Ulysses boys, Colby girls win GWAC titles
By KEVIN THOMPSON
SCOTT CITY — With the regional meet just a week away, Thursday's Great West Activities Conference meet was a showcase of what's to come.
And based on the Scott City results, the results could prove interesting.
Ulysses won the boys' team title with 173.33 points, but Scott City ran a close second with 150 points, thanks in part to seven first-place finishes.
On the girls' side, Colby out-dueled Ulysses 158-112 to claim the team title, but Scott City's Kelly Wycoff took gold in all three sprint events to lead the Lady Beavers.
As host coach, Jim Turner didn't get to see much of his Beaver team throughout the day, but he was pleased with the results.
Scott City boys won events across the track and the field in its runner-up finish, including two of the three relay events.
Joey Meyer anchored the 4x400 team that came from behind to take a 4-second win, this after he ran a 1:58.22, the best time in the area this season.
Colborn Couchman won the 300-meter hurdles and triple jump, Dalton Smith took the 100-meter dash ahead of teammate Dalton Buehler, and Luke Hayes won the discus to complete a well-rounded effort for the Beavers in their second-place finish.
Ulysses took away just four golds, including a double for Tate Annis in the 200 meters and the long jump. The Tigers' 4x800 relay won by eight seconds over Hugoton, and Garett Kissell took the high jump.
The Tigers scored points with a number of seconds and thirds, though, to take the title.
Meyer ran his 800-meter as a sprint. Hugoton's Patrick Weaver, who beat Meyer earlier in the 1,600, ran a :56-second split with Meyer before Meyer broke away at the 300-meter mark to get the great time despite running the home stretch in a strong wind.
"In the mile, I just wanted to see what kind of time I could get in this wind and see if it would affect me," Meyer said. He learned a lot, apparently.
Coach Turner said Meyer is strong runner physically, but but "between the ears" is just as strong, especially when it comes to dominating as he did in the 800.
In the 1600 Weaver, Meyer and Ulysses' Izzy Mendoza ran as a pack on lead lap (61 seconds) but Weaver pulled away on each of the next three for the win, matching his season-best time.
Teammate Jacob Martin bested Mendoza in the 3,200-meters by half a second.
Annis of Ulysses took golds in his best events (long jump, 200 meters).
"The 200, I finished strong in. It's the one I look forward to every day," he said after beating out Smith. "When he comes out at these meets, he always shows up a little bit stronger. He's been pushing me all year. I appreciate that. But he's a lot stronger than me in the 100."
Holcomb's Heath Tucker edged out Couchman in the 110 hurdles, running neck-and-neck until the sixth hurdle before pulling away. And the Longhorns' Michael Banderas won the 400-meters by over a second.
The two Holcomb runners usually run on the area's best-timed 4x400 relay team, but some nagging aches among the four runners caused them to sit out that race, which Scott City won.
Hugoton's Avory Stegman won gold in the shot put and javelin to round out the area boys' winners.
On the girls' side, Wycoff's wins were highlights for area schools as Colby dominated much of the competition.
For Wycoff, the triple win in the sprints was exciting in front of the home crowd, especially after a tough win in the 100 with the wind, and an easy win in the 200, even with a finish in a head wind.
"My coach told me today was more about competing against the field than against time, but when you hit that wind, it's hard coming out of the corner," she said.
Ulysses got its standard double win from Kaylea Britton in the shot put and the discus. In the discus, she threw 121-01, two feet farther than her season best, but it's still six feet from her personal best, which she will have to try to achieve at a tough regional coming up next week.
"I've the thrown the guys' discus a few times and I'm just trying to work on planting my foot a little harder," Britton said. "Disc will be a little more competition (at regionals) because there a lot of girls who throw 120s. With that competition, I'll definitely have to step up."
Holcomb's Kyshia Prieto won the 100-meter hurdles with relative ease (a season-best 15.7) but finished second in the 300, over a second out of first.
She led the 100s from start to finish.
"I got out of the blocks really well," she said. "The start is the whole race. My steps have been getting better, and we've been working on squeezing the hurdles, which has been helping with my speed a lot."
Hugoton also got a double win from Nicole Kinser in the long jump and triple jump. In the former, she jumped 3.5 inches farther than her season best.
Aubrey Hamlin of Hugoton picked up the other area individual win, and Ulysses' 4x800 relay team won that event.
See Results in Scoreboard, Page B2.
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