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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Lady Greenback track and field 3rd at Goddard

  • In prep track and field, you know you have gotten yourself into a big, quality meet when they are running heats in the DISTANCE EVENTS. That’s exactly what the situation was for the Pratt High thinclads at Goddard on Friday night.Despite the severe competition (thirteen 4-6A schools) the girls team placed well, ...
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  • In prep track and field, you know you have gotten yourself into a big, quality meet when they are running heats in the DISTANCE EVENTS. That’s exactly what the situation was for the Pratt High thinclads at Goddard on Friday night.
    Despite the severe competition (thirteen 4-6A schools) the girls team placed well, taking third with 70 points behind only Andale (128) and Maize (105). The boys didn’t fare as well, placing 11th with 8 points. Bishop Carroll won the boys division with 123.5 points.
    “The girls had a really big day,” PHS coach Derek Liggett enthused. “As a team, we had our best meet of the year. Scoring 70 points at a meet of this caliber is a good accomplishment. We talked quite a bit this week about going in with a great attitude and to look to set some nice marks. We have the 3 most important meets of the season the next three weeks and we really want to go in with the right mindset and have some confidence— which is why our performance Friday was so encouraging.”
    The girls throwing corps was solid, as usual. Jenson Maydew took 2nd in shot (40-7.5) and 3rd in discus (114-2.5). “Jenson has just been a rock all season,” Coach Liggett mentioned. “She is (good for) 14-20 points every week, as steady and reliable as they come.”
    Samaria Kohman had a nice day as well, throwing a PR in shot— 36-5 good for 3rd place; and 109-0 in the discus to take 4th. Kayla Baer did not place, but threw season-bests in all three throws.
    Sprinter/jumper Paige Bailey tallied in the 100m (5th 13.48) and the 200m (4th 28.10). She also got off a big jump in the long jump— 16-9.75 good for 2nd place. “That was a foot better than any jump she has had this year and a new PR,” Liggett said. “She has put in a lot of work this season and things just hadn’t come together in a meet for her— but they did on Friday.”
    Fellow jumper Jaci Kolm chipped in a point in the triple jump: 7th 32-6.5.
    The Frogs of Distance had success as well. Halle Helfrich took the gold medal in the mile run at 5:21. “She looked very solid running behind the leaders for 3 laps, then took command on the 4th lap and never looked back,” Liggett explained. “For a freshman new to distance running, she has an incredible knack to just run extremely intelligently.”
    Adele Loomis got 2nd in the 800m (2:26). “She looked very strong down the back stretch to hold off a very solid Andover runner.” Helfrich took 4th in the 800m also (2:29).
    Page 2 of 2 - Relays completed the scoring for the Lady Greenbacks. 4x400 3rd 4:20 (Helfrich, Bailey, Loomis, Hannah Coates); 4x800 6th 10:38 (Loomis, Christine James, Coates, Megan Kolm).
    The boys team found places, points and medals a little tougher to come by, but still had some nice performances. Individually, the strongest event for PHS was in the triple jump where Shawn Ramos took 6th (40-0.5) and Chance Reh was 7th (40-0.5) {Tie broken on next best jump.}
    “Chance Reh had a big PR in triple jump to break the 40' barrier,” Coach Liggett observed. “Ramos was over 40' again. That gives us three boys (along with Derek Barnard) that have jumped 40'+ this season. Hopefully those three will score some solid points this coming week (CKL) for us in the jumps.”
    PHS’ other points came in the sprint relays. The 4x100 (Hunter Kaufman, Nick Koler, Shawn Ramos, Jacob Caldwell) took 6th 45.72; and the 4x400 (Kaufman, Ramos, Caldwell, Ryan Landry) took 5th 3:40. “The boys 4x1 ran a season best by over a second,” Liggett said. “They still look to have room for growth and can hopefully break 45 in the next few weeks.”
    “We are looking for a good meet this coming week from our boys at league,” Coach Liggett predicted. “We have a good deal of depth on the boys team. We’ll be putting kids in almost every event that have a chance to score, so if they will come together and all have a good day I think we stand a chance to place pretty high on the boys side.”
    The Greenback thinclads will compete for the CKL crown on Thursday at Halstead.
     
     
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