Smoky Valley Girls, Hoisington Boys take CKL track titles
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Smoky Valley girls dominate CKL championships…again
PRATT, Kan. – Losing three-time Class 3A state champion Belle Peters may have put the Smoky Valley girls at long odds for another Central Kansas League title in Pratt Thursday. Instead, the Lady Vikings have simply reloaded. The girls nearly doubled-up the field with 142 points, followed by Hesston with 85 points, and Hoisington in third with 79.
Senior Abby Rose scorched the track a week ago in Hesston to gain the all-class lead in the 400m dash. Thursday she set a new league record to win that race in 57.22, followed by Larned junior Jayme Hagerman in 62.66 for the silver.
Last week in Hesston, Rose took advantage of ideal conditions to take the state lead with a personal record of 56.60. Thursday’s race featured higher temperatures and more Kansas wind. Next week, Rose will look to avenge last year’s state title loss to Phillipsburg’s state champion Heather Schemper.
“These last couple weeks we’ve had some beautiful weather,” Rose said. “In the weeks before it’s been a bit windy and a bit cold. I definitely took advantage of the weather, and I’ve also been working on starting my 400 out a little faster in the first 200 meters instead of waiting until the last 200.
“In the 56 I ran, it was really nice to have (Hesston freshman) Kendal Brueggen push me for the first 200. It’s just an accumulation of a lot of things. "
Rose stormed ahead of Stanton County-standout Chesney Peterson for the state lead by nearly a second. Entering Thursday’s meets, those were the only two female runners in Kansas this spring to break 58 seconds.
“It’s really fun,” said Rose. “(Schemper) beat me last year in the open 400 and we both ran 59s. I’m excited this year because she’s a junior and I’m a senior, and we’ll see how that plays out because I get to race against her at regionals and again at state.”
The Lady Vikes hold a healthy 35-second lead in the 3A 4x800. The reigning state champs ran well off their season best but the team of Rose, Keira Mullen, Sophia Fruits, and Gracie Lambert still beat the field by 25 seconds in 10:20.00. Hesston picked up the silver in 10:55.15.
The reigning 3A champion Lambert entered Thursday’s meet ranked No. 7 all-class in the 800m run. The senior cruised to the win there in 2:18.52, followed by Haven senior Taylor Hoskinson nine seconds later in 2:27.81 for the silver.
Smoky Valley’s 4x400 team ranks fourth all-class behind three Class 6A schools. In Pratt, the team of Rose, Lambert, Mullen, and Noelle Peters easily won in 4:07.54. Pratt won the silver in 4:20.23.
The mile may not be Lambert’s strong suit but even in Thursday’s heat, she ran a season-best 5:26.86 to beat Haven’s Hoskinson by five seconds. Halstead freshman Dominique Schutte ran third in 5:37.12. Lady Viking sophomore Clara McElroy also won an individual title in the 300m hurdles, beating Hoisington sophomore Shellamae Farmer by less than a second in 50.34.
Thursday’s meet featured a few other marquee events and athletes. Last year Belle Peters climbed the all-time state ranks in the pole vault. In Pratt it was the best in 3A going head to head. Hoisington’s Farmer is the only 3A vaulter to clear the bar at 11-0 this spring. She matched that mark to beat Smoky Valley sophomore Breanne Peters by a foot. Peters is the only other 3A vaulter to reach 10-6 this spring. Nickerson junior Ava Jones finished third at 10-0. Peters also won silvers in the 100m and 200m dashes.
Jones had her own big day for the Lady Panthers. She tied the league record in the high jump to win at 5-4, beating out Hesston’s Elsie Clark by two inches. Jones ranks No. 3 in 3A with a best of 5-6. Jones ranks No. 4 in the 3A javelin. Thursday she finished well off a season best but beat Smoky Valley’s Mullen by eight inches at 115-4.
Farmer picked up her other gold in the 100m hurdles, beating out teammate Kylee Hahn by just 0.13 seconds for the win in 16.61. Farmer won the 300m hurdle silver.
Larned junior Jayme Hagerman led Kansas most of last year and has led 3A most of this season in the triple jump. She reached 35-7.25 Thursday to claim a second-straight CKL title. Hesston’s Emily Friesen placed second at 34-6.75. Larned freshman Kaylee Hagerman finished third at 34-1.
With Belle Peters out of the mix, Hagerman took her turn as league champion in the long jump on an effort of 17-3.5. Breanne Peters followed closely at 17-2.75, and Nickerson’s Destiny Ponds won the bronze at 16-1.5
Hoisington boys beat Pratt for CKL track title
The Hoisington track and field team has been put some massive team scores in recent weeks. Thursday’s score at the Central Kansas League Championships was only half of the new norm, but the Cardinals still beat the field with 118 points. The host Greenbacks finished second with 100.33 points, and Smoky Valley grabbed third with 98 points.
Hoisington sophomore Josiah Ball could have missed much of the season after suffering an injury deep in the state wrestling tournament. Instead, he entered Thursday’s meet in search of three individual golds.
Ball posted his best time of the season to move to No. 3 in the 3A ranks with the 110m hurdle gold in 15.73. Hillsboro junior Zachary Denhold won the silver in 15.99. Ball and Hesston junior Devin Miller entered the meet separated by less than half a second on the season as top-10 3A hurdlers. Ball won the head-to-head race in 42.46, followed by Miller in 43.19.
Ball and Hillsboro senior Nate Hein entered the pole vault competition separated by just three inches on the season. Hein added six inches to his Class 2A lead for the win at 14-0. Ball added three inches to his season best for the silver at 13-6. No other vaulter went higher than 11-0.
Cardinal senior Bralen Thompson wowed on the basketball court last winter with some highlight dunks. Thursday he did his best work, fittingly, in the jumps with a pair of golds. Thompson won the long jump at 22-3, with Pratt’s Karter Hoeme taking home the silver at 21-8.25. Thompson added more than a foot to his season best to move to No. 3 in 3A this spring.
Thompson added 13 inches to his best triple jump of the year, again climbing to No. 3 in 3A on a leap of 43-7. Hoeme again had to settle for the silver at 43-4.75, and Pratt junior J’Air Johnson finished third at 42-0.
The CKL has featured some serious distance runners in recent years. This year Hoisington was able to win a pair of golds. Senior Ian Doss won the 800m run by nearly a second in 2:07.17, followed by Pratt’s Natanael Chavez in 2:08.01 for the silver.
Cardinal junior Karter Wolf won the 3200m run by an easy 10 seconds in 11:05.41. Halstead junior Aiden Allmon ran second in 11:15.53, and Smoky Valley Britton Becker missed the bronze in a photo-finish 11:15.57.
The 1600m run also featured a wild finish in the best race of the day. Hesston senior Casey Heinrichs led most of the way before Smoky Valley junior Tytus Reed pulled ahead in the final meters to win by 0.1 seconds in 4:50.58. The battle for the bronze was just as good with Smoky Valley senior Garrett Huffman edging out Hesston’s Ayden Summers by less than half a second in 4:54.38.
The Vikings also stole the gold in the 4x800m relay. Reed, Huffman, and Justice Gardner maintained their lead against Hoisington through six laps. Doss surpassed Lukas Apel in the first of the two final laps, but Apel was too strong down the stretch to give Smoky the 5-second win in 8:35.93.
Hoisington’s league championship also came at the hands of its throwers. Sophomore Caiden Hoffman pulled the upset in the shot put, adding two-plus feet to a season best for the gold at 48-3. Halstead senior Korbin Black, ranked No. 6 in 3A, finished second at 47-2. Cardinal senior Spencer Mintz won the bronze on a toss of 44-0.
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