Despite not being at full strength, the Manhattan High track and field teams swept the top team honors in the Topeka Relays at Hummer Sports Park in Topeka on Friday.
With the weather turning chilly toward the end of the day, head coach Jesse Woodard opted to hold back some athletes, but the teams still managed to pull out the win.
“We pulled a few kids, especially on the boys’ side, because it got pretty cool, and I didn’t think they were ready for that,” he said. “We pulled a few kids from some events that would have got us some points.”
The Manhattan girls’ team won with a team score of 119.5 ahead of second-place Topeka High with 96.5. Emporia was third with 94 team points.
The boys’ team seemingly finished second behind Leavenworth, but the team scores were computed without the addition of the javelin event, which Manhattan’s Jacob Holloway won, along with placers Ryan McHenry in fourth and Brady Kiracofe in sixth. The addition of those team points gave the Indians a half-point edge in the team standings to win with a 120.5. Leavenworth was in second with 120 and Topeka Seaman took third with 90.
“Coach (Susan) Melgares’ two-milers, Chris Melgares, Michael Melgares and Isaiah Koppes scored 22 points for us, so that put us right in contention,” Woodard said. “Then we were looking through the results, and thought we were going to lose to Leavenworth, but we hadn’t figured in the javelin. So I was pleased with the overall results.”
The Manhattan boys’ team got individual wins in the 800m by Evan Williams (2:00.98), a sweep of the mile (4:31.35) and two-mile (9:52.83) by Chris Melgares, and the javelin by Jacob Holloway (159-0).
The girls logged individual wins in the two-mile by Alaina Schroeder (11:29.66) and ReJoyce Bryant in the 100m hurdles (15.89). The Indians had second-place finishes in the 200m by Aleise Williams (26.79), the 800m by Emilie Liebe (2:31.14) and Kaylee Kipp in the shot put (35-6)
Also in first place was the boys’ 4x800 relay team of Williams, Alex Dzewaltowski, James Leblow and Chris Martin in a time of 8:27.00. The girls 4x800 relay team of Schroeder, Emily Van Natta, Rachel Beach and Emilie Liebe also took first in a time of 10:13.72.
Manhattan hosts the Manhattan Invitational on Friday at Bishop Stadium at 3 p.m.