HHS track 1st for 2nd straight week

Hannah Marsh extends herself to clear 9 feet in the pole vault event at Hesston. The Hillsboro girls topped their counterparts from Marion by five points on Thursday to set the stage for the upcoming league title showdown at Nickerson on Friday. Phyllis Richert / Free Press. Click image to enlarge.
Sean Leihy of Hillsboro leads the back into the home stretch of the second lap during the 1,600-meter race at Hesston. Leihy led to the finish line, winning in a time of 4:50. Behind him are Justin Heidebrecht and Ryan Jones of Marion. Heidebrecht placed second in 4:52.4 and Jones third in 4:57.1. Phyllis Richert / Free Press. Click image to enlarge.

? For the second week in a row, the Hillsboro High girls and boys swept the top prize at an invitational track meet.

? Coming off a double win at the James Thomas Invitational on April 27, the Trojan girls scored 109 points Thursday to edge Marion by five points for first place at the nine-school Hess?ton Invitational.

The Trojan boys outpaced second-place Cheney, 97-88.

Following a familiar theme, the HHS girls got three first-place performances from JuliAnne Chisholm, while Hannah Marsh and Dakota Kaufman each added one.

Chisholm, who was selected as the meet?s outstanding female athlete, won the high jump (5 feet, 6 inches), the 100-meter low hurdles (12.71 seconds) and 300-meter hurdles (45.30). Her time in the 300 lowered her own school record.

Meanwhile, Marsh took first in the long jump (16-93⁄4) and Kaufman won the triple jump (35-7).

Kaufman, a freshman, set a school record in that event at the Smoky Valley Invitational on April 23 with a distance of 36-8. The previous record, 36-11⁄4, was set in 1992 by Phyllis Nickel.

Hillsboro?s sixth gold medal at Hesston came in the 4×400, where Tina Frick, Tiffany Rooker, Marsh and Chisholm combined for a winning time of 4:13.37.

The Hillsboro boys also won six events, starting with individual wins by Adam Dirks in the javelin (166-4), Tyler Kaufman in the triple jump (40-61⁄2), Sean Leihy in the 1,600 (4:50) and Cody McMillen in the 3,200 (10:17.58).

Hillsboro also won two of its three relays.

Spencer Brown, Nathan Vogel, McMillen and Leihy combined to run a 8:24.36 in the 4×800 and Jacob Yoder, Leihy, Ishmael Morris and Brown won the 4×400 in 3:32.10.

?Despite the threatening weather and heavy conditions, we had excellent results overall,? coach Dennis Boldt said.

?In a meet like we had today, the name of the game is ?competing.? You cannot always expect great marks, but you can always compete for for the win.

?I liked our athletes? attitudes today. Rain or shine they were determined to compete.?

The Marion girls won four events on the way to the runner-up spot. Erin Carr led the way with wins in the 100 (12.71) and 200 (26.19). Julia Zeiner won the 400 (1:03.2), Danielle Cope won the 3,200 (11:54.86) by a margin of 1:18 with a season-best time, and the Warrior 4×100 team of Kayley Heery, Kristen Sein?born, Zeiner and Carr won by nearly 2 seconds (50.99).

?Julia Zeiner ran an outstanding 400 meters for us, winning the race after being in third with 60 meters left,? Marion coach Grant Thierolf said.

The Marion boys, who finished fourth with 82.3 team points, were led by seven second-place performances: Luke Gor?don in the high jump, Ben Leppke in the triple jump, Jason Hett in the 800, Justin Heide?brecht in the 1,600, Daniel Goentzel in the 3,200 and the 4×800 and 4×400 teams.

?We really got better at the Hesston meet,? Thierolf said. ?We had some outstanding performances and some performances that show that we are starting to peak at the right time.?

Coming?Both Hillsboro and Marion will compete at Nicker?son on Friday for the Mid-Cen?tral Activities Association league title. Events begin at 3 p.m. If the meet is thwarted by weather, it will be rescheduled for Saturday, starting at noon.