By RON PRESTON
Andale High School brought a bus load of talented student athletes to compete in the Abilene Invitational Track Meet Friday at Ken Russell Track.
The weather was not perfect, but at least the sun was shinning for the first time all week, and the chilling north wind kept the competitors and fans bundled-up for the majority of the afternoon.
“Finally got a reasonable day to have track,” Abilene coach Jeff Geist said.
“Still not the ideal weather, but a much improved day compared to any other day this week,” Geist said.
Andale literally ran away with the meet in both the boys’ and girls’ division.
The Indians of Andale won 13 of the 19 events for the boys and 12 of 19 in the girls’ competition dominating the meet.
The Chapman girls’ team finished a distant second place scoring 87 points to Andale’s 209.
“I felt like many of our kids competed well today,” Chapman Coach Michelle Elliott said following the meet.
“The girls placed second as a team and the boys were fifth,” she said.
“The kids were focused on making improvements and being competitive and I saw several who pushed for a better time or placing in the last few meters of their race,” Elliott said.
Abilene finished fourth place in both the boys’ and girls’ divisions.
“I was very excited for Taylor Thompson competing down the stretch to win the 800-meter run,” Geist said.
Thompson completed the 800-meter run in 2:34.93 ahead of Emily Deterding of Smoky Valley with a time of 2:35.1.
“Macy Dinkel won the discus with a throw of 97-3, in less than ideal weather conditions,” he added. “Kellsi Bacon had a personal record of 31-5.25 in the triple jump to place fifth.”
Chapman’s Blair Schmidt placed sixth in this event with a leap of 29-0.
“Krista Bacon and Savannah Roth continue to do well in the hurdles and javelin throw respectfully,” he said.
Bacon finished second in the 100 meter hurdles at 16.7 while Milea Anderson of Chapman earned fifth place at 17.43.
In the 300-meter hurdles Anderson took second place at 50.12 and Bacon finished third at 50.66.
“For the boys, I was very impressed with Andrew Schwarting and Trey Bender; two young guys who are battling with upper classmen and placing well for us,” coach Geist said.
“Marcus Pastran is running well for us as well. This is his first year competing for us and he is giving great effort,” Geist said.
“Also I saw great improvement with our boys 4x400 relay team (Schwarting, Cody Lokken, Jacoby Robinson and Harley Hazlett),” he said.
“Marcus Gonzales had a personal record of the year in the javelin with a throw of 146-7 to place second and Dustin Engle had a personal best record in the shot put with a toss of 40-2 to place sixth,” Geist said.
Chapman’s Logan Lexow placed fourth in the shot with a toss of 42-6.
“I was really happy with our teams finish,” coach Elliott said.
“The kids were focused on making improvements and being competitive,” she said.
“At this point, I think many teams and most coaches feel as though we are getting little time in practice and kinds of flying by the seat of our pants come meet days. We spent two days indoors this week. Hopefully we get out of this cycle and get some solid work in outside,” Geist concluded.
Team scoring for the boys: Andale 266, Hoyt-Royal Valley 1144, El Dorado 56, Abilene 45, Chapman 41, Clay Center 38, Hope 14 and Smoky Valley 12.
Team scoring for the girls: Andale 209, Chapman 87, Smoky Valley 68, Abilene 68, Hoyt-Royal Valley 61, El Dorado 48, Clay Center 43 and Hope 1.
Individual placing for Abilene, Chapman and Hope:
1600- meter relay – (Abilene) 4th, 3:44.0, (Hope) 6th, 3:50.0
1600- meter run – (Abilene) Marcus Pastran, 4th, 5:3.49
100- meter dash – (Chapman) Thomas Meuli, 2nd, 11.37, (Hope) Trevor Hostetler, 4th, 11.64
110-meter hurdles – (Abilene) Trey Bender, 3rd, 15.94
200-meter dash – (Chapman) Thomas Meuli, 1st, 23.09
3200-meter run – (Abilene) Marcus Pastran, 4th, 10:53, (Chapman) Kirkland Babin, 5th, 11:.1
300-meter hurdles – (Abilene) Trey Bender, 5th, 45.54
400-meter dash – (Hope) Nathan Lorson), 2nd, 52.61, (Abilene) Andrew Schwarting, 3rd, 53.31
400-meter relay – (Chapman) 4th, 46.73
400-meter weight relay – (Chapman) 4th, 56.14, (Abilene) 5th, 57.69
800-meter run – (Abilene) Andrew Schwarting, 4th, 2:9.66, (Hope) Dustin Davidson, 6th, 2:15.0
High jump – (Abilene) Marcus Gonzales, 4th, 5-8
Javelin – (Abilene) Marcus Gonzales, 2nd, 146-7
Long jump – (Chapman) Robert Walsh, 3rd, 19-2.25
Shot put – (Chapman) Logan Lexow, 4th, 42-6, (Abilene) Dustin Engle, 6th, 40-2
Triple jump – (Chapman) Robert Walsh, 6th, 38-8.25
Triple jump – (Abilene) Kellsi Bacon, 5th, 31-5.25, (Chapman) Blair Schmidt, 6th, 29-0
Shot put – (Chapman) Lindsey Hurford, 2nd, 31-2.5
Pole vault – (Abilene) Savannah Roth, 5th, 8-1
Long jump – (Abilene) Kellsi Bacon, 6th, 14-10
Javelin – (Abilene) Savannah Roth, 2nd, 106.1
High jump – (Chapman) Milea Anderson, 4th, 4-4, (Abilene) Emily Johns, 6th, 4-0
Discuss – (Abilene) Macey Dinkel, 1st, 97-3, (Hope) Jenny Whitehair, 6th, 89-11
800-meter run – (Abilene) Taylor Thompson, 1st, 2:34.93
400-meter weight relay – (Abilene) 1st, 58.14, (Chapman) 4th, 63.77
300-meter hurdles – (Chapman) Milea Anderson, 2nd, 50.12, (Abilene) Krista Bacon, 3rd, 50.66
3200-meter run – (Chapman) Courtney Hahn, 1st, 12:49.35, Sarah Bieker, 5th, 13:38.9
3200-meter relay – (Chapman) 1st, 10:51.06, (Abilene) 2nd, 11:23.37
200-meter dash – (Chapman) Carlie Phillips, 2nd, 27.07, Katy Fink, 6th, 29.0
100-meter hurdles – (Abilene) Krista Bacon, 2nd, 16.7, (Chapman) Milea Anderson, 5th, 17.43
100-meter dash – (Chapman) Carlie Phillips, 2nd, 12.67, Lindsey Hurford, 5th, 13.19
1600-meter run – (Chapman) Amber Hahn, 2nd, 5:58.13, Miranda Rodney, 4th, 6:10.13