Track Squad Shines

Sean Lewis and Tavon Bass

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Varsity Track Squad Makes Noise


The IHS Track and Field season kicked off earlier this month with a series of practices before hosting an intra-squad showcase to give the coaches an idea of the strongest competitors. Last week, the group was able to compete for the first time this year due to chilly  weather conditions.

The meet took place in Labette County and the varsity girls had a strong showing, getting second place overall. Elysia Kunkler was a standout performer for the Fillies, snatching three first place finishes in high hurdles, one-hundred meter dash, and long jump. Kassy Shelby was also able to get a first place medal in the two-hundred meter dash.

The boys varsity squad did not have the same success, placing eighth overall. Freshman runner Jack Adams snatched a third place finish in the 3200M race, having the best day out of all the Mustang runners.

The following meet took place at Paola where neither squads were able to crack the top five, with the girls finishing sixth and  boys finishing 11th. Despite the less-than-stellar team finish, Elysia Kunkler was able to break a school long jump record that stood strong since 1977. She jumped 16 foot 11 ½ inches, which broke Jolene Riley’s previous record of 16 foot 11 inches flat.

The next varsity meet will take place in Anderson County on April 17th.  

(See results from both meets below)    


Paola Meet Placers (Girls)

Elysia Kunkler:

–1st in the long jump with a jump of 16’11 ½ “.

–1st in the 100m dash with a time of 12.94.

Ellie Carson

–3rd in the high hurdles with a time of 16.41.

Elka Billings

–5th in the 1600 with a time of 5:54.85.

–6th in the 800 with a time of 2:40.43.

4×100 Team

–6th with a time of 55.48.

4×400 Team

–8th with a time of 4:38.97.


Cole Regehr

–7th in the 1600m run with a time of 5:07.81.

Jack Adams

–8th in the 3200m run with a time of 11:03.57.  

Dan Foust

–8th in the 300 hurdles with a time of 44.46.  

4×400 team

–7th with a time of 3:45.68.  

4×800 team

–6th with a time of 9:15.47.   


Labette County Placers (Girls)

  • Elysia Kunkler
    • FIRST in the HIGH HURDLES with a time of 15.9.  
    • FIRST in the 100M DASH with a time of 13.0.
    • FIRST in the LONG JUMP with a jump of 15’9”.
    • THIRD in the 300M HURDLES with a time of 51.8.
  • Kassy Shelby
    • FIRST in the 200M DASH with a time of 28.3.
    • Also on placing 4×400 team
  • Ellie Carson
    • SECOND in the HIGH HURDLES with a time of 17.0.
    • FOURTH in the 300M HURDLES with a time of 53.7.
  • Elka Billings
    • SECOND in the 800M RUN with a time of 2:41.6
    • FOURTH in the 1600M RUN with a time of 6:08.0.
    • SIXTH in the 200M DASH with a time of 29.4
  • 4 x 400 m Relay (consisting of Kassy Shelby, Hannah Gardner, Kylee Maloney, and Madisyn Holloway)
    • THIRD place with a time of 4:46.3.  



 Jack Adams

    • THIRD in the 3200M RUN with a time of 11:09.0.
  • 4 x 800 M Relay (Consisting of Nathan Sprague, Cole Regehr, Pieter Venter, and Kalan Wright)
    • THIRD with a time of 9:46.  
  • Christian Floyd
    • FOURTH in the SHOT PUT with a throw of 39’10.5”
  • Dan Foust
    • SIXTH in the 300M HURDLES with a time of 46.0.


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