It was windy, but the PHS track and field squads were able to complete a track meet at McPherson on Thursday. It was a new venue for the PHS thinclads, the first time they had participated in the 7-school meet—one in which they were by far the smallest school.
Even so, the Greenbacks held their own, the girls taking 3rd place (95) behind host McPherson (119) and Valley Center (136). The boys finished in the middle of the pack at 4th with 63 points. The host Bullpups captures the boys team crown with 154.
After a series of early season meets in which they were one of the larger schools in attendance, this was an important measuring stick for the Greenbacks to be able see how they might begin to stack up for the post-season. “We competed well,” assessed PHS head coach Forrest Mazey. “It was a little different for us going up against 5 and 6A schools, but it should help us get ready for the big Goddard meet, and then league and regional are coming up too.”
Of the stepped-up competition, distance runner Kaylah Romine said, “It was fun.” Romine placed in three events 2nd (12:24) in the 2-mile; 3rd (5:52) in the mile; and 5th in the 4x800 relay (11:14) along with Anna Swank, Cassidy Cronister and Adele Loomis.
Connor Reh again led the Lady Greenbacks in scoring. She picked up the girls only gold medals on the day, winning both the long jump (16-03) and the triple jump (34-01). She also got 3rd in the 100m (13.36) and was on the 2nd place (54.02) 4x100 team along with Paige Bailey, Jaci Kolm and Christina Fernandez.
Paige Bailey also had a nice day, scoring in 4 events. In addition to the 4x100, she was 4th in the 100m (13.43), 5th in the 200m (30.17) and 4th in LJ (15-01). Jaci Kolm helped PHS sweep the triple jump by taking 2nd (33-07) to Connor Reh. Kolm pocketed her third silver medal in the 4x400 (4:39) along with Chloe Cannata, Adele Loomis and Anna Swank.
Jenson Maydew took 3rd in shot (37-10) and Adele Loomis also had an individual bronze, taking 3rd in the 800m (2:35.) Other placings for the Lady Frogs included Christina Fernandez 100m 8th 14.21; Chloe Cannata 400m 7th 69.87; Morgan Strong pole vault 4th 7-6; 4x800 5th 11:14 (Cronister, Loomis, Romine, Swank.)
For the boys, Weston Riner captured the only gold on the day, winning the 300mIH (43.00). Riner was also 2nd (16.51) in the 100mHH. Hurdle mate Devin Roberts took 5th in both events (45.21; 17.88.) Together with Josh Ash and Ryan Landry, the hurdle duo also took 4th in the 4x100 (3:55.)
Robby Eggleston tallied in all four of his events, taking 3rd 200m 24.72 and 5th 100m 11.54. Eggleston, Anthony Cannata, Devon Koehler and Nick Koler got 4th in 4x100 (46.46). Eggleston also chipped in a 4th (19-1) in long jump. Ryan Landry was 7th (55.76) in the 400m and Josh Ash 6th (2:12) in the 800m.
Page 2 of 2 - Pratt took a couple of 4-5s in field events. Pole vault Josh Powell 4th 10-0, Shawn Ramos 5th 9-6; and triple jump Shawn Ramos 4th 36-6, Chance Reh 5th 36-4. Rounding out Pratt boys scoring was Austin Boshart with a 6th (42-2) in shot.
“Weather has taken its toll on this spring,” Coach Mazey concluded, “but with our good performance in this meet, it looks like we may finally be starting to get into shape.” The May 4 Goddard Invitational is up next for the Greenback thinclads, starting at 3 p.m.