DHS sophomore leaps to glory at state tournament
Experience paid off this past weekend for De Soto's Julie Beck.
Making her second trip to the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships, Beck exited the medal stage with a pair of medals as she equaled her freshman season's mark.
The Wildcat sophomore took home the bronze in the long jump Saturday and a fourth-place medal in Friday's triple jump event.
In the long jump, Beck finished three inches off her regional jump with a 16-8 3/4 leap. Lower numbers abounded as only one of the 14 competitors individual scored a higher mark Friday than at regionals. Beck benefited from the downfall, edging out Labette County's Lindsey Carter by three-fourths of an inch for third place.
Beck, who placed sixth in both events last year, bested her runner-up regional mark with a 35-4 1/4 leap in the triple jump. Coming into state with the ninth-best leap in 4A, Beck easily placed herself into the upper echelon with a fourth-place showing.
Beck's regional nemesis, Sumner Academy's Rayna Boyd, took top honors in the long jump (17-4 1/4) and finished third in the triple jump (35-9), barely defeating Beck in both events.
Improvement on time did not help the De Soto girls' 4x800-meter relay team. The De Soto Wildcats made a three-second increase from regionals, yet they finished 13th out of 14 teams.
Using Beck's two medals, the Lady Wildcats finished in a four-way tie for 21st place with 10 points.
In boys' long jump, sophomore Michael Allen placed ninth with a 20-8 1/2 mark. Allen finished between a pair of former teammates as Mill Valley's Dominque Burgin (8th) and Andrew Sudduth (14th) qualified for state competition.