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Cfl SATURDAY, MAY 3, 1997 SPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL HIGH SCHOOL TRACK: BELOIT RELAYS T HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Photos by TOM DORSEYfThe Salina Journal Minneapolis' Becky Trout clears 5 feet, 4 inches to win the Class 4-3A girls high jump Friday during the Beloit Relays. Blochlinger wins 800,1,600 Minneapolis senior breaks two minutes in first 800 in two years By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal BELOIT — Until somebody asked him about it recently, Nito Blochlinger never even thought about becoming a half-miler. But by the time he finished his first 800-meter race in two years Friday at the Beloit Relays, 4-3ft BOYS the Minneapolis senior was singing a different tune. Blochlinger, already an established long distance and cross country runner, blazed to a victory in his new event with a time of 1 minute, 59.88 seconds, one of the top marks in the area. He also captured the 1,600 meters to account for nearly half of Minneapolis' 43 points in the Class 4-3A division of the meet. Beloit was first with 122 points, followed by Smith Center with 115 and Hoisington with 55. "All I really tried to do was get a decent time, like 2:03," said Blochlinger, who hadn't run the 800 since his sophomore year. "I didn't want to get embarrassed. "I was going to stick in the top three until the last 300 (meters) and then start moving." Blochlinger, who had not even practiced for the 800 before the meet, said he was encouraged to try the shorter distance by college coaches, friends and Minneapolis track coach Bev Mortimer. "I had people ask me, since I run so good in the mile (1,600) and two-mile (3,200) and have decent speed, why don't I try the 800," he said. "My coach wanted to know what I could do, so I just went out and did it." Now Blochlinger, the Class 3A state runner-up in the 1,600 last year and a second-place finisher at state cross country last fall, said he wants to try for a distance triple at this year's state meet in Wichita. Seyfert, Thompson shine Beloit's Casey Seyfert and Tony Thompson made news as a duo earlier this season when they both broke the 60-foot shot put barrier in the same meet. On Friday they waged individual assaults on the record books. Seyfert destroyed his own Class 4-3A meet record by nearly seven feet as he unleashed a toss of 63 feet, 2 inches to handily win the shot put, and Thompson made just as emphatic a statement in the discus. Thompson, a junior, added more than 12 feet to his year-old meet record in the discus with a throw of 186-3. "I've been working on the discus a little more," said Thompson, who added a second place in the shot at 57-5, but has not approached the 60-foot mark in that event in recent weeks. "We just wanted to get some good throws in our main events and (Seyfert) sure did." Seyfert, a senior, went back to the drawing board after a disappointing performance two weeks ago at the Kansas Relays. And the extra work paid off with the best day of his career. He exceeded 60 feet on three of his four attempts, including a 62-7 % on his second. The winning throw was the best in the state this year and ranks in the top 10 all-time in Kansas. "After KU, I was big-time disappointed," said Seyfert, who finished second in the high school division in Lawrence. "So one night I threw 75 and another 50 in practice. A lot of people thought I was retarded." Seyfert said he usually gets in a minimum of 35 tosses in practice, but seldom as many as 50. Pete Caldwell, the Trojans' throwing coach, spotted an irregularity in his form and the results were evident. "I think I could get it farther, because I slipped on the last one," said Seyfert the defending state 3A shot put champion. "That came easy today, so hopefully I'll start gaining now." SES's Dickson wins twice Southeast of Saline freshman Jon Dickson will have to wait another day to go after the school record in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. But that did not stop him from joining Blochlinger as the only individual double winner in the 4-3A meet. Dickson outdueled Beloit's Erick Grace in both sprints, winning the 100 in 11.37 seconds and the 200 in 23.53. "I've had better, but the wind was pretty bad," Dickson said. "(But) I