Central Plains’ Barton captures high jump

Relay team runs to thirdplace in Class 2A State competition at Wichita

 

By the I-R Staff

 

Alex Barton plans to attend Sterling College this fall on a basketball scholarship. But officials there also expect him to participate in track. That only makes sense after a senior year at Central Plains High School that included championships in both sports.

This spring, the Oilers captured their first Class 2A basketball championship ever. Then, this past week, Barton cleared 6-foot-6 to capture the 2A State high jump gold medal. The recognition came at the State track and field meet at Cessna Stadium in Wichita. In an interview after the meet, Barton said he knew going into the meet he had the highest jump of anyone in 2A. But he also knew unexpected things can happen at State. “I just knew I had to go out and do my best,” Barton said. His jump tied the 6-foot-6 personal best he reached at Ellinwood during the regular season.

 

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