Free State High's Christian Ballard, the Journal-World's Male Athlete of the Year, competes in the boys 4x100-meter relay at the Class 6A state track and field meet last month in Wichita. Despite weighing in at 280 pounds, Ballard was an accomplished sprinter during his Free State career. "I got a lot of strange looks," he said. "People were just in awe when they saw me sprint down the track."

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