Trojan track boys run away from Halstead field

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
The Hillsboro High School boys track team continued their dominance with an impressive team win at the Conrad Nightingale Invitational track meet Friday in Halstead.


The Trojan boys racked up 140 points, easily outdistancing Berean Academy, which finished second with 67 points in the 17-team field.


The Hillsboro girls finished fourth with 551/2 points behind Conway Springs (109), Garden Plain (59) and Olpe (58).


“I have never had a group score so many points in a single day,” coach Dennis Boldt said of his boys’ team. “We had tremendous effort from everyone competing today.”


The Trojans got off on a strong foot by compiling 64 points before the finals in running events began thanks to “an incredible day” in field events and two places in the 3,200-meter run.


The Trojans were paced in the field events by Scott Winter, who won the shot put with a personal-best throw of 48-11 and finished second in the discus and third in the javelin.


Sophomore Alan Yoder paced the Hillsboro runners with a school-record 10.96 in the 100 meters. He broke the record of 11.2 he previous shared with C.J Vogel.


“The record will stand at 11.0 since we round up hand times, but nevertheless, he now has the record all by himself,” Boldt said.


Yoder also won the long jump with a leap of 22-21/2, finishing more than a foot ahead of his nearest competitor.


Other Trojan boys to win their events were freshman Aaron Yoder in the 1,600 meters (4:46.41), Ryan Jilka in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (40.36). The 4×800 team of Pete Richert, Adam Jilka, Garrett Call and Aaron Yoder won in a time of 8:43.05.


For the girls, Andrea Peachey won the only event for Hillsboro, beating the field in the 100-meter low hurdles in a time of 15.67.


“The fact is, Andrea won the hurdle event by almost a second, despite hitting the last hurdles and falling,” Boldt said. “If she wouldn’t have stumbled, we’d be putting up a new hurdle record today.”


The Trojans got second-place performances from Shannon Kroeker in the 800 meters (2:30.25) and Jenna Jost in the long jump (15-21/2).


“Jenna would have to be given the ‘Effort of the Day’ award from me with a personal best jump in the long jump,” Boldt said. “It was truly an exceptional effort.”


The 4×800 team of Cheryl Prieb, Katie Fast, Alisa Jost and Kroeker placed second in a time of 10:32.83.


Hillsboro Quintet-The Hillsboro girls’ and boys team proved to be rude hosts as they showed up their guests at the Hillsboro Quintet track meet Tuesday, April 17.


The HHS girls won their first meet of the season by compiling 132 points. MCAA rival Sterling was relatively close with 111, but Herington and Sedgwick with 46 points each, and Wichita Independent with 11 were well back.


Andrea Peachey led the Trojan effort with a first-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles and high jump, and a third-place finish in the 200 meters. She teamed with Jenna Jost, Elise Matz and Julie Hett to win the 4×100.


Trista Hanley was a double winner in field events, taking first in the shot put and discus.


Others winning individual events were Shannon Kroeker in the 800 meters, Alisa Jost in the 400 meters, and Cheryl Prieb in the pole vault.


The Trojans swept all three relays. In addition to the 4×100, the HHS team of Katie Fast, Cheryl Prieb, Alisa Jost and Kroeker won the 4×800, and the team of Matz, Jenna Jost, Alisa Jost and Hett won the 4×400.


The Hillsboro boys, meanwhile, won 12 events on the way to a dominating team victory. The Trojans amassed 159 points to Sedgwick’s 83, Sterling’s 56, Herington’s 55 and Wichita Independent’s 16.


Scott Winter won the shot put, discus and javelin to lead HHS. Also winning their individual events were Ryan Jilka in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, Alan Yoder in the long jump and 100 meters, Adam Jilka in the 800 meters, and Sheldon Funk in the pole vault.


The Trojans also won all three relays. The team of Adam Jilka, Call, Richert and Aaron Yoder won the 4×800, Call, Adam Jilka, Ross Duerksen and Ryan Jilka won the 4×400, while Alan Yoder, Phillip Terrell, Duerksen and Ryan Jilka won the 4×100.


Coming-The Trojans were scheduled to compete yesterday in a quadrangular meet at Little River.


On Friday, HHS will host their biggest home meet of the year when 11 teams compete in the annual Trojan Invitational at the Tabor track.


Joining Hillsboro at the meet will be Belle Plaine, Canton-Galva, Centre, Goessel, Hesston, Little River, Marion, Peabody-Burns, Remington and Smoky Valley.


Field events will begin at 4 p.m., preliminaries at 5 p.m. and finals at 6 p.m.


Next Tuesday, Hillsboro will compete in the Centre Quadrangular on the Tabor College track. The meet was rescheduled from April 10 because of bad weather. Events begin at 4:30 p.m.

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