Viking conquest /Smoky Valley sweeps MCAA titles; Hillsboro and Marion in the hunt

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
Smoky Valley swept both team titles at the Mid-Central Activities Association league track and field meet Friday at Marion.

The Viking girls rolled up 117 points to easily outpace runner-up Hillsboro with 69. Marion tied for fourth with 49.

The Viking boys prevailed over second-place Hesston, 108-84. Marion placed third with 68 points while Hillsboro finished fifth with 601⁄2.

Competing without standout performer, JuliAnne Chisholm, who is recovering from a leg injury, the Trojan girls still won five events, thanks to the efforts of Hannah Marsh and Tina Frick.

Marsh won the 200-meter dash (25.90 seconds), the long jump (16-feet, 10-3⁄4 inches) and the pole vault (9-6) while Frick moved into the No. 1 position usually occupied by Chisholm in the 100-meter (15.43) and 300-meter (48.23) hurdles.

“The girls (team) placing as runners-up is a tremendous accomplishment considering JuliAnne did not compete today,” Hillsboro coach Dennis Boldt said. “This is a tribute to the remarkable talent of our girls’ program and their ability to score well in multiple events.

“Hannah and Tina had super days,” he added. “I think many times people take for granted the tremendous accomplishments that these girls have achieved over the course of this season, as well as the past two seasons.”

Marion girls brought home two gold medals. Erin Carr won the 100-meter dash (12.57) while Danielle Cope won the 3,200 meters (12:33.05) by more than 11 seconds.

The Warrior boys, meanwhile, were led by the double wins of hurdler Jeremy Vondenkamp, who swept the 110-meter (14.73) and 300-meter (40.48) races.

Also winning a league championship was Gavin Moore in the 3,200 (10:11.05).

For Hillsboro, David Funk claimed one of the Trojans’ two gold medal by clearing 14-0 in the pole vault. He surpassed his closest rival by 18 inches.

“David has done a tremendous job of coming off injury this season to post one of the best heights in the state in his event,” Boldt said. “As state champion last year, he knows what it takes to compete at a high level.”

Adam Dirks claimed first place in the javelin with a season’s best throw (155-5).

“Adam has competed in multiple events this year, but the javelin will be our focus in the upcoming regional,” Boldt said.

The Trojans were competing without Jacob Yoder.

“An injury to Jacob Yoder forced him to sit out today, which also affected our boys’ competition as he posts one of the league’s best long jumps and javelin throws,” Boldt said.

The Trojan coach was pleased with the performance of his relay teams, all six of which finished in the scoring column despite missing some runners.

“I like that our relays again have made a statement in the league,” he said. “They continue to be a focus in this program and I truly feel relay teams are the basis of our team concept.”

Coming-Hillsboro and Marion will be aiming to qualify entries for the state track and field championship by competing Friday at the regional meet in Marion.

The Trojans and Warriors will join teams from Northern Heights, Chaparral, Caney Valley, Cheney, Conway Springs, Eureka, Halstead, Hesston, Bluestem, Osage City, Remington, Wichita Collegiate, Wichita Independent and Wichita Trinity.

“Regional competition at Marion promises to be very difficult,” Boldt said. “I know that our regional will feature great athletes, and those who are fortunate enough to qualify from our region will do well in state competition at Wichita.”

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