By BLAKE SPURNEY
Hesston Record Staff
Hesston’s track athletes set numerous personal bests Thursday, April 20, at the Conrad Nightingale Invitational in Halstead.
Head coach Jason Peters said both the girls and boys teams did better than he expected. The boys placed third in team results despite sending just eight athletes, and the girls finished fifth even though half of the squad was composed of freshmen.
Parker Roth placed second in both the 100- and 200-meter dash, the latter of which he lost by mere thousandths of a second. He also placed second in the long jump by eclipsing 20 feet for the first time (20-2.5).
“He was disappointed maybe that he didn’t win, but he ran well,” Peters said about Roth’s photo finish.
Roth joined Zach Esau, Mitchell Martin and Austin Griffin to win gold in the 400 relay (45.13).
Esau won the 800 with a personal best of 2:03.23. With Griffin, Reese Nebel and Chase McDonald, he also was a member of the 1,600-relay team that placed fifth by shaving eight seconds off its previous best time. The girls 1,600-relay team of Emily Koehn, Marisa Vogt, Kylie Klassen and Elise Kaiser also finished fifth by bettering its time by nine seconds.
Klassen earned second place in the pole vault by clearing 10-6 for the first time.
“She works at it,” Peters said.
Celbi Richardson set new marks in the finals of all three throwing events. She placed fourth in the shot put (34-0), fifth in the javelin (106-4) and seventh in the discus (96-11.5). Lydia Enge also improved her distances in finishing fourth in the discus (102-6) and sixth in the shot put (32-6).
Nebel placed fourth in the 300 hurdles by running a personal best time of 43.72, and he cleared 5-10 in the high jump for the first time this season to earn third.
Olivia Brubacher placed second in the long jump (15-9) and fifth in the triple jump (32-6.25) with new personal bests.
On Tuesday, April 18, Hesston’s boys and girls both claimed the team crown a Central Kansas Track League meet at Goessel.
Michael Friesen won the 110 hurdles (19.45), and Nebel won the 300 hurdles (44.71). Hunter Heddin won the 3,200 (10:55.06), and Esau won the 400 (53.34).
Elise Kaiser won the 400 (1:03.20), and Koehn, Brubacher, Mikayla Valdez and Shelby Clark won the 400 relay (55.63).