It is not often that a 1A athlete can boast the best anything in the entire state. At the HOPL meet on Thursday, Norwich's Mackenzie Klaver accomplished a top time in the 300m hurdles.
The Bulldog boys claimed a league title at Thursday’s HOPL track meet in Fairfield. The Bulldogs edged out Stafford by nine points for the title. The girls finished in seventh with 31 points.
Tanner Cooper started things off with a gold medal in the hurdles, winning by more than half a second in 16.97. He later added a gold in the 300m hurdles in 42.90, three seconds in front of the next runner. Cooper picked up a second silver medal in the shot put at 41-4, more than three feet short of the gold. Justin Haflich won the 400m dash by two-thirds of a second in 51.92 to get into the top 10 times in 1A. Alex Mains placed third in the 800m run in 2:11.12. Keifer George finished third in the triple jump at 39-10.75 behind two jumpers at 40-4.75.
Shaylee Wew won a bronze medal in the pole vault at 7-6, a foot from the gold. Selena Wapelhorst finished third in the 800m run in 2:39.79, two seconds from the silver. She won a silver medal in the javelin at 94-6. Emily Moore placed third in the long jump behind a pair of Skyline jumpers at 14-10.
The Lady Eagles have dominated the fast events all year. Those efforts resulted in a HOPL title Thursday in Fairfield and the girls finished with 122 points, beating Skyline’s 100 points. The Eagle boys finished in the basemen with 26 points, just two points behind the next two finishers.
Mackenzie Klaver continues to burn up the track. Thursday, she set a new top-mark in the entire state, winning the 300m hurdles by nearly four seconds in 44.59. She also won the 100m dash by half a second in 12.78, the 200m dash by 0.35 seconds in 26.27, and the 100m hurdles by nearly a second in 15.91. She has the best 1A time in three of those events. Bailey Poe won the 400m dash by half a second in 1:02.73, and finished third in the 100m dash in 13.40. She also won a bronze in the 200m dash in 27.94. Alecia Henson placed second in the 800m run, missing the gold by seven seconds. In the throwing events, Hayley Poljansek won the discus by nearly 12 feet at 113-8, and the shot put by nearly 10 inches at 32-11.
For the boys, Brandon DePriest won the long jump at 19-6.75, and earned a bronze medal in the 400m dash in 52.90, 0.3 seconds from the silver.
The Trojan track teams had a nice showing at Thursday’s HOPL meet in Fairfield. The boys finished with 87 points, second only to Pretty Prairie’s 96 points. The Lady Trojans finished fourth, just three points behind Fairfield.
Dustin McClure beat out Derek McClure in the mile by just over two seconds in 4:47 for the gold medal. The duo finished seven seconds faster than the third-place runner in their best times of the year. Austin Ceniti won the 800m run by just 0.2 seconds in 2:05.14, beating out Dustin McClure in second. Derek McClure won the two-mile by 12 seconds in 10:37.78. Ceniti finished second in the 400m dash in 52.60. Ethan Johnson won a silver in the high jump at 5-10, the same height for all three medalists.
The girls’ 4x800 team won the gold by more than a second in 11:48.47. Samantha Sosa picked up a gold medal in the pole vault, clearing 8-6 to win by six inches. Kandyce Lumpkins finished second in the 400m dash in 1:03.31, less than a second from gold. Kristen Lumpkins won the 800m run by seven seconds in 2:30.60, and earned a bronze medal in the mile in 5:44.41, nine seconds from the silver.
The Wildcat track teams headed to Fairfield on Thursday for the HOPL meet. The boys claimed third place with 72 points, 15 points behind Stafford. The Cunningham girls tallied 58 points for fifth-place, trailing Stafford by just eight points.
Despite being the only two competitors in the pole vault, Hunter Hope and Conor Hamilton put up respectable numbers at 12-6 and 11-0, respectively, for those two medals. Jordan Schaller just missed the gold in the 200m dash by 0.01 seconds in 23.44, and won another silver in the javelin at 163-1.25, nine feet shy of the gold.
Kortney Ricke won the mile by more than a second in 5:33.81, and finished in second in the two-mile in 12:43, 33 seconds off the lead. Brooke Kerschen won the high jump by 3 inches at 5-1, and finished third in a tough 100m hurdle field in 16.80, the same time as the silver medalist. Heather Kerschen placed fourth in 17.54. The Kerschens finished second and third behind the top time in the entire state with Brooke taking the silver in 48.46. That is the fourth-best time in 1A, but was still more than four seconds behind the gold. Heather finished third in 50.16.
The Lady T-Birds had their work cut out for them Thursday at the league meet in Fairfield. The girls have posted some of the best marks in Class 2A, but could not keep up with Norwich, coming up 22 points short of the league crown in second place. The boys finished fourth, just three points shy of Cunningham.
Anna Petrowsky ran the 200m dash in 13.38 for the silver, 0.6 seconds behind the top 1A runner. Morgan Flowers finished fourth in the 200m dash in 13.56. Petrowsky and Flowers dominated the long jump. Petrowsky won at 15-10.75, and Flowers finished at 15-3 for the silver. Brooke Fisher won the two-mile by 33 seconds in 12:10.33, and won a silver medal in the mile in 5:35.03, less than two seconds from gold. Ashley Koirth finished second in the shot put, less than 10 inches from the gold. Taylor Deweese finished third in the high jump at 4-8, just two inches short of the silver.