By BRETT MARSHALL
SCOTT CITY — Consider Wichita County's sophomore Paige Wells and senior Hannah Mehl as good as gold.
At Tuesday's Scott City Relays, the Lady Indians' distance ace — Wells — and multi-event standout — Mehl — left with three individual titles each and then joined up for a winning performance on the school's 4x800-meter relay team.
Wells won the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs while Mehl garnered firsts in the javelin, discus and 300-meter hurdles.
But those two individual efforts weren't enough for the Lady Indians to overtake Oakley in the team portion of the Class 1-2A division, as the Lady Plainsmen grabbed the title, 106-101.
Scott City's boys parlayed a balanced effort throughout Tuesday's events to capture the Class 3-4A team crown with 121 points, while Ulysses was second with 93 points. Ness City's boys won the 1-2A boys with 123 points and Colby the 3-4A girls with 103 points.
For both Wells and Mehl, the day provided an opportunity to continue their progress before what they hope will be a run to the Class 2A state title in Wichita in late May.
"We've got some goals, and we know what we want to do," Mehl said. "This is just a step along the way, but the good weather was certainly a nice break from what we've had."
Mehl captured the javelin with a season best 114-01 and then claimed the discus with a throw of 93-05.50. On the track, she ran a season-best 49.41 in the 300-meter hurdles.
"I felt better than I have all year," Mehl said. "I've been working on my starts and just getting out faster. I used to start slower and then had to push so hard at the end. Now, I'm just trying to be consistent throughout the whole race. I felt stronger than I have all year and it was exciting to get under 50 seconds."
For Wells, the individual triple was an indication of how much stronger she feels this season than she did as a freshman.
She lowered her season best times in both the 800 (2:26.14) and 1,600 (5:45.18) while running the 3,200 for the first time (12:35.12).
"I just feel so much stronger, and it certainly helps to have a beautiful day to run," Wells said. "My 800 felt the strongest, and I ran a good 800 on the relay team, too. Last year, I didn't like the 800 that much, but I'm starting to really like the race now."
Lakin's Allie Jones was a double-gold winner in the 3-4A girls hurdle races as she claimed her specialty races with times of 16.29 (100-meters) and 49.56 (300-meters).
Jones likes the fact that she is comfortable with her three-step style in the 100-meter hurdle race and sees that as a strong part of her event.
"I've got my steps down now, and I'm just working on getting stronger and today was a good day with the weather," Jones said. "I just want to keep working so I can get better than fifth in the 100s at state, and I want to be on the podium for the 300s."
Ulysses junior Kaylea Britton was another two-time winner on Tuesday.
Britton won the shot put with a heave of 37-3.75 and then claimed the discus with a throw of 115-11.
"It's starting to get better," Britton said. "I'm pretty happy with the discus effort, but I've got to keep working to get where I want to be by state."
Syracuse's sophomore Kyle Dupree was a double winner in the Class 1-2A boys division.
He captured the pole vault by clearing 12-0, short of his season best 12-6, and then took first in the triple jump with a leap of 38-05, again well short of his season best 40-6 set a week earlier at Elkhart.
For the Scott City boys, home seemed to be agreeable to the Beavers as they utilized first-place efforts from junior Colborn Couchman (triple jump, 41-8.25) and sophomore Joey Meyer (800-meters, 2:06.64). They also got winning efforts from their 4x100 and 4x400-meter relay teams.
"I got out there fresh this morning and felt good," Couchman said. "We've been alternating events so far, so I haven't done the triple jump too much yet. We're just going to keep doing different events and see which ones look best for regional."
Couchman's mark was just more than a foot beyond his best of 40-08 set during his sophomore season.
For Meyer, the 2:06.64 continued his downward trend to the two-minute barrier.
He also followed Couchman as the second leg of the winning 4x400-meter relay team.
"It was a good race, and I felt great on the first lap," Meyer said. "On the second lap, I saw some shadows, so I knew where they were."
Lakin shot putter Colby Hamel set a season best mark in his specialty with a throw of 49-06.50 to highlight numerous individual performances.
See results in Scoreboard, Page B2.