Yates Center, Humboldt run at Eureka Invitational

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor


EUREKA — Brae Adams shattered the Yates Center High girls’ discus record in a gold-medal performance at Thursday’s Eureka High Invitational track meet.
Adams, who set the school mark a year ago, pushed the distance out eight feet to 120 feet, 9 inches. Teammate Emily Leach placed fourth with a throw of 88’8”.
Yates Center and Humboldt athletes had a good day at the smaller than planned Eureka track meet. The meet had been postponed from a week earlier and not all the teams could make it back for this week.
Yates Center’s boys tied for third place in the team standings. The Wildcat boys and Cherryvale each scored 84 points. Humboldt’s Cubs were fifth.
On the girls’ side, Humboldt’s Lady Cubs finished fourth.
Hale Bedell, a YCHS freshman, earned medals in three of her four events. Bedell earned the silver in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 58.9 seconds. She took third in the 100-meter high hurdles in 20.83 seconds.
Bedell also received the bronze medal in the high jump, clearing the bar at 4’2”. She had a personal-best jump of 11 feet in the long jump but did not place.
“The coaching staff is very happy with our ladies’ performance,” said Dan Berg, YCHS track coach.
“Our boys did a great job. The guys had a tremendous overall effort Thursday.”
Dylan Sicka won the two distance races, winning the 3200-meter run in 10 minutes, 42.7 seconds and won the 1600 meters in 4:56. Brent Rice placed third in the 800-meter run in 2:27.
Donnie Bennett claimed gold in the 300-meter intermediate hurdle race in 43.9 seconds. He was third in the 110-meter high hurdles in 18.3 seconds.
In the sprints, Joe Tressler finished second in the 200-meter dash in 24 seconds and was fourth in the 100 meters in 12.1 seconds.
The Wildcats’ 4x100-meter relay team of Tressler, Bennett, David Van Hoose and Jacob Pennuto placed second in 46.4 seconds.
The 4x400-meter relay team of Austin Knobloch, Dylan Reser, Van Hoose and Rice was fifth in 4:06.
Knobloch placed third in the javelin with a throw of 114’6”. Sicka was third in the long jump at 19’6”.
For Humboldt, Raquel Hill was a double gold-medal winner for the Lady Cubs. She won the 1600-meter run in 6:44 and the 3200-meter run in 14:05.
Michaela Bartlett and Darah Tinkler ran second and third in the 400-meter dash in 69 seconds and 91 seconds, respectively.
Bartlett was fifth in the 200-meter dash in 28.2 seconds. Bartlett, Tinker, Hill and Cheyanna Colburn combined for a fourth-place time of 65 seconds in the 4x100-meter relay race.
Desi Churning placed fifth in the javelin with a throw of 62 feet.
“This was a great meet for us since it allowed our younger kids the opportunity to compete and be successful,” said Eric Carlson, Humboldt head track coach.
“Hopefully, it will build momentum for those younger kids and give them the push to work harder in practices.”
Humboldt’s boys went second and fourth in the 400-meter dash. Kevin Barker ran the race in 55.6 seconds and Nick Miller posted a time of 58.25 seconds.
Miller was fourth in the 100-meter dash in 12.11 seconds. Reece Criger placed fifth in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 50.36 seconds.
Criger, Jackson Smith, Jock Wilson and Tylar Heidrick combined for third in the 4x800-meter relay race in 10:51. Miller, Criger, Smith and Barker took third in the 4x400-meter relay race in 4:02.
Andy Hill was third in the 1600-meter run in 5:23 and third in the 3200-meter run in 11:44. Heidrick took fourth in the 3200 meters in 12:40.
Hill tied with Yates Center’s Bennett and Rice at for third place in the high jump. All three cleared the bar at 5’4” and received bronze medals.
Rusty Olson took fifth in the shot put with a throw of 34’6”. Olson combined with Smith, Wilson and Josh Jay for a fifth-place time of 51.42 seconds in the 4x100-meter relay race.
Humboldt competed in a triangular meet at Iola Friday. Yates Center will hold its invitational meet Tuesday. Both schools will compete in the annual Fredonia High Relays this coming Friday.