like to race against people who are as fast as me or faster, in 3A. The last time I got beat by Erick Grace and this time I beat him. I just wanted to win." Beloif s Grace recovers to win 400 Sophomore runs to second straight win in 400 at Beloit Relays By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal BELOIT — It was by no means a perfect race, but it was more than enough to give LeeAnne Grace a victory in front of the hometown crowd. Grace, a sophomore at Beloit High School, got off to a bad start in the 400-meter dash and later stumbled slightly in the final curve. But she J_Q> HMV s tiU finished •^"W ••"•* with a comfortable cushion between herself and the rest of the field at Friday's Beloit Relays. "My start wasn't very good because the starter guy said 'Set' before I was ready," Grace said. "Then I tripped with about 150 yards to go." Grace finished with a 1:00.77, only slightly off her season best. But that time was more than two seconds faster than the winning time she posted at the Beloit meet as a freshman. Logan's Christina Trlplett set a meet record of 41-11% in winning the 2-1A girls shot put. It also marked the second straight year the Grace family has swept the 400-meter dash at Beloit Relays. LeeAnne's brother, Erick, won the boys 400 in 51.21. Although she doesn't use it as a motivational tool, Beloit assistant Larry Smith has promised to sacrifice his hair if the Grace siblings both break personal marks. "If I break 60 seconds and my brother breaks 50, coach Smith said he will shave his head," Grace said. "But I don't really think about that. What I want is to make it back to state this year." Rfley County wins The Riley County girls won seven events on their way to the Class 4-3A team title. The Falcons won all three individual running events longer than 400 meters and had a sweep of the hurdle events. Riley County's 109 points topped defending team champion Smith Center in second with 90. Hoisington finished third with 80 points, one better than Beloit in fourth. Smith Center's two first-place finishes included a meet record for its 3,200-meter relay squad (10:13.1), while junior Erica Kuhn took the 200 dash in 27.12. Trout wins high jump Minneapolis senior Becky Trout —a 1996 state champion in the high jump — won gold in that event Friday to repeat as Beloit Relays champion. Trout cleared 54 to match Beloit's Michelle Schmidt, but Trout was awarded first place based on the tiebreaker of fewer misses. "I've been jumping 5-5 in practice and I'm hoping to get 5-6 before our regional meet," Trout said. "This has probably been my best year, but our regional at Hoisington is going to be hard, with a lot of tough teams." Southeast of Saline Southeast of Saline did not have an individual winner, but collected three second-place finishes from Johanna Ade, Angle Riffel and Jami Davis. Ade had a throw of 110-5 to take second in the javelin, with Riffel going 120-6 in the discus. Davis had a season- best 16.06 in the 100 hurdles, but false started in the 300 hurdles. Class 2-1A / Triplett sets meet record in shot put FROM PAGE C1 points, topping second place Clifton-Clyde with 76 and Ell- Saline at 56. "This is excellent, because we won here as freshmen and we did it again as seniors," Washington's Triece Baker said. "Clifton- Clyde is always tough competition and we like to do our best to get them." Meet records fall Triplett's effort in the shot put was one of six meet records in the girls Class 2-1A, including Ell- Saline's Melinda Griffin breaking her own record in the javelin. Her throw of 128-9 topped the meet mark of 126-2 she set in 1995. Baker was a double winner, and like Griffin, broke one of her own meet records. Baker went 36- 4Vi in the triple jump to surpass the meet mark she set one year ago (36-1). She also topped the field in the long jump with a leap of 16-9. White Rock's Mackenzie Manning broke one of the oldest records in her division. Manning topped 5-5 in the high jump, surpassing the record of 5-4 that had stood since 1984. Solomon's Jamie Nelson won the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:33.8, eclipsing the old record by more than three seconds. Eagles relays soar Clifton-Clyde won two of three relay events to help the Eagles to a second-place finish in the team standings. Kodi Charbonneau and Sarah