Hillsboro proved to be a successful, if not the most generous, host at the first track meet at its new facility. The Trojans kept both team titles to themselves last Tuesday, although the girls did share top honors with Centre.
The Trojan boys dominated the Central Kansas Track League event with 135 points. Halstead followed with 94, Centre 46, Burrton 45 and Canton-Galva 35.
They won nine gold medals, including eight individual events: Shaq Thiessen, long jump (21 feet, 3/4 inch); Ben Bebermeyer, triple jump (41-6); Jordan Riggs, javelin (128-10), Mitchell Day, 100 (11.06) and 200 (24.67); Joel Allen, 1,600 (4:58.78), Nathan Vogel, 400 (53.48), and Bret Mueller, 800 (2:23.09).
Hillsboro also won two of three relays. Shaq Thiessen, Tyrell Thiessen, Bebermeyer and Day won the 4×100 in 59.63, and Matt Richert, Josh Richert, Mueller and Vogel won the 4×800 (9:01.97).
Centre?s two first-place performances came from Trevor Trout in shot put (40-91?2) and discus (141-04).
For Canton-Galva, Marc Jowers won the only golds, taking the 110 (17.92) and 300 hurdles (49.24).
In the girls? division, Hills?boro and Centre tied for the title with 87 points, followed by Halstead 64, Burrton 53 and Canton-Galva 44.
The Trojans claimed gold in five events: Dakota Kaufman, javelin (98-11) and 100 (12.86); Ashley Bartel, pole vault (6-0); Callie Serene, 800 (2:45.80); and Peyton Loewen, Serene, Heather Mayfield and Kaufman in the 4×400 (4:51.57).
For Centre, gold medals went to: Josie Peterson, discus (84-09); Ellie Miller, high jump (4-8); Caryle Simons, long jump (15-33?4), Theo Kassebaum, 100 hurdles (17.24); and Samantha Seifert, Kassebaum, Simons and Genesis Rudolph in the 4×100.
Two girls won events for Canton-Galva: Angel Little, shot put (34-103?4), and Cayla Sommers, 200 (30.47).
Hillsboro coach Dennis Boldt said he was encouraged by the effort and focus of his athletes.
?They were excited to win the team competition for both girls and boys,? he said. ?They are a very talented but young group, led by a few extremely talented and experienced upper classmen.
?We are developing a core group of middle distance athletes and jumpers in both the girls? and boys? divisions, and we hope to continue this development so we can begin to compete at the higher level that will be required in our upcoming meets.?
Coming?Hillsboro was scheduled to compete at a CKTL quint in Goessel Tuesday. The Trojans will be in Halstead Friday for the Conrad Night?ingale Invitational. Events begin at 3 p.m.