HHS boys, girls win season opener at Lewis Field Stadium
By AUSTIN COLBERT
firstname.lastname@example.orgHays High School track and field coach Ryan Cornelsen saw plenty of good things on Saturday in the season-opening Alex Francis Classic at Fort Hays State University. But he also knows he needs to see a lot more if the Indian boys’ will have any chance of getting a fifth straight Class 5A state title.
TMP happy with distance runners
With half the roster out of town because of a band field trip, Thomas More Prep-Marian track and field coach Matt Dumler was just hoping to take away as many positives as possible after Saturday's season-opening meet at FHSU.
Among the positives were his distance runners, led by Andrew Hess who finished second in the boys' 3200-meter run.
"The distance kids, I was really pleased with them. They came out and competed," Dumler said. "I was really pleased with Andrew Hess. I thought he ran his two races really well."
The only first-place finisher on the day was senior Ryan Mayorga in the boys' high jump, with a jump of 6 feet, 2 inches. Dumler also pointed out a strong performance from Kaylor Gottschalk in the high jump, who took fifth with a jump of 4-8.
The Monarchs had numerous athletes break personal records despite not many high finishes, including Madi Ginther in the discus. Her throw of 69-3, good for seventh place, broke her previous record by 24 feet.
"We saw that some things are ahead of others, obviously," Dumler said. "We got some kids we still have to work on getting in shape and just getting ready for their events better ... We just got to keep working. Got a good start."
Ness City off to good start
Ness City track and field coach Patrick Younger got just what he expected from his seniors, and that was a very good showing on Saturday in the Alex Francis Classic. But there were others that also surprised, like sophomore Makenna Fritts.
Fritts took first place in the javelin with a throw of 123-1 to break a school record.
"That was awesome and I knew she could throw well, but doing that right off the first meet I'd say that was probably one of the biggest surprises," Younger said. "We are pretty young and inexperienced ... A lot of them I still don't necessarily know what their best events are. So it's kind of nice to get a good mark on them and go from there."
Fritts also took first in the 100-meter, Emily Hahn first in the 1,600-meter run, Jessie Rubottom first in the 800, and on the boys' side Dray Carson took first in the 1,600. The girls 1,600 relay team also took first.
Other notable area finishers belonged to Phillipsburg. Boys' first-place finishes include Hunter Kohler in the 300-meter hurdles, and Grant Wickham in both the long jump and triple jump. The Panther girls took first place in the 400 relay.