Best of times

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
Perfect weather led to great results at this year?s Hillsboro

Invitational track meet Friday at the Tabor College track.



By the time the final event was recorded, nine meet records had
been

bettered as well as numerous personal records.



The weather itself may have set a record of sorts, according to

Hillsboro coach Dennis Boldt.



?I have never seen a better day for a track meet in the 10 years I

have coached at Hillsboro,? he said. ?It was just incredible the
super

day we had today. It was exciting listening to athletes from all

different schools breaking their personal records and many of
their

school records.?



Hillsboro established its share of records. Angela Kroeker broke
the

meet record in the discus with a first-place toss of 128-2 and
Shannon

Kroeker broke the meet record of Moundridge star Laurie Koehn in
the

800 meters with a time of 2:26.7.



The 4×800 relay team of Angela Kroeker, Cheryl Prieb, Shannon
Kroeker

and Alisa Jost smashed the school record they set earlier in the
week

with a winning time of 10:32.98.



Prieb became Hillsboro?s first entrant in girls? pole vault in
school

history. She cleared 6-6 to establish a new school record and
finish

fourth.



One of the outstanding performances of the day came in the same
event.

Hesston?s Christy Lehman cleared 11-6, the top mark in the state
this

year.



Lehman?s performance helped propel her team to the meet title with
95

points. Smoky Valley was second with 92 followed closely by
Hillsboro

with 91.



Marion girls finished fourth with 74 points, Centre eighth with
22,

Canton-Galva ninth with 18, Goessel 10th with 14 and Peabody-Burns

11th with 9.



The other first-place performances for HHS were Shannon Kroeker,
who

cleared 5-2 in the high jump, and the 4×400 relay team of Angela

Kroeker, Julie Hett, Shannon Kroeker and Jacey Boese, which won in
a

season?s best time of 4:12.16.



The HHS boys, meanwhile, finished a distant second to
Canton-Galva.

The Eagles rolled up 116 points to 91 for Hillsboro.



Marion finished fifth with 52 points, Goessel seventh with 36,

Peabody-Burns eighth with 30, Centre 11th with 18.



Scott Winter earned Hillsboro?s only first-place medals by
throwing

the discus 140-10 and the javelin 156-4.



Canton-Galva boys picked up six firsts: Garrett Thompson in the
high

jump (6-0), Zac Crane in the 100 (11.18), Darren Yamada in the 200

(23.36), and all three relays, the 4×100 (44.59), 4×800 (8:18.14)
and

4×400 (3:30.63).



Chad Unrau of Goessel won the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles in
15.22

and 29.2, respectively. The latter mark was a school record.



The girls? 4×800 relay team also broke a Bluebird record.
Carmelita

Goossen, Renata Pavlikova, Rendi Cress and Amanda Woelk circled
the

track eight times in 11:42.5 to finish fourth.



For Marion, Braxton Skiles won the triple jump (42-3) and Justin
Hett

the pole vault (13-0).



Robby Phillips won the shot put for Peabody-Burns by almost two
and a

half feet with a heave of 48-2.



On the girls? side, Chevon Biesel of Marion won the 100 (12.73)
and

200 (26.67) meters and Centre?s Erica Hatterman won the long jump

(16-1).



Haven?The Hillsboro boys won a five-team ?quadrangular? meet in
Haven

Tuesday. The girls finished third in a field of four.



The boys rolled up 108 points, led by first-place performances
from

Alan Yoder in the 100 meters (11.38), Garrett Call in the 800
meters

(2:00.26), and Ryan Jilka in the 110-meter high hurdles (15.85).
Scott

Winter tied for the farthest throw in the discus at 128-9, but was

awarded second.



Adam Jilka, Vance Frick, Call and Pete Richert won the 4×800 relay
in

a time of 9:24.34.



The boys picked up 10 second-place finishes to solidify the win.



The girls, who scored 68 points, finished behind Halstead and
Haven.

Angela Kroeker won the discus (118-5), Shannon Kroeker the 800
meters

(2:32.93) and high jump (5-2), and Andrea King the shot put
(29-9).



The Trojans swept all three relays. The 4×800 relay team of Angela

Kroeker, Cheryl Prieb, Alisa Jost and Shannon Kroeker set a school

record of 10:47.60. It was their first time to run the event this

season.



The 4×100 team of Jenna Jost, Jacey Boese, Julie Hett and Angela

Kroeker won in 53.84 and the 4×400 team of Shannon Kroeker, Boese,

Hett and Angela Kroeker won with a time of 4:18.29.



?Knowing the competition would be good and that it was our last

quadrangular meet of the year, we loaded as many athletes in
events as

possible,? HHS coach Dennis Bold said.



The Trojans will close their regular season at t

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