By Victoria Dahlin
After qualifying in the Subsection 18 Championships May 22 in Foley, Rush City will be sending 12 boy and girl individuals, as well as two relay teams to the Section 5A Track and Field Championships.
The top four individuals in each event and top two relay teams in the subsection qualify to advance to the section, as well as any individual or relay team that meets that event’s standard of time, height or distance.
Taking second to earn a trip was the boys 4x800m relay team with members Garret Larson, Kevin Nelson, Kyle Nelson and Isaac Johnson.
Individual boy track team members going to sections include: Dan Weber in 110m hurdles (first and qualifying by meeting the event’s standard), 300m hurdles (third and by standard) and high jump (third); Demario Peterkin, 100m dash (second and by standard), 200m dash (fourth); Dan Taylor, 1600m run (second and by standard), 3200m run (second and by standard); Johnson, 800m run (second); Johnathan Mielke, shot put (third), discus throw (second and by standard); Zeth Langworthy, long jump (third); and Max Maher in pole vault (second and by meeting standard).
“Our boys team is a bit younger so we have less seniors,” said Coach Mike Vaughan. “Three seniors are advancing while two finished their career at the sub-section. Beau Carlson thrower and 400 runner finished off his career last Tuesday. Beau has been a good addition to the discus this year. Jordan Nelson also finished off his multi-year career as a thrower and sprinter. His all-purpose presence and attitude will be greatly missed.”
The girls 4x100m relay team with Alecia Meier, Kayla Nelson, Brooke Hein, Keanna Belau finished third, but qualified by meeting the race time standard.
Tiger individual girl team members making it to sections include Belau, 100m dash (third); Nelson, 400m dash (first and by meeting the standard); Meier, triple jump (first and by standard); Kristy Carlson, triple jump (third); and Teri Jungels, shot put (fourth).
“We had some surprises and some tough disappointments,” said Coach Vaughan. “Some athletes finished their spectacular careers for Rush City Track and Field at the Sub-section meet in Foley.
Of those, he added, seniors included throwers Julia Westman, Rosie Lekatz and Kelsey Dullinger; distance runners Ashley Swanson and Caci Cook; Morgan Twingstrom and Desirae Dahlberg on the hurdles and sprints.
“Morgan is a member of the six chosen for the 4×100 that advanced to the section meet, so she is not completely finished as of yet,” Vaughan noted. “Morgan is also a 2012 all-conference hurdler in the 100 hurdles, school record holder in the pole vault, and her last race as a hurdler was her fastest 300 hurdle race ever.
“Caci has posted some of the best times of her career this year. Ashley, a 2012 all-conference 3200 meter runner, who has been a top finisher most of her career, also fell a bit short in the 800 meter. She came back and ran the best leg of her life in the 4×400 meter relay, which also missed qualifying time by one second.”
The boys came in third as a team (44 points) ahead of Pine City (104), Milaca/Faith Christian (55) and Ogilvie (46) and behind Foley (165.5) and Mora (155.5).
The girls placed fifth (69.25) ahead of Pine City (94), Braham (54) and Ogilvie (44) and behind Foley (138.25), Mora (132), Mille Lacs (102.5) and Milaca/Faith Christian (94).
“At this point of the season, we as a coaching staff would like to see as many athletes as possible make it to the section meet,” said Vaughan. “This is the first year that athletes could qualify by time, distance, height and not just place. We were hoping to advance more because of this change. The competition in our sub-section is always tough, and with the addition of Foley this year it has gotten even tougher.”
On May 18 the Tiger boys took second place (124) ahead of East Central (72), Ogilvie (44), Braham (42) and Aitkin (27), while behind Hinckley-Finlayson (126) in the Great River Conference Relays at Hinckley. The girls came in second (96) ahead of Hinckley-Finlayson (92), Aitkin (56), Ogilvie (44), East Central (42) and Braham (34), while behind only Mille Lacs (118).
The Rush City track and field teams will compete in the Section 5A Championships at St. John’s University beginning at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 30 with the top two placers in each event qualifying for the State Championships.