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TMP gets some surprises at regional





PHILLIPSBURG -- The Thomas More Prep-Marian track and field team got what it expected out of Ryan Mayorga, Cameron Fouts and Sam Dreiling at the Class 3A regional in Phillipsburg on Friday.

But getting Aaron Moore and the boys' 3,200-meter relay team into next week's state meet in Wichita was a little surprising.

"We got more out than what we thought we were going to get out," TMP coach Matt Dumler said. "The 4x8, I was really impressed with those guys. They ran their butt off and to get a kid like Austin Dinkel to the state meet, I'm so excited for him. And Aaron Moore, he's a senior for us, those two have put in four good years and they do nothing but what we ask them to do and worked hard."

Moore is headed to state for the first time after qualifying fourth in the discus with a throw of 140 feet, 9 inches, still short of his season best. The boys' 3,200 relay team -- made of Andrew Hess, Mathew Mindrup, Tyler Rueschhoff and Dinkel -- also finished fourth with a time of 8:46.69, easily a season-best run.

Fouts qualified in the javelin with a second-place throw of 173-7, Mayorga in the high jump with a personal best height of 6-4 for first place, and Dreiling in the pole vault with a height of 13-6, good for second place.

This will be Dreiling's second straight trip to the state meet.

"I was a real bad nerve case and wound up no heighting. It just wasn't working out last year," Dreiling said. "I'm a lot more confident at this point because last year I barely made it in. I was struggling last year even worse than I was this year at this point. But I was hitting my best marks last year and this year I'm right there with my best marks."

The only TMP girl to qualify for state was sophomore Melissa Pfeifer in the 800-meter run. She set a three-second personal record with a time of 2 minutes, 27.55 seconds for fourth place.

As a team, the TMP boys took sixth overall, the girls 14th.

Phillipsburg boys take second

Phillipsburg High School is taking six boys to state after another impressive outing at its regional meet Friday. Grant Wickham took second in the long jump and first in the triple jump, Hunter Kohler fourth in the 110-meter hurdles and first in the 300-meter hurdles.

Stuart Lennemann was first in the 100-meter dash and second in the 200-meter dash, with Trey Ellis taking second in the 400-meter dash.

The boys' 400-meter relay team took first as well.

Two girls advanced for the Panthers, led by Mattison Dusin in the shot put and the discus, and Mindy Gower in the javelin.

The Philipsburg boys fell 14 points short of Beloit for the team title, but still believes they should be in contention for the state title next weekend.

"We feel like we are going to be in the hunt. We need to have a good week at practice next week," coach J.B. Covington said. "We feel like our quality is there. When you stop and look at it we are only taking six boys and two girls, but all those kids are quality kids and they are going in a lot of events. So we are going to have a spectrum of events covered and we feel like our quality will give us a chance to compete for a state title.SDRq