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Welch’s triple jump highlights Campus meet

Published April 25 at 11:17 p.m. | Last updated April 25 at 11:18 p.m.

HAYSVILLE – During what would become the best triple jump in the career of Ezekiel Welch, the Maize senior said that he felt like he was in slow motion.

He had torn through his first phase, which set him up for the jumps. The first leap felt far, then the second one he knew something great was coming. Then came a takeoff that seemed airborne for an unnatural amount of time.

When Welch landed near the end of the pit, he had covered an astounding 49 feet to win the triple jump competition at the Campus Invitational on Friday evening.

“I felt like I was in the air for 20 seconds,” Welch said. “I won’t lie, as soon as I landed I thought it might have been a 50.”

The 50-foot barrier is the golden mark for any elite triple jumper, but Welch was still pleased with his two-foot improvement in the event. The mark currently stands as No. 11 in the nation, according to national track and field website DyeStat.

“Everything just felt right,” Welch said. “You can’t really describe it. You just know when everything goes right and that’s what happened. It felt amazing.”

Welch also set a season-best time in the 400-meter dash, breaking the 50-second barrier for the first time with his winning time of 49.65.

Welcome to the big show – The stage was set for one of the best fields of boy sprinters in the state with the City League’s trio of Deron Thompson, Devin Dempsey, and Calil Burnett, as well as the area’s Tyler Burns, Zach White, Kendall Stewart, and Kade Remsberg.

It was Thompson who emerged victorious in the 100, pulling ahead with his closing speed to win the race in 10.65. Dempsey (10.80), Remsberg (10.89), and Burnett (10.93) all broke the 11-second barrier.

“It’s such good competition, I’ve got to bring it every single week,” Thompson said. “It’s a constant grind, but winning lets me know where I’m at. I’m just going to keep working. When state comes around, I’m just gonna do what I do.”

But it was Remsberg, a freshman, who stole the show, tearing through the curve in the 200 to speed past Thompson (22.52), Stewart (22.87) and Burns (22.99) to a season-best time of 22.32.

“I had high expectations coming into the season for myself, but I never expected this,” Remsberg said. “When I was out there running, it just felt right. And then when I won that race, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I just beat Deron. This is so crazy.’ It was definitely a good feeling.”

Bock again – After taking last season off, Bishop Carroll’s Brooklyn Bockover has returned to the track and is excelling in the open 400, which she won on Friday with her third consecutive personal-best time at 1:01.09.

It was the first race Bockover has won in her career.

“The ultimate goal is to run under 60,” Bockover said. “I ran two 61s in a row (counting the 1600 relay team), so that’s pretty good for me. When I heard my time, I was like, ‘Dang, no wonder why I’m so tired.’ But it feels good. It’s good to be back out here.”

Other notable performances – Newton’s Cory Martens threw a personal-best of 177-1, the fifth-best mark in Kansas, in the discus to win.… Northwest’s Calea Carr now has the top mark in 6A in the discus after winning with her personal-best throw of 137-1 1/2.… Freshman Gabriela Reyna is now the Northwest record-holder in the 1600 and 3200 after winning both on Friday in personal-best times of 5:27.17 and 11:49.93.… Liberal’s Trenton Hammond set the No. 1 mark in Kansas in both of his hurdle events, winning the 110 hurdles in 14.46 and the 300 hurdles in 38.38.… East’s Allegra Carson has the fifth-best mark in Kansas with her winning long jump of 18-1.… Derby’s Craig Compton won the pole vault with a season-best vault of 14-1, the seventh-best mark in Kansas.… Northwest’s Karis Parker has won all four of her 100 hurdles races on the season, including Friday at 15.52.… Newton’s Sarah Bartel broke 48 seconds for the first time in her career to win the 300 hurdles, as her time of 47.84 moved her to fifth so far this season in 5A.… South’s Kaden Griffin won the long jump with a season-best mark of 22-0.

Boys

Team scores – Carroll 136¾, Liberal 82, Newton 73, Kapaun 61½, Maize 56½, Northwest 53¼, East 46, South 36, Derby 24, Trinity Academy 14, Valley Center 13, Campus 9¼, Arkansas City 6½.

