Fillies place second overall at season opening meet at Labette



March 30, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Sophomore Elysia Kunkler competes in the hurdles at Labette on Thursday. Kunkler finished first in both the high hurdles, 100-meter dash and the long jump. Photo Courtesy of Sean Frye and the Parsons Sun-Times.

High School Track: Iola Mustangs and Fillies

Cold, windy and wet conditions did not stop the Iola track and field team from having a successful start to the season.

The Iola girls finished second overall and finished just 13 points outside of first. The boys finished eighth overall.

That 13 points that separated the Fillies and Independence could’ve been made up. Iola’s 4×100 relay team consisting of Nora Gostner, Kassy Shelby, Ellie Carson and Madisyn Holloway finished first overall but got disqualified for making an exchange just a step outside of the exchange zone.

That cost the team 10 points. The Fillies were also missing several athletes.

Sophomore Elysia Kunkler led the way placing in all four events she competed in including the high hurdles (15.9 seconds), 100-meter dash (13 seconds) and the long jump (15”9’).

Kunkler also finished third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 51.8 seconds.

Shelby was the only other Mustang or Fillie to record a first-place finish, coming in first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.3 seconds.

Carson placed in both hurdles finishing second in the high hurdles (17 seconds) and fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (53.7 seconds) and Elka Billings placed in all three of her races finishing second in the 800-meter run (2:41.6), 1600-meter run (6:08) and sixth in the 200-meter dash (29.4 seconds).

Erin Klubek finished third in the triple jump (27’5”) and Gostner finished sixth in the 100-meter dash.

The 4×400 relay team of Shelby, Holloway, Hannah Gardner and Kylee Maloney finished third overall with a time of 4:46.23 but technically should’ve finished tied for second due to a timing rule.

The Iola boys didn’t have any first-place finishes in their 8th-place performance but were led by Jack Adams in the 3200-meter run (11:09) and the 4×800-meter relay team of Nathan Sprague, Cole Regehr, Pieter Venter and Kalan Wright (9:46) who both finished third.

Christian Floyd finished fourth in the shot put with a throw of 39’10.5” and Kanyon Beasley finished fifth in the javelin (134’8”) and sixth in the discus (109’1”).

Dan Foust finished sixth in the 300-meter hurdles (46 seconds).

The junior varsity girls finished fifth and the boys finished seventh.

Holloway had a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:11.0 and Christine Helman topped her competition in the discus with a throw of 76’6.5.

The boys didn’t have any first-place finishers in the junior varsity level but they did have two athletes finish second with Foust jumping 8’6” in the pole vault and Kiefer Endicott recording a 92’7” discuss throw.

Iola varsity will be back in action on April 5 at Paola.