Open season / HHS take third in first meet

Cody McMillen (top photo) adds to his lead in the first turn of the 3,200 meter run last Tuesday. He and Dakota Kaufman (below) each claimed individual gold at the five-team CKTL meet held in Marion.

Hillsboro and Marion opened the track and field season with competitive showings at a five-team Central Kansas Track League meet at Marion on Tuesday, April 1.

Hillsboro boys and girls each placed third in their respective divisions while Marion boys took first and the girls second.

Marion won the boys? division with 98 points followed by Hesston with 89, Hillsboro 84, Sterling 68 and Berean Academy 36.

Winning gold for Marion were Nick Klenda in the discus (124 feet, 9 inches) and shot put (43-31⁄4), Tylor Neil in the long jump (19-9), the 4×800 team of Adam Regnier, Charlie Holub, Ryan Jones and Justin Heidebrecht (8 minutes, 52.74 seconds) and Elliot Hett in the 300-meter hurdles (44.06).

For Hillsboro, Cody McMillen won the 3,200 meters in 10:18.45, outdistancing his closest rival, teammate Nick Mueller, by nearly 51 seconds.

Also winning gold were Ishmael Morris in the 400 (53.34) and 200 (24.04) and the 4×400 team of Spencer Brown, Grant Schneider, McMillen and Morris (3:39.34).

In the girls? division, Hesston rolled up 159.5 points, Marion 111.5, Hillsboro 55, Berean Academy 39 and Sterling 5.

Winning gold for Marion were Camille Christensen in the 3,200 (13:15.31), Julia Zeiner in the long jump (17-3⁄4) and 400 (1:04.09), Kayley Heerey in the 100 (13.55), Kristen Steinborn in the 200 (28.60) and the 4×100 team of Heerey, Kalaya Jackson, Zeiner and Steinborn (53.03).

Dakota Kaufman won Hillsboro?s only gold medal, placing first in the triple jump (35-101⁄2). She outdistanced her closest rival by 3 feet, 2 inches.

?Obviously, the quality of that meet was as good of a first meet as any we?ve ever had,? said Marion coach Grant Thierolf. ?You put those five teams together, and there will be some good state quality competitors there and I thought our kids competed pretty well that night.?

Hillsboro coach Dennis Boldt felt good about his team?s first outing, too.

?We competed hard today, and that is what we are looking for at this point in the season.? he said.

?We want to get a mark for each athlete in their events so that we can better evaluate what our focus will be in the upcoming workouts.?

Coming?Hillsboro was scheduled to compete Tuesday at a CKTL meet in Hesston. On Friday, the Trojans travel to Lindsborg for their first full invitational. Events begin at 4 p.m.

Marion was scheduled to compete at a CKTL meet at Centre on Tuesday and will join the field in Lindsborg on Friday.

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