Cats sweep Pats on track

Photos by Corey Stolzenbach/The Herald
Jasper sophomore Will Gubbins (left) and Heritage Hills junior Landon Marshall (right) race Monday in the 110m hurdles. Gubbins bested Marshall to win the event, and Jasper’s boys prevailed, 76-55, against Heritage Hills as a team.


LINCOLN CITY — The stakes were high in this all-local track dual Monday evening. It was undefeated versus undefeated, and something had to give.

In the end, Jasper’s boys and girls (6-0, 6-0) came out on top with a sweep of the Heritage Hills’ boys and girls (4-1, 4-1). The boys came away with a 76-55 win, while the girls triumphed, 89-42.

“The kids definitely came out and competed hard,” Jasper boys coach Kevin Schipp said. “Some of them are coming off tired legs, and just different injuries, but we had a lot of kids really step up.

“... I had many personal bests tonight,” Jasper girls coach Dean Jerger later said. “It’s just one more piece to the puzzle to help us put together a stronger lineup for meets down the road.”

Junior Andi VanMeter ran away with the 1600m run with a time of 5:15.78, besting senior teammate Kelsea Skorge, who took second with a time of 5:43.53 for personal bests for both of them, and Skorge won the 800m run with a time of 2:37.44.

Freshman Emma Schipp came second in the discus with a distance of 93 feet, 4 inches, and Jerger said that was also a personal best.

Some of Schipp’s cross country runners made their presence felt on the boys side, such as junior Abe Eckman rolling off wins in the 800m run (2:07.82) and 1600m run (4:35.72). Sophomore Harrison Hulsman came through with a time of 10:52.82 to win the 3200m run.

Meanwhile, sophomore Will Gubbins had himself a performance by taking the 110m hurdles with a time of 16.46, and followed that with a 300m hurdles time of 44.69.

“Isaac Heim, who’s our senior hurdler, our best returning hurdler, injured his hamstring before the first meet — he’s still out, but he’s a great leader and he’s been working with all the hurdlers,” Schipp said. “But him and Will stayed after practice late on Friday night last week and today was personal was bests in both by far — both 110 highs and 300 low hurdles. He’s really starting to get better. If he can just work on that technique more, we’re going to see improvement.”

Jasper winning both the boys and girls sides on Monday showed the Pats some things about themselves.

“It provides you with a little bit of perspective,” Heritage Hills girls coach Josh Wilson said. “If you win your first three meets, or you defeat the first three teams that you face and you do so handily, you can have maybe an inflated sense of confidence. So, it’s good to run into someone who makes you sort of rethink that.”

Senior Kelsea Skorge grabbed second place for Jasper here in the 1600m run, and won the 800m run Monday at Heritage Hills. Skorge helped the Wildcat girls best the Patriot girls, 89-42. 

One area where the Pats enjoyed success with on Monday was the field events, as they took three out of five events on the boys side, and three out of five on the girls side. Junior Alex Schaeffer bagged wins in the discus with a 130-5 distance, and went for a score of 18-9 in the long jump.

Senior Rebekah Gordon, meanwhile, swept the throwing events with 38 feet in the shot put, and 100-7 in the discus. The Pats took both sides of the pole vault, when senior Grant Gogel’s distance of 13 feet on the boys side, and the 7 feet from freshman MaKenize Smith on the girls side gave them a sweep.

Those victors in the field events will try to join the rest of their Heritage Hills teammates to get on the winning side of things Thursday at Pocket Athletic Conference rival Boonville.

“The approach that we’re going to take on Thursday is just to be sharp,” Wilson said.

“... We’re going to continue to put in some work, and that was the challenge tonight when they left — that’s the last thing I left our guys with is, ‘(You) need to go home, evaluate what went down tonight and come tomorrow ready to tweak and work on the little things — release points, runways, height off the board, arch in the back,” Pats boys coach Pete Lashley said.

Jasper, meanwhile, is scheduled to go right back into the fray today when it hosts Gibson Southern for another dual meet.

The Wildcats will have to try to be fresh as they go head-to-head with the Titans.

Schipp wants the frontrunners in his distance events to race to win and not post their best times — as the Wildcats are anticipating Thursday’s Dubois/Pike Invite at home.

“That’s the approach,” he said. “They have to be smart. They went pretty hard tonight, and that’s okay, but tomorrow night, we got to be a little smarter.”

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