Trojans earn 21 top-3 medals at Sterling

The Hillsboro track and field teams combined for 21 top-three finishes at the six-school Central Kansas Track League meet at Sterling last Tuesday.

?I thought we had good performances across all events today,? coach Dennis Boldt said. ?Many athletes improved on their previous performances last week.?

Emily Sechrist led the girls with two gold medals. She won the 1,600-meter run in 5 minutes, 49.02 seconds, which was 31 seconds ahead of runner-up and teammate, Brittany Schale.

Sechrist won the 3,200 by 1:50 in 12:09.83, while teammate Karyn Leihy placed third in 14:34.53

Marah Franz won the pole vault by a foot and a half by clearing the bar at 8 feet.

In the 400-meter dash, Tara Proffitt placed second (1:05.90) and Kennedy Klein third (1:09).

Taylor Vogt placed second in shot put with a personal-best toss of 33-11 while Mor?ganne Hamm placed second in discus at 92-4.

?To put that in perspective, it would have been a state qualifying throw in our regional last season,? Boldt said. ?She is putting her technique all together and her results are indicative of this.?

Maddi Sheppard claimed third in long jump at 13-7, then joined Rebecca Kauf?man, Klein and Proffitt to place third in the 4×100.

The 4×400 team of Callie Linnens, Leihy, Sechrist and Proffitt took third in 4:49.

As a team, the girls accumulated 95 points to place third behind Sterling (131) and (Halstead) while out?scoring Herington (46), Marion (8).

For the boys, Avery Franz and Grant Knoll led the effort with two gold medals each. Franz won the long jump with a leap of 20-4 and the triple jump with a personal-best mark of 43-2.

Knoll won the 1,600 in 5:04.76 and the 3,200 in 10:53.91.

Also winning gold were Matthew Denholm in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17:81, and Jesse Brown in the high jump by clearing 6 feet.

Cody Craney finished third in shot put with a throw of 40-3.

In the relays, the 4×100 team of Travis King, Cody Craney, Franz and Brown took second in 47.76. The 4×400 team of Jonathan Hinerman, Knoll, Brown and Franz finished third in 4:01.77.

The Trojan boys finished with 68.5 team points to finish behind Sterling (160) and Halstead (137) but ahead of Herington (29) and Marion (12.5).

Coming?The Trojans were scheduled to compete in a CKTL meet at Halstead Tuesday, then will return to Halstead Friday for the Conrad Nightingale Invita?tional.

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