In track, the size of the school does not matter. That is evident as some of the HOPL athletes are posting times competitive with athletes at any school in the state.
The Bulldog track teams were in action last week in Ashland. The Lady Bulldogs finished tied for eighth out of 12 teams, 12 points behind seventh place. The Attica boy s finished in tenth, also 12 points behind the next team.
Freshman Chelsea Bohrer had the lone gold, clearing 8-0 in the pole vault. Sophomore Sedna Casper earned a bronze in the high jump at 4-10, four inches from the gold. She finished sixth in the long jump at 13-5. Sophomore Morgan Grigsby finished third in the javelin at 83-07, and sixth in the 300m hurdles in 55.44.
Freshman Daymon Howell finished third in the triple jump at 38-8.25, less than half an inch from the silver, and fourth in the high jump at 5-4, two inches from a silver medal. Vince Ramirez finished fourth in the javelin at 122-7, and fifth in the two mile in 11:49.02, seven seconds from a medal. Freshman Doss Grigsby finished fifth in the long jump at 18-0.25.
The Chieftains were among nine teams competing at Tuesday’s track meet in Caldwell. The Lady Chieftains finished fifth out of eight schools, trailing fourth place by 56 points. The South Barber boys finished seventh with 28.33 points.
Keeli Hostetler finished second in the 800m run in 2:40.54, two seconds from gold. Paige Koblitz earned a silver in the triple jump in 33-6, five inches from the gold. She won a bronze in the long jump at 15-7.5, four inches from the silver. Moira Kimmell finished fourth in the pole vault at 7-1, six inches from the silver. Kassidy Clark finished fourth in the shot put and fifth in the discus.
The boys had their best showing on the track in the 4x800m relay in fourth place at 10:13.82. In the field, senior Luke Yearout got the silver in the javelin at 150-5, seven feet from the gold. He finished fourth in the shot put at 38-6.5, and fifth in the discus at 104-2. Logan Hitchcock placed fifth in the high jump at 5-4, two inches off the silver.
The Eagle track teams were in action Tuesday in Caldwell. The Norwich girls finished third with 109 points, seven points behind Wellington. The Eagle boys finished eighth out of nine schools, edging out Argonia by seven points.
Junior Mackenzie Klaver continues to dominate the hurdle events, winning the 110m even by more than a second in 16.00, and taking the 300m event by nearly five seconds in 45.92. She has the best hurdle times in Class 1A, and is one of only three runners in the state to break 46 seconds in the 300m hurdles. Klaver also won two silvers in the 100m and 200m dashes. Hayley Poljansek won the shot put by nine inches at 31-8.5, and finished second in the discus at 99-3, nine inches from the gold. Bailey Poe finished third in the 200m and 400m dashes and fourth in the 100m dash. Alecia Henson finished second in both the mile and the two mile.
Junior Brandon DePriest missed the gold by less than a second in the 400m dash in 54.81 for second place. He finished fourth in the 200m dash in 24.81, and eighth in the 100m dash in 12.49. Freshman Caleb Bartels finished sixth in the 110m hurdles in 20.56.
The Thunderbirds took part in an 11-team meet in Sterling on Thursday. The Lady T-Birds won the event, beating Sterling by 16 points. The boys finished fifth, trailing Little River by eight points.
Sophomore Brooke Fisher swept the distance events, winning the two mile by more than a minute in 12:28.33, and taking the mile by 20 seconds in 5:42.20. Anna Petrowsky won the 200m dash by less than half a second in 27.15, and finished second in the 100m dash in 12.93, just 0.01 seconds from the gold. Petrowsky also won the long jump by more than a foot at 16-1. Skyline swept the relay events.
Brandon Broce won the 200m dash by 0.01 seconds in 23.38. He finished second in the 100m dash in 11.39, 0.14 seconds from gold. Broce also picked up silvers in the triple jump (40-1.5), and the long jump (19-11.25). Easton Burgardt took the bronze in the discus at 126-2, just ahead of Jake Harts, who finished fourth at 122-8. Harts also finished fourth in the shot put at 43-8, and fourth in the javelin at 142-11.
The Falcon tracksters were in action Thursday in Sterling. The Lady Falcons finished sixth, two points ahead of two teams and 10 points behind Nickerson. The Fairfield boys finished 10th, avoiding the basement by eight points.
Anna Schwertfeger won the discus by 18 inches at 99-1. She finished fourth in the 400m dash, and fifth in the triple jump. Lacey Buckwalter finished second in the 3200m run in 13:33.90, and third in the mile in 6:19.17. Paige Soellner finished fifth in the 200m dash, and fifth in the 400m dash.
Freshman Cannon Burns won the silver in the 400m dash in 53.97, missing gold by 0.31 seconds. P.J. Lewis finished fourth in the 300m hurdles in 48.90, and fifth in the javelin at 136-3.
The Charger track teams headed to Sterling on Thursday for an 11-team invite. The Charger boys finished sixth. The girls finished at the bottom of the pack, missing Lyons by just a point and Inman by eight points.
Junior Trae Lane took the silver in the two mile in 10:51, missing the gold by seven seconds. He finished fourth in the mile in 4:58.21, less than a second from a medal, and six seconds from the silver. Kris Lane finished two seconds from the gold in the 300m hurdles (46.23) for the silver. Kris finished fourth in the 110m hurdles in 17.58. Brady Fernandez placed fifth in the discus at 121-6.
Brea Hurst had the high individual mark for the Lady Chargers at fourth in the shot put at 27-9, 10 inches ahead of Miranda McMahon in fifth. Hurst finished fifth in the discus at 90-7. Mariah Friesen placed fifth in the javelin at 89-7, and Liz Simoneau finished fifth in the mile in 6:39.78.
The Cougar track teams were among the 11 schools competing in Sterling on Thursday. The Lady Cougars tied with Ellsworth in seventh, seven points behind fifth-place Nickerson. The Cougar boys also finished seventh, trailing Burrton by 10 points.
Junior Sarah Hagen finished second in the triple jump at 32-9.25, nearly two feet from the gold. Hagen finished third in the 400m dash in 1:06.50, just over a second off the silver. Micaela Ensz took the silver in the javelin at 95-1, and finished third in the discus at 94-5. Ensz had the fourth best long jump at 14-1.5, missing a medal by three inches.
Sophomore Zac Krehbiel won the 100m dash in 11.25 seconds, one of the best times in Class 1A this year. He picked up the silver in a photo-finish 200m dash, missing the gold by just 0.01 seconds in 23.39, also a top 10 time in 1A this year. Krehbiel finished fourth in the long jump at 18-11.25, six inches from the bronze.