While Chippewa proved it could hold home field advantage in the 2017 Ernie Moore Invitational track and field meet in Doylestown Saturday, April 29, the Hiland Hawks boys’ team left the meet with a trio of champions.
Chippewa ruled the roost in their own meet, with the Chipps’ boys collecting 134 points to outdistance runner-up Revere’s 133. Fairview was third with 113, Barberton was fourth at 90.5 with the Hawks placing fifth with 67.5. Norwayne, Waterloo and Norton rounded out the eight-team field.
On the girls’ side, the Chipps collected first with 136 points, Revere again took second with 123.5, Norton was third at 103, followed by Fairview, Barberton, Waterloo, Hiland and Norwayne.
The day was not without its highlights for Hiland.
The trio of titles for Hiland began courtesy of sophomore Brayden Gray, who continues to take masterful steps toward becoming a true contender in the 300 hurdles. Gray ripped off a stunning 42.7 in the finals to win with relative ease over Chippewa’s Jake Zollinger’s runner-up time of 44.0.
It was also an outstanding day for Hiland freshman Aaron Chupp, who soared to a new PR at 112-01 to claim the title in the boys’ pole vault.
A third title went to Matt Troyer in the 400, where the Hiland senior got a great effort and zipped across the line in front of the pack in 51.2, a time that was just off the meet record of 50.90.
The girls got a good effort from Isabelle Fowler, who came in fifth in the 400 in 1:06.4, while teammate Brooke Miller was right behind her in sixth in 1:08.8.
Sophomore Declan Howell gobbled up some quality points for the Hawks, placing fifth in the long jump with an 18-02 effort, while taking home second place and narrowly missing a title in the high jump, where he cleared 5-10. Teammate Melody Murtaugh placed sixth in the girls’ long jump with a leap of 14-10.5.
The boys’ 4×400 team of Casey Evans, Gray, Jadon Yoder and Matt Troyer earned a fourth-place spot, while the girls placed fifth, the team consisting of Fowler, Brooke Miller, Nikki Yoder and Melissa Hostetler.
Hostetler continues to grow into her newfound success in the 3200, where she placed seventh in 14:15.5, and even more impressive was her third-place finish in the 1600, where she raced to a time of 6:00.3, not far off the winning time. Senior Hunter Yoder claimed fifth-place in the 1600 in 4:56.8, as he continues to carve time off as he plummets below the 5:00 mark. She also placed seventh in the 300 hurdles, where she ran a 53.5.
Murtaugh, a freshman speedster for the Lady Hawks, made it into the finals with the last qualifying spot, and turned in a 14.7, good for seventh-place.
In the 4×800 relay team, Hiland quartet of Elizabeth Troyer, Emily Troyer, Olivia Mast and Brooke Miller placed fifth, while the boys’ team of Ross Hershberger, Tyler Kuhns, Tyler Schrock and Alijah Chupp matched that effort.
In the girls’ 4×200, Hiland grabbed sixth with the team of Murtaugh, Fowler, Audrey Menuez and Nikki Yoder running a 1:59.3, while the boys’ team of Isaiah Yoder, Matt Troyer, Gray and Evans raced to fourth in 1:39.1, just missing third.
In the 4×100, Hailey Miller, Murtaugh, Nikki Yoder and Menuez ran to fifth-place in 56.9.