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TMP boys third at Phillipsburg; girls fifth

By The Hays Daily News

PHILLIPSBURG — Without senior Heather Ruder, the Thomas More Prep-Marian girls' track and field team struggled to keep up  Friday at the Phillipsburg Invitational.

The Monarchs took fifth on the girls' side with 62 points. The boys finished third with 90.

TMP didn't run its athletes in all of their typical races, so TMP was not at full strength, especially on the girls' side.

Even without Ruder, though, who was in Lawrence competing at the KU Relays, the 3,200-meter relay still managed to take gold. With Kayla Walker, Allison Pfeifer, Melissa Pfeifer and Annie Mindrup, the relay took first in 10 minutes, 38.15 seconds.

TMP junior Samantha Younie and sophomore Heidi Gottschalk took second and third in the triple jump with marks of 32-0.5 and 31-11, respectively.

Junior Mikaela Flax took silver in the 300-meter hurdles in 49.50 seconds, and freshman Bailey Hageman placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.50 seconds.

Walker and Melissa Pfeifer placed third and fourth in the 800 with times of 2:40.90 and 2:44.13, respectively, and freshman Shelby Stouffer finished third in the 3,200 in 13:44.87.

On the boys' side, senior Rodney Deus narrowly missed first in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 11.21 seconds — 0.02 seconds behind Phillipsburg sophomore Stuart Lennemann.

Deus placed second in the long jump with a mark of 19-1, and Deus didn't compete in the 200, which Lennemann also won.

Senior Carlos Duenes and sophomore Nicholas Schmidt placed second and third in the 200 in 23.60 and 24.08 seconds, respectively.

Senior Zach Dreiling took third in the pole vault with a mark of 12-6, and sophomore Cameron Fouts finished third in the javelin with a toss of 163-0.

Junior Skyler Urban placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 38-5.5 and fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in 44.72 seconds.

Freshman Andrew Hess narrowly missed medaling, finishing fourth in 5:00.58 in the 1,600 — less than two seconds behind Phillipsburg sophomore Wyatt Ratzlaff.

Hess took fourth in the 3,200 as well, finishing in 11:05.85.

TMP's 400-meter relay of Deus, Schmidt, Duenes and Fouts placed second in 45.11 seconds, and the Monarchs' 1,600-meter relay, which included T.J. Flax, Schmidt, Duenes and Urban, finished third in 3:43.46.

Ruder at KU Relays

Ruder finished 13th in the 800-meter run at the University of Kansas Relays on Friday at Memorial Stadium.

She competed in the second heat and took second, and her time of 2:20.10 was 13th best overall.