Girls take first, boys second in track and field season opener

By Maria McIlwain

Manhattan track and field got off to a solid start in its first meet of the season at Topeka West. The girls took first place with 224 points, while the boys took second with a score of 132.

“All in all it was a good day, and the kids got some marks to start the season and it gives them something to build off of,” head coach Jesse Woodard said.

Senior distance runner Cara Melgares won both of her individual events, finishing with a time of 2:24.15 in the 800-meter run and a time of 11:57.76 in the 3200-meter run. She also took first in the javelin, with a throw of 119 feet and eight inches. Clara Mayfield, who won the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:23.35, finished second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:27.61. Michelle Sanchez took third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:34.20, and Amber Gloria finished third in the 1600-meter with a time of 5:39.72.

Sanchez, along with Madeline Purdom, Joy Gruenbacher and Emily Stewart, won the 4-by-800 relay with a time of 10:75.66.

Temetris Johnson, Isis Kelly and Lydia Bowyer swept the 200-meter dash. Johnson took first with a time of 28.20, Kelly finished second with a time of 28.23 and Bowyer came in third with a time of 28.38. The trio, along with Bella Mussleman, won the 4-by-100-meter relay with a time of 50.42. Individually, Mussleman finished second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.99, while Johnson took third with a time of 13.01. Musselman also took second in the long jump, recording a 16-01 jump. Jasmin Johnson finished second in the triple jump with a 32-07, while Madison Johnson took third with a 31-09.5 jump.

Adanna Okere won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.55.

For the boys, Logan Logback won both the 1600-meter run and 3200-meter run with times of 4:43.70 and 10:22.74.

The 4-by-100-meter relay of Kalen Rauch, Jonathan Taylor, Tariq Gerald and Tyreese Gerald finished third with a time of 45.59.

Woodard said he was happy with how his team competed in the jumps, especially considering it had limited practice time because of weather.

Josh Haus won the discus throw with 154-02.5 and finished second in the javelin with a 168.05. Sam Hankins won the event with a 173-01. Tom Haug won the high jump with a 6-06. Kenny Cecil and James Higgs finished second in the triple jump and shot put, respectively. Cecil recorded a 39-07.5, while Higgs finished with a 42-01.

The Indians return to action on March 30 at the Washburn Rural Invitational.

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