HHS places 3rd, 4th at Halstead

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Hillsboro High School?s Brenna Blacketter runs her leg of the 4×800 relay team that took gold with a time of 12 minutes, 4 seconds last Tuesday (April 7) at Halstead.

The first-place relay gained ground with strong runs by Callie Serene, Clara Ens and Heidi Schroeder, to claim victory by a wide margin.

In their first competition of the season, the Hillsboro girls placed third and the boys fourth at the five-team Central Kansas Track League meet in Halstead last Tuesday.

Led by two gold medals from Dakota Kaufman, including a school record in the triple jump, the Trojan girls finished with 65 points. They trailed Halstead with 94 and Sterling with 85, but outscored Haven with 54 and Sedgwick with 40.

Triple jump proved to be a big event for Hillsboro with a 1-2-3 sweep. Kaufman shattered her own school record of 36 feet, 11 inches with a winning mark of 38-0. Heidi Schroeder was second at 30-7 and Callie Serene third at 24-61⁄2.

Kaufman also won the long jump with a leap of 17-4.

Also winning gold for Hills?boro were Tiffany Rooker, who cleared 8-6 in pole vault, and the 4×800 team of Serene, Brenna Blackketter, Clara Ens and Schroeder, who won in a time of 12 minutes, 4 seconds.

Silver medals went to Shelby Koons in the 200 (31.47), Kauf?man in the javelin (100-6) and to the 4×100 team of Bethany Hawkinson, Kaufman, Koons and Rooker (54.88).

Rooker was third in long jump (14-7), Koons fourth in the 100 (14.34) and Ens fifth in the 1,600 (6:51).

The Trojan boys, meanwhile, won five events. Sterling claimed the team title with 93 points. Halstead followed with 88, Sedgwick 66, Hillsboro 64 and Haven 61.

Ishmael Morris led Hillsboro with a sweep of the 100 (11.56) and 200 (23.28). He also was a member of the winning 4×400 team (3:39.0) with Matt Klenda, Brandon McMillen and Nathan Vogel.

Vogel also won the open 400 (52.91) and anchored the winning 4×800 team (9:04.0) that included Nicholas Mueller, David Ratzloff and Klenda.

Cody Blackketter took second in pole vault (7-6) and John Hein was second in shot put (46-0).

Also turning in top-five performances were Mueller (12:28, fourth) and Matt Richert (12:48, fifth) in the 3,200, Klenda (5:14.04, fourth) in the 1,600, Mason McCarty (35-71⁄2, fifth) in triple jump and (4-10, fifth) high jump and Hein (126-91⁄2) in discus.

?The athletes performed well above expectations,? coach Dennis Boldt said. ?I was concerned that not having a track facility and the poor weather would hinder performances a great deal, but the team really came through for the first meet.?

Coming?Hillsboro was scheduled to compete in a CKTL quint in Haven Tuesday. Because of rain over the weekend, the meet will include running events but no field events.

The Trojans were scheduled to compete Friday at the Smoky Valley Invitational in Lindsborg, but have since withdrawn.

?We have one extra meet scheduled, and have had this the past few years,? Boldt said.

?I am electing to not split our team this season, but rather to take everyone to all the same meets.?

The next scheduled competition for Hillsboro is a CKTL quint in Moundridge Tuesday, April 21.

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