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Hoisington girls, Trinity boys win in Russell

Published: Apr. 2, 2021 at 9:25 PM CDT
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RUSSELL, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Hoisington track and field coach Dan Schmidt has numbers on his girls’ team this spring. And some talent. Thursday that combination allowed the Lady Cardinals to double-up the small field of the Russell Invitational. The Trinity boys ruined the sweep, outscoring the Hoisington boys by 38 points to win their side.

The Lady Cardinals picked up big points in the short races. Ellsworth senior Shaylee Leiker entered the field as a top-five Class 2A finisher in the 100m and 400m races in 2019. Thursday it was Hoisington senior Suzanna Schneider winning the 100m dash by 0.32 seconds in 12.90. Smith Center freshman Gracie Kirchhoff followed in 13.22, and Leiker picked up the bronze in 13.25.

“I’ve been feeling fast so I was a little bit confident in that,” Schneider said. “I was also nervous because I’ve been racing against (Leiker) since I was in the seventh grade and I’ve beat her maybe twice in my life.”

Hoisington took the top-two spots in the 200m dash, led by junior Macy Hanzlick with Schneider picking up the silver.

Lady Cardinal senior Samantha Colson just missed a state medal in the 3A 100m hurdles in 2019. Thursday she completed the sweep in the hurdle events, running a 16.28 in the 100s. Freshman teammate Kylee Hahn picked up the silver in 17.54. The duo again went 1-2 in the 300s with Colson winning in 52.68 and Hahn grabbing the silver in 53.76.

The Lady Cardinals won golds all over the track and in the field. The 4x100m team won by nearly 10 seconds in 52.13, and the 4x400m team won by a second in 4:40.00.

Hoisington senior Jaci Guthrie looked to be a clear winner in the 1600m run. She was caught at the finish line but won the photo finish in 6:46.06. Smith Center junior Gracie Enochs placed second in 6:46.24, and Hoisington freshman Paige Lamatsch ran third in 6:46.24.

In the field, the Lady Cards carried on a strong tradition in the pole vault. Freshman Shellame Farmer won at 9-0, and Miller cleared 8-0 to win the silver by six inches.

In other significant action, Hutch Trinity senior Becca Hammersmith entered the year seeking a third-straight state qualification bit. She cleared 5-1 in the high jump to win that event by nine inches despite going into a stiff wind.

“It was a little tough,” she said. “We don’t really practice with this much wind but it was fine. I’m very happy with this. I got 5-0 at practice and my PR being 5-2. I was very happy with this.”

Reigning 3A long jump champion Renee Nichol of Russell finished well off her state mark two springs ago but still won that event by 13 inches at 16-5.5. A third-place finisher in the triple jump at state two years ago, Nichol won Thursday’s event by 14 inches at 33-7.25.

Finally, back on the track, Phillipsburg sophomore Taryn Sides put on an early show in the 400m dash. The basketball standout defeated Ellsworth’s Leiker for the win by more than a second in 65.04, one of the best 3A times posted in the early season.

Trinity sweeps relays for boys’ win

The Celtics picked up a variety of points on the track but dominated the relay races with three golds. The 4x100 won by 0.36 seconds in 46.06, the 4x400 won by a second in 4:00.00, and the 4x800 cruised by nearly seven seconds in 9:37.78.

Individually, junior Jonah Godina pulled away for a 9-second win in the 1600m run in 5:08.34. Sophomore Aidan Armour won the 400m dash by better than three seconds in 56.49, and Godina picked up the 800m win by more than four seconds in 2:19.01.

The Celtics also swept the hurdle events. Junior Ben Neal won the short race by nearly a second in 17.30, and junior Truman Westoff won the 300s in 45.65. Neal picked up the silver in 46.93.

Wind was less of a factor in the field events. Trinity senior Landon Gray hit 47-0 to win the triple jump by a wide margin. That mark is just off the state lead from all of 2019. Sophomore Walt Gray edged out a win in the shot put by a single inch at 41-00.

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