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YOST CLAIMS FOUR GOLDS AT REGIONAL

May 22, 1999

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— See Heidi run, see Heidi jump, see Heidi win gold.

Perry-Lecompton senior Heidi Yost won four events -- the 100, 200, long jump and triple jump -- at the Class 4A regional on Friday at Liston Stadium.

"I'm doing all right," said Yost, a Wichita State track signee. "I shouldn't be disappointed, but I am because my marks aren't any good at all."

Yost set the school record in the 100 (12.4) and tied the school record in the 200 (26.2).

The Kaws' standout, though, is known more for her jumps after winning the long jump and triple jump at the Class 4A state meet last May. Her 39-1 mark in the triple jump last year at state was a 4A record.

At Friday's regional, Yost won the triple jump in 36-9 3/4 and the long jump in 17-10 1/4.

"I was almost three feet from my best (in the triple jump)," Yost said. "One is all it takes and I had the best one. I was happy with long jump mark."

Yost accounted for 40 of the Kaws' 57 points, good for a tie for a second place at the 16-team meet.

The state track and field meet is next Friday and Saturday at Wichita State's Cessna Stadium.

Anderson sets school marks

Baldwin senior Aaron Anderson set school records in the shot put (52-5) and discus (159-7). He won the shot and finished second the discus.

"I'm surprised to say the least," said Anderson, a Baker University football signee. "I didn't expect this."

He's been resetting the shot record all season and finally had a breakthrough in the discus.

"I've wanted the discus record all year," he said. "It was real sweet to get that."

Noonan sweeps distance races

Baldwin freshman Matt Noonan won the 1,600-meter run (4:35.5) and the 3,200 (10:23.5). His victory in the 3,200 was by 10 seconds.

"I'm probably in the best shape I've been in all season," Noonan said.

Noonan's two golds helped the Bulldogs finish second in the team standings.

Baldwin 1-2 in high jump

Baldwin's Heath Knight and Bryan Williams finished 1-2 in the high jump. Both finished with 6-6 leaps.

Morrisey kicks in 800

Ottawa senior Bridget Morrisey won the 800 with a school record 2:17.9, one of the top times in the state this spring.

She took the lead for good around the first turn.

"At the beginning when you have all the energy, you might as well get out there and use it," said Morrisey, who's receiving attention from Kansas University. "It's a confidence thing."

Morrisey teamed with Jessica Sylvester, Lindsay Dieterich and Kathryn Sylvester to win the 4x800 relay in 9:43.9, a whopping 25 seconds better than the runner-up. OHS has won the 4x800 the past three years at state.

Ottawa's Moloto cruises

Junior Errol Moloto, a foreign exchange student from South Africa, won the 400 in 49.0 and anchored the winning 4x400 relay (3:25.26). His split in the relay was a blazing 48.8.

"This time of the year you just want to get better," Moloto said.

Including preliminaries, Moloto ran six races at the regional.

"That goes to show you what kind of athlete he is," OHS coach Mark Laws said. "When he came into town, he was thinking basketball. I have a feeling if you asked him now, he'd probably say track is his No. 1 sport."

Corcoran qualifies in 100, 200

Perry-Lecompton junior Joe Corcoran won the 200 (22.4) and was third in the 100 (11.0). He also led off the Kaws' second-place 4x400 relay team.

SFT's relay wins

Santa Fe Trail's 4x400 girls relay team of Erika Kraus, Jessica Lang, Angie Heffner and Cassie Augustine won in 4:10.3, one the best times in 4A this season.

Other area winners

Santa Fe Trail's Derek Fultz used a strong kick to win the 800 (2:00.5). Baldwin's Michael Curran won the 110 high hurdles (15.1) and Ottawa's Michael Nation won the 300 intermediate hurdles (39.5).

Stein takes two fourths

Eudora senior standout Jessa Stein finished fourth in the 1,600 (5:30.2) and 3,200 (12:06.5). The top three placers automatically qualify for state. The top two fourth-place finishers from the state's regionals also advance. EHS coach Dave Durkin was confident Stein's times were good enough to qualify.

-- Steve Rottinghaus' phone message number is 832-7152. His e-mail address is srottinghaus@ljworld.com

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