Area track athletes medal at state meet

Area track and field athletes from Humboldt, Crest and Marmaton Valley all received medals for their finishes at the KSHSAA state track and field meet at Wichita State over the weekend.



May 30, 2023 - 3:50 PM

Crest’s Josie Walter, #341, runs in the Class 1A girls 1600-meter run. Photo by Quinn Burkitt

WICHITA — Area high schools raked in the medals at the KSHSAA state track meet at Wichita State’s Cessna Stadium over the weekend.

Crest’s Josie Walter and Peyton Schmidt finished tops in the girls 3200-meter run and Marmaton Valley’s Janae Granere and Piper Barney combined to bring home five medals.

Humboldt’s Maddox Johnson also threw his all-time best throw in the boys javelin for a fourth- place medal distance of 175 feet, 9 inches. 


Johnson’s performance in the Class 3A division was memorable, said Humboldt head coach Eric Carlson.

“It was unbelievable and I knew it when he threw it,” said Carlson. “It all kind of went together on his sixth throw. We were sitting there listening for the distances and we all jumped up and ran over to give him a hug. I knew what he was shooting for and he finally got it. You can’t write a storybook ending any better.”

Peyton Wallace ran the boys 3200-meter run with a time of 11:29.17, good for a 15th place finish. 

Mateo Miller went the distance in the boys 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.71 seconds and a 15th place finish. 

Humboldt’s Maddox Johnson with his fourth place javelin medal. COURTESY PHOTO

Humboldt’s girls 4×800 meter relay team of Skylar Hottenstein, Anna Heisler, Ricklyn Hillmon and McKenna Jones took 16th place with a time of 11:19.24. 

“It’s a phenomenal experience. If you’ve never witnessed the state meet you can’t describe it to anyone else,” Carlson said. “Until they get here, they never know. For them to be able to make it this year, they know what it takes to get here for next year.”

Miller also ran the boys 300-meter hurdles with a time of 47.26 seconds, a 16th place finish. 

Humboldt’s Peyton Wallace, left, runs in the boys 1600-meter run. REGISTER/QUINN BURKITT

Wallace competed in the boys 1600-meter run when he came in 16th place with a time of 5:08.44.

Javyn Hess matched up in the boys 800-meter run when he went for a time of 2:10.49, earning 16th place. 


Josie Walter and Peyton Schmidt finished in fifth and eighth place, respectively, in the Class 1A girls 3200-meter run on Friday morning. Walter finished with a time of 12:24.91 and Schmidt came in with a time of 12:38.67.