Hillsboro track and field qualifies 12 athletes for 10 events at state



Battling a strong south wind as well as the strongest competition in the area, the Hillsboro track and field team qualified a total of 12 athletes in 10 events during the Class 3A regional meet Friday at Marion.

Heading the list was freshman Emily Sechrist, who won the 3,200 meter and placed second in the 1,600. The top four finishers in each event qualify for state.

Sechrist?s winning time of 11 minutes, 58.42 seconds in the 3,200 gave her a 10-second edge at Marion and was the fastest qualifying time among the four 3A regionals.

Her second-place time of 5:27.85 in the 1,600 put her barely a half-second behind the winner, Savannah Wright of Douglass. Their times were the top two among all regional qualifiers.

Rounding out the qualifiers among the Trojan girls was senior Callie Serene, who earned a return trip to Wichita by winning the 800 meters in 2:28.27. Only Heather Ruder of Thomas More Prep qualified for state with a faster time (2:24.66). Serene placed third at state last year.

The boys? team enjoyed a strong outing, qualifying seven events for state.

Individually, Mitchell Day won the 100 at Marion in a time of 10.83, which ranks him fourth among 3A qualifiers.

Shaq Thiessen, who placed third in long jump at last year?s state meet, won the regional event Friday with a leap of 22 feet, 4 inches, edging James Jones of Marion by one-quarter inch. Thiessen?s mark was the third-best of the day across 3A.

Three boys qualified for their first individual state entry. Bret Mueller finished the 800 in 2:04.9 to place second at Marion; his time ranked ninth across 3A.

Jesse Brown cleared 5-10 in the high jump to place fourth, and Tyler Proffitt cleared a personal-best 12-6 in the pole vault for fourth place.

The Trojans also qualified two of its three relays.

The 4×800 team of Josh Richert, Grant Knoll, Avery Franz and Mueller placed third in 8:34 while the 4×400 team of Mueller, Thiessen, Richert and Franz placed fourth in 3:35.86.

Across 3A, their times ranked seventh and 10th, respectively.

?I am extremely excited that once again so many athletes qualified for state competition from our program,? coach Dennis Boldt said. ?It is exciting to take so many athletes in so many different events.

?Because of the difficult competition in our regional, I am confident that each entry has a great opportunity to score at the state level.?

Three Trojans just missed qualifying for state by placing fifth in their individual events: Ashley Bartel in pole vault, Kiara Espada in shot put and Josh Richert in the 1,600.

Coming?For Class 3A, 2A and 1A, the state track meet begins Friday at 3 p.m. in Wichita State?s Cessna Stadium.

Jesse Brown will compete at 3 p.m. in the high jump, with Shaq Thiessen and Tyler Proffitt competing in long jump and pole vault, respectively, at 6:15 p.m.

Two runners will compete Friday evening. The boys? 4×400 team will run its preliminary race around 6:25 while Emily Sechrist will run her 3,200 race at 7:40.

On Saturday, Mitchell Day will run the 100-meter prelims at 9 a.m. and the boys? 4×800 will compete around 10:30 a.m. Sechrist will run her 1,600 around 1:20 p.m. and Callie Serene and Bret Mueller will run their respective 800 races at 5:05 p.m. and 5:50 p.m.

If the 4×400 team qualifies for finals, it would run for medals at 7 p.m.

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