Shaw leads Hillsboro at Halstead meet

Wes Shaw placed in all three throwing events at the Conrad Nightingale Invitational Thursday at Halstead, including winning the shot put (48 feet, 91⁄2 inches). He was second in discus (152-1) and placed fifth in javelin (131-6).
Wes Shaw placed in all three throwing events at the Conrad Nightingale Invitational Thursday at Halstead, including winning the shot put (48 feet, 91⁄2 inches). He was second in discus (152-1) and placed fifth in javelin (131-6).
The Hillsboro track and field team struggled to compete in the 13-school field that comprised the Conrad Nightingale Invitational in Halstead Thursday.

The Trojan boys, who finished in 10th place with 25 points, were led by Wes Shaw, who scored 21 points by placing in all three throwing events. The sophomore standout won the shot put (48 feet, 91⁄2 inches), was second in discus (152-1) and placed fifth in javelin (131-6).

“Wes is extremely motivated and he competed well against some really good competition,” coach Dennis Boldt said.

Jonathan Hinerman generated two points by placing sixth in the 1,600 meters (4 minutes, 53.32 seconds), Travis King contributed one point by placing seventh in the 200-meter dash (24.43) and Kaden Ward scored a point in pole vault by placing seventh (11-0).

Meanwhile, the Hillsboro girls scored 12 points to finish 12th as a team. Sienna Kauf­man led individual scoring with four points in long jump (9-0). Scoring three points for fifth place were Abby Sechrist in the open 800 (2:38.45) and the 4×100 team of Roxanna Nieto, Eva Franz, Savannah Unruh and Kaufman (56.42).

The 4×800 team of Tiffany Schale, Unruh, Brittany Schale and Sechrist completed the team score with two points for sixth place (10:54.59)

“Having the meet moved from Friday to Thursday (to avoid a rainout) did not give us much recovery time from Tuesday, but I thought our athletes performed admirably,” Boldt said.

Pratt won the boys’ team title with 114 points. Sedg­wick girls scored 84 points to lead the 12 other schools.

Goessel—The Hills­boro boys placed second and the girls fifth at this six-school Central Kansas Track League meet April 18.

Wes Shaw won all three of his events: discus (149 feet, 9 inches), javelin (139-2) and shot put (50-1⁄4) to lead the Trojan boys.

Also placing first were Kaden Ward in high jump (5-8) and pole vault (11-0), Jona­than Hinerman in the open 800 (2 minutes, 12.84 seconds) and the 4×400 team of Brodie Rathbone, Hiner­man, Travis King and Garrett Funk (3:53.23).

Ward placed second in long jump (20-5) and Hiner­man was the runner-up in the 3,200 (11:23.56) and 1,600 (5:12.10).

Hesston won the team title with 151 points, followed by Hillsboro (136), Herington (69), Lyons (63), Centre (61) and Goessel (46).

Sienna Kaufman claimed the girls’ only individual gold by winning the pole vault (8-6). The 4×800 team of Tiffany Schale, Savannah Unruh, Brittany Schale and Abby Sechrist won in 10:58.56. Sechrist placed second in the open 800 (2:39.13).

Hesston took the girls’ team title with 165 points, followed by Goessel (106), Herington (100), Lyons (91), Hillsboro (58) and Centre (19).

“We had some really good performances today and I am particularly excited about the boys’ second-place team finish,” coach Dennis Boldt said. “We have a great group, and many are developing three and four events this season, which really helps with the team scores.”

Coming—The James Thomas Invitational is scheduled for Friday in Hills­boro. Events begin at 3 p.m.