MHS track kicks off season

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High track and field team did exactly what coach Jesse Woodard was looking for on Thursday, giving themselves something to build off of as the season progresses.

In a non-team scored event at Washburn Rural in Topeka, several athletes scored top three finishes in their events.

On the girls’ side of the event, Mari Jo Massanet took first with a throw of 38-11, while Stephanie Shanower was second at 33-5. Shanower was third in the discus at 95-3 and Kassidy Scroggs was second in javelin at 101-1.

Katie Proctor was second in the triple jump at 31-1.5. Liz Lo was first in the pole vault at 8-0 and Ashlynn Kleinbeck was third at 7-0.

Alaina Schroeder picked up three wins, taking first in 1,600-meter, 3,200 and 800 runs. Jessica Smith was third in the 1,600 and Alyssa Smith was third in the 800.

ReJoyce Bryant grabbed second in the 100 hurdles at 16.2, while she was third in the 300 hurdles. Rachel Beach was third in the 400.

The Indians won the 4x800 relay, while taking second in the 4x400 and third in the 4x100 relay.

On the boys’ side, Terrale Johnson was first in the shot put at 51-6, while Ben Stegeman was second. Chris Bodyston was second in the discus, while Tim Gauntt was second in the javelin.

The Indians got a pair of wins out of Logan Mahan, as he won the triple jump at 43-6 and the long jump at 21-1.5. Kyle Parker was first in the pole vault at 11-6.

Evan Williams finished in second in the 800 run, while James Leblow was second in the 1,600. Chris Melgares was second in the 3,200 and Leblow was third.

The Indians were second in the 4x800 relay, while taking third in the 4x400 and 4x100 relays.

Woodard said he was happy with a lot of what he saw on Thursday.

“I was very pleased with quite a few of the performances,” he said. “We did have some younger kids who still don’t quite understand warmups and tweaked some muscles, but hopefully we have them back at full strength when it really counts.

“I was happy with Logan Mahan and Alaina Schroeder and we really had some good performances.”

Woodard said after the first meet, they have a good idea of where a lot of the athletes will fit into various events throughout the season.

“We took a lot of kids this meet and we got to see everybody and give us an idea of who we have for the different events,” he said. “This is an excellent starting meet because even though they don’t keep scores, these kids are competitive and they still want to win.”

The Indians will be back in Topeka next Friday for a large meet at Hummer Sports Park that will be team scored.

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