Hillsboro girls second, Marion boys third at Smoky Valley meet

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
As the Smoky Valley Invitational got under way Thursday, Hillsboro coach Dennis Boldt noted his team was physically tired and ready for a holiday break from training.

Maybe he forgot to tell them about the tired part.

The Trojans turned in 14 personal-best performances, including one that tied a school record en route to a strong showing at a very competitive 10-team meet.

The Hillsboro girls, with 90 points, tied Southeast of Saline for second place in the girls’ division. The hometown Vikings cruised to the title with 132 points.

Trojan JuliAnne Chisholm tied her own school record of 45.9 seconds in winning the 300-meter hurdles. She also won the 110-meter hurdles (15.14 seconds) and the high jump (5-feet-8) and anchored the gold-medal 4×400 team that included Tiffany Rooker, Carrie Schroeder and Hannah Marsh (4:15.43).

Marsh won two individual events-the long jump (17-1⁄4) and the pole vault (8-0)-and placed third in the 200 meters (27.48).

“I feel good about their performances individually and as a team today,” Hillsboro coach Dennis Boldt said. “We obviously are not where we want to be a month from now, but it is crucial that we develop throughout the season, not peaking early and not wearing down the athletes in the process of training.

“We are in our most demanding part of our schedule with two meets per week for a few weeks.”

Marion, meanwhile, placed fourth with 66 points. Speedster Erin Carr took home the only gold medal for the Warriors by winning the 200 meters (26.86). She also placed second in the 100 (12.82).

“Our girls had a great day,” said Marion coach Grant Thierolf. “We were entered in 11 different events and scored points in 11 of them. Erin Carr ran very well in the 100 and 200.”

In the boys’ division, Marion placed third with 84 points and Hillsboro sixth with 52. Abilene won the title with 147 points and a 33-point margin over runner-up Smoky Valley.

Marion struck gold with a pair of wins in the hurdles. Jeremy Vondenkamp won the 110-meter race in 15.21 and the 300-meter race in a school-record 39.58.

Tim Funk won Hillsboro’s only gold medal by clearing 6-2 in the high jump.

“Tim is very focused on his events this season and is showing his leadership by example in his attitude and work ethic,” Boldt said.

“The boys had an excellent day resulting is some great times,” Boldt added. “A great field of distance runners today really helped our guys run some personal bests.

“One race that was very evident was the 3,200-meter run, where Cody McMillen, Sean Leihy and Matt Klenda all had their personal-best times today with Cody and Sean finishing third and fifth, respectively.

“Field events were also good to our up-and-coming javelin throwers Adam Dirks and Jacob Yoder, who finished third and fourth, respectively.

“I told them after the meet, I cannot remember the last time we had two athletes finish in scoring position at an invitational track meet in the javelin.”

Hillsboro quint-The Hillsboro boys’ and girls’ teams won their respective divisions at a five-team Central Kansas Track League meet last Tuesday at the Tabor College track.

The boys claimed first place with 112 points, Halstead followed with 107, Haven 53, Marion 51 and Peabody-Burns 40.

Winning gold medals for Hillsboro were Tim Funk in the 110-meter hurdles (15.75) and high jump (6-2), Jacob Yoder in the javelin (147-81⁄2),Cody McMillen in the 3,2000-meter run (11:04.87) and Nate Holmes in the 1,600 (5:05.32).

For Marion, Shawn Britton won the shot put (44-8) and discus (119-2).

Peabody-Burns’s only gold medal came from Micah Hilliard in the 200 meters (24.91).

In the girls’ division, Hillsboro claimed first-place with 120 points. Halstead was second with 102, followed by Haven with 89, Marion 35 and Peabody-Burns 21.

The Trojans won 10 of the 18 events: JuliAnne Chisholm won the high jump (5-5), the 100-meter hurdles (14.89), the 300-meter hurdles (47.3) and joined with Tiffany Rooker, Tina Frick and Hannah Marsh to win the 4×400 (4:33.05); Marsh won the long jump (16-71⁄4) and 200 meters (27.59), Carrie Schroeder the 800 meters (2:50.28), Rooker the pole vault (7-0), Aby Humber the triple jump (30-6) and Shelby Koons, Frick, Rooker and Marsh teamed to win the 4×100 (53.71).

For Marion, Toni Gordon won the discus (106-0), Amanda Richmond the 400 meters (73.38) and Emalee Versch the shot put (33-11).

Peabody-Burns’ best finish was second place in the 4×800 (12:01.8).

Hillsboro coach Dennis Boldt said he was pleased to win both divisions but noted his team was weary from the Marion Relays the previous Friday.

“We had a lot of younger athletes competing in events for the first or second time as they continue to find that event in which they excel,” he said.

Coming-Both Hillsboro and Marion will be in Halstead for two meets this week. On Tuesday, they will compete in another CKTL quint and then on Friday they will participate in the Conrad Nightingale Invitational, which begins at 3 p.m.

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