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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Lady Frogs tie for CKL crown

  • The Pratt High School girls track team tied with Hesston for the league title while the boys took 4th at the CKL meet contested Thursday at Halstead. Both the Lady Greenbacks and Lady Swathers ended the meet with 113 points to share the league crown. The Pratt boys totaled 49 points with Hesston claiming the boys title at 109...
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  • The Pratt High School girls track team tied with Hesston for the league title while the boys took 4th at the CKL meet contested Thursday at Halstead. Both the Lady Greenbacks and Lady Swathers ended the meet with 113 points to share the league crown. The Pratt boys totaled 49 points with Hesston claiming the boys title at 109 pts. There are 12 schools in the CKL with this year’s addition of Larned and Hoisington, so it was a nice outcome for both squads of Frog thinclads.
    “There isn't much that didn't go well for the girls yesterday,” PHS head coach Derek Liggett reported. “Going in, we knew we were going to have to be close to perfect to have a shot at Hesston. They are deep and talented. We are talented but not deep. We had some kids step up and have some big days in the field and then had some kids on the track do some special things late to help us tie with Hesston.”
    There were strong performances both on the track and in the field by Lady Green, with the Pratt girls pocketing 5 gold medals on the day. The first gold for Lady Green came in the 4x800 (10:12) featuring Halle Helfrich, Adele Loomis, Hannah Coates and Christine James.
    Halle Helfrich added two more golds to her collection by sweeping the distance double— 1600m 5:23 and 3200m 11:47. “Halle had a full day so we knew she was going to have to run smart so she did a lot of drafting yesterday,” Coach Liggett explained. “She was able come around the last turn in the 1600M and find another gear to pull away to win that race with a solid time. When we got to the 3200 we knew she had to win it for us to have a chance to win or split the team title. The girl she was racing just happened to hold the meet record, so that was not going to be an easy feat. But she was able to pull away the last 100M again for the win in a very impressive race.”
    Paige Bailey bested the field in the long jump, leaping 16-3.5 and Jenson Maydew topped the list of shot putters, heaving the ball 41-11. “Jenson was able to pull out shot on her last throw, which turned out to be pretty important in the end,” Coach Liggett maintained. “Paige winning long jump was big for us, too. It wasn’t a PR, but it was over 16’ which sets her up well for next week (regionals).”
    The throws crew came up big for the Pratt girls. In addition to her shot put medal, Maydew added a silver in the discus (118-6). Samaria Kohman added bronzes in both the shot (35-11.25) and discus (116-4). Kayla Baer placed 4th in discus (113-5) and 5th in javelin (103-11). “Kayla Baer was huge for us taking 4th in disc and 5th in javelin, setting new PR's in both events,” Liggett expressed. “Going in, she was seeded 7th and 10th respectively— so she stepped up in a big way. Jenson and Samaria both set new PR's in disc as well to get 2nd and 3rd.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Paige Bailey also placed in both sprints: 100m 3rd 13.25 and 200m 5th 28.03. Hannah Coates took 5th in the 400m (65.34). Adele Loomis pocketed the silver in the 800m 2:26. The 4x400 relay chipped in a 4th 4:18 (Adele Loomis, Paige Bailey, Hannah Coates, Halle Helfrich). “Our four girls knew they had to get fourth (for us to share the title) and they were able to pull it out and run a 3-second season-best even on dead legs,” said an appreciative Liggett.
    Pole vaulters Chloe Cannata 2nd 9-0 and Morgan Strong 3rd 8-6 both finished in the money. “Both girls in pole vault continue to do their thing and put up good weeks,” said Liggett. “They both had some good jumps on the heights they went out on.”
    Rounding out the girls scoring was Jaci Kolm who took 6th in the triple jump (32-3).
    Although not scoring any golds on the day, the Pratt boys did have several events in which they could boast multiple placers. They also recorded several PRs and season-bests and would appear to be peaking at the right time. “I was happy with the way the guys competed,” Liggett said.
    In the 400m, the Greenbacks went 4, 5, and 6 with Nick Koler (54.58), Samson Kohman (54.1) and Ryan Landry (55.03) finishing in that order.
    The 3200m saw Joseph Loomis taking the silver in 10:27, while Zach Will took 5th in 10:41. “Joseph and Zach both had amazing runs in the 3200m, “Coach Liggett pointed out. “They both posted 15+ second PRs. They both ran extremely well.”
    Triple jump was the big field event for PHS, with Shawn Ramos (40-0.75), Chance Reh (39-11) and Derek Barnard (39-9.75) going 4-5-6. “That was pretty good,” Liggett said.
    The Frogs tallied in each of the relays as well. 4x800 2nd 8:39 (Joseph Loomis, Chance Reh, Josh Ash, Ryan Landry); 4x100 6th 46.52 ( Hunter Kaufman, Nick Koler, Shawn Ramos, Jacob Caldwell); and 4x400 3rd 3:37 (Ryan Landry, Nick Koler, Samson Kohman, Jacob Caldwell).
    “The guys’ 4x8 ran a 13-second season-best and broke 8:40 which was a goal I had for them,” Liggett mentioned. “Our 4x4 ran its best time of the year and competed well, too.”
    Josh Powell vaulted 11-0 to take the bronze medal. Rounding out the Greenback scoring were a couple of 5ths: Bryce Stegman 300m IH 45.64; and Jerod Theis javelin 130-10.5. “Stegman ran a big PR to pull into 5th in the hurdles,” Liggett said. “He had a solid time for a freshman boy.”
    The Greenback thinclads will compete next at the Clearwater regional on Friday May 23.
     
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