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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Greenbacks 4th, 5th at McPherson Invite

  • Although not the largest meet the Pratt High School track teams have attended this season, the 7-school McPherson Invitational featured some of the deepest quality of competition yet faced by the Greenback thinclads.
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  • Although not the largest meet the Pratt High School track teams have attended this season, the 7-school McPherson Invitational featured some of the deepest quality of competition yet faced by the Greenback thinclads.
    The PHS girls finished 4th with 90 points behind host McPherson 132, Valley Center 129 and Goddard Ike 96. The boys ended up fifth with 85. Great Bend won the title with 160 pts., followed by Wichita North (115), Valley Center (111) and McPherson (104).
    “This meet had some great competition,” acknowledged PHS head coach Derek Liggett. “The throwing events were as tough as any meet we will be at this year. I felt like our kids competed well, though.”
    Throwers Jenson Maydew and Samaria Kohman both placed in shot and discus. “Jenson didn't throw her PR in shot but competed well and did set a season best throw in disc,” Coach Liggett mentioned. “Samaria was over 35' for the 2nd time in 3 days in shot.”
    The pair was joined by fellow thrower Kayla Baer and vaulter Morgan Strong in the “field event relay”, a 4x100 race for field event participants. Showing off their wheels, the quartet cruised to victory in the crowd-pleasing event.
    Sprinter/jumper Paige Bailey was sick, so freshman Stephanie Reichenberger was given the starting nod by Coach Liggett, and she responded very well— placing in both the 100m and 200m.
    Adele Loomis won the 800m by 9 seconds. “Adele ran the race we have been waiting on. She set a 3-second PR in the 800, which at her level is amazing (#3 in 4A as of yesterday), and she was running by herself the entire race,” Liggett pointed out. “She has worked extremely hard ever since last summer to be at this point and I couldn't be happier for her to get a race like this.”
    Halle Helfrich dominated the 3200m, winning by 42 seconds. “Halle wasn't feeling great but still managed to run 11:54 (#5 in 4A) which was 9 seconds faster than her other 3200 this season, and again did it running by herself almost the entire way,” Liggett said. “She is really new to that race, so to run that kind of time by herself while not feeling great is pretty good!”
    Loomis and Helfrich picked up two additional medals, joining with Christine James and Hannah Coates in the 4x800 (2nd) and Paige Bailey and Hannah Coates in the 4x400 (3rd).
    Pole vaulters Chloe Cannata and Morgan Strong went 1-2 to control that event for Pratt. Jumps/ vault coach Scott Powell said, “Chloe and Morgan had good days. I am happy with their progress and see good things coming there.”
    Rounding out Lady Green’s scoring was Christine James with a nice 2nd place in the 300IH and Jaci Kolm with a 4th in the triple jump.
    Page 2 of 2 - Highlights for the boys included a 1-2 finish in the high jump by Dustin McGraw and Johnathon Hurt, both at 5-6. Josh Powell took 2nd in pole vault, setting a PR (11-6.) “It looked pretty easy for him today,” Coach Powell said of Josh Powell. “There is definitely room for growth.”
    Shawn Ramos added a 5th in PV, got 3rd in triple jump and 4th in long jump. Dallas Rhoades chipped in a 5th in long jump as the Greenback jumps corps had a nice day.
    Joseph Loomis made numerous laps around the track on the day, taking 4th in the 1600, 5th in the 3200m and joining Josh Ash, Chance Reh and Ryan Landry for 2nd in the 4x800. “Joseph has looked really strong the past few weeks,” Coach Liggett observed. “He ran a tough triple and did a good job. He has really stepped up for us this year.”
    In other middle distance races, Reh and Ash placed in the 800m and Landry placed in the 400m.
    In sprints, Nick Koler took 5th in the 200m; and Hunter Kaufman, Shawn Ramos, Nick Koler and Jacob Caldwell got 4th in 4x100; and Kaufman, Koler, Landry and Caldwell got 2nd in the 4x400.
     
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