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Great Bend girls, Hays boys dominate cold, windy day on the track

Published: Apr. 20, 2021 at 3:10 PM CDT
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GREAT BEND, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Monday’s track meet in Great Bend was reduced from eight teams to seven before it even started. The meet was moved from an even colder Friday, then Kiowa County was a late scratch as blustery winds pushed the wind chill below freezing at times. Ness City and LaCrosse were late additions to the meet.

The Great Bend girls made the most of the chilly day with 224 points to run away with the meet. Dodge City finished second with 116.5 points, and Hays grabbed third with 102.5 points. The Hays boys cruised to 228 points, followed by 128 points from Dodge City, and 107 points for the host Panthers.

Great Bend junior Emilia Diaz virtually matched her best time of the season to win the 1600m run in 5:43.50. Dodge City junior Serenity Larson collected the silver in 5:50.77, and Great Bend freshman Addy Nicholson picked up the bronze in 5:58.15.

Ranked No. 5 in Class 5A, Diaz ran well off her best 3200m time but still cruised to the win in 12:33.36, followed by Nicholson in 13:04.73 for the silver.

The Lady Panthers also got big points from freshmen in the hurdle events. Makenzie Premer won the 100s in 16.25, followed by teammate Sadie Spray in third in 17.28. Hoisington senior Samantha Colson finished in 16.59 for the silver. Premer is ranked No. 6 in 5A.

Premer and Spray duplicated the feat in the 300s with Premer taking the gold in 48.99 and Spray crossing in 50.06. Dodge City senior Hadley Williams split the pair in 49.97 for the silver. Premer ranks No. 8 in 5A in that event.

Finally on the track, Lady Panther freshman Eliana Beckham entered the 400m dash ranked No. 16 in Class 5A. She ran a second off her best time of the season but needed every ounce of effort as she fell across the finish line, outlasting Dodge City’s Alex Gere by just 0.01 seconds in 65.04. Hoisington senior Alyx Lamatsch picked up the bronze in 67.97.

In the field, Great Bend picked up early points in the high jump where sophomore Valarie Luna reached a new personal best at 5-2. Spray and senior teammate Candice Smith each cleared 4-10 for second and fourth, respectively. Luna, who had not gone over 4-10 in competition this year, climbs to log jam in the No. 4 spot in Class 5A.

“(The Great Bend track) is like my good luck charm,” she said. “Two years ago I broke the record for middle school.”

Hays High senior Reanna Green made the most of a cold and windy day in the jumps. She reached 17-11.5 to beat the long jump field by nearly two feet and climb to the top of the Class 5A ranks. That is a top-five mark in Kansas this spring.

Green’s triple jump of 36-7 beat the field by two feet and ranks No. 2 in 5A and puts her in the top-10 around Kansas this spring. Smith placed second for Great Bend at 34-7.5, and Premer finished third at 33-4.5.

Finally for the Panthers, junior Taryn Warren picked up a pair of golds in the throws. She dominated the shot put by nearly eight feet at 38-9 for the 5A lead and a top-10 spot in Kansas this spring. Dodge City’s Kisa Unruh finished second at 31-11.5, and Great Bend sophomore Rylie Duvall picked up the bronze at 31-4.

Warren added 10 feet to her best discus toss of the spring, climbing into the 5A top-5 at 107-10. Duvall won the silver with a heave of 98-0.

Hays boys pick up variety of points

Great Bend sophomore Kaiden Esfeld dominated the distance events Monday, but Hays won just about everything else.

A stacked Indian roster made the sprint events must-see events even in the cold. Junior Jaren Kanak won the 100m dash in 10.75, followed by freshman Malik Bah and senior Gaven Haselhorst in 11.45 for second and third, respectively. Janak ranks second in Class 5A behind Shawnee Heights phenom Jeremiah Smith. Both sit in the top-3 in Kansas this spring.

“Once it warms up times will get a little faster and the jumps will get a little further for sure,” Janak said. “My best right now is a 10.6. I think once it warms up I can get down in the 10.4 range.”

Janak, ranked No. 6 in Kansas this spring in the 200, won that race by more than a second Monday in 23.02. Great Bend sophomore Oliver Dominguez grabbed the silver in 24.49, and Bah ran third for Hays in 24.87.

All the team speed made Hays an easy favorite in the 4x100. The Indians won by better than two seconds in 44.36 with the B team collecting the silver in 46.94. Dodge City ran third in 47.54. Hays ranks No. 6 in 5A.

More speed was on display in the 110m hurdles where Hays juniors Ty Adams and Roy Moroni took the top-two spots in 16.53 and 16.78, respectively. Junior Gavin Meyers took over in the 300s, winning in 45.16. Great Bend sophomore Madison Regehr placed second in 46.18.

Ranked No. 7 in Kansas this spring in the long jump, Kanak filled his pockets with more gold there at 21-7.5. Senior teammate Kyler Beckman picked up the silver at 21-1.5.

Great Bend’s Olivier Dominguez had a big day not only winning the 400m dash in 54.61, but he came up with a season-best 42-0 in the triple jump to move to No. 10 in Class 5A. Hays put three jumpers between 39-3.50 and 39-0.5: Ben Pfeifer, Beckman, and Jordan Dale.

Dale entered the high jump ranked No. 2 in Class 5A. He missed his best height by an inch Monday but still beat Moroni by two inches for the win at 6-2. Dodge City’s Tyler Cox placed third at 5-8.

Finally, the Indian throwers pulled off the sweep. Sophomore Bryce Salmans reached 155-4 in the javelin to beat Great Bend’s Mathew Moeder by 10-plus feet. Haselhorst placed third at 134-9.

Haselhorst got his gold in the shot put at 53-4 to take the 5A lead and move into the top-10 in Kansas this spring. Dodge City junior Christian Erives placed second at 51-11.5, and Trey Adams finished third for Hays at 46-4.

Adams, ranked No. 3 around Kansas in the discus this spring, finished well off his season best of 174-6 to win Monday’s competition at 157-1. Erives won the silver with a toss of 129-0.

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