Bowman ran on both Clifton-Clyde's winning 400- and 800-meter relay squads. They were joined by Molly Burdick and Autumn Trembley for the 400 relay (52.54), while Shanna Knox and Tiffany LeDuc were members of the 800 relay team (1:50.62). Freshman phenom Freshman standout Lindsay Eck of St. John's Beloit had an exceptional day, winning three individual golds and finishing second in a fourth event. Eck's final event of the day — the 300-meter hurdles — was her most impressive. Her time of 46.19 topped the previous meet record by 1.2 seconds and was nearly 2'A seconds better than her nearest competitor. Eck also finished first in the 100 hurdles (15.72) and 100-meter dash (13.12), and was second in the long jump (16-3%). Isaacson, Wells duel The girls 3,200 meter run pro- duced a 1-2 finish for Saline County athletes. Ell-Saline's Kristine Isaacson ran a season- best 12:38.5 to finish first, and was followed across the finish line by Sacred Heart's Sara Wells in 12:45.7. "I've been concentrating on my kick at the end," said Isaacson, who also finished third in the 1,600. "I'm really happy with my kick in the mile, but I still have a lot of improving to go through. "In the past, my coaches think I've always peaked at Beloit and then go downhill. This year I'm trying to peak later in the year and I have three meets before regional." Ell-Saline's Erica Jensen had a pair of top-three finishes, placing second in the triple jump (334) and third in the long jump (16-2). Sacred Heart, Sylvan split Jekyll-and-Hyde Knights come back strong in second game By The Journal Staff A youngster and a veteran rescued Sacred Heart. Freshman Steve Bechard pitched a three-hitter and senior Mike Losik drilled a three-run double in the third inning as the Knights de- BASEBALL feated Sylvan «•"•••«• 13-3 in five in- s v |van 5 3 nings in the sacred Heart 0 13 second game of a doubleheader Friday at Matson Field. Sylvan won the first game 5-0 behind the combined three-hit pitching of Darris Meitler and Justin Keller. Bechard .(2-2), a right-hander, went the distance, striking out four, walking three and giving up three singles. Losik's bases-loaded double highlighted a seven-run third inning that gave Bechard all the run support he'd need. "Steve pitched a real nice game," Sacred Heart coach Tony Canacari said. "He's coming around very nicely." Losik and Toby Herbel had two hits each to pace the Knights' seven-hit attack. "It's nice to get a split, but we're like Jekyll and Hyde out there," Canacari said. "Getting a split is almost the guys' attitude. But that won't work at regionals or state." T HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL Sacred Heart now stands 6-8 on the season. Meitler and Keller shut down the Knights' offense in the first game. Meitler worked the first three innings, striking out six, walking one and giving up two hits — the first a double to Michael Bonilla leading off the bottom of the first. Keller picked up the victory by working the last four innings. He struck out two, walked none arid gave up one hit —- an infield single to Herbel in the seventh. Sylvan (5-3) broke the game open with four runs in the fifth inning on three hits, a walk and a Sacred Heart error. Curtis Keller and Meitler had run-scoring singles and John Wiese and RBI double in the inning. Starting pitcher Matt Neuman took the loss. He worked the first six innings, giving up five runs (three earned) on seven hits. He struck out six and walked three. Joe Staton pitched the seventh. "Their kids pitched a nice game and put the ball where they wanted to," Canacari said. "But the biggest thing was we weren't very aggressive at the plate. "Matt pitched a good game. He never gave up or hung his head. But we made errors that cost us runs. We didn't hit the ball when we needed to. We had some opportunities." Curtis Keller, Meitler and Wiese had two hits each in pacing the Mustangs' eight-hit attack. The Knights entertain Wichita Collegiate in a 4 p.m. doubleheader Tuesday in their next action. Knights rally to sweep Abilene Sacred Heart rolls in opener but rallies four times to win nightcap By The Journal Staff It would have been easy for Sacred Heart's softball team to give in to the chilly 35-mile per hour winds that swept across Bill Burke Memorial Park on Friday. The Knights trailed