ATWOOD, Kan. -- The Rawlins County girls track team kickstarted their season with a strong showing at Thursday’s home invite in Atwood, Kan.
Led by three gold medal performances, including two by Kristen Beckman, the Lady Buffs finished second in the 2018 Rawlins County Invitational.
Beckman, a returning state qualifier, picked up where she left off last season with big performances in the field events. She won shot put with a throw of 34 feet, 9.5 inches and javelin with a toss of 114-02. The Rawlins County sophomore also placed second in discus with an effort of 99-09.
Also winning gold for the Lady Buffs Thursday was freshman Kathryn Hurst. Running in her first high school track meet, Hurst won the 3200-meter run with a time of 14:45.46. Her time was 34 seconds better than runner-up Nora Castillo from Cheylin.
Other top performers for the Lady Buffs were Brea Lankas, who finished second in the long jump and triple jump and third in pole vault and 200-meter dash, Sapphira Bailey, who finished third in the 3200-meter run, and Kelsi Heim, who finished third in the 100-meter dash.
Hitchcock County’s Amanda Mote runs in the girls’ one-mile race during Thursday’s Rawlins County Invite. Mote finished second in the event and helped the Lady Falcons to a fourth-place finish.
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Hitchcock County, Nebraska’s lone representative at Thursday’s invite, finished fourth in the girls’ competition.
The Lady Falcons two gold medals came from Kyleigh Scott. She won the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.52 seconds and the pole vault with a mark of 8-06. Scott also finished second in the 100-meter dash and helped the 4x400 relay team to a silver medal.
Other silver medal marks for Hitchcock County were Amanda Mote in the 1600-meter run and the 4x800 relay team of Laynee Merrill, Allison Hoyt, Kloe Sramek and Mote.
Fellow Gazette school Decatur Community finished fifth in girls. Returning state qualifier Brittney Wesley won the only two gold medals for the Lady Red Devils, as she finished first in the 100-meter dash (13.03 seconds) and long jump (17-06.25).
Anna Carter took silver in shot put, while the 4x100 relay team of Melody Koerperich, Alyssa VanVleet, Kaitlyn Howland and Wesley also placed second.
Oakley won the girls team title with 99 points, but Rawlins County was a close second with 92. Wallace County and Hitchcock County weren’t far behind with 90 and 81 points, respectively.
The boys’ competition was dominated by Oakley and St. Francis. The Plainsmen edged the Indians 172-170 for the team title, while the next closest team was Wallace County with 80 points.
Rawlins County’s Nick Withington attempts a javelin throw during Thursday’s track meet in Atwood, Kan. Withington finished second in the event with a toss of 149-01.
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Decatur Community had the top finish among area schools with a fifth place score of 27 points. Kelby Garrett had the top performance for the Red Devils with a second-place time of 20.23 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles and a third-place time of 48.10 in the 300-meter hurdles. David Waterman also took bronze with his 13:04.15 time in the two-mile.
Host Rawlins County finished right behind the Red Devils with 21 points. The Buffs’ Nick Withington led the way with a gold medal in the high jump (5-08) and a silver medal in the javelin (149-01). Eddie Hanson had the next-best performance with a fifth-place finish in the one-mile run.
Hitchcock County rounded out the boys teams with 14 points. The Falcons’ best performances came from Darin Peaslee in the one-mile (5:38.10) and Aaron Oberg in the shot put (35-03).
Girls event winners
100m dash: Brittney Wesley, Decatur Community, 13.03
200m dash: Kyleigh Scott, Hitchcock County, 28.52
400m run: Jordyn Lowrie, Oakley, 1:04.18
800m run: Danielle Allison, Oakley, 2:38.83
1600m run: Danielle Allison, Oakley, 6:10.15
3200m run: Kathryn Hurst, Rawlins County, 14:45.46
100m hurdles: Aubrey Kuhlman, Wallace County, 17.83
300m hurdles: Elise Corbett, Oakley, 53.76
4x100 relay: Oakley, 53.80
4x400 relay: Oakley, 4:34.72
4x800 relay : Cheylin, 11:46.12
Shot put: Kristen Beckman, Rawlins County, 34-09.5
Discus: Haylee Hennick, Wallace County, 107-11
Javelin: Kristen Beckman, Rawlins County, 114-02
High jump: Jordyn Lowrie, Oakley, 5-0
Pole vault: Kyleigh Scott, Hitchcock County, 8-06
Long jump: Brittney Wesley, Decatur Community, 17-06.25
Triple jump: Evie Gruenbacher, Quinter, 33-06
Boys event winners
100m dash: Jordan Raby, St. Francis, 11.41
200m dash: Wyatt Hackler, St. Francis, 23.56
400m run: Tate Busse, St. Francis, 51.54
800m run: Jace Engle, Oakley, 2:08.85
1600m run: Trevor Fischer, Wallace County, 5:02.99
3200m run: Oura Chester, Quinter, 12:30.85
110m hurdles: Chase Herl, Oakley, 17.87
300m hurdles: Kade Hemmert, Oakley, 45.59
4x100 relay: St. Francis, 45.53
4x400 relay: St. Francis, 3:36.34
4x800 relay: Oakley, 8:49.05
Shot put: Trayton Doyle, St. Francis, 42-01.5
Discus: Lanndon Bowles, Wallace County, 134-0
Javelin: Dalton Straub, St. Francis, 160-0
High jump: Nick Withington, Rawlins County, 5-08
Pole vault: Richard Johnson, St. Francis, 12-0
Long jump: Trever Medina, Wallace County, 20-11
Triple jump: Trever Medina, Wallace County, 43-03