Hillsboro’s Wes Shaw added to his record-breaking ways last week, this time at the Central Kansas League track and field meet Thursday in Halstead.
Shaw won both the shot put and discus. He not only threw farther than anyone else in the field, but put his name in the record book along the way.
“Wes’s throws both broke league records,” coach Dennis Boldt said. “The previous shot put record was 58-6 by Loesch of Lyons, set in 2012. The previous discus record was 163-5 set by Arnesen of Nickerson in 2011.”
While Shaw may have had the most impressive individual performance of the day, the Trojan girls managed to place third as team.
“The girls finishing third in the team standings was a particular highlight,” Boldt said.
Smoky Valley claimed the girls’ title with 115 points. Hesston followed with 92, Hillsboro 62, Haven 47, Hoisington 47, Nickerson 45, Larned 43, Pratt 38, Kingman 37, Halstead 31 and Lyon 5.
Leading the girls’ effort was freshman Jessica Saunders, who placed second in shot put (36-3.75), third in discus (109-6) and fifth in javelin (107-1) for a total of 16 points.
Addie Berens won gold in the javelin with a throw of 114-10.5. She also contributed to the Trojans’ 15-point performance in the long jump in which Sienna Kaufman placed second (25-11.75), Kinsey Kleiner third (14-9.75) and Berens sixth (14-0).
“It is always nice to place multiple athletes in events,” Boldt said. “One thing maybe people don’t realize is that when you score in this manner, you not only increase team points, but you also push other teams’ contestants down in scoring.”
Also scoring in individual events for the Trojans were Abby Sechrist, third in the 1600 (5:55.08); Eva Franz, third in triple jump (30-11); Iris Klein, fourth in high jump (4-10); and Kaufman, fifth in pole vault (9-9).
The 4×100 team of Roxana Nieto, Kaufman, Klein and Kylie Klassen placed fifth (53.12).
Beyond Shaw’s performance for the Trojan boys, Josiah Driggers placed second in long jump (20-7) and Brodie Rathbone was sixth in the 400 meters (54.86),.
Kingman won the title with 124 points, followed by Smoky Valley 76, Hoisington 70.16, Halstead 61, Hesston 58, Larned 49, Nickerson 41, Hillsboro 34, Pratt 28.93, Lyons 9 and Haven 1.
“Josiah, Wes and Addie would be my outstanding individual performances of the day,” Boldt said. “Josiah with his distance—he had at least three jumps over 20 feet—Addie with the league championship and Wes with not only two league championships, but two records to go with them.
“It was a solid performance, particularly since I don’t feel we had a great day at Hesston last week when we competed in three track meets in seven days,” Boldt said. “The athletes had more rest in preparation for the league championships.”
Coming—Hillsboro has been assigned to the Class 2A regional track and field meet hosted by Valley Heights High School May 18 in Blue Rapids. Events begin at 2 p.m. with prelims at 4 p.m. Top-four finishers in each event will advance to the state meet May 25-26 in Wichita.