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El Dorado’s Howlands qualify for state track as a family

Published May 23 at 11:31 p.m. | Last updated May 31 at 7:31 a.m.

It was after the first meet of the season, when Garrett Howland watched both of his freshmen sisters establish themselves as threats, that the El Dorado junior knew that he had to step his own performance up.

“There was no more slacking for me,” said Howland, who specializes in the pole vault. “I couldn’t get beat by my sister.”

The challenge was on.

And on Friday night at the Class 4A track and field regional, all three of the Howlands qualified in their own individual event — Garrett in the pole vault, Sidney in the 400, and Jolie in the 800 — as well as running legs on El Dorado’s state-qualifying relay teams.

“We always joked around about how we were all going to get to state and dominate,” Jolie said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun and something we’re always going to remember.”

Garrett started things off by clearing 13 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault to snag third place and clinch his first berth at the state meet.

Then the sisters both ran legs on the 3200-meter relay team that won the event in a season-best time of 10:13.83. Next was Sidney finishing runner-up in the 400, followed by Jolie taking third in a competitive 800 race.

The finale, agreed by all three, was the sweetest. Sidney engineered yet another thrilling come-from-behind victory for El Dorado’s 1600 relay team, while Garrett ran a successful leg on the boys team that also qualified.

“We’re all so close,” Sidney said. “We have this connection where we don’t want to let each other down. We all have a drive in us where we just can’t lose. It’s a lot of fun to run with them.”

After the meet on Friday, Garrett was already planning T-shirts.

“The Howland trio or something cool like that,” he joked.

After never having attended the state meet, the Howlands are sure to have a large cheering section awaiting them in Cessna Stadium next Friday and Saturday.

“We’re going to bring everyone,” Garrett said.

First-time qualifier — For four years, Andale’s Phillip Winter toiled away at Andale. He was good enough to collect medals in his jumping events during the regular season, but had missed out on qualifying for the state meet for three straight years.

That changed on Friday, as Winter completed his career goal of making the state meet by leaping 20 feet, 9 1/2 inches to take third in the long jump.

“I’ve always been there to watch my teammates and it seems awesome,” Winter said. “I’ve just never been able to compete there, so I’m hoping it’s a great experience. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Two going for four — Wellington senior Holly Wright knew from experience what qualifying in four events requires. After not competing in track her first two seasons, Wright qualified in two individual events and two relays last season for the Crusaders.

She repeated the feat on Friday, winning the high jump at 5-4, taking runner-up in the 300 hurdles in a season-best 46.79, and running a leg on Wellington’s 400 and 1600 relay teams that qualified.

“I was a little worried because I knew I had to live up to that again,” Wright said. “But I just went out there and had fun and did my thing. I like doing that many events because it keeps me busy. I’d rather be busy than sitting around all night.”

Her teammate, freshman Jaycee Schettler, was on the opposite end of the spectrum. Nerves were plenty and Schettler wasn’t sure how to pace herself.

Nevertheless, she was able to qualify in both of her open races, the 100 and 200, as well as the relays.

“It was so nerve-wracking, because I am just a freshman,” Schettler said. “It’s exciting, but I know that people are going to be expecting a lot from me now.”

Another Burns—Following in older brother Morgan’s footsteps, Tyler Burns, now a junior at Trinity Academy, won his three events on Friday — the 100, 200, and long jump.

Burns will be a title contender in all three of the events in 4A, as he won the 100 in 11.04, the 200 in 22.31, and the long jump at 22-feet even.

“It’s always good to win some races going into state,” Burns said. “It helps your confidence and I feel like I have a shot now. Winning is always nice.”

