By BOB LATTA
Record Sports Editor
The Hesston Swather boys track team struck gold four times last Friday at the Andale Relays, the first track and field meet of the season.
Hesston senior Ryan Schadler was responsible for three of the golds, winning the long jump, and the 200- and 400-meter dashes.
Justin Smith, a junior, collected the other gold for winning the triple jump.
No team scores were kept because schools weren't limited on the number of athletes they could enter. In one event, the 1,600-meter run, Hesston had nine entries.
The nine-member field was a potent one as schools competing were Ark City, Andale, Wichita Bishop Carroll, Garden Plain, Hesston, Hutchinson, Kingman, McPherson and Valley Center.
Sophomore Austin Bollinger picked up a silver medal for his second-place finish in the 800-meter run. Bollinger also placed third in the 400-meter dash.
Fellow sophomore Luccas Schmucker finished third in the 1,600-meter run. Then the two sophomores teamed up with senior Cody Nuss and another sophomore, Jonathan Weber, to place third in the 4x800-meter relay.
“The boys had a strong day, setting multiple personal bests,” said Hesston coach Jason Peters.
“Ryan Schadler won the three events he competed in – the 400, 200 and long jump. His long jump of 22 feet, 8.75 inches was an all-time best for him.
“Justin Smith won the triple jump, improving on his personal best from last year by 9 inches and setting a new junior class record.
“Austin Bollinger took second in the 800 and was third in the 400 with a personal record time. Luccas Schmucker ran his best time in the 1,600 to take third, and was fourth in the 3,200.
“Cody Nuss was sixth and freshman Zach Esau seventh in a very competitive 1,600-meter race,” said Peters. “Freshman Daniel Fulghum earned a medal in the 200, running a very quick time for his first high school meet. The boys 4x800 relay team took third, with strong splits for the start of the season.
“Overall, the boys competed very well against mostly 4A and 5A schools, and should be able to compete well as a team in our other meets this season.”
This week is a busy one for the track athletes as Hesston was scheduled to host a Central Kansas Track League (CKTL) meet on Tuesday with Berean Academy, Burrton, Hillsboro and Sterling also participating.
On Thursday and Friday of this week, some of the Swathers will head for the Shocker Pre-State Challenge at Wichita State University. Action is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. on Friday.
Peters said a school can enter up to two athletes per event at the Shocker Pre-State Challenge.
“There will be a 1-2-3A Division and a 4-5-6A Division. They also have an Elite Division, which is made up of the top athletes in each event from all classes.”
The Swathers will either compete in 1-2-3A division or the Elite Division. According to Peters, the athletes' best marks from this season or last season are submitted and then the top marks are selected for the Elite Division in each event.
“We will not find out until Tuesday evening who is in the Elite Division for each event.”
Swathers scheduled to participate in the WSU meet are Ryan Schadler, Cody Nuss, Justin Smith, Jonathan Weber, Austin Bollinger, Daniel Fulghum, Luccas Schmucker and Cole Rostetter for the boys.
Then next Tuesday (April 15), Goessel will host a CKTL meet with Hesston, Berean, Goessel, Moundridge and Remington at 4:30 p.m.
2014 Hesston Swather Track and Field Schedule
April 4: Andale Relays.
TUESDAY, APRIL 8: CKTL TRACK at HESSTON, with Berean Academy, Burrton, Hillsboro, Sterling, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 10: Shocker Pre-State Challenge at Wichita State University, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, April 11: Shocker Pre-State Challenge at Wichita State University, 9 a.m.
Tuesday, April 15: CKTL Track at Goessel, with Berean, Goessel, Moundridge, Remington, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, April 18: KU Relays at Lawrence, 8 a.m.
Saturday, April 19: KU Relays at Lawrence, 8 a.m.
Tuesday, April 22: CKTL Track at Halstead with Halstead, Hillsboro, Inman, Remington, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, April 25: Conrad Nightingale Invitational at Halstead , 3 p.m.
Tuesday, April 29: CKTL Track at Herington with Canton-Galva, Herington, Inman, Sterling, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, May 2: James Thomas Invitational at Tabor College, Hillsboro, 3 p.m.
Monday, May 5: JV at Andale, 3:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, MAY 8: HESSTON VARSITY INVITATIONAL, 3:30 P.M.
Saturday, May 10: Hesston Youth Track Meet (Hosted by HHS/HMS track teams), 9 a.m.
MONDAY, MAY 12: HESSTON JV INVITATIONAL, 4 P.M.
Thursday, May 15: CKL League Track at Halstead, 2 p.m.
Friday, May 23: Class 3A Regional Meet at TBA, 3 p.m.
Friday, May 30: Class 3A State Meet at Cessna Stadium at Wichita State University, 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 31: Class 3A State Meet at Cessna Stadium at Wichita State University, 8 a.m.
Friday, April 4
Hesston Boys Results
100 meters: 16. Cole Rostetter 12.16; 35. David Merchant 12.69.
200 meters: 1. Ryan Schadler 22.89; 5. Daniel Fulghum 24.19; 29. David Merchant 26.77.
400 meters: 1. Schadler 51.00; 3. Austin Bollinger 53.10.
800 meters: 2. Bollinger 2:10.69; 8. Jonathan Weber 2:15.79; 9. Zach Esau 2:20.20; 10. Alexis Ramirez 2:22.62.
1,600 meters: 3. Luccas Schmucker 5:06.22; 6. Cody Nuss 5:08.55; 7. Esau 5:08.68; 9. Kelson Claassen 5:28.61; 10. Ramirez 5:28.8; 12. Austin Cline 5:34.33; 13. Dylan Fry 5:39.29; 14. Alex Kaminski 5:40.82; 30. Austin Weaver 6:40.76.
3,200 meters: 4. Schmucker 11:05.91; 7. Nuss 11:32.05; 10. Fry 11:55.0; 11. Claassen 11:59.69; 13. Cline 12:39.49; 14. Kaminski 12:49.35.
4x800-meter relay: 3. Hesston A (Schmucker, Nuss, Weber, Bollinger) 8:53.46.
High jump: 9. Fulghum 5'4”.
Long jump: 1. Schadler 22'8.75”; 20. Alex Isaacs 17'2.5”. Justin Smith, no distance.
Triple jump: 1. Smith 42'9.25”; 10. Fulghum 38'9.5”.
Shot put: 28. Smith 36'10”; 32. Keith Wages 36'2”; 34. Juan Guzman 36'0”; 45. Austin Cheatham 33'3”; 54. Kitt Regier 28'3”.
Discus: 25. Guzman 93'10”; 36. Cheatham 85'10”; 44. Regier 70'3”.
Javelin: 41. Keith Wages 99'0”; 43. Regier 95'0”; 55. Cline 74'8”.
Pole vault: 20. Claassen 6'6”.