By KEVIN THOMPSON
Heading into the final event of the Hi-Plains League track meet at Meade, the Cimarron girls held a slim half-point lead over the host school.
All they needed was a solid performance in the 4x400 meter relay to claim the title.
And just as the rest of the day went for the Lady Bluejays, Cimarron pulled off the win while Meade finished third. Final score — Cimarron girls 139.5, Meade 135.
The all-sophomore relay team of Brynn Walker, Charise Friesen, Morgan Ediger and Kari Blattner ran 4:18.12, over three seconds better than their season best time.
It was a performance repeated often Friday for the Jays.
"We had really good performances throughout the day," Cimarron coach Dennis Hornung said.
That might be an understatement. The Jays won two relays and seven individual titles to claim the girls' title.
Eva Koopman claimed two titles and two runners-up. The sophomore standout took first in the high jump at 5-05, besting the HPL record, set in 1974, by a half inch. She also won the 100-meter hurdles in 16.31 to win by .33 seconds.
Her second places came in the long jump and the javelin, despite setting her personal best in that throw by nearly nine feet.
"She just had an overall really good day," Hornung said.
Her day was even more amazing, he added, considering her meet schedule.
"After she got off the high jump, she had to go over to long jump. Then she had to walk to the other end of the track and run the 100 hurdles prelims. In the meantime, she'd thrown the javelin," Hornung said.
Freshman Isabelle Koopman claimed titles in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, and anchored the winning 4x800 relay team.
Ediger took the 300-meter hurdles in 47.35 seconds, and she set a personal best in the pole vault at 8-06, winning the title over teammate Boo Dupree on jumps.
Besides running on the 4x400 relay, Blattner took home the 400-meter dash title and ran a leg on the winning 4x800 relay.
Cimarron's lone senior, Cortney Toothaker, finished fifth in the 3,200 meters, which gave the Jays the half-point lead going into the final event.
An area double-winner was Stanton County's Mauri Steimel. The senior won the shot put by more than 7 feet and the discus by nearly 20 feet.
Meade's Tarah Wiens won the 100-meter 200-meter dashes and the long jump. Teammate Kinzie Friesen won the triple jump. The Lady Buffaloes also won the 4x100 meter relay.
Elkhart's Yessenia Villa won the 800 meters, and Nayelly LaPoint of Southwestern Heights won the javelin.
The 3A regional will be in Holcomb this Friday, and Hornung hopes his girls' competitiveness comes through again.
"I can't say what we'll do team-wise, but hopefully we'll be in the hunt for a regional title," he said. "I don't know if we have all the depth it will take to win it, but we hope to get a lot of the girls qualified for the big meet at state."
On the boys side, Meade held off Stanton County 117-108 to claim the team title.
The Buffaloes' Trevin Wiens, a football signee next year for Garden City Community College, won four individual titles.
The senior won all three sprints and took the long jump by just 3.5 inches over Stanton County's Quinn Kendrick, another Broncbuster football signee.
Meade also got a double win from Morgan Davis in the shot put and discus, as well as hurdle wins from Hayden Borth in the 110 meters and Chris Hardaway in the 300 meters.
Kendrick won the pole vault with a jump of 13-06, well off his season best of 15-0, but enough to win and save his legs for regionals.
Stanton County also got wins in the 4x100 and 4x800 relays, as well as a 1-2 finish in the 800 meters by Jacob Cron and Bret Gum.
Cimarron's Josh Meis won the high jump and Alex Neuschafer won the javelin.
Sublette's lone win came in the 4x400 relay with a winning time of 3:35.48, five seconds ahead of Stanton County.
Syracuse's Kyle Dupree, the Telegram's top triple jumper, won that event by nearly two feet over Sublette's Jake Gesling.
The 3A boys will also compete Friday at the 3A regional in Holcomb. Class 2A regional is at Sublette, while Class 1A regionals are at St. John and Hays. The state track meet is May 24-25 in Wichita.