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Indians win 10 events to open season

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High track team saw solid performances on a cool day in Topeka on Thursday, picking up several golds at the Jerry Beardslee Invitational at Washburn Rural.

On the boys’ side, Chris Martin won the 400 meters with a time of 50.25, while Tre Daniels captured first in the 100 dash at 10.64. Josue Alverado won the 800 with a time of 2:01.69, and Chris Melgares won both the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.

The boys’ 4x400 relay team was first with a time of 3:35.73, and the 4x100 relay took first with a time of 42.84

Stephanie Shanower led the girls’  with first-place finishes in the discus and shot put. Alaina Schroeder won the mile with a time of 5:16.49 to cap a day of 10 first-place medals for the Indians.

The meet was unscored for team results, but MHS head coach Jesse Woodard was pleased with his team’s results.

“We had a pretty good day considering the conditions were not ideal,” he said. “Lots of good wins, some times that stood out were Chris Martin in the 400 with a 50.25, Josue Alverado winning the 800 with a 2:01.69, Tre Daniels and Chris Mack going 1-2 in the 100. Both of them ran indoor this winter and I think it has helped them tremendously.

“We had lots of good performances and lots of kids did some good things, but those were the performances that kind of stood out.”

The boys’ 4x800 relay captured second place, while Mike Settembrino was second in the 300 hurdles.

Christian Mack was second in the 100 with a time of 10.83, finishing just behind Daniels and just ahead of Athen Martinez, who took fourth. Martinez was third in the 200.

The Indians dominated the boys’ two-mile. Behind Melgares was Jack Keely in second, Isaiah Koppes in third and Nick Bandy, who was fourth.

Tom Haug and Josh Haus finished third and fourth in the high jump, and then Haus came back to take second in the javelin. Sam Livsey and Jacob Harden went 2-3 in the triple jump. Brandon Nowlin finished second in the discus.

The girls’ 4x800 relay took second behind Washburn Rural, while the 4x100 was second behind Topeka High. The 4x400 relay took second behind Topeka High as well.

Sydney Harrison finished third in the 300 low hurdles, while Rachel Beach was second in the 800. Tametrius Johnson was second in the 200.

Behind Schroeder’s win in the mile, Megan Ochoa was third and Mackenzie Gwinner was fourth. Ochoa also took second in the two-mile.

Matty Mahan took second in the high jump, while Alex Stenberg and Taylor Smith went 2-3 in the pole vault.









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