Area sports round-up 5-17-23


The Cougars competed on Thursday, May 11 at the Wheat State League Track Meet at Goessel.

“Though we had two place winners, with the nine athletes competing we had a total of nine personal records for the day. Nearly 40% of our performances for the day were career best perfomances so I was pleased with that effort,” said Coach Alan Stahlecker.

Both teams came in 9th out of 10 teams.

Some of the results were:

Gentri Holub – Javelin – 138’ 11” – 2nd place

Kaitlynn Bina – 1600 Meters – 6:11.45 – 2nd place

Coming—Both boys and girls will compete next on Friday, May 19 at Iola for the 1A Regional Championship meet.


Girls Track – The Warriors competed at home at League on Friday, May 12.

“We had a really good day at a very tough track and field meet. We were very proud of how our girls competed on a great day for track and field. We have to recognize our one HOA Champion. Sophia Dye had a great series in the javelin and won the competition with a career best throw. She is peaking at the right time,” said Coach Grant Thierolf.

Mckinnow Waner did not set any PRs but she did place in all three throws, which is so tough to accomplish at this caliber of meet.

The two hurdlers had big days, each placing third in their specialty. Gabby Newell and Taryn Kraus keep getting faster as the season winds down.

The jumpers had a great day with four PRs from the group. Kenna Wesner placed in the triple and long jumps and is starting to peak for the season. Hailey Harshman had her best day in the pole vault, clearing 8 foot for the first time and placing fifth.

Thierolf said, “We were very pleased with the continued progress of our two relay teams. They have been getting faster the last couple of meets and both ended up placing in the HOA. Very happy to see that improvement. We have a great opportunity this week to finish the season in great fashion with the Class 2A Regional Track and Field meet taking place in Marion on Thursday. It will be a fantastic meet.”

Coming—The Warriors have 2A Regionals on Thursday, May 18 in Marion.

Boys Track – The Warriors competed at home at League on Friday, May 12.

“We had the same feeling after the HOA meet for our Boys team as we did for our Girls team. We really competed well and had a great meet. We crowned one HOA champion, Chance Shults in the pole vault. He has put a great amount of work into this event with Coach Smith and it is paying off,” said Coach Thierolf.

Kellen Waner cleared his top height for the year and brought home a sixth place medal in the event as well.

Shults wasn’t done, he ran a great 110M hurdle race, finishing second in a loaded field.

Quade Williams competed well in the shot put, bringing home a second place medal.

Jackson Bitonti had his best day in the discus and earned a sixth place medal for the effort.

“Very happy for Jonathan Frese who earned a medal in the 200M. He just keeps working and it is so fun to see him rewarded for his effort,” said Thierolf.

Tristen Dye and Luke Wessel each ran well and placed in the toughest groupings of runners this side of the state meet.

“Very pleased with all three of our relays. The 4x 400M relay cut a second or two off their time and will be ready to run even faster next week,” said Thierolf. “Our 4 x 800M relay cut 15 seconds off their season best, and they know that will have to get faster next week in order to compete for a state berth. It will be a track and field spectacular at Warrior Stadium next week for the Class 2A Regional meet.”

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