The Skyline track team opened their season in successful fashion at Kinsley late last week, bringing home numerous individual medals. In the 6 school meet, Skyline’s boys finished 4th with 47 points and the girl’s were edged by Claflin/Central Plains 102-94 to take second place as a team. Host Kinsley won the boys division with 105.
The top scorer for the Thunderbirds was Roman Ibarra who accomplished the distance double, sweeping the 1600m (5:11) and the 3200m (11:15.) “Roman ran well,” Skyline head coach Summer Younie commented. “It’s so early in the season, we didn’t have lap expectations or anything like that with our distance kids. I just told them to go out and compete. Roman led both his races the entire way. He hates to lose. After winning both the distance races, he came back and gave us a 56 split in the 4x4. He’s just a competitor.”
Dustin Weber took 2nd in 110HH (19.65) and 5th in triple jump ( 36-2). Tristen Hogan also placed in two individual events, getting 4th in triple jump (36-9) and 4th in the 200m (26.6). Brandon Abbott placed 5th in the 400m (59.39.)
Rounding out the T-Birds individual scoring were a pair of field event placings: Josh Moore, 3rd high jump 4-8; Blake Lee 3rd discus 110-2.
The Skyliners also placed in each of the relays. Abbott, Hogan, Ibarra and Weber combined to take the bronze in the 4x400 (4:05.) Abbott, Weber, Colin Little and Brady McComb completed the 4x100 in 50.85 (5th.) And Khaleb Cason, Lucas Cason, Colton Ebert and Moore took 4th in the 4x800 (12:02) to round out the T-Bird scoring.
The girls were a bit stronger and deeper, racking up points in 15 of the 17 events. The Lady Thunderbirds dominated the sprints, going 1-2 in both the 100m and the 200m. Freshman Jessica DeWeese won both dashes, 12.45 in the 100m and 27.02 in the 200m. Capturing the silver in those events was Morgan Flowers (12.53; 27.84.) The sprint duo worked with Abby Giles and Ashley Koirth to seize gold in the 4x100 as well (54.95.)
“Jessica’s times in middle school last year were right there with Morgan and Anna’s (Petrowsky), so I wasn’t really surprised that she did well in the sprints,” Younie explained. “I didn’t know which of them (DeWeese or Flowers) was going to win. They push each other so hard in practice, it’s going to be another good sprint combination for us this season.”
Flowers added a 4th medal to her collection by taking the bronze in triple jump (32-3.) Other T-Birds placed in jumping events as well. Taylor DeWeese took 3rd in high jump (4-8) and triple jump (30-0); and Briana Neifert captured 4th in long jump (12-7).
Page 2 of 2 - Skyline was well-represented in the throws, too. Shelby Bender took 2nd in javelin (97-8) and 4th in discus (85-10.) Jessica DeWeese twirled 79-4 to take 5th in discus. Ashley Koirth took the silver in shot put (30-7) and the bronze in javelin (92-4.)
Distance events were also a plus for the Lady T-Birds. Brooke Fisher picked up a gold in the 3200m (13:15) and a silver in the 1600m (6:18.) She also got 2nd in the 800m at 2:46. “We worked Brooke hard this meet,” Younie observed. “Early in the season, we are in part using meets to help us get in shape.” Also in distances, Bailey DeClue chipped in a 5th in the 3200m (16:05.)
Skyline picked up points in the 100HH as Taylor DeWeese took 3rd with 19.06. Rounding out the Skyline scoring was a 4th in the 4x800 (13:17) with Giles, DeClue, Neifert and Miranda Ghumm taking carries. Taylor DeWeese, Taylor Tobin, Abby Giles and Hayley Mendoza each completed a lap to help Skyline get 5th in the 4x400 (5:49.)
Coach Younie was pleased with her squad’s initial outing. “I was very happy with the way we competed,” she said, “even though we weren’t really what you’d call ready. We have hardly been able to work on events, conditioning, handoffs and so on.”
“We have lots of young kids and new kids,” Younie continued. “For example, Dustin Weber is new to track, we’ve only had one day to work on hurdles, and he took second in the highs. So I was very happy with the way things went, considering our level of preparation so early in the season.”
The Skyline thinclads return to action Thursday at Pretty Prairie with field events beginning at 4 p.m. “It’s a good meet for us to go to early in the year,” Coach Younie mentioned. “We have so many young kids, and we get to enter four in an event at Pretty Prairie, so it helps us to be able to get everyone into competition.”