Vogel sets school record
Five Hillsboro High School track athletes earned medals Friday at the Conrad Nightingale Invitational at Halstead.
Nathan Vogel followed up a record-breaking performance in the 400-meter dash on April 20 with a 51.39 second run to win the 400 meter race. He also finished fifth in the 800 with a time of 2:11.13.
“He had the goal of winning the 400 and 800,” coach Dennis Boldt said.
Joel Allen also won two medals, placing second in the 3200, 10:31.05, and fourth in the 1600, 4:45.71.
Shaq Thiessen placed fourth in the long jump, with a leap of 20 feet.
For the Lady Trojans, Dakota Kaufman placed third in the triple jump, 36-11, and sixth in the 100, 13.33.
“Dakota competed in what would have to be the best competition of the day, featuring three of the top triple jumpers in the state,” Boldt said. “Three jumpers over 36 feet is state level competition.”
Callie Serene finished third in the 800 with a time of 2:34.28.
The Hillsboro High School boys team finished first and the girls team tied for second April 20 at the Goessel track meet.
Vogel’s record-breaking 400-meter dash (50 seconds) headlined the Trojans’ performance.
“It was a fantastic matchup with Tyler Barber from Herington that pushed him,” Boldt said. “Ironically, I wasn’t even going to run him in the 400 meter tonight, but once I noticed the competition level and let Nathan know he immediately took the challenge.”
Trojan runners also won the 800, 1600, and 3200. Bret Mueller won the 800 with a time of 2:14.1 and Joel Allen took home victories in the 1600, 4:51.4, and 3200, 10:28.9.
Jordan Riggs also won the javelin with a throw of 138-9.
For the Lady Trojan, Dakota Kaufman, Callie Serene, and Kiara Espada won multiple medals. Kaufman topped the podium with a long jump of 15-7.75, and earned second-place finishes in the javelin, 97; 100 13.4; and 200, 29.
Serene had two second-place finishes in the 400, 1:06, and 800, 2:45.5.
Espada won three third-place medals in the javelin, 77-10; shot put, 29-5; and discus, 82-4.5.
With his performance Tuesday, Vogel joins Kaufman as the only record holders on the Trojan track roster.
Kaufman has the school record in the javelin — 116-3 — and triple jump — 38 — both of which she set last year.
“The two current record holders, Nathan and Dakota, have the best opportunity to break records this season,” Boldt said. “I believe it is likely that they will (break the records) as they refine their events toward the end of this season.”
Boldt also said that no record is untouchable.
“I would say that we have some very good marks in our school’s history, but given the right conditions and an athlete dedicated to an event, any record can be broken.”
Last modified April 28, 2010