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Wamego makes it to state in seven events

Sherer, Seufert lead Raider efforts

Chris Willette competes in the hurdles for the Red Raiders at the Regional Track Meet held in Abilene on Friday. photo by Ron Preston, Abilene Reflector-Chronicle.
May 24, 2014
The Wamego Red Raiders qualified for state in seven events as a result of their performance at the Regional Track and Field Meet held in Abilene on Friday.

"Going into the regional we felt like we had a chance to qualify in 12 events, and we qualified in seven," said WHS Coach Rick Patton.

"We knew in three of those events we would have to have personal bests, and on top of that, we had to have great execution, but we didn't. We had some good performances from kids that qualified and good performances from kids that did not qualify. However, I can't say as a team, it was one of our better meets. Some of our top end kids talent wise, did not perform very well. In the regional you can't perform just like you would in a regular meet, you have to step it up a notch, because if you don't, other people will."

The girls 4x800m relay was one of the qualifying events.

"They ran 10 seconds faster than they have all year," said Patton.

"As to other events, Allison Seufert ran very fine 800, Brooke Woodward has been one of our most consistent performer all year, winning the javelin. Eli Miller had is best series of throws in the discus all year.

"Maddie Vontz place second in the triple jump to qualify, which is very positive, since she is fairly new to the event. Matt Scherer and Ethan Artzer ran very fine races in the 3200, both qualifying."

The boys 4x800m relay also qualified.

"I was happy for them," Patton said. "You always feel bad for the kids that placed fifth, that are so close."

Chris Willette was one of those. "He had an excellent meet in both hurdle races," said Patton "He was fifth in the 300 hurdles and if would not have hit a hurdle in the 110' s, he would have qualified. Alexis Pettay was fifth in the long jump."

Even though some didn't qualify, Patton was still happy with their regional performances, Patton said, listing Emma Pettay in the pole vault, Jordyn Braun in the 400, Michael Bryan in the shot put, Gavin Alexander and Daniel Dietrich in the 1600.

He criticized himself as well.

"I did a poor job of making a decision on holding Tessa or Allison out of the 1600, so they we could be fresh in the girls 4X400 relay," he said. "We had the best time going into this event, and did not qualify. That ended up being a bad decision. Although we had some disappointments at regional, up to this point we have had a good year, but now we need to go down to the State meet in our seven events and finish off the year on a positive note."

The state schedule for the Wamego athletes is:

Friday, May 30th

Boys 3200- 8:05 A.M Matt Scherer and Ethan Artzer

Saturday, May 31st

Girls Javelin- 8:00 AM Brooke Woodward

Girls 4X800 Relay- 10:30 AM Brooke Ward, Riley Wilson, Tessa Seeberger, Allison Seufert

Boys Discus- 11:30 AM- Eli Miller

Boys 4X800 Relay- 11:40 AM Antony Klecan, Matt Scherer, Colby Nelsen, Cannon Woodward

Girls Triple Jump- 3:00 PM- Maddie Vontz

Girls 800- 5:05 PM Allison Seufert

Individual Girls Results


Megan Rodgers 14.12

Taylee Helms 17.43


Jordyn Braun 1:07.7


Allison Seufert 2:27.3 1st (State qualifier)


Elise Wolf 13:29.08

4 x 100 Relay 52.79

Brooke Ward, Maddie Vontz

Megan Rodgers, Riley Wilson

4 x 400 Relay 4:19.30

Brooke Ward, Riley Wilson

Tessa Seeberger, Allison Seufert

4 x 800 Relay 9:53.89 1st (State qualifier)

Brooke Ward, Riley Wilson

Tessa Seeberger, Allison Seufert

Pole Vault

Emma Pettay 8' 6"

Long Jump

Allexis Pettay 15' 6" 5th

Triple Jump

Maddie Vontz 33' 5.5" 2nd (State qualifier)

Alexis Pettay 28' 9"

Shot Put

Michelle Wahl 28' 6.75"


Kayla Evans 94'


Brooke Woodward 118' 7" 1st (State qualifier)

Individual Boys Results

Boys Results

100 M

Jeff Brazzle 13.14

200 M

Ethan Thomas 25.35


John Sullivan 54.24


Colby Nelsen 2:11.56 6th


Gavin Alexander 4:58.40

Daniel Dietrich 5;13.09


Matt Scherer 10:36.43 1st State qualifier

Ethan Artzer 10:39.23 3rd State qualifier

110M High Hurdles

Chris Willette 16.51

Cameron Chapman 17.05

300M Hurdles

Chris Willette 42.28 5th

Joey Holley 43.05

4 x 100 Relay 45.66 6th

Joe Sullivan, John Sullivan

Ethan Thomas, Cannon Woodward

4 x 400 Relay 3:36.79

John Sullivan, Joe Sullivan

Joey Holley, Cannon Woodward

4 x 800 Relay 8:36.73 4th state qualifier

Anthony Klecan, Matt Scherer,

Colby Nelsen, Cannon Woodward

Long Jump

Jacob Katzenberg, 16' 3.75"

Boys Shot Put

Michael Bryan 41 2.5"


Eli Miller 138' 2nd state qualifier


Jon Madewell 131' 4"

Tyson Loewen 122' 6"


Tags: USD 320 - Wamego, Wamego, Wamego High School

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