HUTCHINSON— Jayce Brack recorded a pair of wins in the shot put and discus while long distance runner Kerby Depenbusch won gold in the 3200 meter race at Friday’s invite at Hutchinson.
“The kids did a nice job of competing today in our second meet of the week,” said coach Todd Kaiser. “Once again we had some of our athletes turn in some season best performances.”
As a team, the Panther boys finished at the midway mark in the final standings at fifth place out of ten teams. Great Bend recorded 65 team points beating out Dodge City (6th place) by two points. Maize won the championship in the boys division at 103 points followed by Liberal (92), Garden City (90) and Hutchinson (76).
In girls competition, Great Bend placed eighth while Maize took the crown.
Brack’s threw 55.1 ft. and 156.3 ft. respectively in the shot and the discus to win both events. Depenbusch recorded a time of 9:54 to win the boys 3200 meter run. The freshman also placed third in the 1600 meter run at 4:37.07.
Other medalists included Ty Yager’s season best run of 42 seconds, good for second place, in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles.
Other boys performances:
4 x 800m Relay
5th place in a time of 8:30.94- *season best
(Eric Vazquez, Mason YellowWolf, Quinton Elliott, Isaiah Davis)
4 x 400m Relay
5th place in a time of 3:32.97
(Jeffery Muiruri, Isaiah Davis, Mason YellowWolf, Ty Yager)
4 x 100m Relay
4th place in a time of 44.60
(Cal Marshall, Trey Hurd, Ty Yager, Andrew Morss)
300m Intermediate Hurdles
Jeffery Muiruri; 6th place in a time of 42.84
Cal Marshall; 6th place in a time of 54.36
Isaiah Davis; 5th place in a time of 2:05.93
“Kerby had another good day for us,” said Kaiser. “As a freshman, he is doing a great job and has been a contributor to our team all season. He’s a special athlete.”
While Kaiser was pleased with the relay teams, he said his expectations will be high heading into next week’s competition at Salina Central. “Although our 4x800 posted a season best today we are capable of bringing that time down even more over the next few weeks.”
Kaiser also commented on the importance of Isaiah Davis’ and Cal Marshall’s contributions to the team and added that Marshall’s flexibility will help the team down the stretch. “Isaiah turned in another good race for us today in the 800. Cal ran the 400 for us for the first time this season. It was a good race for him and it just adds more depth to our 4x400 relay team. I’m happy for him and the performance he turned in today.”
In girls competition, LaCora Bryant won silver in the 100 meter sprint timing in at a season best 12.69.
Other girls performances:
LaCora Bryant; 4th place in a time of 27.30- *season best
4 x 800m Relay
4th place in a time of 10:24.73- *season best
(Mariah Stein, Baleigh Fry, Macy Moyers, Kaylan Lagerman)
Kate Warren; 4th place with a throw of 114’ 6”- *season best
Kaylan Lagerman; 4th place in a time of 2:29.50
Shelby Tracy; 6th place with a jump of 15’ 11.50”
Shelby Tracy; Tie 7th place with a vault of 8’ 6”
4 x 400m Relay
7th place in a time of 4:23.44
(LaCora Bryant, Baleigh Fry, Macy Moyers, Kaylan Lagerman)
“Our girls scored a lot better in this meet than we did at Buhler on Tuesday so that was a huge positive for us,” said Kaiser. “LaCora had a very good day. Coach Crough worked with her on her running form on Wednesday and it helped tremendously for her today,” he said. “With some additional work on her form to help her run more efficiently she’s only going to continue to get better.”
Kaiser went on say that as both squads head into the final leg of the season more opportunities for improvement will present themselves.
“We have a chance to do a lot of good things with both teams,” said Kaiser. “The opportunity is there to get a good number of our kids qualified for the state meet. We just have to continue working hard, like we have been, in practice and good things are going to happen for them.”
Great Bend will compete at Salina Central on Friday, May 8.