The Hillsboro track and field team set three meet records at the 15-school James Thomas Invitational Friday at Joel Wiens Stadium.
Wes Shaw, having a memorable junior campaign, set two of the records. He won the shot put with a heave of 59 feet, 10 inches, which set a new record for both the JTI meet and his own school record of 59-7—which he set only three days earlier.
Shaw then launched a winning throw of 167-11 in the discus, breaking both the meet record and his own school record of 157-3 set in 2017.
Rounding out the record-breaking performances was freshman Jessica Saunders, who broke Dakota Kaufman’s 2009 record of 116-3 in the javelin with a throw of 122-0. Saunders also placed fourth in shot put (35-8.25) and fifth in discus (108-11).
Also scoring for the Hillsboro boys with a top-six effort were: Josiah Driggers, first in long jump (19-11.75); Kaden Ward, second in pole vault (12-6), third in high jump (5-10) and fifth in long jump (19-1).
The boys’ 4×800 team comprised of Brodie Rathbone, Dillon Boldt, Tristan Reed and Caleb Diener finished fourth in 9 minutes, 10.47 seconds.
Scoring for the girls’ team in addition to Saunders were: Sienna Kaufman, first in long jump (16-2.75), third in pole vault (10-0); Eva Franz, third in triple jump (32-2); Abby Sechrist, fourth in the 1600 (5:55.58); Iris Klein, fourth in high jump (5-0); and Kinsey Kleiner, fifth in long jump (15-03.25).
As a team, the Hillsboro boys placed fourth with 46 points. Smoky Valley won the meet title with 91 points.
The Hillsboro girls placed seventh as a team with 50 points. Smoky Valley won the girls’ title as well with 95 points.
HERINGTON—Led by Wes Shaw’s three gold medals, including another new school record in shot put, the Hillsboro boys won the five-team Central Kansas Track League April 24 at Herington.
The Trojan boys compiled 123 points, nearly doubling the 64 points collected by second-place Lyons.
The Trojan girls, meanwhile, missed a first-place finish by a mere seven points. The host team edged Hillsboro, 135-128. Third-place Inman managed 42.
Shaw collected three gold medals and scored 24 points by throwing the shot put a school-record 59-7, the discus 163 feet and the javelin 138 feet.
Following are the other top-three performances for Hillsboro boys in their individual events.
Kaden Ward placed first in pole vault (10-0), second in the 200 meters (24.48), second in high jump (5-10); Josiah Driggers placed first in long jump (19-1.5), third in high jump (5-6); Tristan Reed, first in 800 meters (2:26.76); Caleb Diener, first in 1600 meters (5:11.98); Dillon Boldt, second in the 1600 (5:26.59); Charlie Major, third in pole vault (7-6); Brodie Rathbone, third in long jump (17-9.5); and Carson Linnens, first in triple jump (38-6).
The 4×400 team comprised of Josiah Driggers, Dillon Boldt, Caleb Diener and Brodie Rathbone placed first in 3:54.13.
The 4×800 team comprised of Brodie Rathbone, Dillon Boldt, Tristan Reed and Caleb Diener placed first in 9:35.94.
Sienna Kaufman led the girls’ team with gold medals in pole vault (8-6) and long jump (15-9) .
Following are the other top-three performances for Hillsboro girls in their individual events: Eva Franz, first in the 400 (1:07.85); Kinsey Kleiner, second in the 100 meters (13.91); Abby Sechrist, second in the 1600 (6:09.75), third in 800 (2:50.97); Callie Bernhardt, third in the 1600 (6:57.19); Millie Sechrist, second in the 3200 (17:08.78); Addie Berens, first in javelin (98-1), third in 100-meter hurdles (18.95) and third in long jump (14-1.5); Iris Klein, first in high jump (5-0); Jessica Saunders, first in shot put (33-4.5) and second in discus (104-8) and javelin (97-1).
The 4×100 team of Roxanna Nieto, Sienna Kaufman, Iris Klein and Kinsey Kleiner took first (54.96). The 4×400 team of Iris Klein, Abby Sechrist, Eva Franz and Kinsey Kleiner placed second (4:45.94).
Coming—Hillsboro will compete at the Hesston Invitational on Thursday, with a 3:30 p.m. start.