ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
The Hillsboro boys’ and girls’ track and field teams pulled off a first-place sweep at their own five-team meet April 27 at the Tabor College track.
The Trojan boys piled up 1611/2 points to sprint past second-place Burrton with 78.5. Inman was third with 59, Goessel fourth with 47 and Peabody-Burns fifth with 26 points.
The Trojan girls, meanwhile, finished first with 121 points, followed by Burrton with 94, Peabody-Burns 79, Inman 32 and Goessel 31.
The Hillsboro boys won eight of the 18 events. Winners of individual events were Tyler Peachey in the discus (145 feet 4 inches), Sammy Espada the triple jump (42-8), Derek Mayfield the long jump (19-71/2), Daniel Yoder the 400 meters (52.09 seconds), Tim Funk the high jump (6-0) and Caleb Marsh the pole vault (14-0).
The Trojans won two of the three relays they entered. The 4×100 team broke the tape in 45.08 and the 4×400 team won with a time of 3:44.54.
Finishing as runners-up in their individual events were Mayfield in the high jump and 100, David Funk in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, Daniel Yoder in the 800 and pole vault, Marsh in the 400 and Peachey in the 200.
Taking home third-place medals were Aaron Yoder in the 3,200 and 1,600, Clinton Schneider in 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, Kyle Jilka in the shot put and javelin, Espada in the long jump and Marsh in the 100 and 200.
For the girls, Hannah Marsh won four individual events to pace the Trojans. The freshman won the 100 (12.55), 200 (27,76), 400 (1:03.34) and pole vault (9-6).
JuliAnne Chisholm, also a freshman, chipped in a pair of wins in the high jump (5-4) and 300-meter hurdles (49.22).
The other first-place performance for Hillsboro came in the 4×100 relay (53.8).
Finishing second for Hillsboro were Jessica Heidel in the 100, Tina Frick in 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles, Chisholm in the 1,600 and Sydney Waner in the pole vault. The 4×400 relay team finished second also.
Placing third were Elissa Richert in the 3,200, Heidel in the 400, Andrea Peachey in the triple jump and Kelsie Penner in the pole vault.
Hillsboro will return to the Tabor track Friday as it hosts the James Thomas Invitational. Events begin at 3 p.m.