Hersey track meet corrals few athletes
The first Hersey Track and Field Meet in Tonganoxie didn't draw a large crowd.
Of 20 expected participants, just 12 showed up for Saturday's meet at Beatty Field.
But despite the numbers, the top two finishers in each event advance to the state meet July 5-6 in Emporia, and Tonganoxie Recreation Commission director Mark Zerrer said those who advanced should do well.
"Looking at the local meets so far, there are some kids who stack up fairly well," Zerrer said.
The meet, which was open to any Kansas youth age 9-14, had no more than three participants in each event.
"There were a few no-shows, but it's a start," Zerrer said.
To increase participation numbers next year, Zerrer plans to move the meet to May so that it's still during the school year. He also wants junior high track coaches to distribute registration papers.
"I think at the junior high level, we can do a little bit better job of getting word to kids participating in track," Zerrer said.
The top two finishers in each event Saturday have the option of going to the state meet in Emporia.
Billy Anderson took first in the 100 (17.69 seconds) and 200 (38.59), while Dylan Anderson took second in those events. Dylan won the long jump with a 5-2 leap; Billy took second (4-10).
Jessica Stinson took first in the girls 50 (8.4), 100 (16.5) and softball throw (86-11). Alex Faherty was second in both running events; Rachel Collinge took third in the 50 meter dash.
In the 11-12 division, Michael Rome won the 100 (15.3), 200 (33.7) and softball throw (127-5). Thomas Briggs had gold medals in the 800 (3:27.2) and the long jump (5-7). Jake Woolf took second in the 100 (16.5), the 800 (3:28.6) and the long jump (5-7.5). Briggs also took second in the 200.
On the girls side, Melissa Rome won the 100 (15.0) and the softball throw (111-5). Christy Weller won the 800 (3:06.5) and also took second in the 100 (15.4). Chrissie Jeannin won the 400 (1:20.8) and took second in the 800 (3:16.6).
Alyssa Strain took third in the 100, 400 and softball throw.
In the 13-14 division, only boys participated in Tonganoxie. Alex Nowasell won the 100 with a 14.6, barely beating Jacob Jones' 14.7 time. Nowasell also won the 200 with a 31.2 time. Jones finished in 34.1.