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Hunsaker, Withrow set records at Morrill


Stephen McKay - Sidney Sun Telegraph

Jaden Withrow, above, lands in the pit during the triple jump last week at Morrill. He set a new school record in the event.

With near perfect weather conditions at the George Calvert Invitational Track and Field Meet in Morrill this past Friday, the athletes responded with no less than 10 new meet records, including 6 in the girls division and 4 in the boys division. Kimball’s Ali Hunsaker and Jaden Withrow added their names to the new records with Hunsaker winning the girls pole vault at 8’8” to better the old mark of 8’6” set by Brianne Arnott of Mitchell in 2011, and Withrow getting a season best triple jump of 42’9.5” to win the triple jump bettering the old meet record of 42’0” set by Austin Weyers of Hay Springs in 2012.

Hunsaker’s winning vault also vaulted her into the top spot ever on the Kimball High School records after tying the mark just last week. Now she will not have to share the mark with Chelsea Wangler and Kandice Boutard at the previous best of 8’6” shared by all three.

Mitchell won both the boys and girls team titles with Kimball finishing 3rd in the boys division and 4th in the girls division from the field of 13 schools involved.

In the boys division Mitchell piled up 161 points followed by Bridgeport with 125, Kimball 72, Southeast 59, Sidney 24, Banner County 18, Ley ton 15, Morrill 13, Minatare 12, Bayard 10, Hyannis 8, Crawford 6, and Guernsey-Sunrise 3.

In the girls division it was Mitchell 127, Bridgeport 88.5, Southeast 56, Kimball 51, Crawford 46, Leyton 42, Morrill 37, Sidney 28, Sioux County 18, Hyannis 13.5, Gering 10, Bayard 6, Banner County 2, Hay Springs 2.

Once again the jumps produced lots of scoring for Kimball with the Withrow brothers going one-two in the triple jump as Jon claimed 2nd place with his leap of 40’8.” Jaden was 3rd in the long jump at 19’5” and Colton Stull 6th at 18’8.5.” Tyler Magninie was 5th in the high jump at 5’6.” The Kimball girls also got points in the jumps with Jannel Fiehtner finishing 3rd in the triple jump at 32’1.75,” Hannah Biesecker getting 3rd in the long jump with her career personal best of 15’9,” and Mikayla Fiehtner winning the high jump at 4’8” for her best ever. We already mentioned Ali Hunsaker winning the girls pole vault with her record setting height of 8’8,” Trent Rutledge is still unbeaten in the boys vault with his win at Morrill at 12’6” and Justin Mohr claimed 2nd place at 11’0.” Lots and lots of points in the jump events.

While still talking field events, the Longhorns didn’t fare as well in the weights at Morrill. They were missing Jessica Hanks who was in Lincoln vying for a scholarship. Danika Daum scored in both the discus and shotput taking 5th in the discus at 94’6” and 5th in the shotput at 34’2.5.” Damien Rutledge was one place out of a medal in the shotput finishing 7th at 42’ 1” and Ben Sauter was two places out in the discus finishing 8th at 115’9.”

No wins on the track for Kimball but Colton Stull ran well in the 100 meters to finish 3rd with a time of 11.70 and Hannah Biesecker ran 5th in the girls 100 meters in 14.07. Two places in the girls 200 with Ali Hunsaker 5th in 28.01 and Hannah Biesecker 6th in 28.03. Jon Withrow ran 5th in the boys 200 in 24.68 and coach Gene Mohr praised the improvement in running form for both Stull and Withrow. Ryan Muneio ran his season best time in the 400 finishing 3rd in 52.61. AJ Williams ran strong once again in the 1600 to finish 6th in 5:14.63.

Madison Biesecker ran 5th in the girls 300 meter hurdles with a time of 53.07 and Trent Rutledge was 6th in the boys 110 meter hurdles in 17.81. Justin Mohr ran 6th in the 300 hurdles in 47.11.

The Lady Longhorns put together a 4x100 relay team that ran 2nd in the good time of 53.17. Team members were Jannel Fiehtner, Hannah Biesecker, Ali Hunsaker and Madison Biesecker.

The boys 4x100 relay also ran 2nd in 45.99 with Ryan Muneio, Jaden Withrow, Jon Withrow, and Colton Stull chasing Mitchell to the finish line. Kimball also got a 5th place finish from their young team in the boys 4x800 relay with Kaden Adrian, Ryan Soper, Jaden Mohr, and AJ Williams running 10:01.89.

Several members of the Kimball Track Teams were qualified for this past Tuesday night’s Best of the West Track and Field Meet at Bearcat Stadium in Scottsbluff. The list provided to the Observer at the time of this writing follows but could vary a bit before actual track time.

Tom Southard

Alex Reader, right, hands the baton to Kennedy Lewis in a relay event last week in Morrill.

Kimball boys: Jaden Withrow-triple jump, long jump. Jon Withrow-triple jump. Trent Rutledge-pole vault. Ryan Muneio-400, Colton Stull-100, Tyler Magninie-high jump. 4x100 of Muneio, Stull, Jaden and Jon Withrow.

Kimball girls: Ali Hunsaker-pole vault and 200. Madison Biesecker-long jump. Hannah Biesecker-long jump. Jannel Fiehtner-triple jump. 4 x 100 relay team of Fiehtner, Hunsaker, Hannah Biesecker, Madison Biesecker.

On Friday, Kimball will be in action in the SPVA meet being held in Imperial with a start time of 12 noon MST. The BCD meet at Bayard is set for May 8 and then it is district meet back at Bayard on May 14.


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