Check out how area track teams fared during the week of April 2-8.
Hesston racked up 166 points behind victories in 10 events to take the boys’ team title. Five of the Swathers’ wins came in field events. The host Lions finished third with 51 points behind second-place Herington (102).
The Hesston girls were team champions too after totaling 113.5 points, beating Sedgwick by 23.5. The Swathers notched wins in five events, including Ali Jost taking the 100 and 200-meter dashes. Bluestem got third with 68 points behind victories by Brenda McCollum in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.
Andale got first place in eight events on its way to winning the boys’ team title with 175 points. Five of the Indians’ victories came in field events. Rose Hill, which won three relays, gave Andale some competition by compiling 140 points. Arkansas City took third with 74 points, followed by Garden Plain (61) and Wichita West (48).
The girls from Andale scored almost as many points as the boys -- 161 -- and they did it with only three first-place finishes (high jump, pole vault and 4x100 relay). Garden Plain won four events, helping it come in second with 116 points. Pratt nearly hit the century mark with 94 points to take third as a team. Arkansas City got fourth with 68 points, eight ahead of Rose Hill.
Buhler outscored its closest competitor by 75 to take home the boys’ team crown. The Crusaders won 10 events on their way to 205 points. Concordia and Beloit had a tight battle for second place with Concordia tallying two more points.
The Buhler girls finished fourth at the meet with 70 points behind winner Beloit (167), Concordia (145) and Marysville (87).
The girls from Haven got victories in eight events, including the three sprints, to win their own meet with 139 points. Hillsboro finished as the team runner-up with 107.5 points thanks to sweeping the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 runs. Haven and Hillsboro ended the day well ahead of Fairfield (72), Halstead (26) and Burrton (7.5).
Hillsboro's boys scored 116 points and beat the host team by 40 to take the team title. The Trojans were victorious in 11 events, including all three relays. Burrton (58), Halstead (49) and Fairfield (45) rounded out the field.
Sterling rolled by the boys’ competition thanks to wins in 10 events. The Black Bears finished with 125 points, 41 more than Little River.
The Sterling girls took second at the meet with 87 points behind Little River, which totaled 109. The Black Bears were victorious in eight events and Andi Dowell won four of them by herself. Dowell finished first in the 100-meter dash, 100 hurdles, long jump and triple jump.
The host Redskins won five events en route to taking the boys’ title with 181 points. Isaac Gallegos had two of Liberal’s top finishes with victories in the 200 and 400. Dodge City was the runner-up in the team standings with 121.25 points. The Red Demons got first in six events, including four field events.
Liberal’s girls came in second as a team behind Perryton, Texas, which ended the meet with 169 points. The Redskins took first place in seven events on their way to 142 points. Dodge City totaled 86 points to grab third place.
The host Railers and Bishop Carroll each scored 118 points to tie for the girls’ team title. Newton had winners in five events, including Brooke Regier in the discus and shot put, and Bishop Carroll was victorious in three. Kapaun Mt. Carmel wound up 1.5 points behind the leaders thanks to the effort of Libby Weber, who took first in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and high jump. Salina Central (49) and Wichita Northwest (42) rounded out the top five.
Newton’s boys made it clear who was the champion as their 112-point total was nearly 30 points better than second-place Kapaun (82.5). The Railers were aided by five first-place finishes and five seconds. Salina South nipped Hutchinson by one (71-70) for third place and Wichita North took fifth with 58.5 points.
The Buhler boys team was able to tally 188.5 points to easily win the crown. The Crusaders placed first in nine events and earned second in an event seven times. Pratt compiled 93 points to finish third behind Hoisington (126).
In the girls’ competition, Buhler tried to earn the sweep but came up nine points short to Pratt. The Greenbacks won eight events, including two relays, on their way to 121 points. Buhler had one less first-place finish than Hoisington, but the Crusaders still took second as a team by two points.
Valley Center Invitational
The Bishop Carroll girls narrowly pulled out the team victory, edging Garden City 72.5-69.5. Both the Golden Eagles and the Buffaloes won three events with Garden City’s victories coming in the relays. Goddard Eisenhower finished third as a team with 58 points, two more than Derby and six ahead of Circle.
Hays racked up 173.5 points en route to an easy win on the boys’ side. The Indians were victorious in six events, and in the high jump and shot put they had athletes finish first and second. Bishop Carroll was the closest team to Hays with 89.5 points, followed by Derby and Garden City with 58 points each. Goddard rounded out the top five with 47 points.
Wichita Collegiate Invitational
Wichita Independent edged the host Spartans 86-85 in the boys’ competition to claim the team title. The Panthers had winners in five events, including the 4x100 and 4x800 relays. Wichita Collegiate was victorious in eight events and Rhys Powell won three by himself. Powell had the top times in the 100, 200 and 400 meters. Sunrise Christian came in third with 44 points and Circle totaled 22.
Collegiate’s girls tallied 88 points to win the meet by 21 over Sunrise Christian. Like the boys, the Spartans took first in eight events. Independent wound up with 45 points for third place and Circle had 27.