HESSTON — Hesston High’s Ryan Schadler treated the hometown fans to one more final show on Thursday.
In his final home appearance of his remarkable athletic career in the Hesston Invitational Track and Field Meet, Schadler earned four gold medals, though the Swathers fell short to powerful Marion 118-102 for the team championship.
Schadler won the 100 (10.9), 200 (22.0), 400 (49.5) and long jump (21-9 1/2).
The Swathers had other stars as well. Austin Bollinger won the 800 (2:03.6), Justin Smith won the triple jump (44-6 3/4) and the 4 x 800 relay team of Luccus Schmucker, Cody Nuss, Jonathan Weber and Bollinger also triumphed (9:00.1.)
Smoky Valley’s boys scored 38 1/2 points for eighth. Mason Weiss won the 300 hurdles in 41.4 and also ran a leg on the winning 4 x 100 relay team (45.1) that also included Matt Guerrero, Kaleb Rogers and Benton VanDerWege.
The Hesston girls did win the title, 122-97 over Cheney.
Earning golds for the Swathers were Hannah Schmitt in the high jump (5-0), Jessanna Nebel in the 100 hurdles (16.2) and Ali Jost in the 4 x 100 (50.6).
The Swathers’ 4 x 100 relay team of Nebel, Jost, Schmitt and Michaela Adams grabbed the gold as well in 50.6.
Smoky Valley was sixth with 35 points, but received a starring performance from its first-place 4 x 800 relay team of Telea Peterson, Sophia Peterson, Emily Deterding and Allison Rose (10:29.5).