By CONOR NICHOLL
Scott City had a rare two meets in four days during the last week. SC boys captured both crowns, and the Beaver girls earned a second and first place showing.
Last Friday, Scott City went to the 13-team Sterling Invitational. SC boys delivered 128 points, while Inman was second with 117.5 points. Sterling took third with 81 points.
Scott City had previously rolled to the 2019 Class 3A title with 101 points, 51 ahead of runner-up Lindsborg-Smoky Valley.
For the girls, Sterling finished first with 115 points, seven ahead of Scott City. Inman took third with 78 points.
On Monday, Scott City competed in its own meet, the 84th Scott City Relays, a rescheduled competition. The Beaver girls won with 120 points, while Colby was second with 96 and Phillipsburg took third with 92. The meet had 11 teams.
For the boys, Scott City rolled to a title with 140 points, well ahead of second-place Lakin’s 96 points. SC girls has consistently posted strong teams.
In the last eight years, SC girls has five state team finishes between third and seventh place. This year, both teams, especially on the boys’ side, are state contenders. Senior Isaac Tarango has signed with Bethel College for track and field.
Notably, Paige Vulgamore broke her own school record with a clearance of 11 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault. As well, Loren Faurot cleared 14 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault. Both clearances occurred in the last week.
Vulgamore is currently top-5 for all classes in the girls’ pole vault, according track historian Carol Swenson’s statewide list at Sports In Kansas. Faurot ranks third with all classes on the boys’ side, and first in 3A. No other 3A boy pole vaulter has gone above 13-6. Tarango has posted 10.8 hand-timed seconds, one of the state’s top marks.
Entering the spring, Scott City, like many teams, didn’t return many state track qualifiers from 2019. Individually, Kennedy Holstein took ninth at state in the 400-meter dash in 1 minute, 2.22 seconds. Clare Hawkins earned sixth in the 1,600 in 5:35.67 and second in the 3,200 with 12:00.24. Hawkins also ran on the 3,200 relay that earned third. Vulgamore took sixth in the pole vault with a mark of 10-6.
This spring, Holstein, Hawkins are both juniors, while Vulgamore a senior after the pandemic cancelled last spring. They continue to lead SC track this spring. Last fall, Holstein and Vulgamore were key volleyball players for the 22-16 Beavers. Holstein led SC with 233 kills and finished third with 296 digs.
The boys’ side graduated standouts Marshall Faurot, Wyatt Hayes, Jack Thomas, Kaden Wren, Brandon Winderlin, Parker Gooden, Parker Vulgamore, Hunter Yager and Eric Frances after ’19 and ‘20. Faurot captured titles in the 110-meter hurdles, high jump and pole vault.
Scott City won the 1,600 relay and took second in the 3,200 relay. As well, Loren Faurot, a sophomore in 2019, finished third with a mark of 14 feet in the pole vault. Faurot was SC’s top individual back for 2021.
At Sterling, Scott City’s Tarango won the 100-meter dash in 10.72 seconds. The .40 second differential between first and second was a bigger difference between second and sixth. He also won the 200-meter dash in 22.86 seconds and the 400 in 54.69 seconds.
Senior Roberto Apadaco took second in the 1,600 in 5:00.87. Scott City also won the 1,600 relay in 3:37.70 and the 3,200 relay in 9:02.09. Efren Tarango ran on the 1,600 and 3,200 relays.
Loren Faurot captured the pole vault in 13 feet and won the competition by tiebreaker over junior Carson Faurot. Junior Lance Miller captured the shot put with a throw of 45 feet, 0.5 inches.
For the girls at Sterling, Holstein took second in 28.31 seconds. She won the 400 in 1:02.66, and junior Alli Patton was second in 1:05.59. Hawkins took second in the 1,600 in 5:58.35. She was second in the 3,200 in 13:06.27. Hawkins finished second to Ellinwood standout senior Erin Hammeke in both events.
Vulgamore was fourth in the 100 hurdles at 17.62 seconds and won the 300 hurdles in 49.84 seconds. Vulgamore and Holstein helped Scott City won the 1,600 relay in 4:23.29. Holstein helped the Beavers win the 3,200 relay in 10:53.43.
Vulgamore won the pole vault in 10-6. Junior Madison Westergard edged Solomon senior standout Emma Seidl for the discus crown with a throw of 104 feet. Seidl was second in 103 feet, 1.5 inches.
At Scott City, Holstein was second in the 400 in 1:01.75. Hawkins captured the 3,200 in 13:28.44. Priscilla Peregrino collected a second-place showing in the 100 hurdles in 16.67 seconds. Vulgamore and Peregrino was 1-3 in the 300 hurdles in 49.66 and 50.75 seconds. SC was second in the 1,600 relay (4:17.44) and 3,200 relay (10:35.73).
Westergard captured the discus with a mark of 107-10. Johnna Sowers earned second in the javelin with a throw of 104-1.
For the boys, Tarango again swept the 100 in 10.94, the 200 in 24.00 seconds and first in the 400 in 52.68 seconds. Efren Tarango was second in the 800 in 2:12.99. Roberto Apodaca was third in the 1,600 with 5:01.33, and Bryndan Bailey finished second in 11:35.79.
Scott City took second in the 400 relay in 44.69 seconds. SC won the 1,600 relay in 3:34.46, and the 3,200 relay in 8:39.67. Zevin Johnson collected the high jump with 6-0 clearance, and Andre Dafney was second in the long jump in 20 feet, 2.5 inches.
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