FAIRFIELD – Just a mere half-point was the difference for the Heartland girls between second and third place on Tuesday at the Sandy Creek Invite.
The top spot went to Hastings St. Cecilia with 163 points. Sutton by virtue of its win in the 1600 relay took second with 103.5 and third was Heartland with 103.
On the boys side of the competition, it was pretty much the same story as the St. Cecilia Blue Hawks won the team title 116 to 100.33 over Central City, with third place going to the host Cougars with 99.33.
Back in seventh were the Heartland boys with 35.33 points.
Heartland held a 99-93.5 lead in the race for second headed to the final event.
The Sutton 4x400 relay team won the event with a 4:19.40 and the Huskies were edged for third place by SC. The team of Tiereny Casper, Allison Braun, Kaitlin Quiring and Sara Brune ran a 4:36.70 to end up fourth.
The Heartland girls were winners of four individual events by two girls. Both Ashton Kroeker and Sara Brune were double winners, as Brune swept the hurdles and Kroeker won the triple jump, setting a new school record, and she also won the 100 meters.
Brune was clocked at 16.80 in the 100 hurdles and 49.56 in the 300 lows. Kroeker went 34-10 ¾ to win the triple jump and turned in a 13.30 to win the 100.
The 400 relay team of Sidney Dick, Kroeker, Brune and Casper ran a 53.60 to take first. Earning a second place was Bailey Carr in the pole vault with a 9-0, third in the event went to Casper who tied with Anna Driscoll of St. Cecilia with an 8-6.
Other top three performances went to Katriino Auto in the 3200 with a 13:22.80, the 3200 relay team with a 11:47.10 and Kroeker in the 200 with a time of 27.40.
On the boys side there were no individual champions and the best finish came from Jordan Heinrichs in the long jump where he charted an 18-9 ¾ for second. Heinrichs also placed in the 300 hurdles with a time of 44.62 for fifth.
The 400 relay team of Tyler Brown, Cole Nickels, Heinrichs and Sebastian Jaekel also finished second with a time of 47.10.
Seven points came in the shot put where Daniel Quiring (41-10), Cody Kroeker (41-1) and Brent Regier (39-11) held down fourth, fifth and sixth. In the high jump, Nickels tied for fourth with a jump of 5-4, Keshawn Comacho was fifth in the 100 (12.30) and the 4x400 relay team of Tyler Henry, Nickels, Jaekel and Colton Siebert ran 3:49.80 for fifth.
Heartland will host the Heartland Invite on Tuesday, April 9 with field events getting underway at 1:30 p.m.