Hillsboro boys win Nightingale track title

Led by a meet- and school-record performance in the 100 meters by Alan Yoder, the Hillsboro boys defended their title Friday at the 17-team Conrad Nightingale Invitational in Halstead.

The boys edged Conway Springs by nine points, 91-82, for the title, while the Trojan girls placed third with 66 points, trailing Conway Springs with 91 and Hutchinson Trinity with 66.

Marion placed 12th among the boys with 18 points and the Warrior girls finished 16th with 5 points. The Goessel boys and girls each placed 13th with 16 and 15 points, respectively, in their divisions.

One of only four Trojans to win an event, Yoder lowered his own record in the 100 by two-tenths of a second with a winning time of 10.8.

“Alan has been working on a new start, and this has really given him an edge out of the blocks,” said coach Dennis Boldt.

Also taking first place for Hillsboro were Aaron Yoder in the 3,200 meters (10:28.94), Carson Greenhaw in the high jump (6-0) and Sheldon Funk in the pole vault (13-6).

The Trojans’ 4×800 relay team of Daniel Yoder, Matt Unger, Pete Richert and Aaron Yoder just missed first place when Berean nipped them at the tape by 0.88 seconds.

Richert finished second in both the 1,600 and 800 meters, Alan Yoder was the runnerup in the long jump, and sophomore Derek Mayfield placed second in the triple jump with a career-best 40-11/2.

Marion’s triple-jump standout, Braxton Skiles, skipped this meet to compete in the KU Relays. The Warriors’ best finish was a second place in the pole vault by James Davis.

Goessel’s best individual performance came from Daniel Silbereisen, who placed third in the 3,200 meters, and from Jeremy Voth, who placed third in the 110-meter hurdles and fourth in the 300-meter hurdles.

The Hillsboro girls, meanwhile, finished second without winning an event. The closest the Trojans came were second-place performances by Shannon Kroeker in the 800 meters (2:30.01) and high jump (tied at 5-0), Alisa Jost in the 400 meters (1:05.93), the 4×100 relay team of Andrea Peachey, Elise Matz, Jenna Jost and Charity Davis (53.57), and the 4×800 team of Jessica Boese, Jenna Jost, Alisa Jost and Kroeker (10:37.79).

“Adding Jenna Jost and Jessica Boese to the 4×800 was a chance to see how well they could run, and also how it would affect their later events,” Boldt said. “This placed Jenna in all three relays and I think she did a fantastic job. It didn’t seem to affect the 4×100, which was my greatest concern.”

Marion’s only team points came with a fourth-place finish by Megan Moore in the javelin and a sixth-place finish in the 4×800. Goessel’s best finish came from Katie Schroeder, who placed third in the 300-meter hurdles.

Halstead Quint

Hillsboro took only a partial team to Halstead for a five-team meet last Tuesday in anticipation of Friday’s return trip for the big Conrad Nightingale Invitational.

The Trojan boys placed fourth out of five teams with 37 points, exactly 100 points behind the winning team from Halstead. The Hillsboro girls finished third with 28 points-well behind Halstead with 115 and Hesston with 114.

Sheldon Funk brought home the boys’ only first-place medal by clearing 12-6 in the pole vault under windy conditions. He chose not to attempt a higher vault.

Meanwhile, Cheryl Prieb matched Funk’s finish by clearing 7-6 in the girls’ pole vault, a height which ties her school record. Trista Hanley won the shot put with a toss of 33-61/2 to win Hillsboro’s only other event.

The two girls rounded out Hillsboro’s scoring when Prieb finished third in both the 1,600 meters (6:40) and the 800 meters (3:08.2). Hanley placed third in the discus with a season-best toss of 107-41/2.

Adding points for the boys’ team were: Kody Borg, third in the 3,200 meters (12:07.0) and fifth in the 1,600 meters (5:47.1); Tyler Stout, fifth in the 3,200 meters (13:29.5) and third in the 1,600 meters (5:44.7); Eric Roble, fourth in the shot (38-1) and fifth in the javelin (106-11); Eric Bartel, fourth in the high jump (5-2); Phillip Terrell, second in the long jump (18-4) and fourth in the 100 (12.12); Ryan Janzen, fifth in the pole vault (9-0); and Brian Thiessen, third in the javelin (123-10).

Coming-The Trojans were scheduled to host a five-team meet on Tuesday, then will prepare for the big James Thomas Invitational at the Tabor College track. Events begin at 4:30 p.m.

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