Knopp, White wins medals at Kansas Class 4A State

Saturday, May 30, 2009

WICHITA, Kan. -- Fort Scott High School senior Jerad White and sophomore Griffin Knopp won medals at the Kansas Class 3A State Track and Field Championships here Friday.

Knopp finished fifth in high jump. He tied with Jesse Bahner of Carbondale-Santa Fe Trail at 6 feet, 4 inches but it took Knopp at least one more attempt to clear that height. Brian Ploude of Meriden-Jefferson West won the event with a mark of 6' 10".

White, competing in his first State meet, finished seventh in shot put. His final mark of 45' 10" led the first flight in preliminaries. Each of the ones who finished ahead of him came from the second flight. Ryan Hershberger of Clay Center won it with a mark of 55 feet even.

Fort Scott was entered in only five events this year. Two of the remaining three competed Friday as well with Annie Gladbach set to take part in javelin at 9:45 this morning.

Cassie Ogran was fourth in her flight of the preliminaries and finished 12th overall with a mark of 34' 5" in girls' shot put.

Fort Scott's boys' 4x100-meter relay team finished seventh in its heat and 14th overall in 44.90 seconds. Gary Floyd, Chris Archie, Brandon Boyd and Mitchell Stoughton ran in that event for the Tigers.

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