The MCL track and golf teams were busy last week with meets in Victoria and Hill City...
The Lady Ringneck track team pulled out a third place finish Thursday in Victoria. The girls scored 84 points to tie Otis-Bison in the seven school meet. The Victoria girls won with 125 points. The Hill City boys did not fare so well, finishing sixth with 48 points and beating only Trego’s 21 points.
“Team progress is going very well,” said sophomore hurdler Courtney Lawellin, who picked up gold and silver medals at the meet. “We have many young girls and they’re really stepping up to take their place since we lost so many people from last year.”
Freshman Leslie Van Loenen made easy work out of the mile race with a time of 5:59.00, more than a minute ahead of the next competitor. Van Loenen also won the 3200m run by nearly a minute in 12:35.00. Lawellin ran a season-best 49.46 to win the 300m hurdles by more than two seconds. She took the silver in the 100m hurdles in 17.13, 0.13 seconds out of first.
“During the year, I have been practicing my form and running a few 400s every day to train for the 300m hurdles; nothing too out of the ordinary,” said Lawellin.
In the field, senior Blair Nickelson won the javelin by more than four feet with a throw of 115-5. Freshman Bethany Parker finished third in the pole vault at 7-0, 15 inches out of first and second place.
Like other teams around the state, the Lady Ringnecks are preparing for the upcoming regional and state meets.
“I believe (we are) going to focus on individual events for regionals and league mainly, not so many relays,” Lawellin said. “Everyone is still improving since it’s do or die time. I think our girls are pushing very hard to do well in everything.”
For the boys, sophomore Gage Pfeifer finished second in the pole vault at 10-6, one foot from the first place finisher. Junior Adam Pfeifer won the silver in the javelin with a throw of 149-9, less than five feet from the gold. Senior teammate Nathan Hanna finished third in the event at 143-0.
“Everyone works hard and we always have so much fun together even when we’re not running,” said Lawellin. “I think we really push each other to do better and it’s nice knowing there are people always rooting for you. I’ve enjoyed the year so far and being around the team. I hope everyone continues to do well.”
The Bulldog track teams were the lone MCL competitors Friday in Lincoln. The Osborne boys won the 11-team meet with 100 points, ahead of Clifton-Clyde’s 88 points. The Lady Bulldogs finished with 55 points to finish behind Clifton-Clyde (78), Bennington (96), and Minneapolis (105).
Junior Damon Schurr won the 100m dash in 10.82 by 0.13 seconds. Schurr has the top 2A time at 10.60. Senior Justin Pruter finished third in the event in 11.08. Schurr also won the 400m dash in 51.78 by 0.29 seconds. The junior grabbed the bronze in the 200m dash in 23.37. Freshman Maverick LeRock finished fourth in the 110m hurdles in 16.27.
In the field, senior Steven Mick won the high jump by clearing 6-2, the same height as the second place finisher. Senior Dylan Spears also picked up two points in the event in fifth at 5-6. Mick also won the long jump at 20-5.5, more than six feet ahead of the next jumper. Senior Ben Webb finished sixth at 18-7. Mick completed the sweep by winning the triple jump at 42-3.5, more than nine inches ahead of second place. Senior Jakob DeMars finished fifth at 37-10.5. Junior Ethan Slothower had the best throw of the day, taking the silver in the javelin with a toss of 149-4, more than five feet off of first.
For the girls, sophomore Eileen Mick cleared 5-0 to win the high jump. She also finished fourth in the 1600m run in 5:46.93, and picked up two more points with a fifth place finish in the two mile race. Junior Shelby Hudson finished fourth in the 100m hurdles in 17.93, just ahead of freshman teammate Jessica Princ who finished fifth in 18.00. Princ also picked up a fifth place finish in the 300m hurdles. Sophomore Rachel St. Clair finished fourth in the triple jump at 27-11.25.
In the throwing events, sophomore Alyssa Windle won the shot put with a throw of 33-6.5, winning by nearly eight inches. Freshman Taylor Noel won the discus by nearly three feet with a throw of 101-8.5. Windle finished third at 98-1. Princ led a trio of javelin throwers in second place at 109-10, nearly seven feet off the lead. Windle finished third at 93-10, and sophomore Katie Gerard finished sixth at 90-2.
The Cardinal tracksters saw success Thursday in Victoria. Both squads finished in second place with the Plainville girls putting up 98 points to finish behind Victoria’s 125 points. The Cardinal boys scored 92 points to beat Otis-Bison by a point, but LaCrosse ran away with the boys’ side with 161 points.
Senior Taylor Hixon missed the gold in the 800m run by less than a second in 2:36.90. Senior Kylee Pywell finished third in the 100m dash in 13.29, and fourth in the 200m dash in 28.29. Freshman Cassidy Rathbun finished second in the two mile run in 13:34.71, nearly a minute off the lead.
In the field, K-State bound Dani Winters continued her domination in the throwing events. The senior, who has the second best shot put throw in the state in 2011 (44-2.25), won that event by more than seven feet at 42-4. Winters also won the discus with ease, beating the next thrower by more than 10 feet at 119-3.5. She has the seventh best throw in 2011 at 133-03. Freshman Sami Reif cleared 4-8 to win the high jump. Hixon’s long jump of 15-10 was good enough for a silver medal, 16 inches off the lead.
