The girls track team took second and the boys took sixth in the 13-school Ellsworth Invitational Tuesday.
After being punished by the elements in their first outing earlier this month at Nickerson, the Pratt High School track and field squads were hoping for improved conditions when they traveled to Ellsworth Tuesday for their second meet of the season. Fortunately, the climate cooperated.
“I was just happy we had a meet where the weather was nice,” said head coach Derek Liggett. “We had almost two weeks since our first meet which had terrible weather, so it was good to have a day where we could really get an idea of where our kids were.”
The girls’ team took second in the thirteen-school field with 79 points, just four points behind winner Southeast of Saline. SOS nipped the Lady Greenbacks by taking third in the meet’s final event— the 4x400m relay— with Pratt getting 6th in that event.
The Pratt boys’ team didn’t have a bad day, either, finishing in the middle of the pack at 6th with 47 points. Hays-TMP took the boys’ title with 97 points.
The girls’ team scoring was enhanced by good performances among their throwers. Jenson Maydew was high-point Lady Greenback, as she took a gold in the shot (41-6) and a silver in the discus (111-11). Samaria Kohman added bronze in both events (shot 34-7; disc 103-0). “Jenson and Samaria both threw extremely well,” Coach Liggett mentioned. Kayla Baer also chipped in a 6th in javelin (88-0) to round out the scoring for PHS girl throwers.
Paige Bailey scored in four events: 100m 3rd 13.72; 200m 5th 28.89; long jump 4th 15-5.75; and, with Adele Loomis, Halle Helfrich and Hannah Coates, 6th in the 4x400 4:30. “Paige had a good day in her events again,” Liggett observed. “We know there is still a lot of room for growth with her and that we will continue to see progress.”
The Frogs of Distance contributed as well. Halle Helfrich took silver in the 1600m (5:29) and bronze in the 800m (2:30.) “Halle had a very good day in the 1600/800,” Coach Liggett mentioned. “There were some top caliber runners in both races.”
The 4x800 relay took second in 10.47 with Adele Loomis, Megan Kolm, Hannah Coates and Christine James each taking a leg. “Adele led off with a great split.” Coach Liggett commented, “and Hannah ran a 10-second PR which was great.”
Lady Green also had two placers in the pole vault: Chloe Cannata 2nd 8-6; Morgan Strong 4th 8-0. Both girls looked very good in their jumps, according to vaults coach Scott Powell.
In field events on the boys’ side, Derek Barnard was 5th in the LJ (19-2) while Shawn Ramos took 6th in the TJ (38-9.) “Both Derek and Shawn are making nice progress in the horizontal jumps,” Coach Liggett said.
Ramos also added a 6th in the pole vault (9-6). Josh Powell got the bronze medal in pole vault (11-0). “Josh had a good day in the vault,” Liggett mentioned.
Nick Koler sprinted his way to a pair of 4ths: 100m 12.07; 200m 24.45. “Nick has looked good so far this season in the sprints,” observed Coach Liggett. “He is very consistent.” Koler also took a split along with Shawn Ramos, Derek Barnard and Hunter Kaufman in the 4x100m to take 5th (46.17).
The Frogs of Distance put up some numbers for the boys, too. Joseph Loomis took 2nd in the 3200m (10:44) and 4th in the 1600m (5:04). “Joseph ran in his first 3200 ever and looked really good in it,” Liggett said. “That could be a very good race for him.”
Zach Will added a 5th in the 3200m (11:17) and Josh Ash a 5th in the 800m ( 2:16.) Chance Reh, Josh Ash, Daniel Ramirez and Brody Cronister teamed up to pocket the bronze in the 4x800 (9:27).
Rounding out the Greenback scoring, Bryce Stegman was 6th in the 110HH (19.93) and the 4x400m team of Ryan Landry, Samson Kohman, Jacob Caldwell and Hunter Kaufman took 4th (3:41). “Our guys 4x4 made some good progress from the first meet,” Coach Liggett concluded. “They got down to 3:41 which is a respectable time for this early. I can see then being able to shave off another 8 seconds which would make them a pretty solid squad.”
The Greenback thinclads compete next at Kingman on Tuesday April 22, with field events starting at 3 p.m.