Spring sports got off to a good start for Rush City on March 23 when the Tiger boys track and field team took champion and the girls, champion runner-up, at the Great River Conference Indoor.
The boys racked up a score of 146 to place ahead of Braham (98), Pine City (63), Hinckley-Finlayson (56), East Central (50) and Ogilvie (21).
Senior Max Maher took first and broke the meet’s pole vault record with a jump of 13’ in the Foley Field House, while he also earned first in the long jump.
The boys swept the relays taking first in the 4×100 (senior Collin Franklin, senior Matt Mallinger, sophomore Luke Maher, freshman Demario Peterkin), 4×200 (Mallinger, Franklin, M. Maher, Peterkin), 4×400 (senior Jesse Rasmussen, junior Danny Myers, Franklin, M. Maher) and 4×800 (sophomore Kevin Nelson, sophomore Kyle Nelson, freshman Brandon Sykes, freshman Ethan Rundquist).
Also winning their races were Peterkin in the 55m dash and Kevin Nelson in the 1600m run.
“Although we have been battling the soreness and injuries that plague this early part of track season, our boys have shown both strength and depth in most all their events,” said coach Mike Vaughan. “We looked strong. We took many first place finishes, but our ability to score two or three in all the events is what will keep us strong as the season goes. The meet helped many of the first year track athletes to gain valuable experience and confidence. I was proud of how they performed. A special recognition should go out to Max Maher for setting the new GRC indoor record in the pole vault.”
The Tiger girls totaled 84 points to place ahead of Hinckley-Finlayson (62), Ogilvie (54), Pine City (53), Braham (21) and East Central (13), while Mill Lacs took champion with 174 points.
Earning first were sophomore Keanna Belau in the 55m dash and 400m dash, sophomore Kayla Nelson in the high jump and the girls 4x400m relay team consisting of senior Alecia Meier, senior Courtney Arvidson, junior Alissa Mell, sophomore Hannah Fleischacker.
“The girls performed very well despite a full line-up,” said Vaughan. “We had strong performances by experienced athletes trying different events than they have in the past. As the season moves on we will be mixing and matching girls at different events and seeing what fits best. We were very competitive and will become even more competitive as the season moves on. The girls showed many things that I liked to see as a coach this early on.”
Complete Rush City results are posted on Scoreboard Plus at ecmpostreview.com.
The Rush City track and field teams will host a meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 9.