Notable performances — Andover Central’s Amanda Kakoulias was the lone athlete, male or female, that qualified in four individual events. The sophomore won the long jump (17-1) and javelin (123-0), and was runner-up in the triple jump (36-9½) and shot put (39-3½).… As expected, Winfield junior Courtney Griffiths qualified in the 400 and 800 by winning both races in 57.54 and 2:18.32, respectively. But what was unexpected was Griffiths running a third race, qualifying in the 200.… Andale’s girls 400 relay team failed to qualify, as it botched its first handoff. The Indians entered with 4A’s top time.… After experiencing adversity on the relay, Andale’s Leah Reichenberger responded by running the second-fastest time in Kansas this season in the 300 hurdles to win in 45.82.… Andale’s Abbie Maxwell (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles) and Clara Lane (1600, 3200) were the other that qualified in two individual events.… Winfield’s Josh Hanna won the 800 and 1600, qualified in the 3200, and ran a leg on Winfield’s 3200 relay team that got in.… Teammate Riley Osen won the 3200 and also qualified in the 1600, as well as the 3200 relay.… Winfield’s Colin Reichenberger swept the titles in both hurdle races, winning the 100 hurdles in 14.84 and the 300 hurdles in 39.28.… Augusta’s Chaydon Carter qualified in the 100 and 200, as well as helping the Orioles’ 400 relay team qualify.… Other two event qualifiers were Andover Central’s Jordan Birch (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles) and Winfield’s Eli Muldrow (shot put, discus).

Girls

Team scores—Andale 124, Pratt 63, Coffeyville 57, Andover Central 46, Independence 45, Wellington 41, El Dorado 40, Ulysses 34, Circle 31, Winfield 28, Trinity 24, Rose Hill 16, Clearwater 5, Hugoton 3.

100—1. Cosper, Coffeyville, 12.58; 2. Newton, Coffeyville, 12.65; 3. Matthews, Independence, 12.66; 4. Schettler, Wellington, 12.88. 200—1. Newton, Coffeyville, 25.54; 2. Matthews, Independence, 26.15; 3. Griffiths, Winfield, 26.64; 4. Schettler, Wellington, 26.65. 400—1. Griffiths, Winfield, 57.54; 2. S. Howland, El Dorado, 1:00.42; 3. Lies, Andale, 1:01.63; 4. Emberson, Andale, 1:01.92. 800—1. Griffiths, Winfield, 2:18.32; 2. Branscum, Ulysses, 2:22.49; 3. J. Howland, El Dorado, 2:23.77; 4. Loomis, Pratt, 2:25.56. 1600—1. Helfrich, Pratt, 5:28.12; 2. Branscum, Ulysses, 5:29.89; 3. Derry, Circle, 5:41.15; 4. Lane, Andale, 5:45.41. 3200—1. Helfrich, Pratt, 12:03.06; 2. Scheufler, Trinity, 12:11.69; 3. Mijares, Trinity, 12:12.24; 4. Lane, Andale, 12:17.78. 100 hurdles—1. Highbarger, Circle, 15.62; 2. Maxwell, Andale, 15.94; 3. Arnold, Ulysses, 15.99; 4. Reichenberger, Andale, 16.42. 300 hurdles—1. Reichenberger, Andale, 45.82; 2. Wright, Wellington, 46.79; 3. Maxwell, Andale, 47.50; 4. Arnold, Ulysses, 47.65. 400 relay—1. Coffeyville (Johnson, Newton, Downing, Cosper) 50.00; 2. Independence 50.13; 3. Wellington 50.63; 4. El Dorado 51.89. 1600 relay—1. El Dorado (Beel, Anders, J. Howland, S. Howland) 4:06.36; 2. Independence 4:07.61; 3. Andale 4:09.17; 4. Wellington 4:10.50. 3200 relay—1. El Dorado (Anders, Fisher, S. Howland, J. Howland) 10:13.83; 2. Pratt 10:14.58; 3. Trinity 10:14.67; 4. Circle 10:22.85. High jump—1. Wright, Wellington, 5-4; 2. Rowland, Andale, 5-4; 3. Walther, Andale, 5-0; 4. Vannoster, Independence, 5-0. Pole vault—1. Eck, Andale, 10-0; 2. Smarsh, Andale, 9-6; 3. Heimerman, Andale, 9-6; 4. McDaneld, Clearwater, 8-6. Long jump—1. Kakoulias, Andover Central, 17-1; 2. Newton, Coffeyville, 17-0¼; 3. Cole, Andover Central, 16-10; 4. Bailey, Pratt, 16-3¾. Triple jump—1. Lies, Andale, 36-9¾; 2. Kakoulias, Andover Central, 36-9½; 3. Matthews, Independence, 34-9¾; 4. Shore, Wellington, 33-9¾. Shot put—1. Maydew, Pratt, 42-10½; 2. Kakoulias, Andover Central, 39-3½; 3. Zogg, Coffeyville, 37-5½; 4. Kohman, Pratt, 35-0½. Discus—1. Brower, Rose Hill, 124-8; 2. Maydew, Pratt, 110-10; 3. VenJohn, Andale, 109-11; 4. Zogg, Coffeyville, 109-8. Javelin—1. Kakoulias, Andover Central, 123-0; 2. Orth, Andale, 119-1; 3. Dennison, Circle, 113-0; 4. Berry, Independence, 105-0.

