Competing in its first large meet of the season, the Hillsboro boys’ track team placed fifth among 15 teams and the girls placed sixth among 13 teams at that Conrad Nightingale Invitational at Halstead Friday.
For the boys, Shaq Thiessen won two gold medals with season-best distances in the high jump (6 feet, 3 inches) and long jump (22-3). Josh Richert won the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 7.33 seconds.
Winning silver for Hillsboro was Tyler Proffitt, who cleared 12-6 in the pole vault.
Three Trojans claimed bronze medals: Avery Franz in the long jump (19-51⁄2) and triple jump (40-11⁄2), and Richert in the 1,600 (4:55.16).
Marion won the team competition with 86 points while Hillsboro finished with 68.
Emily Sechrist paced the girls’ team with a sweep in the distance races. Sechrist won the 3,200 (12:03.08), the 1,600 5:28.15) and the 800 (2:29.79).
Claiming Hillsboro’s fourth gold was Ashley Bartel, who cleared 8-6 in the pole vault.
“To say we had some outstanding results today would be an understatement,” coach Dennis Boldt said. “Our athletes really came to compete.
“Everyone knows the weather this spring has not been conducive to good training, but their results in our first invitational meet are a testament to the competitive nature of our athletes. I am extremely proud of them.”
Moundridge—Battling cold weather and tough competition, Hillsboro accumulated nine gold medals at the Central Kansas Track League quadrangular in Moundridge last Tuesday.
The Trojan boys accounted for five first-place finishes. Shaq Thiessen claimed two of those with winning leaps in high jump (6 feet, 2 inches) and long jump (22-71⁄2).
Avery Franz added a third gold in field events with a 40-83⁄4 effort in the triple jump.
Josh Richert picked up a pair of gold medals by winning the 1,600 meters in 4 minutes, 57.68 seconds, and the 800 in 2:09.7.
As a team, the boys placed fourth. Berean Academy claimed the top spot with 107 points, Hesston followed with 66, Hillsboro 53 and Moundridge 48.
For the girls, Emily Sechrist continued her winning ways, claiming gold in the 1,600 (5:31.81) and 800 (2:32.09).
In field events, Taylor Vogt won the shot put (30-1⁄2) and Morganne Hamm had the best discus throw (92-0).
As a team the Trojans finished fourth with 38 points, trailing Hesston (94), Berean (89) and Moundridge (53).
“Despite the challenging weather, our athletes performed at a high level,” coach Dennis Boldt said. “I am extremely proud of their efforts. They realize that they need to continue to work through the cold and wind in order to be prepared for upcoming meets, as well as scoring well in the current ones.”
Coming—Hillsboro was scheduled to compete in one last CKTL meet Tuesday. The Trojans will host a 14-school meet Friday at the James Thomas Invitational.
Joining the Trojans at Joel H. Wiens Stadium are Berean Academy, Canton-Galva, Council Grove, Haven, Hesston, Inman, Lyons, Nickerson, Peabody-Burns, Remington, Sedgwick, Smoky Valley and Moundridge.
“We are excited and getting prepared for the James Thomas next Friday,” coach Dennis Boldt said. “We have great teams coming and we feel we offer one of the best facilities in the state for track and Field.”
Field events begin at 3 p.m.