Mike Motz, Sun-Telegraph
Sidney's Red Raider Track & Field teams had a busy week, competing at the Mitchell Invitational, the Kendra Roeder Invitational in Pine Bluffs, and the Don Bader Invite in Lexington. Both boys and girls teams placed first overall at the Mitchell Invitational, the boys placed second and the girls placed sixth at the Kendra Roeder, and both teams had a good showing at the Don Bader, with only individual results available.
The Mitchell competition was on Tuesday, April 18, and juniors Isak Doty and Chloe Ahrens both had outstanding performances. Doty won the 100 Meters, 200 Meters and 400 Meters, with a season-best time in the 200 Meters and a personal best in the 400 Meters. Ahrens continued her strong showings in the Hurdles, winning both the 100 Meter Hurdles and 300 Meter Hurdles. Doty and Ahrens were selected as the Terry Gilliland Athletes of the Meet for the Mitchell Invitational.
Other outstanding performances included freshman Lance Holly placing third in the 100 Meters, fourth in the 200 Meters and was part of the winning 4X100 Meter Relay team. Sophomore Noah Canas placed second in the 800 Meters and 10th in the 1600 Meters, freshman Lance Holly placed third in the 100 Meters and fourth in the 200 Meters and was part of the winning 4X100 Meter Relay team. Sophomore Landon Riddle placed sixth in the 100 Meters, fifth in the 200 Meters, was part of the winning 4X100 Meter Relay team and placed fourth in the Long Jump. The Raider boys were outstanding in the jumping events, with senior Jacob Dowse taking first by clearing 6' 1" in the High Jump and being part of the 4X100 Meter Relay team. Senior Cam Leeling won the Long Jump with a distance of 20' 3" and senior Austin Roelle placed third in the Triple Jump, followed in fourth place by sophomore Owen Gillham.
For the girls, besides Ahrens' wins in the Hurdles, junior Payton Schrotberger placed fifth in the 100 Meters and third in the 200 Meters, and was part of the second place 4X100 Meter and 4X400 Meter Relay teams. Senior Gabrielle Fortner placed fourth in the 400 Meters and was part of the second place 4X100 Meter and 4X400 Meter Relay teams. Sophomore Zoey Christensen placed fifth in Discus and 14th in Shot Put, and junior Karsyn Leeling continued her outstanding season with wins in the Long Jump and High Jump. Sophomores Carli Black and Jordan DeNovellis placed fifth and seventh in the Triple Jump.
On Friday, April 21, the Sidney team split their squads and competed at both the Kendra Roeder Invitational in Pine Bluffs and the Don Bader Invite in Lexington. Junior Vernon Graham had a fourth place finish in the 100 Meters and fifth place finish in the 200 Meters, and sophomore Owen Gillham placed sixth in the 100 Meters and fourth in Triple Jump. Sophomore Benjamin Borchard placed third in the 400 Meters and freshman Ben Monheiser placed second in the 800 Meters and third in the 400 Meters. An outstanding performance by freshman Keian Kaiser earned him first place in High Jump, followed in third place by freshman Alek Doty. Junior Luke Uhlir placed second in Pole Vault and sophomore Jashawn Davenport placed fifth in Long Jump.
For the girls, freshman Kyan Hicks placed fourth in the 800 Meters and freshman Lia Capriotti placed fourth in Pole Vault. Freshman Lilee Wieser placed sixth in High Jump and ninth in Long Jump. Junior Brooklyn Brandt place fourth, freshman Kiersten Black placed fifth and junior Danay Peters placed sixth in the 1600 Meters.
The split squad that went to the Don Bader Invitational had some outstanding performances, with junior Isak Doty winning the 400 Meters and placing second in the 100 Meters. Senior Jacob Dowse placed second in the 400 Meters and won the High Jump clearing 6' 5", a season's best for him. Senior Cam Leeling placed third in Long Jump, sophomore Noah Canas placed fifth in the 800 Meters and senior Austin Roelle placed fifth in Triple Jump. For the girls, junior Chloe Ahrens won the 100 Meter Hurdles and placed second in the 300 Meter Hurdles, junior Karsyn Leeling won the High Jump and took third in Triple Jump and set a new school record with a distance 35' 9". Junior Talissa Tanquary placed third in the 800 Meters.
The Red Raiders are next scheduled to compete at the Western Conference Meet on Friday in Mitchell.