Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 10 April 2012 15:07
Hillsboro opened the track season April 3 with a team victory by the boys and a second-place finish by the girls at a five-team meet in Haven.
Mitchell Day paced the Trojan boys with individual wins in the 100 meters in 10.92 seconds, the 200 (23.46) plus a leg on the winning 4x100 team (47.08) that also included Cody Craney, Jesse Brown and Shaq Thiessen.
Day also placed second in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 113?4 inches. Thiessen won that event by jumping 21-51?2.
Josh Richert won two individual events, the 800 (2:10.55) and 1,600 (5:00.40) and was a member of the winning 4x400 team (3:44.99) with Avery Franz, Bret Mueller and Brown, and the winning 4x800 team (9:16.09) with Franz, Grant Knoll and Mueller.
Also securing gold medals for Hillsboro were Brown in the high jump (5-9), Franz in the triple jump (40-11?2) and Aaron Slater in the shot put (43-4).
Also winning individual silver medals were Knoll in the 3,200 (11:42) and Mueller in the 800 (2:13.21). Tyler Proffitt placed third in the 400 (1:00.58).
For the girls, freshman Emily Sechrist, the reigning Class 3A cross-country champion, won the 3,200 (12:11.18) and 1,600 (5:51.02). She joined with Tara Proffitt, Karyn Leihy and Callie Serene to take second in both the 4x800 (10:46.33) and 4x400 (4:43.37).
Serene won the open 800 (2:34.99) and Kiara Espada won the shot put (33-7) for Hillsboro’s other gold medals.
Also winning silver medals for HHS were Lakyn Johnson in the long jump (13-6) and Morganne Hamm in the discus (94-7).
Johnson added a bronze medal in the 100 (13.98), Leihy in the 800 (2:53.68), Espada in the javelin (85-5), Proffitt in the 400 (1:10.45) and high jump (4-6) and the 4x100 team (56.76) of Ashley Bartel, Rhonda Rogers, Karina Torres and Johnson.
“I felt both the girls’ and boys’ teams did an excellent job in their events the first meet,” coach Dennis Boldt said. “Not only did they finish second and first, respectively, they did it with good marks and with many team members scoring.
“Until these athletes are put into a competitive situation, you really don’t know where they are in respect to times and distances needed to be competitive at the league and regional level,” he added. “We now have marks, and I feel good about the distance we need to close from now until the end of the season.”
Coming—Hillsboro was scheduled to compete Tuesday at a Central Kansas Track League quint at Moundridge. Next Tuesday the Trojans will be in Goessel for a quint hosted by Canton-Galva.
Both meets begin at 4:30 p.m.