Wichita Tonganoxie and Baldwin high schools battled it out Saturday night to see which team would end up with a gold medal at the Class 4A state track championships.
In the end, it was the Chieftains, who won the boys 1,600-meter relay. The Bulldogs finished third in the event. Less than a second separated the top three teams.
Tonganoxie ran 3:23.5 to win the race. The Bulldogs finished in 3:24.16.
In other events, Baldwin’s girls’ 1,600 relay finished runner-up (4:04.56), while Concordia broke the state record in the race. Baldwin also placed second in the 3,200-meter relay.
Baldwin’s Connor Wright finished runner-up in the 800-meter run. He ran 1:56.45, which also broke the Bulldogs’ school record. Wright also helped the boys 3,200 relay team finish fourth.
De Soto’s Jamel Townsend won the 4A boys long jump with a mark of 23 feet, 4 inches. Oskaloosa’s John Thurston was the other winner. He won the 300-meter hurdles, running 39.51 to win the Class 3A race.
De Soto’s Jordan Riffel finished runner-up in the 4A boys’ 100. The Wildcats’ Lacey Erickson placed third in the 800 run. She also helped the 3,200 relay finish third.
Tonganoxie placed two girls in the 4A javelin. Roni Grizzle finished third, while Chrissie Jeannin placed fifth.