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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • T-Birds first, third in debut

  • Although the weather wasn’t exactly cooperative in the Skyline track and field season opener at Kinsley last Thursday, the Thunderbird squads persevered with rather impressive results. The girls captured the meet title, while the boys finished in third place in their division of the 9-school meet.
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  • Although the weather wasn’t exactly cooperative in the Skyline track and field season opener at Kinsley last Thursday, the Thunderbird squads persevered with rather impressive results. The girls captured the meet title, while the boys finished in third place in their division of the 9-school meet.
    “It was COLD!” head coach Summer Younie emphasized. “I was so proud of the kids for not whining. We didn’t have a lot of great times and performances, but they did do a great job of competing.”
    The Lady Thunderbirds accumulated 90 points on the blustery day to outdistance their nearest competitor, South Barber (78). The boys’ 75.5 points were behind only Hodgeman County (81) and meet champion Pretty Prairie (139.)
    With some new faces on the squad this year, and with some returners trying new events this season, there were a few unknowns for Coach Younie going into the campaign’s first meet. But the questions appear to have been answered in the affirmative as both the T-Bird boys and girls earned lots of hardware.
    Sophomore Jessica DeWeese had a perfect day for the Lady T-Birds, coming home with four gold medals. DeWeese sprinted her way to victory in the 100m (13.94) and 200m (29.29). She also scored first in a pair of field events, discus (94-7) and long jump (16-2).
    DeWeese went to State in sprints as a freshman, so those finishes were not exactly unexpected, but to also win in long jump and discus was a nice display of her athleticism and versatility. “Jessica hasn’t thrown the discus since middle school and long jump is a new event for her this season, also,” Coach Younie said. “She did a great job in both.”
    On the boys’ side, the leading point-getter was sophomore distance runner Roman Ibarra. Ibarra captured a pair of golds in the 800m (2:23) and the 1600m (5:19). He just missed sweeping the distance events, finishing 2nd (11:00) in the 3200m, just 3 seconds behind the winner.
    Other multiple medalists for Skyline included Brooke Fisher who took silver in both the 1600m (6:26) and 3200m (13:16); Betsy Giles who also took double silver in the hurdle races, 100mHH (20:19) and 300mIH (60.36); and Dustin Weber who won the high jump (5-4) and took bronze in the 110m HH (19.37.)
    “Brooke came out and ran well in the 1600m and 3200m,” Coach Younie said, “and she also ran a great opening leg on the 4x4.”
    “Betsy ran well in the hurdles, especially for not getting much practice time on them,” Younie continued. “And high jump was a new event for Dustin, so that was a nice job for him to win that.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Other Skyline placers included:
    GIRLS
    400m- Madalyn Owens 4th 78.86
    4x100m- Kamryn Stark, Mycha Owens, Bailey DeClue, Betsy Giles 5th 60.67
    4x400- Brooke Fisher, Bailey DeClue, Mycha ownes, Kamryn Stark 4th 5:05
    4x800m Abby Giles, Miranda Ghumm, Madalyn Owens, Bailey DeClue 4th 12:49
    Triple jump- Betsy Giles 5th 28-9.5
    Javelin- Mycha Owens 5th 77-7.5
    BOYS
    800m Lucas Cason 5th 2:36
    1600m Tony Ibarra 3rd 5:27
    3200m Lucas Cason 5th 11:28
    High jump- Josh Moore tie 5th 5-0
    200m Tristen Hogan 5th 27.59
    300mIH Tony Ibarra 6th 53.44
    4x100m Colin Little, Tristen Hogan, Dustin Weber, Levi Johnston 4th 49.61
    Triple jump- Tristen Hogan 4th 35-0
    Shot put- Blake Lee 5th 37-0
    Discus- Blake Lee 5th 116-01; Daniel Hacker 6th 99-04
    Javelin- Daniel Hacker 4th 124-06
    “All in all, it was a good first meet,” Coach Younie concluded. “Hopefully, the weather will be a little nicer for the remainder of the season.” The Thunderbird thinclads return to action Thursday at Pretty Prairie starting at 5 p.m.
     
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