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West’s Jimenez gets off to quick start on the track

When her doctor wouldn’t release Elena Jimenez to play soccer this spring after tearing a ligament in her knee last year, the West sophomore refused to lie around.

She loved to run, so she decided to come out for track. She was initially hesitant about how her knee would handle the stress of running races, but Jimenez faced her fears Friday in the season-opening Southeast Invitational at Northwest.

What she accomplished in her first track meet — third in the 800-meter race in 2 minutes, 34.61 seconds and ripping off a 62-second leg on the 1600 relay team — had Jimenez and her event coach Steve Couch elated.

“(Couch) always tells me I have something in me that he can’t teach, which is heart,” Jimenez said. “Coming off this injury, of course I’m nervous. I worry about what everyone is going to think. But I came in and everything that everyone has ever told me I was running with it today. I gave it all I had.”

The team titles were dominated by the Hays boys (190 points) and the Maize girls (195.83 points). The Eagles were led a trio of freshmen in Daley Handy, Keiryn Swenson and Deidra Walker, who accounted for 79 points.

Maize South’s Ridge Williams pulled the upset of the day in winning the 400, overcoming the Southeast tandem of Steven Calloway and Bradan Smith after the final turn. Williams won in a time of 50.62.

“I felt like I actually accomplished something,” Williams said. “Afterwards my team was cheering me on and it just felt really good, like I can actually walk tall. It was pretty cool.”

In the field events, South’s Fredrick Catto set a personal-best to win the shot put with a toss of 51 feet, 6 inches. Catto, who has signed to play football at Washburn, credited the throw to tacking on 20 pounds of mass in the offseason.

“When I glide, I try to get my speed with it and when I come out of my spin I know if I threw it far,” Catto said. “Once I threw that 51, I felt it. Got a little scream going, I felt it all come out. I almost fell over, so I probably gave it more than I should of.”

Another personal-best was set by Heights’ Jet Moreland in the javelin, as he bested the field with his throw of 175-5. Like Catto, Moreland felt his work in the weight room paid off.

“Lifting weights a lot, I try to get my arms as strong as they possibly can be,” Moreland said. “I don’t really have that good of form, so I have to have something to make up for that.”

Maize’s Jordan Grisamore was a first-time winner in the 300 hurdles. The senior has been a four-year hurdler, but had never won until Friday when he won in a time of 42.91.

“That’s the first time I’ve actually done better in the 300 hurdles than the 110’s,” Grisamore said. “I was expecting fifth or sixth coming in, but I told myself it’s 100 meters less than a 400 so just go for it. It feels pretty good to finally win one.”

Southeast Invitational

At Northwest

Boys

Team scores—Hays 190, Southeast 108, Maize 81½, North 58, Emporia 55, East 54, Northwest 44, West 41, South 40, Heights 30½, Maize South 29.

100—1. Thompson, Northwest, 10.99; 2. Gatson, Heights, 11.25; 3. Franklin, Northwest, 11.30. 200—1. Thompson, Northwest, 22.36; 2. Calloway, Southeast, 22.66; 3. Morrow, Emporia, 22.97. 400—1. Williams, Maize South, 50.62; 2. Calloway, Southeast, 50.86; 3. Smith, Southeast, 50.88. 800—1. Stumon, Hays, 2:00.57; 2. Staab, Hays, 2:01.75; 3. Chaney, Southeast, 2:03.18. 1600—1. Fort, Hays, 4:34.29; 2. Hopkins, Maize, 4:35.26; 3. Villa, North, 4:37.62. 3200—1. Bright, North, 10:16.65; 2. Fonseca, West, 10:17.10; 3. Masood, Southeast, 10:17.91. 100 hurdles—1. Deterding, Hays, 14.98; 2. Grisamore, Maize, 15.87; 3. Normore, East, 16.46. 300 hurdles—1. Grisamore, Maize, 42.91; 2. Carrasco, Hays, 43.17; 3. Robinson, West, 43.67. 400 relay—1. Southeast (Wright, Calloway, Anderson, Smith) 42.79; 2. Northwest 43.10; 3. South 43.89. 1600 relay—1. Hays (Brungardt, Stumon, Staab, Delton) 3:26.26; 2. Southeast 3:30.91; 3. Maize 3:35.33. 3200 relay—1. Hays (Staab, Fort, Stumon, Brungardt) 8:03.95; 2. North 8:18.43; 3. Maize 8:35.19. Pole vault—1. McPherson, Southeast, 13-6; 2. Baumgarn, Hays, 13-0; 3. Shuey, East, 12-6. High jump—1. Henderson, North, 6-6; 2. Deterding, Hays, 6-4; 3. Bixeman, Hays, 6-2. Long jump—1. Morrow, Emporia, 22-5; 2. Bixeman, Hays, 21-5½; 3. Henderson, North, 20-8½. Triple jump—1. Robinson, West, 44-0½; 2. Deterding, Hays, 43-6¼; 3. Savage, Emporia, 43-6. Discus—1. Mar, Maize, 149-8½; 2. Madden, Hays, 148-5½; 3. Binder, Hays, 140-3½. Shot put—1. Catto, South, 51-6; 2. Binder, Hays, 50-2; 3. Weston, Maize South, 48-2. Javelin—1. Moreland, Heights, 175-5; 2. Keane, East, 163-4; 3. Duckworth, West, 149-6½.

