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Nine golds elevate Trojan Track to 1st and 3rd at Marion Relays

By Tyler Henry
Contributor Salina Post

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The Southeast Saline Trojans put in another top-notch performance at the Marion Relays on Friday as the boys’ team took back-to-back wins and the girls’ team achieved a third-place finish.

On the boys side, it was another dominating performance for the all-state duo of Chase Poague and Dylan Sprecker that swept their events en route to five gold medals.

Sprecker easily won the 1600 and 3200 meter races while Poague cleared the 100 meter sprint, the 110m high hurdles and the 300m intermediate hurdles.

Tate Nurnberg added the sixth and final individual victory for the Trojans, taking first place in the high jump, followed by Luke Obermeyer to make it a 1-2 SES finish.

On the court side, Jude Golden added a silver medal in the javelin throw, and in the sprints, Connor Caselman won bronze in the 200m.

As always, the Trojans displayed their strength and depth in the distance races with Cayden Walker and Joel Kejr taking second and third behind Sprecker at 3200 for an all-purple podium.

Levi Allen won bronze in the 1600 and Drake Augustine did the same in the 800 to complete the individual podium spots for the Southeast.

The Trojan relay teams also looked strong finishing second in 4×8 and third in 4×1 and 4×400.

On the girls side, it was another dominating effort for Jentrie Alderson who comfortably won the 800 and 1600.

Ashley Prochazka added a gold medal to the Trojans tally with the fastest time in the 3200, followed by freshman phenom Abby Commerford who made it another 1-2 for SES.

Ivie Douglas continued to flex her muscles in the throwing events taking second place in the shot put and third in the discus throw before the 4×800 meters relay team took the final medal of the day with a second square.

It will be a short rest for both Trojan track teams as SES prepare for the Ellsworth Invitational on Tuesday 12 April.