Four county athletes up for Catchy awards

Four Marion County high school athletes were nominated for the annual Catchy Awards by catchitkansas.com.

Peabody-Burns High School senior Lauren Pickens was nominated for the second year in a row for best female track and field athlete. She won the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter dash state titles, and beat her own record in the 400 in preliminaries, and the PBHS girls team placed fifth although Pickens was the team’s only participant.

Hillsboro High School graduate Daniel Kunantaev was nominated for golfer of the year after winning the 3A state title with a round of 75 at Smoky Hill Country Club in Hays.

Fellow Hillsboro High School graduate Dakota Kaufman was nominated for three-sport female athlete of the year. Kaufman led the Trojan volleyball and basketball teams to the state tournament and participated in the triple and long jumps at the state track meet despite having a stress fracture in her right middle toe.

Marion High School graduate Julia Zeiner was also nominated for female three-sport athlete of the year. Zeiner was a Mid-Central Activities Association first team selection in volleyball and led the Warrior basketball team to the championship game of the state tournament. She won 3A state track and field championships in the 100 hurdles and long jump and placed second in the 300 hurdles and triple jump.

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