The Pratt High School boys track team got the season off to a good, if somewhat belated, start—tying with defending 4A state champs Buhler for first place at the five team Nickerson Invitational. Both teams had 128 points. The Greenback girls also had a solid showing, taking second to Haven, 133-92.
With some other teams already having a competition under their belts, the Greenbacks did well in their initial outing. “It was a good meet to start with,” opined PHS head coach Forrest Mazey. “We can always improve, but in this small meet, we were able to see where we are in our preparation. The kids were able to have some success in their first time out, so that was good.”
The Greenback boys were evenly balanced, scoring points both on the track and in the field. They tallied in 17 of the 18 events.
Shawn Ramos took 3rd in the triple jump (36-5), 4th in the long jump (16-4) and 3rd in pole vault (9-0) . Chance Reh was 2nd in TJ ( 37-6) and 5th in LJ (16-4). Ryan Landry took 2nd in LJ (16-10) and Jonathan Hurt took 4th in PV (9-0). Austin Coss was 5th in high jump (5-4).
In throws, Pratt dominated the shot, taking the gold, silver and bronze medals. Austin Gates won with 43-6.5, Austin Boshart was right behind with 43-6 and Anthony Cannata went 40-1. Cannata also took 3rd in discus (103-7) and 5th in javelin (122-4). Boshart placed 5th in disc (99-10) and Gates also got 2nd in jav (129-1).
Hurdles was another strength as a trio of Frogs placed in both events. Weston Riner (42.93) and Devin Roberts (46.0) went 1-2 in the 300mIH and 2-4 in the 110mHH (16.46 and 18.15 respectively.) Austin Coss chipped in a 5th in both events (19.53 and 50.78.)
Frogs of Distance contributed as well. Joseph Loomis broke the tape in the 1600m (5:19). Pratt took 3 of the 5 places in the 800m: Josh Ash took the gold (2:10), Loomis the bronze (2:14) and Reh got 5th (2:29.)
Nick Koler placed in sprints (100m 4th 11.84 and 200m 3rd 24.78.) Landry captured silver in the 400m (56.72) and B. Wiltshire finished 5th (61.4).
Cannata, Jacob Caldwell, Hurt and Koler teamed up for a 2nd in the 4x100 relay (48.0). Pratt trailed heading into the final event, the 4x400 relay but the Frogs took the gold in the event and Buhler did not score, which allowed the Greenbacks to pull even with the Buhlsters in the team standings. Landry, Riner, Roberts and Ash took carries to give the Pratt a 3:45.
The Lady Greenbacks were nearly as deep as the boys, pointing in 16/18 events. Gold medals were won by Jenson Maydew in shot (35-4), Connor Reh in triple jump ( 34-4) and Kaylah Romine in the 2-mile ( 12:44.) Reh also got silver in long jump (15-3) and Romine was 2nd in the 1600m (5:58). Adele Loomis was 2nd in the 800m ( 2:33) and Samaria Kohman twirled the discus for 2nd (100-0).
Page 2 of 2 - Other medalists included Maydew 3rd disc (97-6) and Paige Bailey 3rd 200m (28.66.) Pratt also had a strong performance from their pole vault group, going 2,3,5. Morgan Strong (7-10) edged out Chloe Cannata (7-10) on misses and Christina Fernandez leaped 6-4.
Other individual points were earned by Samaria Kohman 4th shot 32-3; Paige Bailey LJ 14-1; Carly Reid 5th LJ 13-7; Connor Reh 4th 100m 13.42; Cassidy Cronister 5th 1600m 6:32; Jaci Kolm 4th TJ 31-5; Emily Hook 5th javelin 93-1; Kristen Roberts 5th in 300mIH 60.93 and 100mHH 21.96; and Chloe Cannata 4th 400m 63.33.
PHS’ 4x100 was in the lead before breaking down on a handoff. “That’s to be expected,” Coach Mazey explained, “considering that with the weather, we’ve had about 15 minutes to work on our handoffs. We’ll get better.”
The Frogs other relays were able to medal. 4x8 was Loomis, Romine, Cronister and Anna Swank. They took 2nd in 11:17. 4x4 was Swank, Kolm, Loomis and Cannata who took 3rd (4:42.)
Coach Mazey was pleased with his squads’ initial outings— a solid second for the girls and a tie for first by the boys with a superb Buhler team. “It gives us something to build on,” he said. The Greenback thinclads return to action Tuesday April 9 at Ellsworth with field events beginning at 3:30 p.m.