HMS track team battles at Haven Invitational

Aaron Yoder?s school record in the 3,200 meters sparked the Hillsboro

Middle School eighth-grade boys to a third-place finish at the

eight-team Haven Middle School Invitational Thursday.

Yoder?s time of 11:12.96 broke the record set two years ago by Peter


?What Aaron needed more than anything was competition to push him, and

he found it today,? said Dennis Boldt, HMS coach.

Danny Yoder won the 1,600 meters (5:09.94) and the pole vault (9-6)

and Tyler Peachey won the discus (131-10) for Hillsboro?s other

individual firsts. The 4×100 relay team of Derek Mayfield, Peachey,

Brodie Unrau and Aaron Yoder won in a time of 50.15.

The HMS eighth-grade girls finished fourth in their division. Danielle

Goossen?s win in the discus (94-6) was the Trojans? only individual

first. The medley relay team of Stephanie King, Mindy Munguya, Goossen

and Katie Fast won by a nose at the tape in a time of 2:10.22.

The HMS seventh-grade boys finished sixth in their division. Sammy

Espada won the long jump (16-101/2) and the 400 meters (60.78) for

Hillsboro?s only wins.

The seventh-grade girls finished sixth. Their lone victory came in the

4×200, when the team of Charity Davis, Amy Duerksen, Sara Hamm and

Emily Ratzlaff won in a time of 2:05.61.

Boldt said the competition at this meet was particularly tough with

the addition of teams from Cheney and Southeast of Saline.

?If you follow 3A track and field, you know that Cheney and Southeast

have had excellent track athletes over the years,? he said. ?It was

interesting to see their middle school athletes compete against us for

the first time.?

Boldt said he was pleased with the results.

?The kids had an excellent day at Haven and continue to drop their

times and increase their distances and heights,? he said. ?Good

competition as we had seen today really resulted in some fine


HMS was scheduled for a meet in Halstead yesterday. They will finish

their season May 9 at the MCAA meet in Hesston. Events there are


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