HHS boys? track takes 2nd

Challenged by depleted numbers and a cold northwest wind, the Hillsboro High track team opened its competitive season last Tuesday by hosting a five-team Central Kansas Track League meet at Reimer Field.

Even with more than half of the team?s athletes at a church-related conference in California, the Trojan boys placed second and the girls third.

The HHS boys claimed seven gold medals en route to 94 team points. Berean Academy won the meet with 118 points while Little River was third with 70, Inman fourth with 48 and Centre fifth with 35.<p>Claiming gold for HHS were Grant Schneider in the 110-meter (16.81 seconds) and 300-meter hurdles (42.9), Jacob Yoder in the javelin (153 feet, 1 inch) and long jump (18-53⁄4), Ishmael Morris in the 100 (11.1) and 200 (23.2) meters and Cody McMillen in the 1,600 meters (5:09.3).<p>Centre?s best finishes were second-place efforts by Seth Jirak in the shot put (43-3), Alfonse Klenda in the javelin (142-5) and James Weber in the high jump (5-4).<p>For the girls, Hannah Marsh, JuliAnne Chisholm and Dakota Kaufman accounted for all 70 points Hillsboro scored to place third. Berean won the meet with 118 points, followed by Little River with 110, Hillsboro, Inman with 28 and Centre with 23.<p>Marsh won the 100 (12.7) and 200 (26.1), the pole vault (8-0) and the long jump (16-0); Chisholm claimed the high jump (5-4) and the 100-meter (15.2) and 300-meter hurdles (46.9); while Kaufman, a freshman, won the triple jump (32-7) and placed third in the 400 meters (1:11.7)<p>Centre was led by second-place efforts from Kylie Burhoop in the pole vault (7-0) and Brittany Owens in the javelin (87-3).<p>Because of numbers and weather, Hillsboro did not enter any of relay events at the meet.<p>HHS coach Dennis Boldt said he was pleased with his team?s effort, despite the challenges.<p>?The athletes did an excellent job today for our first meet,? he said. ?I am very proud of everyone?s efforts.?<p>Coming?The Trojans should have had a complete squad at the CKTL quint meet scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, at Hesston.<p>They will compete in their first big meet of the season Friday when they travel to Lindsborg for the Smoky Valley Invitational. Events are set to begin at 4 p.m. The following Tuesday, the Trojans travel to Sterling for CKTL quint meet that starts at 4:30 p.m.

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