Two seniors make state three times
Friday was a good day for seniors Arrika Reeder and Bryce Downey. Both girls performed superbly in Friday's regional track meet, each qualifying for state in three events.
Downey qualified in the high jump and triple jump and was part of the 400-meter relay team that finished second behind Gardner-Edgerton.
Reeder was also part of that relay. Besides earning her silver in the team race as its anchor, Reeder took third in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.
She said she was amazed at how tough the competition was at the regional.
"This class had the fastest runners last year and it sure has them this year" Reeder said.
But competition was tough everywhere. To get her high jump bronze, Downey had to clear four feet, 10 inches, and she had to fly 31 feet, five inches to win the same in the triple jump.
"When Bryce is focused, she's tough to beat," said Coach Bill Shaw.
That may be why the Tonganoxie coaching staff and the girl's letter club voted her Most Outstanding Athlete.
"She's just a tremendous competitor," Shaw said. "As was our whole team."
Besides running in the meet, Arrika Reeder helped sing the national anthem at the beginning of finals.
The Kansas State track meet is this week in Wichita.