Three members of the Hillsboro track and field team competed Friday at the Wichita State University pre-state challenge.
Wes Shaw set a school record in the discus by placing place third in the Elite Division with a throw of 157 feet, 3 inches. The effort was 4 inches farther than the previous record of 156-11 set by David Penner in 1981.
Shaw won the Class 1A-3A shot put event with a heave of 47-6.5.
“Wes continues to develop all his throws and he is really driven to succeed,” coach Dennis Boldt said.
Meanwhile, Sechrist placed second in the 1A-3A 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 37.29 seconds.
“Abby ran an excellent 800 today in what would be considered some pretty difficult conditions,” Boldt said. “Not only was the wind a challenge, but the pack was tight through the first 500 meters until she stretched it out down the backstretch making it a two-person race to the finish.
“Races with competition like this are hard to simulate throughout the season so she gained incredible experience today.”
Kaufman placed 11th in 1A-3A long jump with a mark of 14-4.5.
“She may have not had her personal-record jump, but she gained valuable experience competing against some of the state’s best competition,” Boldt said.
“This meet is an opportunity not only for athletes to compete at a high level, but also compete at the state track and field meet’s venue.”
Elyria CKTL—Hillsboro boys placed second and the girls fourth at the five-school meet hosted by Elyria Christian at Hillsboro May 11.
Halstead won the boys’ division with 167 points, followed by Hillsboro with 85, Sedgwick 44, Elyria 32 and Herington 29.
Herington won the girls’ division with 93 points, followed by Sedgwick 85, Halstead 66, Hillsboro 62 and Elyria 40.
Wes Shaw led the Trojan boys by sweeping all three throwing events: shot put (49 feet, 9 inches), discus (138-4) and javelin (131-11).
Brodie Rathbone secured Hillsboro’s other gold medal with a leap of 19-6 in long jump.
“I thought Wes and Brodie made immediate statements on their first-place finishes,” Boldt said. “Both were very consistent throughout their competitions and both coming up with some personal-best performances.”
Travis King placed second in the 100 meters (12.01 seconds) and 200 (24.18) and Jonathan Hinerman placed second in the 1,600 in 4:52.84.
Hillsboro girls earned gold in two events. Sienna Kaufman won the pole vault by clearing 8-6. The 4×800 team of Tiffany Schale, Savannah Unruh, Brittany Schale and Abby Sechrist crossed in 11:04.23.
“Sienna’s pole vault first-place finish gave us a great start in both in the field and on the track,” Boldt said. “I felt our team did a great job overall for the first meet. There were many good marks and some personal bests by both the girls’ and boys’ teams.”
Coming—The Trojans were scheduled to compete Tuesday in a CKTL meet hosted by Goessel.
Hillsboro will compete Friday at the Conrad Nightingale Invitational in Halstead with events starting at 3 p.m.