Trojans win big at Thomas Invitational

Above: Grant Schneider outpaces the competition to win Friday?s 300-meter hurdles race. Below: Dakota Kaufman takes off on a top-flight triple jump. Free Press photos by Phyllis Richert. Click images to enlarge.
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During a spring season in which weather has played havoc on so many other events, Mother Nature smiled on the weather-plagued James Thomas Invita?tional on Friday.

For the first time in four years, Hillsboro High?s premiere home track meet played out on schedule and without a weather-related hitch.

For the Trojans, the wait was worth it, as both the girls? and boys? teams claimed their respective division titles.

With eight first-place performances, the Trojan girls rolled up 129 points to outdistance Hesston (110), Remington (100) and Berean Academy (98) and the rest of the 10-team field.

JuliAnne Chisholm and Hannah Marsh led the assault with three individual gold medals apiece.

Chisholm set new meet records in the high jump (5 feet, 8 inches) and the 300-meter hurdles (45.35 seconds) and won the 100-meter hurdles (14.83).

Marsh claimed first in the long jump (16-91⁄4), pole vault (9-6) and 200-meter dash (26.01).

Chisholm and Marsh teamed with Tina Frick and Tiffany Rooker to win the 4×400 (4:12.73) by more than 8 seconds over second-place Berean.

Also winning gold for the Trojans was freshman Dakota Kaufman, with a leap of 35-8 in the triple jump.

Claiming silver medals for HHS were Frick (both hurdle races), Rooker (400 meters) and the 4×100 team of Abi Humber, Shelby Koons, Rooker and Frick.

The Hillsboro boys, meanwhile, picked up three gold medals. Jacob Yoder won the long jump (19-5), Grant Schneider the 300-meter hurdles (43.24) and Yoder, Sean Leihy, Ishmael Morris and Spencer Brown won the 4×400 by nearly seven seconds with a time of 3:32.56.

Finishing as runners-up in individual events were Tyler Kaufman (triple jump), Adam Dirks (javelin), Michael Suder?man (100), Michael Tisdale (200) and Cody McMillen (3,200).

Also placing second were the 4×100 team of Yoder, Suderman, Tisdale and Morris, and the 4×800 team of Brown, Nathan Vogel, McMillen and Leihy.

?Both the girls and boys competed extremely hard today,? coach Dennis Boldt said. ?They are coming off a very busy two weeks, which included five track meets for the majority of the athletes.?

Andrew Topham of Peabody-Burns turned in a pair of outstanding performances with victories in the 1,600 (4:46.16) and 3,200 (9:35.18). The Warriors also won the 4×100 (44.80).

A couple of schools competed with a partial team, including Marion and Smoky Valley. Marion?s Luke Gordon won the high jump by clearing 5-10.

Goessel quint?Sandwiched between invitational meets on Monday and Friday, the Trojans took a partial team to a Central Kansas Track League quint at Goessel on Tuesday.

The Trojan girls placed third with 51 points behind Halstead (90) and Berean Academy (851⁄2). Goessel placed fourth with (461⁄2).

Abi Humber won the triple jump (31-51⁄8), Tiffany Rooker the pole vault (8-0), Chelsea Beber?meyer the discus (107-8) and Tina Frick the 100-meter hurdles (16.78).

Kylee Nikkel claimed Goessel?s only gold medal with a throw of 33-2 in the shot put.

The Hillsboro boys, meanwhile, placed fourth (48) behind the hometown Bluebirds (791⁄2), Berean (671⁄2) and Halstead (601⁄2) and ahead of Herington (25).

Michael Tisdale won Hills?boro?s only gold medal with a win in the 200 meters (23.88).

For Goessel, Brett Goerzen won the long jump (18-83⁄4), Sheldon Goerzen won 110-meter hurdles (16.32) and the 100 (11.29), Garrett Hiebert won the triple jump (43-8) and javelin (185-1) and Craig Banman won the 300-meter hurdles (41.62).

The Bluebirds also won the 4×100 (45.24) and 4×400 (3:35.37).

Smoky Valley Invit?l?The Hillsboro boys won their division and the girls placed second last Monday at the eight-team Smoky Valley Invitational, which had been postponed April 13 because of weather.

Remarkably, the boys won the team title with only two gold medals to their credit. Sean Leihy captured the 1,600 meters (4:47.73) and Cody McMillen won the 3,200 (10:23.18).

The Trojans, with 92 points, edged Scott City (86.5) for first place. Marion placed fourth (841⁄2).

For the Hillsboro girls, JuliAnne Chisholm won the high jump (5-6), 100-meter hurdles (16.67) and 300-meter hurdles (43.25). Dakota Kaufman won the triple jump (36-21⁄2) and Hannah Marsh earned gold in the 200 (25.97).

Concordia, with athletes in 29 of the total 108 places awarded in 18 events, rolled up 149 points in a dominating performance. Hillsboro was a distant second with 99 points, Marion was third with 88.

Coming?Hillsboro is scheduled to compete Thursday at the Hesston Invitational with events starting at 4 p.m. The Trojans? next meet will be the MCAA league meet in Nickerson on Friday, May 11.

?It is the time of the year that we are entering the final cycle of training prior to regional and state competition,? Boldt said.

?It?s not a time to worry as much about the times and distances as it is the will to compete.

?(This) week we get back to our regular training program as we have only one track meet a week for the remainder of the season.?

Haven, Hillsboro records reconsidered

Meet and school officials decided last Tuesday that a computer error involving the electronic timing of races nullified records reportedly set by the Haven and Hillsboro boys? 4×100 teams at the Conrad Night?ingale Invitational April 20.

Trojan coach Dennis Boldt said hand-held times, as well as consultation with coaches, confirm that Haven?s winning time was 44.19 seconds and Hills?boro?s second-place time was 44.2, and not 43.08 and 43.19, respectively.

The corrected times leave intact the meet record of 43.97 set by Halstead in 1996 and the Hillsboro High record of 44.1, which was first set in 2001 and tied in 2003 and 2004.

?The meet management consulted with both the Haven coach and me, and we agreed this is not only the accurate thing to do it is the right thing to do,? Boldt said. ?I appreciate the professionalism by Halstead and Haven in this matter,? he added. ?Although I am sure the boys are disappointed, it is the right thing to do. I have great confidence that they will break our current record.?

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