Area Sports Round-up 5-22-24

Addison Jost running the 4×800 during regionals last week. She will compete at state in the relay with her team as well as compete in the 800m after taking 2nd place and breaking a school record.
Riley Richert finished 4th at track regionals and will compete at state this weekend.
Hillsboro’s Abby Williams took 3rd place in shot put at Regionals and will compete at state this weekend.
Hillsboro’s Angel Rivera finished 3rd in shot put at Regionals and will compete at state this weekend.
Hillsboro’s Anders Weisbeck took 2nd in discus at Regionals and will compete at state this weekend.


Track- The Cougars competed at 1A KSHSAA Regionals held at Iola on Friday, May 17.

“We had three boys compete at the Regional meet, with all of them competing at or near their season bests with one attaining a personal record,” said Coach Alan Stahlecker.

The boys team had zero team points while the girls team had 10 team points. The girl’s results were:

Kaitlynn Bina – 1600 Meters – 5:42.67 – 2nd place.

“She earned her state qualification with a strong run, just three seconds off her personal record,” said Stahlecker.

Olivia Carlson – Long Jump – 15’ 2.75” —a personal record.

“Olivia also participated in the finals of the Triple Jump and the 100 meter High Hurdles where she ended up 7th in both of those events,“ said Stahlecker.

Allie Stuchlik – 3200 Meters – 13:40.35 – 6th place.

“Allie also participated in the 1600 where she set a new personal record by 12 seconds but ended up just outside the scoring,” said Stahlecker.

They had two other girls compete at the Regional meet, with both of them setting personal records in at least one event.

Coming—Kaitlynn Bina will compete at state in the 1600 m on Saturday, May 25 at 1:25 p.m.


Track – The Trojans competed at regionals in Eureka on Thursday, May 16. Several athletes qualified for state.

Quinlyn Funk finished 3rd in the 3200m and will go on to compete at state.

Sophomore Addison Jost finished 2nd in the 800m and broke a 40-year-old Hillsboro High School record with her time of 2:21.59.

The boys 4×100 team (Jesiah Gooch, Preston D’Albini, Peter Farha, Seth Driggers) qualified for state by finishing 4th at regionals.

The girls 4×800 (Jaidyn Frantz, Quinlyn Funk, Riley Richert, Addison Jost) is headed to state after their 1st place finish in regionals.

Riley Richert qualified for state by finishing 4th in the 1600m at regionals.

Anders Wiesbeck is headed to state in the discus after his 2nd place finish at regionals.

Abby Williams is headed to state in shot put with a 3rd place finish at regionals.

Angel Rivera is headed to state in shot put with a 3rd place finish at regionals.

Emily Gilkey finished 2nd place in high jump and is headed to state.

Coming—The Trojans will compete at state on May 24 and 25.

Golf – The Trojans competed at the 2A Regional Golf Tournament in Eureka on Tuesday, May 14.

“As a team, it was a disappointing day at the Regional Tournament. This group has consistently improved this season and we felt like if they could all put together a solid round, we would have a decent shot at qualifying as a team. Unfortunately, that did not come together. However, on a positive note, we are very proud of Lincoln [Wichert] and Annaliese [Jorgensen] for placing in the top 10 and earning a trip to the 2A State Golf Tournament,” said Coach Scott O’Hare. “These two have provided such great leadership for our team with the way they approach practice and the game of golf. They have put in the time and worked at it over the past few years to allow them to get to this point. I am so happy they are both being rewarded for their time and efforts.”

Wichert and Jorgensen will be representing Hillsboro High School in the 2A State Golf Tournament on Monday, May 20, at Mariah Hills Golf Club in Dodge City.

“The state tournament is a two day event, but golfers must qualify for day two on Tuesday based on how they play on Monday. We are excited to see them both compete one more time this season,” said O’Hare.


Boys track – The Warriors competed at the KSHSAA 2A Regional at Eureka on Thursday, May 16.

“We had about as good of a meet as we could have at the Eureka Regional. We would have liked to have qualified a few more athletes to the State meet but we had a very good meet. Congratulations to our state qualifiers,” said Coach Grant Thierolf.

Kellen Waner continued his strong season in the pole vault by winning the event at this meet. “Great to see his hard work rewarded,” said Thierolf.

Luke Wessel continued his superb season by winning the 800M and coasting to a second-place finish in the 1600M. He has a great chance at standing high on the podium at the state meet.

“Congratulations to the 4x400M Relay team of Jesse Snyder, Wyatt Soyez, Jonathan Frese, and Luke Wessel for winning the Regional in a blistering time of 3:27.88. Jesse and Wyatt ran great first and second legs and when the handoff to Jonathan occurred, the race was over. Both Jonathan and Luke ran 50-second splits and secured a regional victory in the final event of the night,” said Thierolf.

The distance crew all ran PRs in their races.

Owen [White], Eli [Klenda] and Zayden [Janzen] capped a good year with their best races and we look forward to them being even better next spring,” said Thierolf.

Jackson Bitonti made the finals in the discus.

“With Brian and Jackson Howard returning, our throwing crew will be very strong for 2025. Fun to see Cooper Jirak PR in the 110H. Good day all around,” said Thierolf.

Coming—The Warriors will compete next at state on May 24 and 25. For the boys, the 4×400 meter relay will compete as well as Kellen Waner for pole vault and Luke Wessel for both 800 m and 1600 m runs.

Girls track – The Warriors competed at the KSHSAA 2A Regional at Eureka on Thursday, May 16.

“Very, very proud of our Lady Warriors’ Track and Field Team. We had a very good day at a very tough Regional meet. Congratulations to our State Qualifiers Kenna Wesner, Dylan Kraus, and Taryn Kraus,” said Coach Grant Thierolf.

Kenna Waner had a great day in the triple jump, jumping a career best 35’1.25″ to win a competitive event.

“She has gained such confidence in her abilities and it has been great to see her blossom into one of the best in the state,” said Thierolf.

Dylan Kraus broke a ten- year old record in the 400M, running a fantastic race in another loaded field of athletes.

“She continues to improve and will be fun to watch at the state meet,” said Thierolf.

Taryn Kraus ran her best race of the season, lowering her PR by almost a full second and secured her place at state with a fourth place finish in the 300M hurdles.

“We had so many other great events at this meet. Madisyn and Sophia both made finals in the throwing events, Dylan and Hailey vaulted well in a loaded event, Maria Carlson ran her best race of the year in the 800M, and our 4x100M and 4x400M relay teams ran their best races of the year. A final thank you to Gabby Newell, our lone senior, who concluded her career by finishing fifth in the 100M hurdles, said Thierolf. “Gabby has been unbelievably consistent for us in the hurdles, reaching the finals in every race she has run in the last two years. So glad to have coached her and we wish her much success as she goes on to run for Bethany College next year. On To State!”

Coming— The Warriors will compete next at state on May 24 and 25. For the girls, Kenna Wesner will compete in triple jump, Dylan Kraus in 400 m sprint and Taryn Kraus in 300 m hurdles.

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