HHS track team earns five firsts

Avery Franz placed second in the triple jump (41-93?4), third in the long jump (20-4) and fourth in the 400 (54.35) at the James Thomas Invitational at Joel H. Wiens Stadium Friday. Hillsboro claimed a total of five gold medals.
Avery Franz placed second in the triple jump (41-93?4), third in the long jump (20-4) and fourth in the 400 (54.35) at the James Thomas Invitational at Joel H. Wiens Stadium Friday. Hillsboro claimed a total of five gold medals.
With near-perfect weather as a backdrop, Hills?boro collected five gold medals Friday in the James Thomas Invitational at Joel H. Wiens Stadium Friday.

Emily Sechrist again led the Trojans by sweeping the 3,200-meter run in a meet record time of 11 minutes, 50.99 seconds, then winning the 1,600 in 5:32.09.

Sechrist?s margin of victory was 20 seconds in 3,200 and 17 seconds in the 1,600. To complete her day, Sechrist also ran the 800, placing fourth in 2:31.63, and ran a leg in the 4×400.

?The challenge for us training Emily is to continue running multiple races each meet so she can develop her strength and stamina so she can meet the challenge in a race with faster competitors,? coach Dennis Boldt said. ?She understands this and knows running all three distance races and the 4×400 will develop her speed.?

Also winning gold for the girls was Marah Franz, who cleared 9 feet, 1 inch, which was just over a foot higher than the runner-up.

For the boys, Jesse Brown won a gold medal by clearing 6-2 in the high jump, tying his career-best mark.

?This will give him confidence as we approach the league and regional meets,? Boldt said of the effort.

Grant Knoll won the remaining gold medal, winning the 3,200 in 10:38.60, edging Cody Nuss of Hesston by just under two seconds. The Trojan junior came back later to place second in the 1,600 in 4:48.63, just over three seconds behind Ben Ber?ridge of Nickerson.

?I still feel Grant?s best race is the 1,600, but he proved he is a contender in both today,? Boldt said. ?Both races had a great field today and this will only help him develop his races.?

The Trojans generated several other top-three performances during the meet.

For the boys, Avery Franz was the runner-up in the triple jump with a mark of 41-93?4 and placed third in long jump with a leap of 20-4. Franz placed fourth in the open 400 in 54.35.

?Avery does a great job managing his day with two very technical events in the field and his 400 and the 4×100 relay on the track,? Boldt said.

For the girls, Taylor Vogt claimed silver in the shot put with a throw of 33-1 and Morganne Hamm accomplished the same in the discus with a mark of 101-5.

?I am extremely proud of two how Taylor and Mor?ganne continue to score well in the throws,? Boldt said. ?They are both quietly racking up multiple top-three places in our invitationals in their respective best events.?

Despite a small roster, the Trojan teams both placed fourth among the 14-school field. The girls accumulated 58 points, well behind Hesston?s winning score of 154, while the Trojan boys scored 48 points, which was 82 points behind the winning team from Berean Academy.

Coming?Hillsboro was scheduled to compete Thurs?day at the Hesston Invita?tional. Events begin at 3:30 p.m.