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HHS dominates at Valley Center

By The Hays Daily News

VALLEY CENTER -- The Hays High School boys' track and field team dominated the Valley Center Invitational on Friday.

The defending Class 5A champion Indian boys won half the events and finished first with 176 points -- the top eight places scored. Bishop Carroll, runner-up in 5A last year, was second with 111.

The Hays High girls were fourth out of 14 with 67 points.

Senior Adam Deterding led the way for the Indians with three gold medals and a fourth-place finish. He won the triple jump (43 feet, 9.25 inches), high jump (6 feet, 4 inches) and 110-meter hurdles (15.30 seconds) and was fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (43.43 seconds)

Senior Cade Sharp won the shot put and discus with marks of 54-9.5 and 161-4, and sophomore Alex Delton took gold in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash in 11.54 seconds and 23.40 seconds, respectively.

The 1,600-meter relay, composed of Josh Brungardt, Landon Munsch, Shawn Herrman and Ethan Fort, won in 3:31.37, and the 3,200-meter relay, made up of Brungardt, Munsch, Keith Dryden and Derek Drees, also took gold in 8:36.05.

Senior Derek Bixenman had three top-three finishes. He was second in the high jump at 6-2 and third in the long jump at 21-2 and triple jump at 43-3.

On the girls' side, junior Wendy Zimmerman led the way with a gold in the triple jump at 35-3 and silver in the high jump at 5-0. She also was fourth in the 400-meter dash in 1:04.56.

Sophomore Mattison Schlaefli was second in the 300 hurdles in 51.98 seconds and fifth in the javelin with a mark of 97-7. Sophomore Ashlyn Parrish recorded fourth-place and sixth-place finishes in the 300 hurdles and 100 hurdles in 52.50 and 18.19 seconds, respectively.