Mustang JV wins YCHS Invite

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

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Kyle Heffern won the discus event at the Yates Center Invitational Tuesday for the Iola High junior varsity. Heffern is seen here competing at a home meet this season.
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Iola High’s Suzanne Wood carries the baton on a leg of the 4x800-meter relay. Wood is seen competing in a home meet earlier this season. She helped the IHS junior varsity take third in the race at Tuesday’s Yates Center Invitational.

YATES CENTER — Yates Center High’s Wildcat athletes performed well at home in their own Yates Center High Invitational track meet Tuesday.
“We had a great day for our meet and we’re very pleased with our kids’ efforts,” said Dan Berg, YCHS head track coach. “Our teams are small so we get outscored by people with some depth even if we win the event.”
Case in point for the Wildcat boys, who won seven running events Tuesday but finished third as a team. Iola High’s junior varsity boys’ team has the depth and won the meet with 155 points.
The Mustangs won four events but had multiple placings in many events. The Mustangs were 1-2-3 in the javelin.
West Elk took second with 136 points and Yates Center’s boys scored 119 points. Cherryvale was fourth with 92 and Eureka scored 43 points.
In the girls’ competition, Eureka racked up 192 points to win the title. West Elk was second with 120 points.
The IHS Fillies’ junior varsity scored 85 points for third and Cherryvale was fourth with 49 points. Yates Center’s girls were fifth with 38 points.
Starting in the field events, Iola’s Ralph Shafer won the javelin with a throw of 151 feet, 11 inches with teammate Dylan Allen in second at 151’3”. Kyle Heffern was third with a distance of 124 feet and Yates Center’s Austin Knobloch was fourth at 123’10”.
Kyle Heffern of Iola took the gold in the discus with a throw of 122’5”. Teammate Josh Butler was fourth at 82’8”. Butler was second in the shot put at 35’2 1/4”.
Yates Center’s Donnie Bennett had a personal-best height of 5’6” in taking fourth in the high jump. Teammate Brent Rice and Iola’s Drew Shepherd tied for fifth at 5’2”.
Shepherd placed second in the pole vault, getting over the bar at 10 feet. Dylan Lower of Iola was fourth at 8 feet.
Iola’s Christian Kauth was fourth in the triple jump at 34’7” and Seth Snavely took fifth at 33’5 3/4”
In the long jump, Yates Center’s Dylan Sicka claimed third place with a leap of 19’3”.
On the track, Iola’s 4x800-meter relay team of Roman Yocham, Kauth, Jacob Heffern and Eli Johns posted a winning time of 9 minutes, 21.67 seconds. Yates Center’s 4x800 team of Knobloch, Roy Anderson, Dylan Reser and Rice took third in s season’s best time of 10:34.07.
Aaron Fulton of Iola won the 110-meter high hurdles in 16.25 seconds. Yates Center’s Bennett was third in 17.33 with Iola’s Snavely in fourth at 18.62.
Joe Tressler of Yates Center won the 100-meter dash in 11.96 seconds, which was a personal best time. Teammate Jacob Pennuto ran third in 12.15 seconds.
Sicka won the 1600-meter run in 4:51.51 and the 3200-meter run in 10:40.43. Both were personal best times. In both long distance races, Iola’s Nate Pope turned in second-place performances.
Pope ran the 1600 meters in 5:16.21 as teammates Seth Kristalyn (5:19.67, Brent Clark (5:51.23) and Josh Klubek (5:51.41) went 4-5-6. Pope posted a time of 11:32.28 in the 3200 meters with Jacob Heffern in fourth at 12:06 and Bryan Miller in fifth at 12:27.
Pennuto won the 400-meter dash in 54.89 seconds. Iola’s Yocham took second in 57.87 seconds with teammate Dylan Lower in sixth at 1:04.10.
Yates Center got a gold-medal performance from Bennett in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 43.21 seconds. Iola’s A. Fulton was third in 48.32.
Knobloch and Rice of Yates Center went 1-2 in the 800-meter run. The winning time was 2:22.58 and second place was 2:23.94. Teammate Roy Anderson was fifth in 2:35.95.
Iola’s Dustin Jones placed third in the 800 at 2:27.48. Kristalyn placed sixth in 2:37.88.
Iola’s 4x100-meter relay team of A. Fulton, Kauth, Adam Morrell and Shepherd placed third in 50.30 seconds.
Yates Center’s Tressler took third in the 200-meter dash in 24.32 seconds and Iola’s Morrell was sixth in 25.6.
Yates Center won the 4x400-meter relay in 3:47.14. Iola’s foursome of Yocham, Kauth, Kristalyn and Johns placed fourth in 4:00.77.
Yates Center’s girls got one gold-medal performance on the day. It came in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles on a personal-best time of 55.42 seconds by Haley Bedell.
Yates Center’s Cherokee Shaffer was third and Bedell took fourth in the high jump, both going over at 4’4”. Iola’s Celeste Ambrose was sixth at 4’0”.
Iola’s Kirstin McGuffin took the silver in the javelin with a distance of 96’11”. Teammate Katlyn Cleaver was fifth at 74’1”.
Cleaver won the shot put with a toss of 29’10 1/4”. Teammates Hallie Wolf (25’ 3 3/4”) and McKinley Ford (24’0”) were fourth and fifth.
Cleaver took third in the discus with a throw of 97’9” and Yates Center’s Emily Leach was fourth at 90’7”. McGuffin was fifth at 75 feet.
Bedell of Yates Center was fourth in the long jump with a leap of 11’4”.
In the 100-meter high hurdles, Iola’s Carly Mulsow placed third in 20.24 seconds and Yates Center’s Bedell was fifth in 21.05.
Iola’s Jamie Spears won the 400-meter dash in 1:12.4 edging out Yates Center’s Shaffer, 1:12.73. Iola’s Kristen Linn was third in the 800-meter run in 3:13.27.
Iola 4x100-meter relay team of Ambrose, Mulsow, Spears and Suzanne Wood was third in 59.14 seconds. Linn, Wood, Spears and Autumn Snesrud took third in the the 4x400-meter relay in 5:22.41.
Jennica Rausch of Iola won the 3200-meter run in 16:03.30. Rausch combined with Linn, Wood and Snesrud to take third in the 4x800-meter relay in 13:13.27.