WICHITA—Mother nature was not in a happy mood and remained unhappy as the rain poured down in Cessna Stadium during the 2019 State Track and Field meet on Friday. The track meet was able to carry 21 events, and left plenty on the table for Saturday.

Setting the Bar High

Despite being hours behind, there was room for a historic moment in the pole vault event. Belle Peters out of Smoky Valley High School is already a shoo-in for the state title after setting the 3A State record with 12-8 mark. Peters also qualified in the 100 hurdles and will advance to the finals.

During the preliminaries, Emma Green of  Moundridge High School was off to a fast start as she qualified in 100 hurdles in class 1A with the time of 15.72, placing fourth.  

She will be one of the top eight to advance to the finals on Saturday. Tia Moddelmog of Canton-Galva High School made it to the top eight 100 hurdles in Class 2A after a sixth place finish with a time of 16.65.

Latest update

The state meet was on standby for four hours until officials from the Kansas State High School Activities finally announced that it postponed all events until Saturday.

"All field events are postponed for today. We will resume the Friday Schedule, followed by the Saturday Schedule at 8:00 a.m," KSHSAA announced via Twitter.

Also according to KSHSAA, the original plan was to postpone all running events except the 3200 meter run for Class 4A, 5A and 6A. Unfortunately, the lightning kept delaying the event and eventually was pushed back for Saturday at 7:30 a.m.

"Throughout our efforts, the 3200m runs are postponed tonight," KSHSAA officials said via Twitter. "Radar is not looking good, so we feel the safety of all workers, athletes, coaches and patrons are more important than competing tonight."

All field events will begin at 8 a.m.

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