the Abilene Cowgirls by three runs on four different occasions in the second game of a doubleheader after winning the opener 10-1. But the Knights didn't quit. They scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the nightcap, 14-13 and improve to 12-4 for the season. Freshman Anne Weese scored the winning run on a ground ball to short by Courtney Ash. Weese just beat the throw to home from Abilene shortstop Darcy Bielefeld to give the Knights their fourth straight victory. "These are the games you want to win," Sacred Heart coach Barry Fritz said. "We come back and tie it after we're down 10-7 and then we come back and win it after we trail 13-10. These are the ones that build character." The second game was a wild one as the two teams combined for 27 runs and 30 hits. Twelve players had two hits or more. "This is the kind of game we needed to get," Fritz said. "The conditions weren't ideal, far from it, but when you win two games, I'll take it." Abilene led 4-1 after one inning and 9-6 after three. The Cowgirls then scored three runs in the top of the seventh to grab a 13-10 advantage. In the bottom of the seventh, freshman Kellen Ratcliff led off with a walk. With one out, Ginger Brown walked and Melissa Meares blooped a single to right to load the bases. Weese then followed with a single to center to score two runs and Nicole Knipp followed with a single to right to score Meares and tie the game. After a walk to Jenny Allen, Weese scored the winning run when Ash hit a ground ball to short. Abilene was led by designated hitter Jaime Clemence, who had a triple, two singles, drove in four and scored three times. Amy Funston also had three hits, while Bonnie Debenham and Anna Rippert each had two hits and three RBI. In the opener, Sacred Heart senior Kristen L'Ecuyer was masterful, allowing Abilene just six hits and one run. L'Ecuyer (7-3) struck out three and walked four. "Kristen really pitched well in the first game," Fritz said. "She kept the ball around the plate and was in control throughout the game." Sacred Heart scored six runs in' the bottom of the second as Sara Wells blasted a three-run double. Ash and Karris Ratcliff added run-scoring singles. Ash added a two-run triple in the fifth inning, while Allen had two hits and scored three runs. South 13-6, Junction City 2-1 Nicole Hamel and Sara Mitchell each fired five-hitters Friday afternoon to lead Salina South to a sweep over Junction City in a wind-blown doubleheader. The victories boosted the Cougars to 8-0 in the 1-70 League and 12-2 overall. Kelli Deuth lead South in hitting, going 7 for 8 on the day and scoring three runs in the second game In the opener, Kendall Powell; Liz Mattison and Jessica Watson each had two hits. Watson also added two hits in the second game as did Michelle Stein and Megan Daily. Hamel and Mitchell each picked up their sixth victories of the sea : son in seven decisions. "We had good hitting up and down the lineup," South coach Daryl Hoelting said. "It was a nice team effort and a nice team victory. We had two strong pitching performances." .'; The game was to have been played in Junction City but was moved to Salina because of wet field conditions. "I was really proud of our defense. We came out and played hard and made some good plays," Hoelting said. "I was proud of the way we came back after the Great Bend game. We're happy with today and looking forward to Tuesday" The Cougars play at home Tues : day afternoon against Topeka West in a 3:30 p.m. doubleheader. South will be gunning for its sixth straight 1-70 league championship. Ell-Saline 6-6, Sylvan 3-10 Marcy Atkinson struck out 13 batters and Amanda Carazo had three hits as Ell-Saline downed Sylvan 6-3 in the first game of a doubleheader Friday at Bill Burke Park. Sylvan won the second game 106, leaving the Cardinals with a 7-7 record. Kim Taylor added two hits for Ell-Saline in the opener. The Cardinals were aided by six Sylvan errors. Sylvan took advantage of six Ell-Saline errors in the second game. Lisa Brindle had three hits for Ell-Saline and Amy Zadina two hits. Karen Stecklein was the winning pitcher. "They hit the ball well and we struggled defensively," Ell-Saline coach Tammy Thaxton said, "Marcy did a great job in the first game." I S I

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