Five first-place finishes sparked the Grain Valley boys track and field team to the championship of the Knob Noster Invitational Tuesday with 94 points.

Five first-place finishes sparked the Grain Valley boys track and field team to the championship of the Knob Noster Invitational Tuesday with 94 points.

Zac Hoover led the way, winning the 100-meter high hurdles in 15.08 seconds and the 300 intermediate in a school-record breaking time of 40.22 and ran on the winning 400 and 800 relay teams.

Daniel Mahurin was second in the 400 in 51.51 and third  in the 200, 23.0, and anchored the winning 400 and 800 relay teams in times of 44.2 and 1:31.97. Other relay team members were Ryan Nace and David Hudgens.

Mitch Gaylord was first in the shot put with a throw of 49 feet. 3.5 inches. Eric Jankins was fourth at 46-4. Cameron Bolten was fourth in the discus at 134-8.

“It was a nice all-round performance from the guys,” Grain Valley coach Marc Cleveland said. “This was our first warm meet and we are a little banged up from a couple of weeks of hard training and other outside events.

“It was the first time Hoover ran the 300 hurdles and he sets a school record. We believed he could do exactly what he did and possibly qualify for state.”