Boys

Team scores—Andale 93, Winfield 88, Coffeyville 53, Andover Central 44, El Dorado 40, Mulvane 35, Trinity 31, Hugoton 26, Augusta 26, Ulysses 26, Wellington 21, Clearwater 11, Circle 10, Rose Hill 10, Independence 7, Pratt 6.

100—1. Burns, Trinity, 11.04; 2. Downing, Coffeyville, 11.17; 3. Newton, Coffeyville, 11.27; 4. Carter, Augusta, 11.28. 200—1. Burns, Trinity, 22.31; 2. Carter, Augusta, 22.69; 3. Seirer, Andover Central, 22.77; 4. Jones, Coffeyville, 23.00. 400—1. Knoblauch, Andale, 50.56; 2. A. Keller, Winfield, 50.68; 3. Jones, Coffeyville, 51.37; 4. Fahring, Mulvane, 51.47. 800—1. Hanna, Winfield, 1:57.74; 2. Downing, Andover Central, 1:57.94; 3. Anders, El Dorado, 2:00.38; 4. Barbosa, Ulysses, 2:03.31. 1600—1. Hanna, Winfield, 4:27.97; 2. Osen, Winfield, 4:29.24; 3. Weber, Rose Hill, 4:32.00; 4. Castro, Hugoton, 4:35.99. 3200—1. Osen, Winfield, 9:52.95; 2. Hanna, Winfield, 10:02.78; 3. Castro, Hugoton, 10:06.45; 4. Spotts, Mulvane, 10:06.60. 110 hurdles—1. Reichenberger, Wellington, 14.84; 2. Birch, Andover Central, 14.91; 3. Harvey, El Dorado, 15.49; 4. Towery, Coffeyville, 15.81. 300 hurdles—1. Reichenberger, Wellington, 39.28; 2. Birch, Andover Central, 40.02; 3. Towery, Coffeyville, 40.11; 4. Smarsh, Andale, 40.31. 400 relay—1. Ulysses (Barlow, Anguiano, Irvin, Rudzik) 44.07; 2. Augusta 44.08; 3. Winfield 44.15; 4. Andale 44.44. 1600 relay—1. Andale (Eck, Smarsh, Vestring, Knoblauch) 3:28.11; 2. Mulvane 3:29.56; 3. El Dorado 3:29.56; 4. Hugoton 3:30.79. 3200 relay—1. Winfield (Chrisman, Keller, Osen, Hanna) 8:14.60; 2. Hugoton 8:16.60; 3. El Dorado 8:17.30; 4. Pratt 8:28.39. High jump—1. Macari, Andale, 6-6; 2. Steinkamp, Augusta, 6-4; 3. Rodriguez, Ulysses, 6-2; 4. Eastridge, Circle, 6-2. Pole vault—1. Meyer, Andale, 14-0; 2. Bugner, Andale, 14-0; 3. Howland, El Dorado, 13-6; 4. Horsch, Andale, 13-0. Long jump—1. Burns, Trinity, 22-0; 2. Downing, Coffeyville, 21-7¾; 3. Winter, Andale, 20-9½; 4. McCarthy, El Dorado, 20-9. Triple jump—1. Downing, Coffeyville, 42-8; 2. Rodriguez, Ulysses, 42-6¼; 3. Smith, Augusta, 41-8¼; 4. Kellogg, El Dorado, 41-7¾. Shot put—1. Johnson, Winfield, 51-10½; 2. Buckner, Andale, 49-11½; 3. Speicher, Independence, 49-10½; 4. Muldrow, Winfield, 49-10. Discus—1. Evans, Mulvane, 154-9; 2. Hanna, Andover Central, 147-7; 3. Muldrow, Winfield, 146-5; 4. Rudzik, Ulysses, 144-5. Javelin—1. Ast, Andale, 191-8; 2. Hall, Clearwater, 176-10; 3. Walstad, Andale, 171-8; 4. Geschwentner, Mulvane, 171-2.