Trojans run fifth at Hesston


Having cleared thebar at 6-feet-0, one of Luke Gordon?s attempts to clear 6-2 ends with a near miss. He won first in the high jump Friday at Hesston.


Shelby Koons races to a time of 29.31 in the 200 prelims at Hesston. She placed fourth in the finals.

Hillsboro boys and girls each finished fifth in their respective divisions at the 10-team Hesston Invitational track and field meet Thursday.

The home team won both divisions, while Marion placed second with the boys and third with the girls.

The Trojan boys won two events. Ishamel Morris won the 100 in 11.02 seconds and the 4×800 team of Matt Klenda, David Ratzloff, Nicholas Mueller and Nathan Vogel won in 8:43.80.

Morris and Vogel placed a close second to Garden Plain?s Kurt Pauly in the 200 and 400, respectively. Pauly clipped Morris by 0.01 seconds, 22.73 to 22.74, and edged Vogel, 50.35 to 50.95. Morris was third in the 400 in 51.85.

Klenda won Hillsboro?s other silver medal with an 800 time of 2:07.10. Michael Klaassen placed third in the shot put with a season?s best throw of 47-11 and teammate John Hein was fourth at 46-21⁄2.

For the girls, Dakota Kaufman led the way with three individual silver medals: in the long jump (17-23⁄4), triple jump (36-5) and javelin (116-4). Her mark in the javelin broke the school record of 114-9 set by Carmen Hein in 1999.

Tiffany Rooker recorded a top-three finish with third place in the 400 (1:03.85). Calie Serene was fourth in the 800 (2:37.90) and Shelby Koons was fourth in the 200 (29.22).

?I felt we performed well today,? coach Dennis Boldt said. ?This invitational gives us an opportunity to see teams such as Garden Plain and Cheney, who we don?t get to see often during the year.

?There were some excellent races today, particularly the boy?s 400-meter dash, which featured three of the fastest individuals in Class 3A,? he added. ?The competition allowed us to bring some individual times down.?

Coming?The Trojans will finish their regular-season schedule Friday with the Mid-Central Activities Association track meet Friday at Sterling. Events begin at 2 p.m. Because Sterling doesn?t have a pole-vault facility, that event will be run Thursday afternoon at Marion.

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