Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 24 April 2012 15:57
Hillsboro boys’ track and field placed fourth and the girls seventh in the 14-school Conrad Nightingale Invitational at Halstead Friday.
“Our athletes competed hard today,” coach Dennis Boldt said. “Being our first invitational of the season, I am always excited to see an athlete’s performance when challenged by great competition.
“The majority of our kids rose to the occasion and brought their best performances to Halstead. We had numerous personal records today—some achieving a place, some did not. But in this sport, you continually strive to better yourself.”
Mitchell Day and Jesse Brown led the boys’ team by securing the Trojans’ lone gold medals. Day won the 100 meters in 11.01 seconds while Brown took first in high jump by clearing 6 feet.
Day and Brown also ran on the 4x100 team that placed third in 45.91. Joining them were Cody Craney and Shaq Thiessen.
Thiessen captured one of two other third-place medals by going 20 feet, 73?4 inches in the long jump. Avery Franz won bronze with a leap of 42-13?4 in the triple jump.
Hillsboro finished with 55 points to trail Berean Academy (73), Conway Springs (69) and Marion (66).
For the girls, Emily Sechrist won the 3,200 in 12:03 and placed second in the 1,600 in 5:33.
Hillsboro’s other top-three performances came from Ashley Bartel, who placed second in pole vault (8-0), Kiara Espada, who was third in shot put (33-41?4), and Callie Serene, who was third in the 800 (2:31). The girls scored 47 team points to trail Douglass (77), Marion and Berean (68), Hesston (66), Haven (62) and Sedgwick (59).
“We placed well as a team, and we medaled numerous individuals, and that is what I strive for,” Boldt said. “I emphasize developing the ability to compete and felt they did today.”
Canton-Galva—Freshman Emily Sechrist broke a second school record in as many meets while helping the Hillsboro girls to the team title April 17 at the five-team Canton-Galva Central Kansas Track League meet in Goessel.
The Trojan girls and boys swept the first-place team titles. The girls finished with 160 points, outpacing Herington (88), Goessel (31), Canton-Galva (16) and Sterling (10). The boys accumulated 126 points, followed by Herington (88), Goessel (48), Sterling (37) and Canton-Galva (30).
Sechrist, who set the record for the 1,600 meters a week earlier, shattered the mark for the 3,200 by crossing the finish line first in 11 minutes, 47.9 seconds. She eclipsed the mark of 12:00 set by Tammy Penner in 1983.
Hillsboro won nine other events. On the track, Callie Serene claimed the 800 (2:35), Karina Torres the 100 (14.25) and the Trojans swept all three relays: the 4x100 (57.10, Ashley Bartel, Rhonda Rogers, Torres, Lakyn Johnson), the 4x400 (4:49, Johnson, Karen Leihy, Serene, Sechrist) and the 4x800 (13:27, Samantha Ens, Peyton Loewen, Laura Angresius, Erika Just).
In field events, Kiara Espada won javelin (81 feet, 4 inches) and shot put (31-1) while Morganne Hamm won discus (96-10).
For the boys, Avery Franz and Aaron Slater were double winners. Franz took first in triple jump (42-0) and the 400 (54:34) while Aaron Slater took top honors in shot (40-4) and discus (114-8).
Also winning individual gold were Grant Knoll in the 3,200 (11:28), Josh Richert in the 800 (5:01), Jesse Brown in high jump (6-0) and Shaq Thiessen in long jump (19-10). The Trojans won two relays: the 4x400 (3:49, Brown, Bret Mueller, Richert, Franz), and 4x800 (9:16, Franz, Knoll, Mueller, Richert).
“At this time of the year, we typically work through a few meets in preparation for our upcoming invitationals,” coach Dennis Boldt said. “This was the case today. We had tough workouts Monday and still competed in many events at this meet.”
Coming—The Trojans were scheduled to compete Tuesday in a five-team Central Kansas Track League meet at Marion. Joining the Trojans and Warriors were Bluestem, Goessel and Berean Academy.
On Friday, the Trojans will host the James Thomas Invitational at Joel H. Wiens Stadium. Joining the field are Berean Academy, Canton-Galva, Council Grove, Haven, Hesston, Lyons, Peabody-Burns, Remington, Sedgwick, Smoky Valley and Nickerson.
Field events begin at 3 p.m. Preliminary races in the 100, 200, boys’ 110 hurdles and girls’ 100 hurdles begin at 4 p.m. Finals for running events begin at 5:15 p.m.