HHS track: Teams take third at Marion

Sports reporter

In a slow week which saw the Hillsboro High School track squads compete in just one meet, both the boys' and girls' took third place April 1 at the Marion CKTL.

The girls registered 55 points, 56.5 points behind second place Marion, and boys had 84, just five points behind Hesston.

Head coach Dennis Boldt was proud of the effort from both teams.

"Once again we are so fortunate to have so many good performances that they are too numerous to mention," he said.

Nine individuals from the boys' team placed, as well as all three relay teams.

Two runners, Cody McMillen and Ishmael Morris took home first-place medals.

McMillen got his in the 3200-meter run and Morris in the 200 and 400m dashes.

McMillen also took second in the 1600m run.

Three athletes also recorded second-place finishes: Nicholas Mueller in the 3200m run, David Loewen in the discus toss, and Grant Schneider in the 300m hurdles.

On top of the individual success, two relay teams took second, and the other first during the meet.

The combination of Nathan Vogel, Schneider, McMillen, and Morris won the 4x400m relay with a time of three minutes, 39.34 seconds.

The 4x100 and 4x800m relay teams both finished second.

The girls did not score as many points overall, but still had a third-place finish.

Sophomore Dakota Kaufman led the way for the Trojan girls.

She was first in the triple jump, second in the long jump, and fourth in the javelin, the only Trojan to place in three events.

Other notable performances included second-place pole vault and third-place 400m dash finishes for Tiffany Rooker, second-place finishes in the discus and shot put for Chelsea Bebermeyer, and a second-place finish for the 4x400m relay team of Kaufman, Rooker, Bethany Hawkinson, and Heidi Schroeder.

"We competed hard today," Boldt said of both teams. "We will have some very sore kids which is typical for the first meet."

The Trojans competed Tuesday at the Hesston CKTL and will be at Lindsborg Thursday for the Smoky Valley Invitational.