Trojan boys place second at Hesston Invitational


Dakota Kaufman and Shelby Koons complete the handoff between the second and third legs of the 4x100 relay. The group finished in 53.29.

The Hillsboro boys ran into a strong Garden Plain team and settled for second place in the 11-team field at the Hesston Invita?tional Thursday.

The Trojans girls finished eighth in a 10-team field.

For the boys, Hillsboro accumulated 84 points while the Owls from Garden Plain scored 122.

Cody McMillen was a double gold winner in the individual events, taking the 1,600 meters in 4 minutes 37.68 seconds and the 3,200 in 10:22.28.

?Cody was finally pushed today in the 1,600 and this is going to pay great dividends as we near the end of our season,? coach Dennis Boldt said.

Hillsboro?s only other gold came in the 4×800, where the team of Nick Mueller, Matthew Klenda, McMillen and Nathan Vogel crossed in 8:22.19.

Meanwhile, Garden Plain finished just ahead of the Trojans for a 1-2 finish. Jacob Yoder finished in the runner-up spot twice, to Logan Dold in the 100 meters (11.15 seconds to 10.86) and to Kurt Pauly (22.76 to 22.65) in the 200. Pauly also edged Vogel in the 400 meters (50.30 to 51.87).

Yoder?s 200-meter time, rounded to 22.8, tied the school record set by his brother Alan in 2003.

The Owls also won the head-to-head match with Trojan 4×100 team of Grant Schneider, Ishmael Morris, Spencer Brown and Yoder (43.19 to 44.33) and the 4×400 team of Yoder, Brown, McMillen and Vogel (3:28.85 to 3:30.58).

?There were many good teams today that raised our level of competitiveness and we came away with many of our best marks of the season in the field and on the track,? coach Dennis Boldt said.

?Many of the teams will be in our upcoming 3A regional and this gave us an opportunity to see the competition in first hand.?

Hillsboro?s Dakota Kaufman brought home the Trojans? only gold medal, setting a meet record in the triple jump at 36 feet, 3 inches. Kauf?man also posted Hillsboro?s next-best finish by placing third in the long jump (16-2), 91⁄2 inches behind the winner, Julia Zeiner of Marion.

Coming?Hillsboro will travel to Lindsborg on Friday for the Mid-Central Activities Associ?a?tion league track meet. Events begin at 2 p.m.

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