MHS boys, girls finish first at Topeka High

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High track and field boys’ and girls’ teams took first on Friday in a track meet hosted by Topeka High in Topeka.

The boys’ team finished tied with Seaman, while the girls’ team won outright.

On the boys’ side of the events, the 4x800-meter relay team of Chris Martin, Evan Williams and James Leblow ran a time of 8:24.04 to take first place. Ben Bolton took first in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15:57 — his season debut. Bolton was third in 300 hurdles.

Chris Melgares was third in the 1,600 run at 4:38.12, while the 4x100 relay of Josh Olsen, Henry Bieber, Logan Mahan and Deante Burton were third. Williams took third in the 800 run and Burton finished fifth in the 200 dash.

The Indians got a title out of Leblow in the 3,200 run with a time of 10:00.15, while Melgares was third in the event and Chris Davis was sixth.

Eli Herrera was fourth in pole vault, while Mahan was third in long jump and fifth in triple jump.

Jacob Holloway won the javelin with a top throw of 171-01, beating the nearest competitor by six feet. Tim Gauntt was third. Terrale Johnson was second in shot put with a personal best throw of 51-09.5, and Ben Stegeman was third.

MHS coach Jesse Woodard said it was a good day for the boys.

“We didn’t even bring Kyle Parker (pole vault) this week — he wasn’t able to jump — and that would have broken the tie probably,” he said. “The boys’ 4x800 was good, we didn’t have Ben Bolton last week and he won the hurdles — it was almost a full hurdle win — and James LeBlow won the 3,200 with about a 10 minute even time, which was a big improvement.

“Jacob Holloway stepped up big in the javelin this week and won that by about six feet and Terrale Johnson went up against the best thrower in the state and had a PR in the shot.”

The girls’ 4x800 relay team posted a strong time in a first-place finish, as Caitlin Heldt, Alaina Schroeder, Emilie Liebe and Jessica Smith combined for a time of 9:53.85 — more than 30 seconds faster than second place.

ReJoyce Bryant grabbed a third-place medal in the 100 hurdles and took fourth in the 300 hurdles. Tarian Reeves was sixth in the 100 dash and Alyssa Smith was sixth in the 1,600.

Liebe was first in the 800 run with a time of 2:26.47. The 4x100 of Reeves, Alex Stenberg, Hannah Miller and Danielle Edwards was fourth.

Schoeder was first in the 3,200 run at 11:40 — 35 seconds faster than second place. The 4x400 of Heldt, Jessica Smith, Schroeder and Rachel Beach took fifth.

Sarah Tatarko took sixth in the high jump, while Stenberg was second in pole vault with Liz Lo in fourth. Reeves was fifth in long jump and Katie Proctor was sixth. Proctor was fifth in the triple jump.

Stephanie Shanower won the discus at 123-09, edging out Mari Jo Massanet’s second-place throw of 123-02.  Massanet won the shot put at 41-05.5 and Shanower was fifth. Kassidy Scroggs was third in javelin.

Woodard said a couple different performances caught his attention on the girls’ side.

“I was really impressed with the girls’ 4x800 relay, they ran a 9:53 which is excellent this time of the season,” he said. “Alaina was good in the two mile, Stephanie Shanower was really good — she beat Mari Jo in the discus — and Mari Jo won the shot fairly easily this week.”

Woodard said the team built off of last week’s meet and showed some progression from meet one to meet two.

“I would think our improvement from the previous week overall was pretty good,” he said. “As a whole everyone picked their game up. We had some last week that weren’t happy with their performances, and they did better this week, and that’s always pleasing.”

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