SUBLETTE — Athletes battled high winds all meet long, but the Class 2A regional in Sublette made up for that with a number of area athletes heading to the state meet next week.
Moved up four hours to avoid potential storms later in the evening, the meet started all field events in sustained 30-plus mile per hour winds.
When the dust had finally settled, it was the Stanton County boys taking the team title with 76 points, with Hutchinson-Trinity taking second with 67.5.
For the girls, Garden Plain out-dueled Sterling in a big way, 119.25-79.25.
Six area boys entries took home gold, while two did that on the girls’ side.
Wichita County had five qualifiers for state, and three of those where champions.
Sophomore hurdler Sheldon Whalen took the 110-meters in 15.20 and the 300-meters in 41.96.
Whalen also qualified with a fourth place in the 200-meter dash.
Freshman pole vaulter Tristen Porter captured that title for the Indians, going 12-6.
The Stanton County boys picked up three individual titles in qualifying eight to the state meet.
In the triple jump, Stanton County’s Creed Puyear, who missed his first two jumps in the prelims, came back strong to take second (43-05.25), just 2 inches ahead of Syracuse’s Payton Hawkins.
Puyear’s teammate, Michael Aleman, throwing the discus right next to the triple jump runway, got off a big throw to finish second.
Hawkins’ teammate Reece Hart finished fourth in the discus.
And just before the mandatory break, Stanton County’s 4x800 relay claimed gold, edging out Lakin at the finish in 9:03.28 to the Broncs’ 9:03.30.
Puyear claimed the long jump title (21-11.25), and Aleman took home the 200-meter crown (24.18 seconds).
Isaiah Barrera, who anchored the winning 4x800 relay, was third in the 1,600 meters, while Jarreth Carrasco was third in the 800 meters.
Lakin got a third place in the 400-meter dash from 4x800 anchor John Wright, and the Broncs picked up a gold medal in the 4x100 relay, running in 44.91 seconds.
Syracuse qualified five to state.
For the girls, Sublette senior Laiten Greeson picked up a win in the 100-meter dash, winning in 12.27, by just two-hundredths of a second.
She also placed second in the 200-meter dash and second in the long jump. Teammate Tea Stoppel was third in the 1,600, with Mercedes Martinez fourth in shot put.
Stanton County qualified three girls, including sophomore Peyton Peterson, who won the 1,600-meter run in 6:05.46.
Peterson was third in the 3,200 meters, while teammate Jordyn Tucker was fourth in the 800.
Syracuse’s Katelynn Riley qualified fourth in the 200-meter dash, and Wichita County’s Kendall Bloedorn was fourth in the pole vault.