The Ken Russell Track was buzzing Thursday afternoon during the Abilene Middle School Track and Field Meet.
Despite a drizzle throughout the day, the sun briefly came out and the rain held while five middle schools competed in four meets: eighth grade boys and girls and seventh grade boys and girls.
The Abilene seventh grade boys’ team, under new head coach Darren Whiteley, won the event scoring 84 team points. Salina South placed second 78, followed by Chapman 76, Manhattan 61 and Clay Center 41.
Salina South won the eighth grade boys’ meet with 113 points followed by Clay Center 73, Chapman 72, Abilene 67 and Manhattan 45.
South also won the eighth grade girls’ meet with 136 points followed by Clay Center 85, Chapman 49, Abilene 48 and Manhattan 42.
Manhattan won the seventh grade girls’ event with 99 points followed by Salina South 94, Chapman 83, Clay Center 58 and Abilene 10.
For the Longhorns seventh grade boys’ team, Andrew Schwarting won two running events. He won the 800-meter run in 2 minutes and 35 seconds and the 1600-meter event in 5:33. Schwarting also scored points for the 400-meter run placing second in 1:02.
The Longhorns finished one, two, three in the triple jump. Dylan Carroll won with a 26 feet 11 inch jump while teammate Ryan LaCombe placed second (26-6.25) and Colton Ehrich placed third (24-6.5).
Alex Madacs won the discus event with an 81-7 throw and fourth in the javelin for AMS.
Teammate Trey Bender placed in three events. He finished second in the 1600-meter run (5:55), fourth in the 400-meter run (1:07) and fifth in the 75-meter hurdles (14.22).
Josh Angst placed in two events. He placed third in the javelin throw (85-1) and fourth in the discus (71-3) for Abilene.
Dylan Ford also placed second in the high jump for the AMS seventh graders clearing 4-6. Bobby Miller placed fourth in the pole vault clearing 6 feet.
For the Longhorn eighth grade boys’ team, Tanner Hoekman won the high jump and placed in two other events. He cleared 5-2 to win the high jump, winning in a tiebreaker. Abilene’s Zach Barbieri also cleared 5-2 but placed fourth.
Hoekman placed second in the triple jump (33-10.5) and third in the 100-meter dash (12.61). Barbieri placed fourth in the triple jump with a 31-9.5 effort.
AMS’ Zach Jones won the javelin throw with a 104-8 effort. Colton Mills placed fourth in the event with an 81-6 throw.
Brendan Barns for Abilene placed second in the 1600-meter run finishing in 5:29.
Zane Baugh placed third in the 800-meter run (2:39) and teammate Caysen Smith placed fourth (2:42) for the Longhorns.
Also for Abilene, Keegan Gose placed third in the 200-meter run (27.63) and Joseph Farnham placed fourth in the 75-meter hurdles (13.24).
For the eighth grade girls, Maddie Wildman won the 3200-meter run. She completed the course in 15:05.
Abilene’s Carly Wilson placed in two events. She ran second in the 75-meter hurdles (13.95) and fourth in the 800-meter run (3:07).
AMS’ Jayme Mascareno placed third in two events, the javelin (45-3) and the triple jump (27-0.5).
Also placing for the Abilene eighth grade girls were Malorie Unruh, third in the 3200-meter run in 15:54, and Hannah Rohleder, fourth in the 400-meter run 1:14.81 and fourth in the 75-meter hurdles in 14.81.
For the Abilene seventh grade girls’ team, Bailey Short placed second in the triple jump with a 26-1.5 inch effort. Alex Gantenbein also placed fourth in the javelin throw, 58-2.
For the Chapman Middle School seventh grade boys’ team, DeShon Brooks won three events and placed second in another. His wins were in the 100-meter dash (12.39), the 400-meter run (1:00) and the 200-meter event (25.64). He placed second in the long jump (17-2.25).
Teammate Jason Zook placed second in the discus throw (78-8).
Macey Langvardt and Jessie Heiman scored winning points for the Chapman seventh grade girls’ team. Heiman won the javelin (68- 8) and the shot put (25-9). Langvardt won the discus (83-2) and Heiman placed second (61-11) in that event.
Also for the seventh graders, Katie Fink won the 200-meter dash in 29.56.
CMS’ Lindsey Hurford won two events in the eighth grade meet. She won the discus (85-5) and the shot put (31-2.5). Milea Anderson ran second in the 200-meter dash (29.21).
Three Chapman boys won events for the eighth graders. Thomas Meuli won the 200-meter race (25.69) and the long jump (17-3.25). He also placed second in the 100-meter dash (12.22). Teammates, Alex Oiler won the 400-meter run (1:02) and Lane Coberly won the 3200-meter run (12:35).
Also earning second place points for CMS was Tom Clark with a 91-9 throw in the javelin.
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