Shaw wins gold, silver at Hesston Invite

Hillsboro’s Wes Shaw heaves his way to a first-place finish in the shot put at the Hesston Invitational on Thursday. The freshman also turned in a second-place throw in the discus.Freshman Wes Shaw led Hillsboro’s effort at the Hesston Invitational Thurs­day, tallying 18 points by winning the shot put and placing second in discus.

Shaw’s heave of 44 feet, 113⁄4 inches in the shot put resulted in the only gold medal for Hillsboro. His runner-up throw in the discus sailed 144-1.

“With a young thrower like Wes, he continues to refine technique with the larger implements as he moved up to high school this season,” coach Dennis Boldt said. “He has established himself as a contender in all of his throws.”

Shaw finished just out of the money in javelin, placing seventh (120-9). He was the only Trojan boy to finish among the top three.

As a team, the boys placed eighth out of 11 schools with 21 points. Smoky Valley rolled up 118 to win the team title.

Marah Franz led the girls with a second-place effort in the pole vault (10-0). Abby Sechrist placed third in the 800 meters (2 minutes, 32 seconds) and anchored the 4×800 team to a third-place finish (10:47). Running the first three legs were Savan­nah Unruh, Brittany Schale and Kennedy Klein.

As a team, the girls placed ninth out of 10 teams with 26 points. Garden Plain won the title with 107.

“It is that time of year when the dedication and training of track and field athletes begin to show in their performances,” Boldt said. “Some will meet the challenge, and frankly, some will find they may not be where they would like. We had some of both tonight.”

James Thomas Invit’l—Hills­boro’s pole vaulting duo of Marah Franz and Sienna Kaufman led the Trojan girls’ effort at the team’s rescheduled home invitational Monday at Joel Wiens Stadium.

Franz, the defending state 2A champion, cleared 9 feet, 6 inches, and Kaufman 9-0 to place one-two in that event.

“After winning the event, she attempted a new school record at 10-7,” coach Dennis Boldt said. “Although unsuccessful this time, I have confidence she will better that record in the course of the season, weather permitting.”

Abby Sechrist placed second in the open 800 in 2:31 and anchored the 4×800 team that placed second in 10:50 . Joining her were Savannah Unruh, Brittany Schale and Kennedy Klein.

Other top-three performances were turned in by Callie Linnens in discus (98-5) and Tassanee Sanchez in high jump (4-6).

“Callie had a great day in her discus with a personal best throw of over 98 feet,” Boldt said. “She is putting herself in medal contention each meet now.”

As a team, the girls placed third in the 10-school field with 57 points—72 points behind Berean Academy and 34 behind runner-up Hesston.

For the boys, Jonathan had a strong day, finishing second in the 1,600 (5:00) and third in the 3,200 (11:09). Wes Shaw placed third in discus (127-1), fourth in javelin (130-3) and fifth in shot put (45-21⁄2).

“Wes Shaw continues to do well in his throws, bettering all of his distances today,” Boldt said.

The Trojan boys placed sixth with 39 points. Berean won the team title with 111.

“We had a pretty good day in most of our events—many medals won and personal records set despite coming off of a weekend,” Boldt said.

Coming—The Trojans will compete in the Central Kansas League track meet at Lyons on Thursday. Events begin at 2 p.m.

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