Archive for Thursday, June 2, 2005

Johnson wins gold in 800, 1,600 meters

Goleman, Roberts grab state medals

June 2, 2005

After his first event at Friday and Saturday's state track meet in Wichita, Casey Johnson knew his run at history was over. But the Wildcat senior didn't allow disappointment to set in and ruin his final high school competition. Instead, he refocused and raked in as much gold as he could.

De Soto coach Chris McAfee said Johnson was probably feeling down after losing the 3,200-meter run to Clearwater's Jay Lindal, along with a shot at gold medals in the 400, 800, 1,600 and 3,200.

Wildcat senior Casey Johnson sets the pace in the 1,600-meter run
at the state championship track finals Saturday in Wichita. Johnson
won the event and successfully defended his 800 title, too.
Although he failed to achieve his goal of adding golds in the 400
and 3,200, Johnson finished second in the 3,200.

Wildcat senior Casey Johnson sets the pace in the 1,600-meter run at the state championship track finals Saturday in Wichita. Johnson won the event and successfully defended his 800 title, too. Although he failed to achieve his goal of adding golds in the 400 and 3,200, Johnson finished second in the 3,200.

"It was his first event of the day," McAfee said. "To be going for it (quad championship) and then lose it in that way -- well that's pretty frustrating."

Despite the early setback, Johnson finished with a performance most would envy, defending his state 800 crown and adding another in the 1,600. In addition, the busy senior earned second in the 3,200.

Johnson went against his better judgment and that of his coach early in the 3,200 when he jumped ahead of the pack. He led the race until there was about a mile left.

Then Lindal passed Johnson, stretched his lead and never looked back. Johnson never chased the defending 4A cross country champion, and Lindal (9 minutes, 37.55 seconds) won the event by nine seconds over Johnson (9:46.55).

Johnson won both the 1,600 (4:24.07) and 800 (1:56.65), and placed seventh in the 400 (50.90), in leading the Wildcats to a sixth-place team finish with 29 points.

In other boys action, Luke Krehbiel earned valuable state experience by placing 15th in the 110-meter hurdles with his time of 16.48 seconds. Leif Goleman finished his final meet by running a ninth-best time in the 200 in a clocking of 22.95.

Donnie Gardner concluded his final meet with a 10th-place finish in the 3,200 with a time of 10:21.83. The boys 3,200 relay, which consisted of Gardner, Adam Justice, Adam Wilcox and Lucas Slater, posted an 11th-best time of 8:34.86.

Battling cramps and fatigue following her 300 hurdle preliminaries, Jackie Goleman heard the call for all high jumpers to congregate and prepare for competition. The sophomore picked up her belongings and prepared to go right back to work.

"The 300s are tough enough the way it is," Goleman said. "It really strains you. I was really tired, but I drank my Gatorade and tried to get my energy back."

Whatever she did, it worked. Goleman didn't miss a jump until she surpassed the 5 feet, 2-inch barrier. Goleman's attempts at 5-4 failed. But she almost set a personal best when she cleared the bar at that height on her second try, only to have one of her heels knock the bar off on the way down. Goleman settled for third place.

The sophomore also placed fourth in the 100 hurdles (16.09) and fifth in the 300 hurdles (48.68), scoring 13 of De Soto's 17 team points. Goleman's efforts helped the Wildcats to a 14th-place team standing.

Melissa Roberts ended her high school career by placing fifth in the 1,600 with a time of 5:20.44. The girls 3,200-relay team finished its race in seventh place with a 10:02.57 clocking.

The relay team's performance marked the third time this season that the Wildcats re-established their own school record. The relay consisted of Lauren Karnitz, Katie James, Carrie Wilbert and Morgan Frehe.

Roxanne Grizzle claimed the 11th-best throw in the javelin with her toss of 114-2. Frehe broke the 12-minute mark when she clocked in at an eighth-best time of 11:54.99. Karnitz placed 14th in the 800 when she broke the tape at 2:38.17.

4A state track results

Boys team standings

1. Clearwater, 59; 2. Wamego, 48; 3. Wichita Collegiate, 43; 4. Baldwin, 36; 5. Concordia, 30; 6. De Soto, 29; 7. Sumner Academy, 28; 8. Osawatomie, 24 1/2; 9. Parsons, 24; 9. Coffeyville Field Kindley, 24; 11. El Dorado, 17; 11. Buhler, 17; 13. Abilene, 15; 13. Towanda Circle, 15; 13. Bonner Springs, 15; 16. Rose Hill, 14; 16. Chanute, 14; 18. Meriden Jefferson West, 13; 19. Ulysses, 12; 20. Spring Hill, 11; 21. Louisburg, 10; 21. Hiawatha, 10; 21. Scott City, 10; 21. Mulvane, 10; 25. Andale, 9; 25. Pratt, 9; 27. Goodland, 8; 27. Atchison, 8; 27. Augusta, 8; 30. Lindsborg Smoky Valley, 6; 30. Fort Scott, 6; 30. Andover Central, 6; 33. Iola, 4; 33. Topeka Hayden, 4; 33. Larned, 4; 33. Tonganoxie, 4; 37. Hugoton, 3; 38. Wellington, 2; 39. Belle Plaine, 1 1/2; 40. Chapman, 1.

Girls team standings

1. Concordia, 49; 2. Buhler, 44; 3. Clay Center, 40; 4. Andale, 35; 5. Wichita Collegiate, 34; 6. Sumner Academy, 33; 6. Clearwater, 33; 8. Fort Scott, 32; 8. Parsons, 32; 10. Eudora, 30; 11. El Dorado, 28; 12. Altamont Labette County, 21; 13. Baldwin, 19; 14. De Soto, 17; 15. Abilene, 14; 15. Colby, 14; 17. Iola, 13; 18. Towanda Circle, 10; 18. Wellington, 10; 18. Mulvane, 10; 18. Independence, 10; 18. Marysville, 10; 23. Tonganoxie, 9; 24. Chanute, 6; 24. Coffeyville Field Kindley, 6; 24. Wamego, 6; 24. Rose Hill, 6; 28. Spring Hill, 4; 28. Basehor-Linwood, 4; 28. Lindsborg Smoky Valley, 4; 28. Bonner Springs, 4; 28. Meriden Jefferson West, 4; 33. Kingman, 3; 33. Hoyt Royal Valley, 3; 33. Hugoton, 3; 33. Haven, 3; 33. Andover Central, 3; 38. Osawatomie, 2; 39. Anderson County, 1; 39. Louisburg, 1; 39. Holton, 1; Pratt, 1.

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