Girls

Team results—Maize 195.83, Hays 87, Emporia 70½, East 69½, Maize South 66½, Northwest 62.33, North 44½, Heights 37½, Southeast 29.83, South 25½, West 24.

100—1. Valentine, East, 12.49; 2. Spann, East, 12.84; 3. H. Grubbs, Maize South, 12.88. 200—1. Valentine, East, 26.51; 2. Spann, East, 26.92; 3. Iwena, Maize South, 27.70. 400—1. Tomasu, Maize, 1:02.15; 2. Johnson, Northwest, 1:02.49; 3. R. Grubbs, Maize South, 1:02.82. 800—1. Wedman, Maize, 2:29.02; 2. Zimmerman, Hays, 2:29.16; 3. Jimenez, West, 2:34.61. 1600—1. Eichkorn, North, 5:22.59; 2. Walker, Maize, 5:35.18; 3. Poynter, Maize South, 5:45.31.3200—1. Eichkorn, North, 11:38.20; 2. Schaefer, Maize South, 12:05.81; 3. Trumble, Maize South, 12:07.36. 100 hurdles—1. H. Grubbs, Maize South, 15.83; 2. Parker, Northwest, 15.94; 3. Bahner, Heights, 16.27. 300 hurdles—1. Schlaefli, Hays, 51.05; 2. Handy, Maize, 51.06; 3. Carson, East, 52.01. 400 relay—1. Northwest (Thompson, Gillespie, Parker, Johnson) 51.79; 2. Maize 52.10; 3. Heights 53.78. 1600 relay—1. Maize (Handy, Swenson, Rivera, Tomasu) 4:16.19; 2. Maize South 4:17.97; 3. Hays 4:24.37. 3200 relay—1. Maize (Walker, Sy. Roy, Dalal, Wedman) 10:32.61; 2. North 10:53.76; 3. Hays 10:58.61. Pole vault—1. Wilgers, Maize, 10-0; 2. Kroll, Maize, 9-6; 2. Meeth, Southeast, 9-6; 2. Doerksen, Northwest, 9-6. High jump—1. Handy, Maize, 5-0; 2. Meeth, Southeast, 4-10; 2. Swenson, Maize, 4-10. Long jump—1. Kitchen, South, 16-6½; 2. Cotman, Northwest, 15-8; 3. Ortiz, East, 15-4. Triple jump—1. Cotman, Northwest, 31-4¾; 2. Zimmerman, Hays, 33-9½; 3. Kitchen, South, 33-1. Discus—1. Stuckey, Maize, 119-3; 2. Swenson, Maize, 117-0; 3. Griffin, Emporia, 98-10. Shot put—1. Green, Maize, 35-1; 2. Griffin, Emporia, 34-0; 3. Tresvant, West, 33-6½. Javelin—1. Swenson, Maize, 126-7; 2. Griffin, Emporia, 102-8; 3. Schlaefli, Hays, 97-4½.

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