For the past 74 years the Beloit Relays have been a stand out track meet in North central Kansas.
In 2014 the city of Beloit was not as welcoming to most of the 32 teams and 609 athletes as it normally is for the Relays the Trojans, Lady Trojans and Lady Blue Jays made sure of that.
Beloit has two high schools in its city, Beloit High and St. John’s High School. Both Beloit schools had teams competing in the annual event and three of the four teams won titles Friday afternoon.
The Beloit boys’ track team was the most dominant as the Trojans rolled up 133 points, earning a 70-point team victory over Concordia, which finished in 2nd place in the boys’ 3-4A division. The Lady Trojans, meanwhile, had a tougher challenge, but the Lady Trojans won the team title, none the less, with 77.5 points in the girls’ 3-4A division, giving them a 10.5 point victory over Southeast of Saline, which finished second in the 3-4A girls’ competition with 67 points.
The other team title came from the St. John’s Lady Blue Jays, who won the crown with 82 points while Pike Valley High School finished 2nd the girls’ 2-1A division with 69 points.
The only team, not affiliated with Beloit that won a team championship Friday was the Osborne Bulldog boys team, as the Bulldogs scored 100 points to win the 2-1A boys’ division over Ell-Saline, which finished second with 87 points. The St. John’s Blue Jays finished fifth in the boys’ 2-1A division with 37 points.
The Trojan boys were highlighted by the efforts of Alex Conn, who won three gold medals as he won the 3-4A boys’ 800-meter run (1:56.81), the 1,600-meter run (4:20.65) and the 3,200-meter run (9:57.96). The Trojans also got a double gold-medal effort from Tanner Niemcyzk, who won gold in the 400-meter dash in a time of 50.69 seconds and was a member of Beloit’s 400-meter relay team, which took first in a time of 44.97 seconds.
Leading the way for Beloit’s Lady Trojan championship was Kaley Broeckelman and Remi Behrends.
Broeckelman, who won the Class 3A state championship in the 100-meter hurdles last season, won the 100-meter hurdles title (15.11) and the 300-meter hurdles (46.16). Broeckelman was also a member of the Lady Trojan’s 400-meter relay team, which won gold in a time of 50.14 sceonds.
Behrends, meanwhile, was also a member of the Lady Trojans’ 400-meter relay team (50.14) and won gold in the high jump with a top height of 5-feet, 2-inches.
The St. John’s Lady Blue Jays won their title with more of a team effort as St. John’s earned only two individual gold medals, which were won by Hannah Eilert, who had a best of 33-feet, 7-inches in the triple jump and by Hannah Smith, who had a top throw of 120-feet, 5-inches in the 2-1A javelin.
Pike Valley’s second-place team effort was highlighted by Courtney Freed and Casey Freed. Courtney Freed won gold in the 400-meter dash (57.78), the 800-meter run (2:21.46) and was a member of Pike Valley’s gold-medal winning 400-meter relay team, which won the title in 51.20 and the 1,600-meter relay squad, which won gold in a time of 4 minutes, 19.11 seconds.
Casey Freed was also a member of the 400-meter and 1,600-meter relay squads and won gold in the 100-meter dash (12.80) and 200-meter dash (26.56).
Other multiple gold winners included Minneapolis’ Lindsay Shupe, who won two individual gold medals as she won the 3-4A 100-meter dash (12.71) and the 200-meter dash (26.20).Southeast of Saline’s Allison Stutterheim claimed gold in the 3-4A 800-meter run (2:20.27) and 1,600-meter run (5:37.78).
Marion’s Marissa Jacobson won gold in the 3-4A girls’ triple jump with a top leap of 35-feet, 11.25 inches and was a member of the gold-medal winning 1,600-meter relay team (4:11.97).
Concordia’s Molly Adams won gold in the 3-4A girls’ shot put (37-6.5) and discus (114-3).