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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Hesston, Berean claim team titles

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  • HALSTEAD — Both the boys’ and girls’ divisions of the 43rd Conrad Nightingale Invitational came down to the final event before the Hesston Swather girls and Berean Academy boys came away with team titles Friday at Hess Stadium in Halstead. The Hesston girls won the final event of the meet to pull away from Central Kansas League rival Haven 100-87 for the team title. Berean Academy took third at 65 points. Among other area teams, Sedgwick was 10th, Halstead was 11th and Remington was 13th. There were 15 schools in competition. “The 4x4 had their best time of the season by nine second,” Hesston coach Jason Peters said. “Each one of them ran their best split of the season so far. We won this meet in 2011, two years ago. We’ve got a lot of depth on the girls team. We had a lot of girls who was had to leave home because we could only enter two or three. The fourth person would have potentially scored in some of the races. We have a lot of depth in the relays.” The Berean Academy boys held on for an 81-79.5 win over Heart of America League rival. HOAL team Marion was third at 76, followed by Hesston in fourth at 72. Halstead was seventh, Sedgwick was 10th and Remington was 14th. “Marion didn’t have one of their best distance runners today,” Berean coach Lewis Wiebe said. “We had a good day. You never know (how this will preview the HOAL meet). Certain meets may go one way. Others may go another. We just try to get better. (The weather’s) been real hard on everybody. This was a good test for us. We ran well and competed well. We have to keep getting times better and get better in field events.” The team Hesston of Jessanna Nebel, Ali Jost, Hannah Schmitt and Taylor Valdez won the 4x100-meter relay in 51.80. The same group, running in the order of Valdez, Schmitt, Jost and Nebel, won the 4x400-meter relay in 4:13.58, which clinched the meet for the Swathers. Schmitt won the high jump in 4-10 Valdez won the 100-meter dash in 12.98. Jost won the 200-meter dash in 26.57, followed by Schmitt in second in 26.80. For the Hesston boys, Ryan Schadler won the 100-meter dash in 10.90, the 200-meter dash in 22.17 and the 400-meter dash in 50.98. Schadler’s time in the 200 broke a meet record that stood since 1992. Schadler took second in the long jump in 21-5 1/2. John Birch won the shot put in 46-10 “We just don’t have as many boys,” Peters said. “Our depth there is pretty low. The ones we have compete very high.” For the Berean Academy boys, David Ladwig won the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.59. The 4x100-meter relay team of Ryan Adams, Loren Pearce, Collin Smith and Gabe Holmes won in 46.00 For the Halstead girls, Jena Black won the discus in 115-3. Multiple winners for the girls included Hillsboro’s Emily Sechrist in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs; Kingman’s Claire Thies in the long jump and 400-meter dash; Kingman’s Rebekah Voran in the 100-meter high and 300-meter low hurdles; and Haven’s Miranda Ostlund in the shot put and javelin. For the boys, Hillsboro’s Shaq Thiessen won the high jump and long jump. Hutchinson Trinity’s Cordell Goering won the boys’ 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 39.09, breaking a meet record that was set in 2007. Among the area teams, Halstead hosts a quint on Tuesday. Hesston and Berean Academy both travel to a quint Tuesday in Marion. Sedgwick competes in a quint Tuesday at Inman. Hesston, Berean Academy, Remington and Sedgwick all compete Friday at the James Thomas Invitational in Hillsboro. Halstead competes Friday at the Cheney Invitational. “We need to practice outside,” Peters said. “For the limited amount of practice we’ve had, we’ve done alright. We’ve been very pleased with the improvements and performances on the track. We’re in good shape at this point.” “We need to get healthy,” Wiebe said. “One of our better hurdlers, T.J. Guhr, hurt his ankle last week. He didn’t run today. We have to get Loren Pearce back healthy. He wasn’t 100 percent today. We have to complete some things.”
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