Zeiner wins four gold medals at final MCAA track meet

The Lyons boys and the Hesston girls claimed the team championships in the final Mid-Central Activities Association league track meet Friday at Halstead.

Seven first-place performances fueled Lyons to a comfortable win in the boys? division with 129 points. Hesston was a distant second with 84 and Marion third with 751?2. Hillsboro tied for sixth with Collegiate with 34 points.

The Warrior boys got first-place efforts from Nick Klenda in the discus (164 feet, 4 inches) and Tylor Neil in the triple jump (43-93?4). Neil won the event on his final attempt.

Hillsboro?s only gold medals came from Nathan Vogel, who swept the 800 (2 minutes, 2.26 seconds) and 400 (51.15) meters. He was the only Trojan to place among the top three in an event.

In the girls? division, Hesston won four events on the way to winning the team title in a competitive field.

Once again, Julia Zeiner led the Warrior cause with victories in four individual events: triple jump (37-71?2), long jump (17-73?4), 100-meter hurdles (15.49) and 300-meter hurdles (45.97).

?Julia is just a very gifted track-and-field athlete,? coach Grant Thierolf said. ?She competes hard and has a tremendous amount of God-given skill.?

Whitney Gordon won Marion?s only other gold medal, claiming the high jump with a career-best leap of 5-3.

The Hillsboro girls? best results were of the silver variety.

Dakota Kaufman placed second in the triple jump (36-1?2) and javelin (105-3). She missed a third silver medal in the long jump by one-half inch (15-6) and placed third in the 100 (13.35).

Callie Serene won silver in the 800 (2:30.35).

Coming?Hillsboro and Marion will both compete at regional track meets on Friday, but in different locations.

Hillsboro will travel to Garden Plain, where they will join the host school in a 15-school field. The other schools will be Chaparral, Belle Plaine, Cimarron, Conway Springs, Halstead, Southwestern Heights, Lyons, Medicine Lodge, Sedgwick, Sterling, Remington, Wichita Collegiate and Wichita Independent.

Marion, meanwhile, will travel east to Fredonia. Besides the Warriors and the host school, the field includes Arma-Northeast, Baxter Springs. Bur???lington, Caney Valley, Chero?kee-Southeast, Cherryvale, Douglass, Erie, Eureka, Frontenac, Galena, -Bluestem, Neodesha and Riverton.

At both sites, field events begin at 3 p.m. Peliminary races start at 4 p.m. at Garden Plain and 4:30 p.m. at Fredonia.

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