Skyline boys track took 5th out of 20 schools Tuesday at the Bob Haug Invitational in Jetmore.
The Bob Haug Invitational, held in Jetmore and hosted by Hodgeman County, is one of the largest track and field meets in the area, featuring 20 schools.
The Skyline boys track team more than held its own among the stiff competition, finishing 5th with 46.5 points. South Gray captured the boys team title with 79. The Lady Thunderbirds found the going a little more difficult, taking 14th with 18 points. Kiowa County won the girls event with 103 points.
The T-Birds' boys distance corps scored well. Ryan Adams was 2nd in the 800m 2:09; and Jackson Wallace took third in both 1600m (5:03) and the 3200m (11:24). All three marks were PRs. Adams and Wallace were joined by Colby Shriver and Mark Schmidt to take 2nd in the 4x800 relay. That gave the T-Bird distance runners 28 points on the day, a good share of Skyline's total.
Cade Swonger got 4th in the 200m 23.93. The boys 4x100 relay consisting of Carrasco, Fisher, Schmidt and Swonger took 5th 46.65.
Sam Fisher took 5th 44.30 in 300mH to round out the SHS boys scoring on the track.
The Thunderbirds picked up some points in the field as well. Carson Lee tied for 6th in javelin at 138'11. Eliazar Carrasco got 2nd in the long jump at 19'8.5. Zach Warren's 42'4.5 took 5th in shot put.
The highlight for the Lady T-Birds was probably Madison Tyler triple jumping her way to gold with a 34'5. Sydney Koirth placed 5th in shot put 32'3.25.
Skyline also placed two relays: 4x100 4th 54.09 (Hamm, McGraw, Tyler, Koirth) and 4x800 5th 11:25 (Flora, Roberts, Roberts, Tyler).
Skyline's head track coach Andrew Nation appreciated his team's efforts on the day in what was seen as a key meet on the schedule. "We had a great deal of focus on this meet," Coach Nation said. "9 of the teams we will see at regional were there. Our coaching staff saw quality efforts from the kids."
"We are getting solid performances every meet," Nation continued, "which tells us we have a good number of kids putting in quality work into their conditioning and polishing the finer details of their events leading up to league and regional dates."
Thunderbird track and field will complete its regular season on Friday at Ellinwoo.