Hoisington boys, TMP girls win Bill Kimble Invite

Hoisington sophomore Josiah Ball won golds in the 110m hurdles and pole vault and finished...
Hoisington sophomore Josiah Ball won golds in the 110m hurdles and pole vault and finished second in the 300m hurdles Tuesday at home.((photo by Mike Courson))
Published: Apr. 27, 2022 at 1:01 PM CDT
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HOISINGTON, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Track meets in Hoisington have been around for awhile, but the annual invite was recently named after all-time Cardinal track great Bill Kimble, who won 12 state titles in three years in the 1960s. Tuesday the Hoisington boys did Kimble right with 217 points to cruise to the team title. Cimarron edged TMP by three points for second with 63. The Lady Monarchs scored 157 points to beat the host Lady Cardinals by 36 points for the title.

Sophomore Josiah Ball moved to No. 4 in the 3A ranks by taking the pole vault gold at 13-0. TMP sophomore Mario Valencia cleared 10-6 for second, the Hoisington senior Gabe Hipp grabbed the bronze at 9-6.

Tuesday’s 110m hurdle field was small but Ball, a returning state qualifier who was supposed to miss half the track season after suffering a dislocated knee during state wrestling, won in 18.22. Hipp finished second in 18.72, and Cardinal freshman Teron Kraft ran third in 19.86. Ball has a season-best of 16.94.

St. John’s Preston Dunn ended Ball’s run on the track by winning the 300s in 41.03. Ball claimed the silver in 43.21, and TMP senior Lance Lang placed third in 46.90.

The 800m race proved to be one of the most exciting as Hoisington senior Ian Doss and Central Plains senior Cole Lamatsch, with schools separated by just a few miles, jumped out of the pack at the start. The duo finished 15 seconds ahead of the rest of the field with Doss sneaking the win in 2:04.76, and Lamatsch following in 2:04.92. Doss moves to No. 7 in Class 3A with that time. Lamatsch cruised in the 1600m run, winning by 19 seconds in 4:53.14.

Hoisington senior Bralen Thompson also strung together a nice day. Ranked No. 5 in the 3A triple jump, Thompson added an inch to his season best for the gold at 42-5.5. Cimarron junior Lane Beery collected the silver at 38-8.

Thompson entered the meet ranked No. 4 in the 3A long jump on a best leap of 21-1.5. He could only reach 19-9.25 Tuesday, leaving the door open for Skyline senior Jesus Casas to take the gold at 20-6. TMP junior Kade Harris also hit 19-9.25 for the bronze.

In the 100m dash, Harris found the gold in 11.36 in a competitive race. Thompson ran second in 11.45, followed by Casas in 11.81 for the bronze.

In another notable race for Hoisington, junior Deryk Yott qualified for state in the 400m dash last spring. He ran his best time Tuesday for the gold in 53.79. St. John’s Quade Smith finished second in 54.24.

TMP girls claim win

Hoisington’s 4x100 team won a state title last year and set the school record. This year’s Lady Cardinal squad is still finding its way, even with the No. 4 time in 3A this spring, after the loss of two team members to graduation. Tuesday TMP was able to pull off a marquee win in 52.89 to climb to No. 13 in the 3A ranks. Hoisington finished second in 53.49.

Hoisington and TMP again took the top-two spots in the 100m dash with Lady Cardinal sophomore Sheena Gocela winning the gold in 13.62, followed by TMP sophomore Emma Basgall in 13.93 for the silver.

Lady Monarch senior Kassidi Yost took advantage of the absence of Hoisington’s state placer Macy Hanzlick in the 200m dash. Yost cruised in 27.99 with Otis-Bison freshman Kaylee Ficken winning the silver in 29.28.

In the field, Hoisington sophomore Shellamae Farmer entered the meet as one of just two 3A pole vaulters to clear the bar at 10-6 this spring. She added six inches to her season best to win at 11-0. Cimarron junior Kennedy Jarnagin finished second at 9-6, followed by Gocela at 9-6 for third and Cardinal senior Emily Lovett at 8-6 for fourth.

Cimarron senior Jacee Wilson dominated the triple jump, winning by three-plus feet at 36-4.5 with the second-best 3A jump this spring. TMP took the next five spots, led by freshman Shalee Gottschalk at 33-1.5 for the silver and sophomore Emma Basgall in third at 33-0.25.

Ellsworth sophomore Kylan Turnipseed added three inches to her best javelin throw of the season to win the gold by 11 feet at 119-1. She ranks No. 4 in 3A. Central Plains sophomore Lauren Oeser reached 108-4 for the silver.

In the shot put, Hoisington junior Adison Rippie recently climbed into the 3A top-five. Tuesday it was Cimarron junior Caitlyn Sonday taking the gold on a throw of 33-8.25. Ellsworth senior Madison Kelley placed second on a toss of 31-7.

Hoisington junior Kynlie Crowdis won golds in the 800m and 1600m races by a combined 0.46...
Hoisington junior Kynlie Crowdis won golds in the 800m and 1600m races by a combined 0.46 seconds at Tuesday’s home meet.((photo by Mike Courson))

Back on the track, the 800m and 1600m races both featured exciting finishes. Hoisington junior Kynlie Crowdis outlasted her opponents in each. A 3-way race in the 800 turned into a dual as Crowdis held off St. John freshman Lydia Reed by just 0.05 seconds for the gold in 2:39.89. TMP senior Emilee Lane fell off to third in 2:42.08.

A pack four wide barreled down the final stretch in the 1600m race. Crowdis pulled ahead at the end to beat St. John senior Darby Smith by just 0.41 seconds in 5:55.40. Lane ran third in 5:57.29, and Cimarron freshman Janae Fugitt placed fourth in 5:57.70, still 33 seconds ahead of the fifth-place runner.

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