Pioneer Ridge eighth graders (starting third from left) Grant Hansen, Casin Down, Davis Tropansky and Josh Sola get a good start in the 1600 meter race at the Baldwin Triangular April 3. The Jags finished third in the team standings and continue their season April 10 at Paola. Submitted photo

Second-place team finishes by the seventh and eighth-grade girls teams highlighted the Pioneer Ridge track teams’ effort at the Baldwin triangular on April 3.
The seventh-grade girls got first-place finishes from Jesse Heniss (high jump, 4’2″); Natalie Mullin (pole vault, 5’0″); and the medley relay of Harley McKinney, Heather Culbertson, Heniss and Cassidy Greer.
Silver medals went to Mullin (100 meters, 15.1);  Lauren Haag (400 meters, 1:12.5); Tiffany Harlow and Mullin (100 hurdles, 21.5); Harlow (high jump, 3’11); Culbertson (discus, 61’11″); and the 4×400 relay of Brooke Boyer, Kailey Burger, Haag, and Greer.
“This is the first time most of the girls have competed in track and they were impressive,” said coach Jaclyn Stanley. “The girls are working hard and I am excited to watch them succeed.”
Also finishing second were the eighth-grade girls. Baldwin took the team title in the triangular meet.
“The girls did a great job of competing and setting the groundwork for a successful season,” said coach Jeff Davidson. “Our 800 relay and medley relay teams recorded the fifth-fastest times in Jag history.”
Gold medals went to Karli Smith who cleared 7’6″ in the pole vault and the 400 and 800 relay teams.
Silver medals went to Halley Drawbaugh (pole vault, 6’0″); Ali Weber (100 hurdles, 20.00); and the medley and 1600 relay squads.
The seventh-grade boys took third place in the meet but got gold-medal efforts from Matt Summerlin (200 meters); the 800 relay of Dylan Burkhart, Jared Highfill, Zach Mitchell, and Jonas Pippitt; and the 1600 relay of Anthony O’Neri, Mitchell, Burkhart, and Pippitt.
Silver medals went to Trey Mauldin (200); Garrett Pogue (800, 1600); Burkhart (pole vault), and Randy Fruit (discus).
The eighth-grade boys also took third place despite a gold-medal 400 effort from Chase Abram.
Silver medals went to the 800 relay of Danny Beyer, Austin Furnas, Christian Herndon, and Abram, and Jarod Weekly in the pole vault.
“For the first meet I was pleased with our performance,” said coach Gordon Thiesfeld. “A lot of the boys are trying to find the right ‘fit’ with their events and that will take some time.”
Next test comes April 10 at the Paola triangular. Field events start at 3:45.

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