HHS track wins 4 golds at Halstead

Taylor Vogt launches the shot put at the Conrad Nightingale Invitational at Halstead Friday. She earned fifth place with a throw of 34 feet, 3 inches. The Hillsboro track and field team came away from its first big meet of the season Friday with four gold medals at the Conrad Night?ingale Invitational at Halstead.

Competing in a strong south wind, Emily Sechrist led the Trojans with wins in the 3,200 and 1,600 meters. The junior won the 3,200 by 33 seconds with a time of 12 minutes, 7.73 seconds and the 1,600 by 14 seconds in 5:34.10.

?Despite not so perfect conditions, she led both races from start to finish and posted good times,? coach Dennis Boldt said. ?The day was about winning, not about personal best times.?

Grant Knoll won the 1,600 in a bang-bang finish against Steven Cline of Halstead. Knoll crossed the line in 4:46.01 with Cline a mere 0.15 seconds behind.

?Grant won a chess match of a race, drafting early and taking the lead late in the race while holding off a late surge by Cline,? Boldt said. ?The two have had some great battles this year as they have run against each other at least three times.?

Later in the day, Cline won the 3,200 while Knoll placed fourth in 11:04.65.

Jesse Brown won Hills?boro?s fourth gold medal by clearing 5 feet, 10 inches in the high jump.

?Jesse critiques himself pretty hard and I know he wanted to clear greater heights today?but again, conditions were poor and he did what he needed to do to win the competition,? Boldt said.

As a team, the Trojan girls finished in a tie for ninth among 13 teams with 28 points; Cheney won the title with 106.

Also scoring for Hillsboro were Marah Franz, fourth in pole vault (8-6), Taylor Vogt, fifth in shot put (34-3) and Morganne Hamm, fifth in discus (96-7).

The boys? team placed seventh with 30 points; Berean Academy won with 114.

Contributing to the Trojan total were Avery Franz, fifth in triple jump (40-10); the 4×100 team of Travis King, Cody Craney, Franz and Brown, fifth (47.52); and Brown, sixth in the 200 (24.35).

?Avery came in under the weather today, but still medaled in the triple jump competition,? Boldt said. ?After he finished, we decided to scratch the long jump and concentrate on the 4×100, and that proved to be successful with a fifth-place finish.?

Sterling?Hillsboro came home with eight gold medals last Tuesday from a six-team Central Kansas Track League meet in Sterling.

Grant Knoll led the way by winning the 800 meters (2 minutes, 16.6 seconds) and the 1,600 (4:57.27). He also placed second in the 3,200 (10:59.73).

Avery Franz won the 400 (53:81), Cody Craney the shot put (42 feet, 23?4 inches) and Jesse Brown the high jump (5-10).

As a team, the boys placed second with 108 points behind Halstead with 176.

For the girls, Marah Franz won the pole vault by clearing 9 feet and the 400 (1:09.77) and Emily Sechrist won the 1,600 (5:25.20).

The Trojan girls finished with 105 points to place third behind Hess?ton (166) and Halstead (123).

Coming?Hillsboro was scheduled to host the last CKTL meet of the season Tuesday, then will host the James Thomas Invitational Friday with events starting at 3 p.m.

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