Events were moved and athletes had to overcome less than perfect weather conditions, but week two was still a busy and successful week for MCAA teams.
For perhaps the first time in school history, both Ellinwood track teams won in Bennington. The Lady Eagles won with 143 points, ahead of Bennington’s 111 points. The boys used 124 points to top the field. Clifton-Clyde finished second with 101 points.
Becca Strecker won the 800m run by nearly three seconds in 2:32.68. Sophomore Sophie Hayes swept the hurdle events, winning the 100m event in 17.21, and taking the 300m race in 48.94, a top time in the state. The Lady Eagles had three of the time five times in the 400m dash, led by Brooke Panning in 1:05.02. Jenna Snell finished five seconds behind one of the best times in the state for the silver in the mile in 5:39.08. Snell earned a bronze in the two-mile in 13:01.32. The 4x400m relay and 4x800m relays won, and the 4x800m relay time of 10:27.47 the best in Class 2A so far. Becky Elsen won the triple jump by nine inches at 30-11.5. Amanda Tucker dominated the discus, winning by 16 feet at 104-6.
Distance runner Pedro Montoya picked up golds in the 1600m and 3200m runs. He won the mile by eight seconds in 4:49.46, and took the two mile by five seconds in 10:29.58. Patrick Ringering missed the gold in the 200m dash by 0.10 seconds in 23.66. Kyle Oglesbee missed the gold in the 800m run by just over a second in 2:00.93. Devin Ramsey missed gold by half a second in the 110m hurdles in 16.65. In the high jump, Tanner Swank won with a 5-6 clearance. Teammate Adam Birzer also cleared that height. Cameron Williams won the long jump by three inches at 18-1.
The Indian track teams competed at Nickerson last Tuesday. The boys finished with 48 points and a third place finish behind Buhler (188.5) and Pratt (93). The Lady Indians finished in fourth with 93 points. Pratt won with 121 points.
Boo Lewis picked up 12 points for the boys with a third place finish in the triple jump (39-8), and the 300m hurdles (42.02). Zach Wilson took the silver in the 800m run in 2:10.37, missing by three seconds, and Mark Wysong missed the gold in the 200m dash by just over a second, taking third in 23.68.
The Lady Indians won several events early on. Reagan Quick won the javelin by three inches at 99-7, edging out teammate Talisha Calkins.
Carrie Kellie had 36 individual points, winning the high jump at 4-10, and taking the 100m dash in 13.25. Kellie picked up silvers in the long jump and triple jump, losing only to state champion Savannah Rose of Hoisington. Her triple jump of 35-2 is one of the best efforts in the state. Alex Lessard cleared 4-8 for second place in the high jump.
The Cardinal baseball team was ready to host Great Bend on Thursday. Instead, rains forced the game to be moved to Great Bend. There, the Class 5A Panthers needed extra innings in both games to beat down Hoisington 6-4 and 6-2.
The Cardinals took a 3-0 lead in the first inning of game one, holding that lead until the seventh inning. Great Bend took the lead in the top of the ninth, but Brent Schremmer doubled and scored on a Dylan Bell hit to tie the game. The Panthers picked up two more runs in the 10th for which Hoisington had no answer.
The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead into the fifth with RBI singles from Terry Crawford and Eric Simpson. Great Bend tied things up in the seventh inning. Two innings later, the Panthers piled on four runs to take the ninth-inning win.
The Monarchs pulled off a sweep of Class 6A’s Garden City on Thursday. TMP (5-1) needed 10 innings to take game one 2-1, before downing the Buffaloes 7-2 in the night cap. Garden City (2-4) had to fight for the extra innings in game one, scoring a run in the seventh to force the extra frame. They also threw two Monarch runners out at the plate and turned two double-plays to keep TMP off the scoreboard. The Monarchs trailed 1-0 heading into their final at bat. Colby Schippers hit a one-out triple. A short pop-fly from Dylan Schumacher proved difficult to field, and Schippers was able to tag on the play and score the tying run. In the 10th inning, Shane Zimmerman led things off with a single, then moved to third. Garden City loaded the bases with two intentional walks. After one out, Dylan Gottschalk hit a bouncer to the pitcher. A wild throw home allowed the winning run to cross the plate.
In game two, Nick Hammeke moved to 2-0, holding the Buffaloes to just two runs on four hits. The Monarchs will be dealing with the loss of senior catcher Taylor Pfeifer, who could be out 2-6 weeks with a hip injury suffered early in game two.