Annalisa Cullens and Kenny Fehrman win gold medals for Crusaders in State Championship

Greg Williams
Wellington Daily News
Annalisa Cullens finishing the 300-meter hurdles, claiming her second gold medal at the KSHSAA State Track and Field Championships

WICHITA, Kansas - In their regional events, the Crusaders had 13 athletes qualify for the KSHSAA 4A State Championship Events at Wichita State. Wellington came away with three gold medals from two of their athletes. 

Sophomore Annalisa Cullens won herself two events inside Cessna Stadium. She would win the 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles and help the 4x100-meter relay finish fourth. 

Cullens finished the 100-meter hurdles in 14.39, which would be her personal record and the fastest time this season in that event. She would finish the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 45.05.

"It feels really good to be a state champion," smiled Cullens. "I've worked pretty hard in these events. I've been in a pretty good mood today, so my best came out."

Cullens and Alie Zeka, Kamrynn, Kamrynn Reichenberge and Mercedes Glover would all receive a fourth-place medal with their 51.37 time in the 4x100-meter relay.

Another gold medal came from senior Kenny Fehrman and his winning throw came in his last attempt.

Before Fehrman's last attempt, his best throw was at 51-5.75 feet. But all he needed was the last throw, which went 54-2.50 feet. 

Senior Gavin York was another Crusader that made two appearances on the podium.

York's first medal came in the 110-meter hurdles. He finished as the runner-up with a time of 15.22 while Louisburg's Tom Koontz finished at 14.97. His second medal came in the 300-meter hurdles as a sixth-place finish.

The first medal of the day for Wellington came from Zeka in the long jump. Zeka finished eighth with a mark of 16-5.50 inches.

Other Crusaders who participated in the State Championship Event were Monica Ayers, Lexi Clift, Isabella Cullens, Colin Green, Dylan Dickinson, Sadie Glover, Montel Tate and Trace Rusk.

In the Class 4A Girls leaderboard, there was a two-way tie for eighth between Wellington and Ottawa with 26 points. Andale came in first place with 137.50 points.

The boys finished in 13th with 21 points. Louisburg won Class 4A with 77.50 points.