|Seven qualify for State; girls claim 2nd at Regionals|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
With regional competition on Saturday, May 9, the HHS track team delivered strong performances, and seven Dragon athletes are now headed to the State Track Meet this weekend. With the best regional finish in years, the girls team finished in second place out of 15 teams at Saturday’s meet in Akron.
“The kids really put everything they had into each event, and I am very proud of how they stepped up,” said coach Sandra Rahe.
While the girls claimed second place overall with 73 points, the boys finished in fourth with 63 points. Almost every Dragon athlete scored points for the team which doesn’t happen very often according to Rahe. “Even though track is a sport of mostly individual competition, we had a great team effort throughout the day.”
Rahe noted several tracksters did their personal best for the year and have improved throughout the season. “Overall I was very pleased with how the kids performed,” said Rahe. “The weather finally cooperated for most of the day too!”
Holyoke will send five girls and two boys to the 2A State Track Meet at Jeffco Stadium in Denver Thursday through Saturday, May 14-16.
HHS junior Kyle Carper, the reigning state long jump champ, is heading back to compete in four individual events at the state meet this weekend. In addition to a gold medal in the long jump, Carper has also claimed second and fifth place in the state triple jump event. He took first place in both events as well as the 200 meter dash at Saturday’s regional meet.
Carper is a state qualifier in both the 200 and 400 meter dashes. Teammate Brandon Oosthuysen will join Carper as a state competitor in the 400 meter dash.
Junior Marissa Smith has claimed six medals at the last two state track meets and is determined to add to that number this year. She will compete in the 200 and 400 meter sprint races as well as two relay teams.
Smith claimed first in the 200 meter dash at regional competition on Saturday. During preliminary races, she clocked in at :25.80 which would have broken the regional record, but it did not count because it was not in the finals.
Earning second place honors at the regional meet, sophomore Heather Duester will be running the 400 meter dash in her second trip to the state meet in addition to three relays.
HHS will compete in three girls’ relays. In 2008, Smith and Duester ran with the 4x100 meter relay team which came home with a second place finish from the state meet. This year, Marci Vasa and Mallory Bennett will join them for state relay competition. The team claimed second place at the regional meet, crossing the finish line only 0.02 seconds behind Akron.
Smith, Duester, Vasa and Bennett will also run the 4x200 meter relay in which they earned second place at regionals.
Finishing third at Saturday’s meet in Akron, the girls’ sprint medley relay qualified for state. Team members consist of Duester, Vasa, Bennett and Shelby Beavers. Rahe noted Duester ran a great 400 meter to put the team in the top three.
Sarah Heermann, Kaylee Groshans and Patricia Adams will attend as relay alternates in case of injury.
In five other events, Dragon athletes finished in fourth place, just missing the top three state qualifying spots. Rahe said, “It was heart wrenching for some kids to finish fourth in their event and therefore not be able to go on to state.”
Those earning fourth place were Alex Quintana in the 300 meter hurdles, Patricia Adams in the shot put, Beavers in the 300 meter hurdles, Jeremy Loutensock in the 1600 meter run and the 4x800 meter relay team of Nicole Brandt, Becca Brandt, Erin Lebsack and Emma Adams.
Rahe noted hurdler KrisAnna Ham would have finished in the top three in the 100 meter hurdles but she tripped on the last hurdle. Patricia Adams had her best distance in the discus at 79’ 5.25” while Loutensock had his best time in the mile with 4:54.20.
Long jump—Carper, first, 22’ 1.5”.
Triple jump—Carper, first, 43’ 5.25”.
200 meter dash—Carper, first, :23.27; Oosthuysen, fifth, :24.63.
400 meter dash—Oosthuysen, third, :52.60.
800 meter run—Loutensock, sixth, 2:14.16; José Goytia, eighth, 2:22.12.
1600 meter run—Loutensock, fourth, 4:54.20.
110 meter hurdles—Quintana, seventh, :18.84.
300 meter hurdles—Quintana, fourth, :44.53; Taylor Haidle, seventh, :48.70.
Team results (in order of placing)—Wiggins 142, Merino 96, Sedgwick County 88, Holyoke 63, Akron 60, Otis 52, Idalia 49, Briggsdale 35, Dayspring Christian 23, Caliche 21, Peetz, 20, Haxtun 13, Fleming 11, Arickaree 9, Nederland 8 and Weldon Valley 2.
Discus—Patricia Adams, eighth, 79’ 10”.
Shot put—Patricia Adams, fourth, 28’ 9”; Carper, sixth, 27’ 10.5”; Emma Adams, eighth, 25’ 11”.
Triple jump—Vasa, sixth, 31’ 11.25”; Groshans, eighth, 30’ 6.25”.
Long jump—Heermann, eighth, 13’ 10.75”.
100 meter dash—Heermann, eighth, :15.14.
200 meter dash—Smith, first, :26.23.
400 meter dash—Duester, second, 1:01.41; Catrina Krueger, eighth, 1:13.67.
3200 meter run—Nicole Brandt, seventh, 14:38.32.
100 meter hurdles—Ham, eighth, :23.58.
300 meter hurdles—Beavers, fourth, :54.43.
4x100 meter relay—Smith, Duester, Vasa and Bennett, second, :52.10.
4x200 meter relay—Smith, Duester, Vasa and Bennett, second, 1:49.89.
4x400 meter relay—Ham, Heermann, Krueger and Patricia Adams, seventh, 5:13.40.
4x800 meter relay—Nicole Brandt, Becca Brandt, Lebsack and Emma Adams, fourth, 13:03.78.
Sprint medley relay—Duester, Vasa, Bennett and Beavers, third, 1:57.07.
Team results (in orders of placing)—Akron 156, Holyoke 73, Dayspring Christian 71.5, Sedgwick County 65, Merino 57, Caliche 48, Nederland 46, Wiggins 37, Pawnee 34, Fleming 32, Briggsdale 24, Otis 23.5, Idalia 23, Haxtun 20 and Peetz 19.