagel, of South Gray, also qualified after finishing in third place.
Other Rebel girls going to Wichita next week are the 4x800-meter relay team, and Debbie Peters finished fourth in the discus throw, Natalia Granados also finished in fourth in the 3,200-meter run punching her ticket, and lastly Carly Croft will join them in the 100 after finishing in fourth place.
Sicely Jackson, of Santana, will represent the girls, qualifying in the 100, 200 and 400. She finished third in the 100 and 200,while taking second in the 400.
Two Bulldogs will also go to the state meet after Regan Ast finished in fourth in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles. Joining Ast will be Courtney Bailey, after finishing second in the 3,200-meter run.
On the boys side, there were three different athletes who finished with a gold medal on Friday after Gabe Salas, from Satanta, won the long jump with a mark of 22-08.25, Rafael Granillo, from Moscow, won the discus throw with a mark of 160-02 and Tate Davis, from Ingalls, won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.57. Salas also qualified for the 100-meter dash after finishing in third.