The Hoxie track teams, led by thrower Trinity Balluch and distance runner Thaddeus Friess, posted another strong showing at the Quinter track meet last Friday, annually one of the largest small-school meets in the western half of Kansas.
The meet included Sharon Springs-Wallace County, Rexford-Golden Plains, St. Francis, Hill City, Northern Valley, Brewster, Weskan, Wheatland-Grinnell, Atwood-Rawlins County, Dighton, Ellis, Ness City, and Quinter.
Last year, Hoxie girls were 17th in 2A with 17 points, while the Indian boys did not score at the state meet.
Earlier this season, the Hoxie boys and girls each won its first two meets of the year at Hoxie and Stockton. The Hoxie boys took fifth at the 83rd annual Scott City Relays and fourth at the Oakley Invitational. The girls were sixth at Scott City and second at Oakley.
At Quinter, Hoxie girls won the 19-team competition with 96 points, well ahead of Golden Plains’ 57. In a close boys’ competition, the Indians were fourth at 60 points, though just 10 behind Northern Valley’s winning score of 70. The top-five boys’ squads finished within 14 points.
In the girls’ discus, Balluch earned second with an impressive throw of 130 feet, 2 inches, which is now the second best throw in 2A, according to Kansas historian Carol Swenson’s statewide leaderboard.
Balluch was behind Wallace County’s Haylee Hennick, who uncorked a winning throw of 130-7, which is now the best mark in 1A by more than 10 feet.
Balluch was sixth in 2A last year with a throw of 111-8. The best throw in 2A is Sedgwick’s Grace Thompson at 137-8, which is also the state’s top mark.
Friess continued his strong season with runner-ups in the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs. Last fall, he took fourth in 2A cross country.
At Quinter, he posted 5 minutes, 10.95 seconds in the 1,600 and 11:01.83 in the 3,200. He finished behind Wallace County’s Trevor Fischer in both events.
Ben Aumiller captured the 110-hurdles in 18.01, and the 3,200 relay was first in 9:12.15.
Jared Kennedy took second in the high jump at 5-10 after he was a state qualifier in the event last year. Aumiller was third in the long jump at 18-9. Taye Washington earned top-seven finishes in the shot put and discus.
Also for the girls, Addi Campbell was second in the 200-meter dash in 29.03 seconds, while Macy Shamberger took fifth in the 400 at 1:08.64. Thirty-six girls ran in the 200.
Campbell also took second in the long jump with a leap of 15-4.5, and was second in the triple jump at 34-11.5. Three girls went at least 16 feet in the long jump.
Emily Diercks swept the 1,600 and 3,200 runs in 6:09.75 and 13:33.47. The 3,200 relay, historically a strong event for the Indian girls, earned the title in 11:09.91. Hoxie girls hold the 1A state record in the event. Morgan Keith captured the high jump with a five-foot leap.
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