Trojans girls on winning track in opener

Aided by great weather, Hillsboro High School opened its track season with a girls? team victory and a school record at the five-team Centre Track Meet held April 4 at the Tabor College track.

The girls edged Centre for the team title, 96 points to 90. Canton-Galva finished third with 34, followed by Fairfield with 25 and Peabody-Burns with 17.

Shannon Kroeker, a sophomore, broke the HHS record in the high jump with a second-place leap of 5-4. The previous record was 5-2, set by Danita Funk in 1976 and tied by Linda Funk in 1977, Marlene Funk in 1981, and Kroeker last season.

The Trojans won eight events. In the field events, Angela Kroeker was an easy winner in the discus with a throw of 125-10, just 11 inches off her school record. Freshman Andrea King won the shot put (30-0), and Shannon Kroeker the triple jump (32-7).

In the individual running events, Andrea Peachey won the 100-meter high hurdles (17.18 seconds) and the 300-meter low hurdles (55.52), Alisa Jost the 400-meters (1:05.72) and Shannon Kroeker the 800-meter (2:42.54).

Jost, only a freshman, edged senior teammate Jacey Boese by a tenth of a second and junior teammate Julie Hett six-tenths of a second in the 400 as the Trojans swept the top three places in that event.

In the relays, the Trojans? 4×100-meter and 4×400 teams both won. The 4×100 team of Peachey, Boese, Hett and Jenna Jost edged Centre by less than a second with a time of 54.68 while the 4×400 team of Angela Kroeker, Boese, Hett and Shannon Kroeker won by nearly 40 seconds with a time of 4:26.35.

Cassie Owens paced Centre with individual wins in the 3,200 meters and 1,600 meters and a fourth-place finish win the 800 meters. Teammate Erica Hatterman won the long jump and finished second in the 100 and 200 meters behind K. Koehn of Canton-Galva.

Boys?On the boys? side, Hillsboro finished a distant second behind Canton-Galva, 102 points to 73.5. Centre followed with 38, Fairfield with 34 and Peabody with 25.5.

Ryan Jilka paced Hillsboro?s team with wins in the 100-meter high hurdles and 300-meter low hurdles.

Sheldon Funk was the Trojans? only other winner, taking the pole vault by clearing 12-0.

Coach Dennis Boldt was also encouraged by the performances of Scott Winter and James Heath, who both threw over 152 feet in the javelin and finished second and third, respectively, and of freshman Alan Yoder, who placed second in the long jump and 100 meters.

A deep and talented Canton-Galva team won 12 events, including a sweep of all three relays. Jake Thompson led the way in the individual events with wins in the high jump (6-6) and long jump (19-11/2) and a third-place finish in the 300-meter low hurdles.

Boldt was pleased with the performance of his Trojans.

?The excellent weather during the first meet gave us an opportunity to start our season with some very good times and distances,? Boldt said. ?All the athletes had a good first meet, and there were many personal records and one new school record.?

Hillsboro hosted a quadrangular meet yesterday and will participate in the Smoky Valley Invitational in Lindsborg on Friday, and the Little River Quadrangular next Tuesday.

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