By RICK PETERSON
Highland Park senior Tre Richardson, a returning Class 5A state champion, captured four gold medals in Thursday's Meadowlark Conference track and field meet at Kansas City-Washington, leading the Scots to a third-place team finish.
Richardson won the league title in the long jump at 20 feet, 4 inches, the triple jump at 43-2, the 100-meter dash at 10.97 seconds and the 200 dash in 21.50.
Richardson is the defending 5A state champ in the 200 and is a returning state placer in the long jump and triple jump.
Highland Park also got a pair of individual wins from senior Keijuan Johnson, who won the 110 high hurdles in 15.47 seconds and the 300 intermediates in 43.95.
Scot senior Gabe Davis finished second in the discus (99-9) and third in the discus (38-1) as Highland Park finished third as a team with 96.5 points.
Sophomore De'Asia Sanders picked up a league title in the girls javelin for the Scots with a throw of 85 feet, 3.50 inches while sophomore Ke'Ahjahnae Rice finished second in the 400 dash (62.96).
Highland Park's girls finished fifth as a team with 39 points.
Highland Park will compete in a 5A regional meet next Thursday at the Olathe District Athletic Complex, vying for berths in the state meet May 26-27 at Wichita State.
City athletes win 11 Centennial League titles
Manhattan swept the boys and girls Centennial League team championships in decisive fashion but city athletes also shined, combining for wins in 11 events.
Washburn Rural junior Josh Sulzen-Watson and Topeka High sophomore Aubreona Torres-Hill led the city contingent with two individual wins apiece.
Sulzen-Watson won the boys discus with a throw of 155 feet, 2 inches and won the javelin with a best throw of 181-1.
Torres-Hill swept the girls hurdles races, winning the 100-meter hurdles in 16.62 seconds and the 300s in 49.15.
Hayden's boys, who tied Washburn Rural for second place in the team standings, got individual wins from senior Jake Muller in the 300 hurdles (39.98) and sophomore Jensen Schrickel in the long jump (21 feet, 3.25 inches) while Muller and Schrickel also ran on the Wildcats' winning 4x400 relay in 3:23.74.
In addition to Sulzen-Watson's two wins, Rural's boys also got a win from junior Jamond Lane in the shot put (48-2.50) and the Junior Blues won the 4x800 relay in 8:19.66.
On the girls side, Washburn Rural sophomore Rylee Ismert won the 1,600-meter run (5:28.56) and sophomore Payton Fink won the 3,200 (11:49.88).
Manhattan won the boys team title by a 116-77 margin over Hayden and Washburn Rural while the Indian girls won the league championship by a 166-77.50 margin over Emporia, with Washburn Rural third (76.50).
Topeka High and Washburn Rural will compete in a 6A regional at Wichita Heights next Thursday while Hayden will compete in a 4A regional at Shawnee Mission North next Friday.