Trojan boys run away with Haven Quintet track title

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
The Hillsboro boys’ track team used its talent and depth to run up an easy win in the season’s first track meet, the Haven Quintet on Tuesday, April 3.


The Trojan girls finished in a tie with Haven for third.


The Trojan boys amassed 159 points to easily outdistance second-place Hesston with 79. Halstead was a close third with 78, Haven finished fourth with 44 and Burrton fifth with 17.


Hillsboro scored in every event it entered-17 of the 18 events offered-and won 14 of them. In six events more than one Trojan placed, including a 1-2-3 sweep in the 1,600 meters and a 1-3-4-5 finish in the pole vault.


Senior Ryan Jilka won the 300-meter high hurdles and the 110-meter low hurdles-the latter in a school-record time of 14.5. The old mark of 14.7 was set by Brian Kroeker in 1993.


“Ryan is a fierce competitor,” said coach Dennis Boldt. “He told me many times that the hurdle records will be his, and today he got the first one.”


Another senior, Scott Winter, was a double winner in the shot put (47-6) and discus (134-10) and placed third in javelin.


“Scott had an excellent opening day,” Boldt said. “We look for him to score well throughout the year, and hope that if all goes well he can return to the state championships in May.”


Sheldon Funk nearly added a second school-record performance. After clearing 13-0 to win the pole vault, he had the bar raised to 13-7, which would have eclipsed the mark of 13-6 set by Brian Kroeker in 1993.


Funk just missed clearing the height in his three attempts.


“Sheldon will get more chances in better weather this season,” Boldt said.


Hillsboro’s Yoder brothers contributed their share of points. Sophomore Alan Yoder won the 100, 200 and long jump and anchored the first-place 400-meter team. Freshman Aaron Yoder won the 3,200, 1,600 and was on the first-place 3,200-meter relay team. Daniel Yoder, also a freshman, placed third in the 800 meters and the pole vault.


The Trojans won all three relays. The 4×100-meter team of Ryan Jilka, Philip Terrell, Ross Duerksen and Alan Yoder won in 45.68; the 4×400-meter team of Adam Jilka, Garrett Call, Duerksen and Ryan Jilka won in 3:40.23; and the 4×800-meter team of Peter Richert, Adam Jilka, Call and Aaron Yoder won in 8:58.33.


Also winning individual events for the boys were Adam Jilka, with a time of 2:09.6 in the 800 meters, and Carson Greenhaw, with a leap of 5-8 in the high jump.


The Trojan girls, meanwhile, won five events and finished second in three on the way to their third-place tie with Haven.


Hesston won the meet with 108 points, Halstead was second with 88, Hillsboro and Haven both scored 74, and Burrton finished with 24 points.


Senior Julie Hett led the way for Hillsboro by winning the open 400 meters (1.07.68) and contributing to first-place performances in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.


Joining Hett on the 4×100 team were Andrea Peachey, Jenna Jost and Elise Matz. Her teammates in the 4×400 were Matz, Jost and Shannon Kroeker.


The other two Trojan firsts came in the shot put, where Trista Hanley topped the competition with a throw of 32-9, and in the triple jump, where Mindy Munguya won by almost a foot over her nearest competitor with a winning leap of 30-8.


“Our scoring was hampered a little with the absence of Shannon Kroeker in the 800 and the high jump,” Boldt said. “Shannon is coming off a back strain and we are working her in slowly.”


Coming-The Hillsboro boys and girls will compete in the Central Kansas Track League quads each Tuesday in April. They were scheduled to compete in the Centre Quad yesterday.


On Thursday the Trojans will compete in the Smoky Valley Invitational in Lindsborg. Events begin at 3:30 p.m.

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