ORIGINALLY WRITTEN Y DON RATZLAFF
That Hillsboro boys ran away with the 13-team Viking Invitational track and field meet Friday in Lindsborg was no surprise. But that the freshman-dominated Trojan girls placed a strong second indicates they are a force to be reckoned with.
The Trojan boys rolled up 132.83 points to outdistance their nearest competitor, Minneapolis, by nearly 41 points. Marion placed seventh with 30 points.
For the girls, Concordia won the meet with 125 points and Hillsboro was the runnerup with 83.5. Third-place Minneapolis trailed the Trojans by 12 points. Marion finished ninth with 25.5 points.
Amid the team results, three Hillsboro school records fell.
For the boys, Daniel Yoder broke his own 2003 record of 1:58.64 in the 800 meters by crossing the finish line in 1:58.16. He finished second in the race to Evan Cox of Minneapolis, who crossed in 1:55.81.
Meanwhile, freshmen JuliAnne Chisholm and Hannah Marsh also set records. Chisholm won the high jump by clearing 5 feet 6 inches, eclipsing the mark of 5-4 set by Shannon Kroeker in 2001. Marsh improved the pole vault record of 9-3 she set three days earlier by winning the event at 10-0.
Also winning first place for the HHS boys were Caleb Marsh with a leap of 21-2 in the long jump, Sammy Espada with a mark of 42-8 in the triple jump, Tyler Peachey with a throw of 146-9 in the discus and Tim Funk cleared 6-2 to win the high jump.
The Trojan boys’ 4×400 relay team of Marsh, Aaron Yoder, Peachey and Daniel Yoder broke the tape in 3:28.57.
For the Hillsboro girls, Marsh also won the long jump with a leap of 17-1, Chisholm won the 100-meter hurdles in 15.91 and the 4×400 team of Jessica Heidel, Kelsie Penner, Chisholm and Marsh won in 4:15.55.
“I couldn’t be more proud of these young people,” coach Dennis Boldt said. “They raised their level of competitiveness today to answer the challenge.
“Although this meet featured great individual talent from our school as well as others, I felt our kids proved what a strong team concept can achieve.”
The top performance for the Marion boys was a first-place finish in the javelin by Steven Boone, who heaved it 159-7. Boone also placed third in the discus at 139-1 and teammate Tyler Smith was fourth at 135-6.
For the Warrior girls, Jessica DeForest was the runnerup in the 3,200-meter run at 12:58.89 and placed third in the 1,600 in 5:56.59. Sara Regier and Toni Gordon placed third and fourth, respectively, in the discus.
Canton-Galva Quint-The Trojan boys and girls dominated their respective divisions at the five-team Canton-Galva meet at Moundridge April 13.
The boys went home with 194 points and 13-first place performances in 18 events. Their closest competitor was Berean with 94 points. Peabody-Burns scored 49 points for third place and Canton-Galva placed fifth with 18.
The Trojan girls rolled up 139 points with Peabody-Burns placing second with 108. Canton-Galva was fifth with 21.
The Trojan boys won the following individual events: Kyle Jilka, shot put (44-11/2), javelin (147-4); Caleb Marsh, long jump (20-71/2), 200 meters (23.31); Aaron Yoder, 800 meters (2:06.53), 1,600 meters (4:57.84), Sammy Espada, triple jump (42-71/2); Daniel Yoder, 400 meters (52.0), pole vault (12-6); Brodie Unrau, high jump (6-0); and Tyler Peachey, discus (138-1).
Hillsboro’s 4×100 relay team of Derek Mayfield, Kyle Jilka, Brodie Unrau and Peachey won in a time of 44.78, and the 4×400 team of Jilka, Aaron Yoder, Peachey and Daniel Yoder won in 3:37.18.
The Trojan girls won 10 of 18 events. Individual winners were: JuliAnne Chisholm, 100-meter hurdles (15.87), high jump (5-4), 300-meter hurdles (49.28); Hannah Marsh, pole vault (9-3), 100 meters (12.90), 200 meters (26.87), long jump (16-7); Jessica Heidel, triple jump (31-31/2).
The 4×100 team of Megan Peachey, Kelsie Penner, Ashley Stout and Heidel won in 55.56, and the 4×400 team of Tina Frick, Penner, Heidel and Chisholm won in 4:28.12.
“We loaded as many events with athletes as we could, trying to give everyone on the team a chance to compete,” Hillsboro coach Dennis Boldt said. “We had a very successful day.”
For Peabody-Burns, Jana Windsor won the 800 meters (10:50.80) and 1,600 meters (6:07.59), M. Unruh won the javelin (101-8), A. Carter won the 3,200 (13:43.90) and the 4×800 team won (10:50.80).
Mario Nava won the 100 meters (11.48) and Andrew Topham won the 3,200 meters (10:45.10)
Canton-Galva’s best finish was second place by Courtney Rump in the girls’ javelin (81-9) and S. Jowers in the boys’ 300-meter hurdles (43.77).
Coming-Hillsboro was scheduled to compete at a quint in Marion on Tuesday. The Trojans will compete in the Conrad Nightengale Invitational at Halstead on Friday with events beginning at 4:30 p.m.