That’s it for the 2022 Track & Field season. And what a season it was for the West Franklin Falcons.
The largest track meet in the nation, the KSHSAA State Championships returned to their typical two-day schedule this year with all classes in the state competing at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium.
The Falcons competed very well throughout the day, whether they were returning to state or it was their first time. They earned All-State honors in five events, meaning that they placed in the top eight in the state.
In his first trip to state, Trey Rogers had an incredible finish to run a personal best by one second and place 4th in the 400m. Sophomore Hope Crabtree improved on her school record in the 300m hurdles to 47.63. Running blind from lane eight, she ran away from most of the field to claim her own 4th place medal. Emma Bailey doubled up to add to her already outstanding career. Emma placed 6th in the 3200m and 8th in the 1600m. That gives her a total of FIVE All-State finishes between cross country and track, with one more year to go.
And finally, West Franklin’s first ever STATE CHAMPION is Lily Judd! Lily won the triple jump, improving on her school record to 36-06.25 on her final jump of the season. This was a well-deserved end to what has been a fantastic athletic career for Lily. She is the example of what it means to be both disciplined in the sport and a great teammate. Many of the athletes in this continually growing program will happily say that Lily has been a part of their success. With her leadership, the girls were able to place 11th as a team, making them the highest finishing track & field team in West Franklin History.
A special thank you to those who made the two-hour trip to support the team. Amongst the thousands of spectators in that stadium, your presence stands out and makes the experience even more meaningful. Thanks again to our fantastic community for the send-off and the support provided throughout the season.
(Top 8 medal and earn All-State Honors)
Girls Team (11th of 64 schools in 3A)
Lily Judd - Triple Jump (1st, State Champion, School Record, 36-06.25), 400m (11th, School Record, 1:01.81)
Emma Bailey - 1600m (8th, All-State, 5:43.12), 3200m (6th, All-State, 12:22.26), Pole Vault (14th, 8’6”)
Hope Crabtree - 300m Hurdles (4th, All-State, School Record, 47.63) 100m Hurdles (11th, 17.15)
4x100 (14th, 51.72) - Emma Leach, Sarah Voth, Haydan Walters, Nevaeh Jordan
4x400 (15th, 4:24.90) - Ciara Criqui, Hope Crabtree, Mackenzie Walter, Lily Judd
4x800 (10th, 10:47.88) - Hope Crabtree, Katie Cameron, Mackenzie Walter, Emma Bailey
Boys Team (32nd of 64 teams in 3A)
Trey Rogers - 400m (4th, All-State, 51.21), High Jump (12th, 6’0”), Long Jump (13th, 19-08.75), Triple Jump (14th, 38-08.75)
Kyle Haner - 3200m (12th, 10:56.48)
Jason Abarca - Pole Vault (14th, 11’6”)