By Victoria Dahlin
After the Rush City girls 4x100m relay team set a new school record and the boys and girls teams took second place at Hinckley, both track teams finished third in the Section True Team Meet.
On May 4 the Tigers competed in the Ron Jensen Invitational at Hinckley-Finlayson High School with the Tiger boys accumulating 114 points to place ahead of Pine City (98), Siren (64.5), East Central (51) and Braham (98) and behind only Hinckley-Finlayson (183.5).
Taking first for the boys were Isaac Johnson (800m run), Kevin Nelson (3200m run), Max Maher (pole vault) and Johnathan Meilke (discus).
The girls team racked up 143 points to finish ahead of Pine City (109), Braham (66), East Central (47) and Siren (40) and behind Hinckley-Finlayson (146).
Winning for the girls were the 4x100m relay team (Kayla Nelson, Alecia Meier, Brooke Hein, Keanna Belau), the 4x400m relay team (Ashley Swanson, Brooke Hein, Bailey Murawski, Kayla Nelson), Kayla Nelson (400m run), Terri Jungels (shot put) and Meier (triple jump).
Then came the Section 4A True Team Meet held at Sibley East on May 8.
The boys totaled 440.5 points to place ahead of Sibley East (416.5), Providence Academy (317), New Life Academy (308), Trinity School River Ridge (290), Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (221), Math & Science Academy (220) and Brooklyn Center (196). They finished behind only Maple Lake (569) and Mayer Lutheran (448).
Coming in first for the boys were Daniel Taylor (3200m run) and Maher (pole vault).
The girls earned 427.5 points to place ahead of Providence Academy (418), Trinity School River Ridge (371), Sibley East (338), Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (249), Math & Science Academy (226), New Life Academy (175.5) and Brooklyn Center (94). They, too, placed behind Maple Lake (546) and Mayer Lutheran (545).
Kayla Nelson won the 400m dash and was the only girl to take first place.
“The boys and girls competed very well with the tough teams in our True Team Section,” said Coach Mike Vaughan. “For the most part we had many (personal records) in their events and many are surpassing many of their own expectations. We came up short finishing third for the boys and girls, but I was very proud of the way we battled for both sides. The teams that beat us are very tough teams. We are looking forward to the conference meet in Hinckley, and it will be extremely close on both the girls and boys sides.”
Rain put an early disappointing end to the Tigerama Meet hosted by Rush City at Bill West Track May 1.
The Tiger boys team was only able to compete in 12 of 18 events before the meet was called. Unfortunately, many of those canceled contests were where the boys had the strongest competitors, so the team ended up taking third place with a total of 70 points.
Coming in first for the boys were Dan Weber (110m hurdles, 300m hurdles) and Johnathan Mielke (discus).
The girls were able to finish 15 of 18 events and earned 93.33 points to take second place. Winning their events were the 4x100m relay (Morgan Twingstrom, Alecia Meier, Brooke Hein, Keanna Belau), Belau (100m dash), 400m dash (Kayla Nelson), Terri Jungels (shot put) and Meier (triple jump).
The Rush City track and field teams will compete in the Great River Conference Relay Invitational at Hinckley-Finlayson High School at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, May 17 before competing in the Section 5A Subsection 18 Championships at Foley at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 22.