2019 KSHSAA State Track and Field

The HHS boys and their coaches faced a lot of challenges with the weather, but they persevered and performed well. While the team loses three seniors, the rest are young and will mostly likely be headed back to state for a few more years.Marion County athletes showed up and worked hard at the 2019 KSHSAA State Track and Field Championship in spite of several delays and evacuations due to lightning. On top of personal and records being broken, the meet broke a record on delays and number of days for the championship.

“This is the first time in my 29 years (at State) that I’ve seen this meet go onto Sunday. Very unusual spring weather,” said Hillsboro High School Head Coach Dennis Boldt.

For the most part, everyone rolled with the changes and made adjustments as needed.

“It was certainly a different state meet for all of the teams. KSHSAA did a great job of getting the meet done, and it was run really well. Our kids are pretty resilient and even though they had some changes to the schedule, it did not really have an effect on us,” said Marion High School Head Coach Grant Thierolf.

Boys – Xavier Espinoza of Centre took second in the 1A 100M dash. He placed eighth in the 1A 400 M.

Hillsboro boys came in at second place for the 2A division.

Seniors Wes Shaw and Josiah Driggers hold the runner up trophy the team earned. Coach Dennis Boldt gave credit to both boys and their for the team’s success. Shaw placed first in both shot put and discus throw. Driggers took second for his performance in the triple jump and fifth in long jump. Both boys plan to go on to college in the fall where both will be continuing to participate in track and field.“We scored a lot of those runner up points on the first day and then finished it up with the triple jumps on Sunday,” said Boldt. “It’s really a credit to the kids and to the assistant coaches that we did so well.”

Bold gave credit to two seniors in particular.

“Wes Shaw has dominated in all of it. He has done well. Josiah (Josiah) added triple jump this year and did well, and we appreciated his leadership. Everyone who went contributed. What a great experience.”

Shaw took first place in both the shot put (54-08.50) and the discus throw (173-07).

Driggers set a PR when he placed second in triple jump with a distance of 44′ 2.25”. Carson Linnens also set a PR with his fourth-place finish (43′ 7”). Nate Hein, a freshmen, took the gold for pole vault. He also ran in the 100M dash and got 14th.Driggers took fifth in the long jump (19′ 9.75”).

Nate Hein had his first appearance at track and did very well. He won first place for pole vault, and he placed 14th for 100M dash.


Noah Dalrymple – High Jump – 5’10” – Eighth

Charlie Nordquist – Discus – 131’04” – 12th

Colton Mercer – 800M – 2:08.71 -14th

4 x 100M Relay – Burton Harshman, Dalrymple, Nordquist, Mercer – 47.95 12th


Jared Janzen – Discus – 137′ 07” – 10th

Jared Janzen – Shut put – 45′ 9.75” – 10th

Tristan Reed – 3200 – 16th

Austin Rempel – javelin – 138′ 06” – 14th

Cole Kaufman – javelin – 153′ 09” – 10th

Charlie Major – pole vault – 10′ 6” – 12th

4 x 100M relay – Demarius Cox, Driggers, Jamari Harris, Hein – 14th

4 x 800M relay – Reed, Tucker Moss, Dillon Boldt, Caleb Diener – 16th

Canton Galva:

William Colgin – Triple jump – 41′ 5” – 10th

Girls- For Canton, Latia Moddelmog placed sixth for 100M hurdles for 2A and eighth place for triple jump.

Elsie Clark of Goessel got the silver medal for 2A high jump.

Jessica Saunders placed fourth in shot put and sixth in discus for 2A for the Hillsboro girls. William Colgin of Canton Galva in the triple jump on Sunday. The jump happened at the end of the three days after multiple delays. The sun came out just as the event was getting underway. Colgin got 10th place with a distance of 41’ and 5”.Addie Berens took fourth in javelin with a distance of 123’3”.

The Marion girls had a great meet. Anne Baliel took first place in the pole vault with a distance of 10’6”.

“Congratulations to Anne Baliel for capturing a State Championship in the Pole Vault. She works year-round on this event and it is fitting that she came away with the gold medal,” said Thierolf. “Coach Smith does a great job with Anne and she just works very hard to get better at something each and every day.”

Michaela Regnier took fifth place in pole vault (9’0”).

Charlie Norquist throwing disc on Saturday. He came in at 12th with a distance of 131’ and 4”. Norquist also ran in the 2A boys 4x400M relay.“Michaela Regnier had a great competition in the vault as well, jumping clean through 9 feet and then tying for fifth place. We have loved coaching Michaela for the past six years and will miss her contributions to our track and field team,” said Thierolf.

Heidi Grimmett had a very good day on Saturday as she placed fifth in the 1600M and seventh in the 800M.

“She has run against some very good competition all year and it paid off at the state meet. She will get stronger as she progresses over the summer and we look forward to another great year out of her next season,” said Thierolf.

The girls also ran two relays. The 4 x 100M relay consisted of Maria Stuchlik, Emmy Hess, Abigail Stuchlik and Baliel. They came in at seventh place. The girls 4 x 400M relay team of Baliel, Grimmett, Maria Stuchlik and Abigail Stucklik took 10th.

Heidi Grimmett running in the 1600M race where she came in at fifth place. Grimmett also ran in the 800M race and in the 4 x 400M relay which came in at 10th place.“Overall, it was a very good state meet for us. Our relays ran well and we have Anne, Abigail, and Heidi return in our 4 x 400. With another year of strength and another year of conditioning, we look to be very strong for the 2020 season. We will add some good, young freshmen who will enhance our girls and boys teams and we look forward to another successful season,” said Thierolf.


Stephany Meyer – long jump – 15′ 4.75” – 12th


4×100 – Iris Klein, Berens, Sammie Saunders and Kinsey Kleiner- 53.71 – 14th

Eva Franz – 400M – 1:05.07 – 12th

Dillon Boldt handed off the baton to fellow sophomore Caleb Diener during the boys 4 x 800M relay on Saturday.Iris Klein – high jump – 14th


Heidi Grimmett – 800M – 2:26.18 Seventh

Emmy Hess – Long Jump – 15’05.75” Eighth.

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