The Hillsboro girls’ and boys’ track and field teams each celebrated a gold-medal individual performance, but struggled to make a team impact at the Central Kansas League meet Thursday at Lyons.
Marah Franz won the girls’ pole vault title for the fourth time in four years by clearing 10 feet, 2 inches—which bettered her own league record. The win accounted for 10 of the Trojans’ 16 team points, which placed them 12th among 12 schools.
“We have a strong league, and the great competition brings out the best in some athletes and Marah Franz is one of those athletes,” coach Dennis Boldt said. “Plain and simple, Marah works hard and her results indicate that.”
On the other end of the age spectrum, freshman Wes Shaw won the discus gold medal with a throw of 141 feet—nearly 12 feet farther than his nearest competitor. Shaw placed third in shot put with a heave of 44-6, to account for 16 of the Trojans’ 18 team points, which placed them ninth.
“He is a talented young man and is extremely motivated to succeed,” Boldt said. “Each of his implements are bigger this season as a freshman, and he continues to figure things out as he competes in all three of the throws.”
Also scoring for the Trojan girls was Abby Sechrist, fifth in the open 800 meters with a season-best time (2:30.42), and the 4×800 team of Brittany Schale, Savannah Unruh, Kennedy Klein and Sechrist, who placed fourth (10:35.69).
“These girls combined to drop their time by 10 seconds today as they will take this relay to regional competition next week and attempt to return to the state championships,” Boldt said of the relay.
Also contributing points for the boys was Matthew Denholm, who placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles (17:06).
“Matthew attacked the hurdles well today in both of his hurdle races,” Boldt said.
Pratt won both the girls’ and boys’ titles.
The Greenback boys rolled up 128 points, followed by Smoky Valley (110), Hoisington (88), Hesston (521⁄2), Halstead (40), Kingman (34), Haven (33), Nickerson (24), Hillsboro (18), Sterling (15), Lyons (11) and Larned (41⁄2).
The Pratt girls won with 96 points, followed by Sterling (92), Smoky Valley (64), Hesston (57), Halstead (42), Larned (38), Haven (35), Lyons (35), Nickerson (33), Hoisington (27), Kingman (23) and Hillsboro (16).
Coming— The Trojans will be among the 16 schools competing for state berths Friday at the Class 2A regional track meet hosted by Lyndon High School.
Joining Hillsboro and the host school are Canton-Galva, Chase County, Berean Academy, West Elk, Inman, Moundridge, Olpe, Oswego, Oxford, St. Mary’s Colgan, Sedan, Udall, Uniontown and Yates Center.
Field events will begin at 3 p.m., prelims at 5 p.m. and finals at 6 p.m.