HHS boys win fifth straight regional
By The Hays Daily News
SALINA -- First they did it with the Western Athletic Conference, and now the Class 5A regional.
For the fifth time in five seasons, the Hays High School boys' track and field team claimed the 5A regional champioship -- in blowout fashion.
Hays High put up 123.66 points, well ahead of runner-up Maize South's 77, to claim the fifth straight title.
Junior Alex Delton grabbed a pair of individual regional titles as he took the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He ran 10.93 to win the 100, and 22.45 to win the 200. The Indians' 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams also took top honors. Senior Jordan Windholz added a first-place finish with a jump of 43 feet, 7.75 inches in the triple jump, and scored eight points in second place with a jump of 20-6.5 in the long jump.
Senior Aaron Voss also struck gold in the high jump to qualify for the third straight year. He took first place with a jump of 6-2. Junior Hayden Kreutzer tied for first place in the pole vault after Kreutzer and a vaulter from Maize South decided not to continue beyond 11-6 due to the slippery conditions after heavy rain in Salina. Kreutzer won the coin flip for first place.
Senior Landon Munsch added the Indians' eighth gold medal with his 2 minute, 0.41 second win in the 800-meter run. Senior Clayton Riedel, in addition to running in both relays, finished second in 43.15 in the 400-meter dash. Junior Brandon Hardwick took third in the shot put with a throw of 49-5.
The Indian girls were fourth as a team with 78 points.
The girls finished 2,3,4 in the 100-meter hurdles, led by the second-place finish for junior Mattie Schlaefli. She finished in 16.35, followed in third by junior Kali Pitcock in 16.59 and fourth by junior Ashlyn Parrish in 17.03.
Schlaefli and Pitcock also qualified third and fourth in the 300s, respectively, in 48.94 and 49.47. Schlaefli added the javelin to her individual state list with a second-place showing. She threw 114-11.
Senior Wendy Zimmerman, who was injured most of the season, won the high jump Friday at 4-10 for the Indian girls' only gold medal of the day. Sophomore Haley George also qualified in the event, finishing third at 4-8.
Junior Lexi Summers jumped 33-2 to finish second and qualify in the triple jump. Hays High's 3,200-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay were third and fourth, respectively, to qualify for state. The 3,200 relay finished in 10:07.12, and the 1,600 in 4:14.96.