In day one at state track, area athletes nab medals
The 2013 high school state track and field championships officially kicked off Friday morning.
From 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., schools from all six classes competed inside Cessna Stadium at Wichita State University for the chance to carry home ultimate bragging rights. While many of those heats were prelims, setting the stage for Saturday's main events, several local athletes participated in their respective event finals.
Of those, five walked away with medals — Leavenworth's Willie Morrison, John Warren and Jared Belardo, Pleasant Ridge's Tony Weber and Lansing's Savannah Baker.
Morrison was the big winner of the day, throwing 166 feet and five inches to win gold in the Class 5A discus. Joining him at the podium stand were teammates Warren and Belardo, who snatched silver and bronze in the 5A long jump.
Weber ran the 3A 3,200 meter race in nine minutes, 57.44 seconds to take fourth, while Baker earned a seventh place medal in the 5A triple jump.
Other local results from Friday included:
* Immaculata's Danny Boisson placed 10th in the 2A 400 dash prelims
* Immaculata's Mark Hernandez placed 16th in the 2A high jump
* Pleasant Ridge's Kyle Lansing placed 10th in the 3A triple jump
* Pleasant Ridge's Oleta McCaulley placed 11th in the 3A javelin
There were other area athletes that competed Friday, but complete results from the prelims and/or field event finals were not all available before press deadline.
The competitions will resume Saturday morning at 8 and by the afternoon, all finals should be finished.
For more results from the weekend, check out LeavenworthTimes.com this evening and Tuesday's paper edition.