Hesston boys hang on for CKL championship

Hesston's Devin Miller edges Smoky Valley's Stephen Peterson in the 300m hurdles for Thursday's...
Hesston's Devin Miller edges Smoky Valley's Stephen Peterson in the 300m hurdles for Thursday's CKL title. Miller won a silver medal in the 110m hurdles.((photo by Mike Courson))
Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 1:34 PM CDT
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HALSTEAD, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Smoky Valley girls were able to run away with their Central Kansas League championship. The Hesston boys: not so fast. The Swathers won Thursday’s meet with 100 points, closely followed by Halstead with 85 points, Hoisington with 75 points, and Smoky Valley and Hillsboro with 71 and 70 points, respectively.

The CKL always features premiere athletes so meet records were tough to come by Thursday. The Swathers swept the hurdle events with Nicholas Arnold winning the 110s in 16.74. Hillsboro’s Zachary Denholm followed closely on his heels in 16.77, and Devin Miller ran third for Hesston in 17.24.

Miller took his turn for gold in the 300s, winning in 43.71. Smoky Valley’s Stephen Peterson finished second in 43.88, and Nickerson’s Dylan Huggard ran third in 43.97.

Hesston’s Braden Esau put together a dominating performance in the 800m run, winning by better than four seconds in 2:08.12. Hoisington’s Ian Doss collected the silver in 2:12.29.

The Swathers also excelled in the longer relay races. The 4x400 team of Esau, Ayden Summers, Ryan Eilert, and Max Werner won in 8:35.98. Smoky Valley crossed second in 8:41.46. Hesston’s 4x400 team of Werner, Cason Richardson, Tyler Rewerts, and Cavan Fuqua won in 3:30.83, followed by Pratt in 3:35.70.

Halstead’s Lakin Farmer just missed a sweep in the sprints. He won the 100m dash in 11.70, just 0.01 seconds ahead of Lyons’ Carl Clark. Hoisington brothers Chase and Legend Robinson ran third and fourth in 11.85 and 11.87, respectively.

Farmer improved to a top-10 3A time this year to win the 400m dash in 51.82. Hesston’s Fuqua ran second in 52.37. Hoisington senior Dylan Richards played spoiler in the 200m dash, winning in 23.33. Farmer settled for the silver in 24.19.

The Robinson brothers teamed up with Richards and Caden Mason to give Hoisington an easy win in the 4x100 in 44.46. Hillsboro finished second in 45.35.

There are the Southeast of Saline runners and almost everyone else in this year’s 3A distance field. Smoky’s Ryan Heline entered Thursday’s meet ranked No. 5 in the 3A 1600m field. He won the league title in 4:42.57, followed by Hillsboro’s Tristan Reed in 4:44.71.

Heline pulled off the sweep by taking the 3200m gold in 10:30.45. Hillsboro’s Levi Allen finished second in 10:37.53, and Halstead’s Patrick Porch fell off the lead pace for third in 10:43.91.

Hillsboro’s Carson Linnens entered the day ranked No. 3 in the Class 2A triple jump. He just missed a season best but still claimed the league gold at 43-10.5. Nickerson’s Philippe Manga won the silver at 42-1. Manga false-started in the 100m dash but not before he collected the long jump gold by 17 inches at 20-11.75.

Hillsboro’s Nate Hein ranks No. 1 in the 2A pole vault field. He matched his season best Thursday for the win at 13-6. Hoisington’s Jarrett Shives placed second at 13-0.

Halstead’s Doug Grider is one of Class 3A’s top throwers this spring. He beat teammate Korbin Black for the shot put gold with a throw of 49-4.5. Grider’s discus toss of 153-1 beat the field by nearly six feet. Pratt’s Devon Weber added 17 feet to his best javelin heave of the season, climbing to No. 3 in Class 4A to win the CKL at 170-11. Smoky Valley’s Kort Sjogren finished second with a throw of 145-1.

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