By CONOR NICHOLL
Satanta sophomore Sicely Jackson has quickly risen to the top of the Class 1A sprinting ranks.
Last year, Jackson qualified for Class 1A state in the 100-meter dash. She finished 13th in the 100 in a time of 13.40. She took sixth in the 200 at 27.18. In the 400, Jackson earned fourth in 1:00.41. Jackson also ran on the 400 relay that posted a seventh-place showing in 53.34.
This year, Jackson improved on times. She has posted 12.5 seconds hand timed in the 100 in the Moscow Invitational on April 4.
She, Norwich’s Tori Poe, Moundridge’s Jamya O’Quinn, Centralia’s Morgan Kramer and Osborne’s Afftin Conway have ranked as the top 1A girl sprinters, according to Kansas historian Carol Swenson.
In the 200, Jackson ranks third in 1A in a season-best mark of 26.57, which she ran at Spearville Invitational on April 12. She trails Kinsley’s Rylee Gleason (26.38) and Poe (26.42) in 1A. Jackson is even better in the 400 in a mark of 1:01.10.
She is .09 ahead of Almena-Northern Valley’s Paige Baird to lead 1A. Baird is the defending state champion in the event. Jackson posted her 400 mark at the Spearville meet.
Jackson has long jumped well with a mark of 17-1 at Moscow. She went 16-2.75 at Spearville, and 16-1.5 at the Tom Gilmore Relays on April 15 in Ashland. Only two 1A long jumpers have jumped at least 17-2 this spring.
At the Tom Gilmore meet, Satanta took fourth in the eight-team field with 68 points, while South Central was first at 109.
Jackson captured the 100 in 13.38 and won the race by .74 seconds. As well, she earned the 200 crown in 27.23, nearly four seconds ahead of second place. She collected the 400 in 1:05.08 and captured the race by more than nine seconds. Jackson’s long jump mark won the competition by a significant margin – second place was 14-6.5.
On the boys’ side, Satanta’s Gabe Salas won the long jump in 21-2.25 and took second places in the 100 and 200. Jr. Puerto was second in the 1,600 and 3,200. Satanta boys took fourth with 73 points, and South Central won with 116.
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