HHS boys third at ?home? meet


Nathan Vogel?s anchor leg of the 4×800 relay carried the Trojans to first place in the event, and helped lift his team into third place.


Dakota Kaufman takes the baton in the 4×100 meter relay.

The Hillsboro boys captured five gold medals on the way to a third-place finish at the James Thomas Invitational?the Trojan ?home meet? held at Bethel College in North Newton for the second year in a row.

Berean Academy won the team title with 128 points. Hesston was second with 96 and Hills?boro third with 64 in the 13-school track and field meet.

As has become their pattern, the Trojans scored best in the dashes and relays. Ishmael Morris won the 100 and 200 in 10.84 and 22.61 seconds, respectively, and finished second to teammate Nathan Vogel in the 400. Vogel crossed the line in 52.08 and Morris in 52.63.

Morris? time in the 200 set a new meet record.

Hillsboro?s other gold medals came in the 4×400 and 4×800. Matt Klenda and Nicholas Mueller teamed with Morris and Vogel to win the 4×400 in 3:34.24, while Klenda, David Ratzloff, Mueller and Vogel won the 4×800 in 8:35.88.

Also scoring among the top three finishers for HHS were John Hein in the shot put (third, 46 feet, 101⁄4 inches) and Mueller in the 3,200 (third, 11:11.69).

Aaron Topham led Peabody-Burns to sixth-place with 40 points by winning the 1,600 in 4:52.06. The Warriors took home three third-place medals: the 4×800 team (8:43.15), A. Sheffler in the 200 (23.78), C. Frederick in the 300-meter hurdles (45.20).

In the girls? division, Hillsboro placed fifth with 57 points. Berean Academy won with 98.

Dakota Kaufman led Hills?boro with a pair of gold medals and a silver in the individual events. She won the triple jump with a distance of 33-6 and the long jump at 16-11. Her silver came in the javelin with a throw of 113-11. Other top-three finishes for the Trojans included Tiffany Rooker in pole vault (second, 8-6), Heidi Schroeder in triple jump (third, 31-1⁄2) and the 4×100 team of Bethany Hawkinson, Kauf?man, Shelby Koons and Rooker (third, 54.52).

Peabody-Burn sprinter Lauren Pickens swept gold in the 100 (12.36), the 200 (25.64) and 400 (1:00.67) to lead the Warriors to a seventh-place finish with 36.67 points. She was the only Warrior to finish among the top three.

?We are very excited about the track competition at our invitational,? Hillsboro coach Dennis Boldt said. ?This team continues to astound me with its competitive drive and relentless pursuit to compete.

?Both the boys? and girls? teams will not let the fact that they do not have ideal conditions to practice hinder their goals. I am extremely proud of them and excited about our upcoming meets.?

Marion quint?The Trojans concluded the Central Kansas Track League portion of their schedule with second-place team finishes at a five-team meet in Marion last Tuesday.

For the boys, Hesston prevailed with 150 points to Hillsboro?s 74. Moundridge scored 72, Marion 53 and Centre 18. Winning events for HHS were Ishmael Morris in the 100 (11.05 seconds) and 200 (22.98), Nathan Vogel in the 800 (2:08.28), the 4×400 team (3:38.18, Matt Klenda, Nicholas Mueller, Morris, Vogel) and the 4×800 team (9:04.48, Klenda, David Ratzloff, Mueller, Vogel).

Hesston scored 127 points to win the girls? division, followed by Hillsboro with 96, Mound?ridge 70, Centre 38, Marion 9.

Winning gold for Hillsboro were Dakota Kaufman in the triple jump (36-21⁄2), long jump (16-51⁄2) and javelin (113-6), Clara Ens in the 1,600 (6:28.31), Tiffany Rooker in pole vault (8-0) and the 4×100 team (54.14, Bethany Hawkinson, Kaufman, Shelby Koons, Rooker).

?These meets give our athletes an opportunity to compete without preliminaries, allowing them to compete in more events as they train during the season,? HHS coach Dennis Boldt said.

?They also give all of our young athletes the opportunity to compete, such as Callie Serene, who is developing into an outstanding 800 meter runner and jumper, and Matthew Richert who is competing well in the middle distance races.?

Coming?Hillsboro is schedule to compete at the Hesston Invitational on Thursday, with events starting at 4 p.m.

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