HILLSBORO — Friday’s James Thomas Invitational Track and Field Meet put most of the McPherson area on full display.
Hesston’s boys and girls won seven events apiece, as the Swather girls won the team title with 154 points to easily finish ahead of Berean Academy (100), while the Hesston boys closed the gap on powerful Berean, but still finished short with 114 points to the Warriors’ 130.
Also on the girls’ side, Moundridge scored 60 points to take third, Smoky Valley had 28 for seventh, Inman was eighth with 26 and Canton-Galva scored a point for 13th.
On the boys’ side, Canton-Galva was fifth with 38 points, one place and one point ahead of Smoky Valley. Moundridge was eighth with 26 1/2 and Inman was 10th with 18.
• Hesston girls — The champion Swathers were just solid. The 4 x 100 relay team of Ali Jost, Hannah Schmitt, Jessanna Nebel and Michaela Adams broke the meet record in 50.4. Other winning efforts were by Schmitt in the high jump (5-2), Veronica Ziegler in the triple jump (33-9 3/4), Mikayla Heddin in the 800 (2:27.7), Jost in the 200 (26.9), Nebel in the 100 hurdles (17.1) and the 4 x 400 relay that included Jost, Schmitt, Nebal and Kylie Brenneman (4:12.5).
• Hesston boys — Ryan Schadler won three individual golds and sparked a winning relay team. Schadler won the 100 (11.4), 200 (a record 22.4) and the long jump (22-4 1/2). He joined Cole Rostetter, Daniel Fulghum and Austin Bollinger on the winning 4x 400 relay team (3:31.5). Bollinger had another gold in the 400 (52.2) and he picked up a third on the winning 4 x 800 relay team that also included Luccus Schmucker, Cody Nuss and Jonathan Weber (8:53). The other Swather gold came from Justin Smith in the triple jump (43-8).
• Moundridge girls — The Wildcats had a pair of gold-medal performances. Anna Stucky went 16-10 1/4 to win the long jump and Ashley Holler’s time of 49.3 won the 300 hurdles.
• Inman girls — Krystal Miller was a champion in the 400 with a time of 1:02.1.
• Canton-Galva boys — Cody Savage launched the javelin a whopping 176-4 to capture the gold and also gave Schadler a test in the 100 before finishing second. His third in the 300 allowed him to score more than half of the Eagles’ points.
• Smoky Valley boys — The Vikings’ gold came in the form of the speedy 4 x 100 relay team of Matt Guerrero, Mason Weiss, Kaleb Rogers and Benton VanDerWege (45.5).