Hillsboro boys, girls place second at large Halstead meet

The Hillsboro girls’ and boys’ track teams each took second place at the always challenging Conrad Nightingale Invitational at Halstead on a blustery Friday.

The Marion girls finished 13th among 14 teams and the boys placed 13th among 15 teams.

Garden Plain, the defending Class 3A champions, won the girls’ division with 144 points while Hillsboro scored 105. Marion tallied 9 points.

Southeast of Saline finished with 92 points to win the boys’ division while Hillsboro was the runner-up with 66. Marion scored 9.

“The kids did a great job, and finishing second by both teams in this meet is an incredible accomplishment,” Trojan coach Dennis Boldt said.

As has been the case all season, the Hillsboro girls were led by sophomores JuliAnne Chisholm and Hannah Marsh, who accounted for all five gold medals Hillsboro won in individual events and then each picked up one more in the 4×400 relay.

Chisholm won the high jump by clearing 5-feet, 6-inches, the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 15.16 seconds and the 300-meter hurdles in 47.51. Marsh won the long jump with a leap of 17-13/4 and the 200-meter dash in 26.33 seconds.

They joined Kelsie Penner and Tina Frick to win the 4×400 in a time of 4:22.63.

Frick contributed a second place in the 100-meter hurdles (15.19), a third in the 300-meter hurdles (49.48) and a fourth in the 100 meters (12.97). Marsh added a silver in the 400 meters.

“The improvement of all our girls is showing in the team scores,” Boldt said. “I feel good about where we are and the manner in which our girls are developing. This is an extremely talented group of girls, and they have a great desire to do well, not only individually but as a team.”

The Marion girls were led by fourth-place performances by Emalee Versch in the shot put (32-53/4) and Toni Gordon in the discus (104-2). Erika Riggs was the other Warrior to score, placing sixth in shot put (29-33/4).

The Hillsboro boys, meanwhile, rolled up their points with only one gold-medal performance: Sammy Espada took first in the triple jump with a leap of 42-2. He also took third in the long jump (20-33/4).

The Trojans got silver-medal results from David Funk in the pole vault (13-6) and Nate Holmes in the 1,600 meters (4:53.29).

The Trojans’ best event was the 110-meter hurdles, where David Funk placed third (16.18), Tim Funk fourth (16.59) and Clinton Schneider fifth (16.66).

“Our guys are working hard and competing well at the invitational meets, which is very encouraging as we approach our final two invitational meets at home and Hesston,” Boldt said.

For the Marion boys, Adam Depler came through with the best finish, placing third in shot put (46-103/4). Marion also got a fifth-place finish by Emmanuel Jackson in the long jump (19-21/2) and Charlie Holub was sixth in the 3,200 meters (11:41.89) to account for Marion’s points.

Coming-Hillsboro and Marion will compete at the James Thomas Invitational on Friday at the Tabor College track. Events are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

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