100 – 1. Thompson, Northwest, 10.65; 2. Dempsey, Kapaun, 10.80; 3. Remsberg, Newton, 10.89. 200 – 1. Remsberg, Newton, 22.32; 2. Thompson, Northwest, 22.52; 3. Stewart, Maize, 22.87. 400 – 1. Welch, Maize, 49.65; 2. Griffin, South, 51.30; 3. Ketter, Carroll, 51.44. 800 – 1. Shurtz, Northwest, 2:00.66; 2. Wells, Kapaun, 2:02.20; 3. Albers, Carroll, 2:03.98. 1600 – 1. Martin, Carroll, 4:32.35; 2. Matsui, South, 4:39.69; 3. Hesse, Kapaun, 4:40.72. 3200 – 1. Becker, Carroll, 9:36.70; 2. Matsui, South, 10:05.94; 3. Bosley, Maize, 10:09.48. 110 hurdles – 1. Hammond, Liberal, 14.46; 2. Willis, Newton, 14.72; 3. Hicks, Derby, 14.80. 300 hurdles – 1. Hammond, Liberal, 38.38; 2. Willis, Newton, 39.92; 3. Dixon, East, 40.19. 400 relay – 1. East 42.94; 2. Carroll 43.48; 3. Maize 43.55. 1600 relay – 1. Liberal 3:26.37; 2. Carroll 3:27.41; 3. Northwest 3:30.38. 3200 relay – 1. Liberal 8:20.86; 2. Northwest 8:24.45; 3. Carroll 8:27.77. High jump – 1. Eatmon, Liberal, 6-2; 2. Burnett, East, 6-0; 3. Hansard, Carroll, 6-0. Pole vault – 1. Compton, Derby, 14-1; 2. Wilson, Kapaun, 13-9; 3. Shuey, East, 13-0. Long jump – 1. Griffin, South, 22-0; 2. Demel, Carroll, 21-10; 3. Burns, Trinity, 21-7. Triple jump – 1. Welch, Maize, 49-0; 2. Eatmon, Liberal, 42-5; 3. Moore, Newton, 41-9¼. Shot put – 1. Martens, Newton, 52-11; 2. Garrison, Carroll, 48-6½; 3. Lantz, Kapaun, 47-5½. Discus – 1. Martens, Newton, 177-1; 2. Rafter, Carroll, 153-9; 3. Lantz, Kapaun, 149-8. Javelin – 1. Honas, Carroll, 174-2; 2. Kaufman, East, 166-3; 3. Sanchez, Carroll, 163-2.

Girls

Team scores – Newton 97½, Maize 91, East 82½, Northwest 74, Kapaun Mount Carmel 73, Valley Center 53, Bishop Carroll 45½, Campus 36, Derby 20½, Arkansas City 16, Liberal 14, South 9.

100 – 1. Andres, Newton, 12.49; 2. Brooks, Kapaun, 12.57; 3. Valadez, Kapaun, 12.65. 200 – 1. Brooks, Kapaun, 27.41; 2. Andres, Newton, 27.60; 3. Hall, Northwest, 27.64. 400 – 1. Bockover, Carroll, 1:01.09; 2. Brown, Campus, 1:02.79; 3. Taylor, Valley Center, 1:02.99. 800 – 1. Wedman, Maize, 2:32.51; 2. Schaller, Kapaun, 2:34.11; 3. Watters, Ark City, 2:34.31. 1600 – 1. Reyna, Northwest, 5:27.17; 2. Devorce, East, 5:31.93; 3. Watkins, Maize, 5:32.03. 3200 – 1. Reyna, Northwest, 11:49.93; 2. Perez, Liberal, 12:21.08; 3. Barton, Valley Center, 12:25.45. 100 hurdles – 1. Parker, Northwest, 15.52; 2. Anderson, Campus, 16.25; 3. Crow, Derby, 16.28. 300 hurdles – 1. Bartel, Newton, 47.84; 2. Mahoney, Kapaun, 48.23; 3. Anderson, Campus, 50.08. 400 relay – 1. Kapaun 50.43; 2. East 51.21; 3. Newton 51.29. 1600 relay – 1. Maize 4:20.32; 2. Campus 4:20.89; 3. Newton 4:22.47. 3200 relay – 1. Valley Center 10:28.05; 2. Kapaun 10:34.15; 3. Carroll 10:34.63. High jump – 1. Richey, East, 5-2; 2. Runnion, Valley Center, 5-2; 3. Swenson, 5-0. Pole vault – 1. Fish, Northwest, 10-0; 2. Harmon, Derby, 9-6; 3. Graber, Maize, 9-0. Long jump – 1. Carson, East, 18-1; 2. Green, Maize, 16-3¼; 3. Ukoefreso, East, 16-1. Triple jump – 1. Ukoefreso, East, 34-7; 2. Woods, Valley Center, 33-5½; 3. Harris, Newton, 33-5¼. Shot put – 1. Roberts, Newton, 44-8¾; 2. Carr, Northwest, 43-1; 3. Helm, Newton, 37-3. Discus – 1. Carr, Northwest, 137-1½; 2. Swenson, Maize, 126-3; 3. Roberts, Newton, 122-6¾. Javelin – 1. Swenson, Maize, 142-4; 2. Navarro, East, 123-3; 3. Orton, Maize, 111-3.