By CONOR NICHOLL
Satanta senior Sicely Jackson capped arguably the best track career in Indian history on Saturday at the Class 1A track and field championship at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium. As well, Jackson and other Southern Plains Iroquois athletes enjoyed a standout performance at state, especially on the girls’ side with Kiowa County, Hodgeman County and Ingalls.
Jackson collected one second place and two thirds at state to finish her career with eight individual state track medals after 2020 was cancelled from the pandemic.
Satanta and Ingalls both tallied 20 points and tied for 12th in Class 1A. Jackson and Ingalls’ Regan Ast scored all the points for her squads. In the team standings, Kiowa County rolled to the championship, and Hodgeman County took second.
Jackson finished second in the 200 in 26.05 and was third in the 400 in 58.69. She took third in the 800 with 2:26.53. Jackson was tenth in the long jump in 15-3.75. Satanta finished ninth in the 3,200 boys’ relay.
Jackson’s 400 time would have won the 3A title by more than a second and by 2A by two-plus seconds.
Ast was third in the 100 hurdles in 15.79 and took runner-up in the 300 hurdles with 47 seconds. She finished third in the triple jump with 34-5.25.
In 2019, Jackson was seventh in the 100, seventh in the 200 and third in the 400. Jackson took sixth in the 200 and fourth in the 400 in ’18. The 400 relay took seventh in ’18.
This spring, Jackson and Ella Burrows were the lone track athletes for Satanta girls. Jackson earned the Gold Award as Satanta High School’s top female athlete.
Earlier this season, Jackson posted 17 feet, 3 inches in the long jump, and then broke the school record of 17-5.5 at the Dighton Invitational. Jackson beat her own school mark in the 400-meter dash when she ran 58.91 at the Hodgeman County meet.
At regionals, Jackson posted 58.44 seconds in the 400, which broke her own school record. She finished second in the premier race to Kiowa County junior Addi Heinson.
Jackson qualified for state in four events with regional titles in the long jump and 800-meter run and was second in the 200 and 400 dashes. Entering state, Jackson was ranked No. 11 in the 800 at 2:36.18. She was seventh in the 200 with 27.50 seconds, second in the long jump at 17-0.5 and second in the 400.
Jackson nearly captured Satanta’s first individual title in 17 years, per KSHSAA archives.
Satanta had never won an individual boys or girls running event at the state meet, though Jackson came very close this year.
In ’04, Jayme Dunn won the boys’ shot put, which was the last time an Indian boy captured a state track title. Kyle Merz also captured the javelin in ’01 and ’02. Mary Cortez earned the shot put title in ’90 and ’92, which are the last Satanta girls’ individual track titles.
Satanta girls won the 400 relay in ’16 and the 1,600 relay in ’13. In ’16, the boys won the 1,600 relay.
In the 200 prelims, Jackson qualified first for the finals with 26.25 seconds, .03 ahead of Heinson. In the finals, Heinson won in 25.62 seconds, while Jackson took second in 26.05. The performance helped Heinson earn four gold medals as Kiowa County won 1A.
Hodgeman County took runner-up. Both teams were featured on SIK several times in the last couple months. Many of the HC girls helped the Longhorns to a final four finish in girls’ basketball, the best season in program history.
Kiowa County was first in 64 points and won its second straight title after a 2019 title. HC took second with 35 points, while teams second through seventh scored 31 to 35 points. Beloit-St. John’s and Oberlin-Decatur Community tied with 34 points.
BSJ senior Lauryn Dubbert completed her outstanding three-sport career. A two-time first team all-state basketball player and Newman basketball signing, Dubbert won the javelin in 132-11, was second in the pole vault at 10 feet, fourth in the 300 hurdles at 47.87 and sixth in the 100 hurdles with 16.54.
SIK noted this week that Heinson had a chance to break the Class 1A state records in the 100, 200 and 400, especially the 100. Heinson did in the 100 when she ran 12.29 seconds, .01 seconds ahead of the record that had stood since the ‘80s. In the championship, Heinson and Gracie Gray went 1-3 in the 100 with 12.59 and 13 seconds.
In the 200, Heinson won the event in 25.62 seconds, and Marley Little took sixth in 26.90. For the 400, Heinson won in 57.60 seconds. KC won the 400 and 1,600 relays with 50.87 and 4:15.43. Heinson ran on the 1,600 relay.
Heinson was just .62 seconds off the legendary 1A record set by Little Rivers’ Sandra Myers in 1979. KC was only .43 off the state mark in the 400 relay of 50.44 set by Frankfort in 2019.
Kaylee James paced Hodgeman County with a huge meet. She was second in the 100 dash at 12.96 and second in the 100 hurdles with 15.66. James won the 300 hurdles with 46.57 seconds. James, Kaytlin Ewy, Grace Shiew, Alexis Bradshaw finished second in the 400 relay with 52.11 seconds.
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