Kunkler beats school long jump record at Paola



April 6, 2018 - 11:00 PM

High School Track and Field: Iola Mustangs

In a team performance dotted with personal bests for the Iola Mustangs and Fillies, Elysia Kunkler took it a step forward, breaking the school record in the long jump at the Paola track meet on Thursday.

Kunkler had tied the record at the team’s preseason showcase and broke it Thursday afternoon with a jump of 16 feet, 11.5 inches. The previous record of 16 feet, 11 inches was set by Jolene Riley in 1977.

Kunkler is now the owner of two school records after she topped the 100m high hurdle record with a time of 15.5 seconds last season.

In addition to finishing first in the long jump, Kunkler also finished first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.94, and the high hurdles with a time of 15.74.

Kunkler finished second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 50.28.

Junior Ellie Carson finished third in the high hurdles with a time of 16.41 which was a personal best for her at Iola.

Elka Billings finished fifth in the 1600 with a personal best time of 5:54.85 and sixth in the 800-meter run (2:40.43). She also finished with a personal-best time in the 200-meter dash (28.92).

The girls 4×100-meter relay team consisting of Hannah Gardner, Kylee Maloney, Ellie Carson and Madisyn Holloway finished sixth with a time of 55.48 and the 4×400-meter consisting of Elka Billings, Maloney, Gardner and Holloway finished eighth with a time of 4:38.97.

The girls finished sixth overall as a team.

Meanwhile, the boys had several athletes reach personal heights led by junior Cole Regehr who finished seventh in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:07.81 which was seven second faster than a previous time.

Freshman Jack Adams finished eighth in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:03.57 which beat his old record by a second.

Dan Foust finished eighth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 44.46 seconds which was a season-best and close to a personal record.

Finally the 4×400-meter (Cale Barnhart, Tavon Bass, Nathan Sprague and Dan Foust) and 4×800-meter relay team (Regehr, Bass, Sprague and Adams) finished seventh (3:45.68) and sixth (9:15.47).

Barnhart also ran a personal record in the 400-meter run but didn’t place and Christian Floyd finished with a personal record in three of his events but did not place.

The Mustangs finished 11th overall.

Iola will compete at Anderson County next Friday.

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