For the boys, Junior Brady Johnson won the 800m run in 2:07.91, nearly eight seconds faster than the next runner. Johnson also won the mile race by nearly 17 seconds in 4:38.00. Sophomore Dalton Werner took the silver in the 200m dash in 23.71, 0.40 seconds from the gold.
On the field side, junior Jameson Klein won the shot put by more than eight feet at 49-1. Klein, who has the best discus throw in 2A this year at 164-00, easily won that event at 153-10, 26 feet better than the next throw. Werner finished nearly a foot behind Wichita State bound Marcus Moeder of LaCrosse to finish second in the long jump at 21-3.25. Junior Andrew Casey finished third in the event at 20-6. Sophomore Nolan Weiser missed the gold in the triple jump by less than three inches at 40-3.5.
The Golden Eagle track teams were in action Thursday in Victoria. The Trego girls finished fifth with 82 points at the bottom of a tight pack featuring Otis-Bison and Hill City with 84 points. Victoria won with 125 points. The Trego boys finished at the bottom of the seven school meet with 21 points. Hill City was the closest competitor with 48 points.
For the girls, freshman Addie Zeman won the 800m run by less than a second in 2:36.00. Sophomore Jerris Reeder finished second in the triple jump at 34-6.75, just two inches from the gold. She placed third in the 200m dash in 27.81, and third in the long jump at 15-5. Freshman Payton Nowlin earned the bronze in the 400m dash in 1:05.42, just 0.02 seconds off the silver medal time. In the mile race, junior Salena Gano finished second in 7:07.59, 68 seconds out of first. Senior Stephanie Griffith took the silver in the discus with a throw of 108-7.
Freshman Devon Ghumm had the best finish for the boys, taking the silver in the shot put with a throw of 40-6.5 and beating the next competitor by 4.5 inches.
The Railer track teams competed in Thursday’s seven-school invite in Victoria. The Ellis boys finished in fifth with 67 points, eight points behind fourth place Victoria. The Lady Railers finished in sixth with 57 points, beating only LaCrosse (16), and falling well-behind fifth place Trego (82).
Senior Zach Werth won the bronze in the 400m dash in 53.37, one second off the lead. Sophomore Luke Lohrmeyer finished third in the shot put at 40-2, just 4.5 inches from the silver. Senior Scott Fuller threw the discus 127-10 for the silver, six feet better than the next throw.
Junior Riley Hunsicker won the pole vault by clearing 11-6, one foot more than the next competitor.
For the girls, Senior Maggie Zody won the pole vault by clearing 8-3, same as the second place finisher. Senior Alesha Brenner finished third in the triple jump at 33-2.75, and sixth in the event at 6-6. Senior Desiree Basgall won the bronze in the high jump at 4-6, just two inches off the top two jumpers. Sophomore Megan Honas finished third in the javelin at 110-4.
The Panther golfers were on top of their game Friday at the Prairie Hills Golf Course in Hill City. Phillipsburg finished the 11-school event atop the field with 308 strokes. Ellis finished second with 313 strokes, and Ness City combined for a 327.
Brock Morgan won the individual side for the Panthers, finishing with a 72. Ellis’ Skyler Tebo also shot a 72. Both were two strokes ahead of the third-place finisher. Kyle Swanson finished in fifth place to lead several golfers with 77 strokes. Ryan Hoover was one of four golfers with 79 strokes, finishing in ninth place. Michael Dusin rounded out varsity scoring in 12th place with an 80. Matt Schneider still landed a top 15 finish by shooting an 82 for 14th place. Dylan Means was the final Panther golfer coming in with 84 strokes.
The Tiger golfers were in action Friday at the Prairie Trails Golf Course in Hill City. Stockton edged out Trego by four strokes for fifth place with 340 strokes. Plainville finished fourth with 332 strokes, and Phillipsburg won the invite with 308 strokes.
The top two golfers finished with 72 strokes. Right behind them, Koby Beougher finished in third for the Tigers with a 74. The next Stockton finisher was Jesse Prockish in 23rd place with 86 strokes. Right behind him, Jon Bellerive shot an 86. Chance Miller was the final Tiger scorer with 94 strokes. Brady Page and Connor Collins also golfed at the meet, finishing with 95 and 96 strokes, respectively.
The Blue Jay golfers finished 10th out of 11 teams Friday at the Prairie Trails Golf Course in Hill City. Norton finished with 386 strokes to run away from Oberlin’s 534 strokes. Osborne finished ahead of the Jays with 383 strokes, and Phillipsburg finished atop the field with 308 strokes.
No Blue Jay golfers made the top 25. Cassius Dole led the team with 90 strokes, missing the top 25 by three strokes. Treven Rossi shot a 98. Josh Ashbury and Niki McVey each shot a 99 to complete varsity scoring. Ashley Millan also golfed, finishing with 103 strokes, and Taylor Meder shot a 113 for the Jays.