Check out how area track teams fared during the week of April 9-15.
Andover Central nipped Maize South by half a point -- 120-119.5 -- to claim the boys’ title. The Mavericks won one more event than the Jaguars, but it was Andover Central that came out on top. McPherson got third with 101 points, well ahead of Belle Plaine (61) and Clearwater (60).
Circle was the winner on the girls’ side with a 131-point performance, beating second-place Maize South by 30. The Thunderbirds were victorious in five events, including four field events. The Mavericks dominated the distance races, winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 runs as well as the 4x400 and 4x800 relays. Andover Central (94), Andover (78) and McPherson (70) rounded out the top five.
Belle Plaine Invitational
The host Dragons won all three relays and five events total en route to the girls team title with 147 points. Belle Plaine had a strong showing in the long jump as it took second, third and fourth. Douglass was the team runner-up with 119 points. The Bulldogs placed first in four events and three of them were field events. Rose Hill rounded out the top three with 87 points.
The Belle Plaine boys racked up 203 points and beat second-place Pretty Prairie by 102. The Dragons got first in seven events, including the pole vault where they swept the top three spots.
The girls from Pratt scored 110 points at the meet, but the Greenbacks fell three points short of winner Concordia. Pratt earned victories in six events during their second-place showing.
Pratt finished third with 66 points behind boys team champion Concordia (133) and Ellsworth (71.5).
The Hesston girls broke the century mark with 103.5 points, but it wasn’t near enough as Berean Academy totaled 193. Michaela Adams earned two of the Swathers’ four wins in the 100 and 200.
Hesston’s boys also took second to Berean Academy, which scored 157 points. The Swathers compiled 82 points without winning an event.
Hillsboro edged Halstead 130-124 in the boys’ competition to become team champions. Both teams won eight events, but the Trojans prevailed thanks to seven second-place finishes.
The girls from Hillsboro also won the team title, compiling 118 points. The Trojans notched victories in seven events, including both distance relays. Halstead came in third with 80 points behind second-place Moundridge (104).
Salina South Invitational
Garden City’s 131.5 points in the girls’ competition weren’t enough to top Manhattan, which wound up with 140. The Buffaloes won two of three relays and finished 1-2 in the triple jump to take second place. Salina Central compiled 110.25 points for third, well ahead of Newton (51.25) and Wichita Heights (46).
On the boys’ side, Manhattan outscored second-place Wichita Southeast 121-91 to win the team title. The Buffaloes got first in four events and picked up 18 points by taking the top two spots in the 400 meters. Garden City wound up fourth with 78 points behind Salina Sacred Heart and Salina South finished fifth behind a 61-point effort.
Smoky Valley Invitational
Buhler compiled 85 points at Bethany College, but the Crusaders came up short to winner Concordia (121). Buhler got victories in the 4x100 relay and long jump, and Alex Keller was apart of both events. Smoky Valley came in fourth with a total of 54 points.
Smoky Valley’s boys got fifth out of 11 teams with 62 points. Buhler had 32 points for eighth place.
Wichita Heights Invitational
The host Falcons and Wichita Northwest each totaled 107 points to share the title in the boys’ competition. Both teams were victorious in four events. Wichita East was right behind the leaders with 106 points. The Aces took first in an event five times.
The East girls made sure there was a clear winner with a 128.33-point effort, beating second-place Heights which reached the century mark exactly. The Aces won only two events (4x800 relay and discus), but racked up points thanks to events like the 200 meters where they took second and third. Kapaun Mt. Carmel came in third with 82 points.