Tiger boys win, break records at Tigerama

Max Maher crossed the bar at 13 feet 1 inch to set a new pole vault record for the Tigerama meet and earn first place. He also placed fifth in the long jump. Photos by Victoria Dahlin

Max Maher crossed the bar at 13 feet 1 inch to set a new pole vault record for the Tigerama meet and earn first place. He also placed fifth in the long jump. Photos by Victoria Dahlin

Demario Peterkin and Max Maher had record breaking performances at last week’s Tigerama meet where the Rush City boys track team took first place.

Peterkin broke not only the Tigerama record but also the Rush City school record in the 100m dash by taking first place with a time of 10.97.

Maher crossed the bar at 13 feet 1 inch to set a new pole vault record for the Tigerama meet and earn first place.

Peterkin also took first in the 200m dash and was a part of the winning 4x100m relay team with Collin Franklin, Dan Johnson and Matt Mallinger.

Other Rush City boys to win their events were Johnathan Mielke (discus), Zeth Langworthy (long jump, high jump) and Kevin Nelson (3200m run).

Coming in second were the boys 4x800m relay team of Kyle Nelson, Ethan Rundquist, Brandon Sykes and Kevin Nelson; Garret Pearson in shot put; and Luke Mahr in the pole vault event.

Finishing up the top three and finishing in third were Garrett Larson (1600m run) and Matt Mallinger (triple jump).

Demario Peterkin broke the Tigerama record, as well as the Rush City School record in the 100m dash, taking first place with a time of 10.97. Peterkin also took first in the 200m dash and was part of the winning boys 4x100 relay team along with Collin Franklin, as well as Dan Johnson and Matt Mallinger.

Demario Peterkin broke the Tigerama record, as well as the Rush City School record in the 100m dash, taking first place with a time of 10.97. Peterkin also took first in the 200m dash and was part of the winning boys 4×100 relay team along with Collin Franklin, as well as Dan Johnson and Matt Mallinger.

The boys team tallied up 144 points to place ahead of Moose Lake/Willow River (139.25), Braham (73.5), Hinckley-Finlayson (72.25), Pine City (42), East Central (41) and Ogilvie (30).

“We made some mistakes and did not perform at our top level,” said coach Mike Vaughan. “But we were able to defeat a very strong Moose Lake/Willow River team to win the Tigerama. It was our first outdoor meet. We have a number of individuals who can really perform, and we have a very strong supporting cast. We had multiple events where two or three individuals placed, and it helped us win the meet. Demario’s 100 meter school and Tigerama records and Max’s pole vault record were impressive. We have a great number of good athletes to make a very strong team. It was great to finally have our first outdoor meet to see what we could do.”

Tiger girls track team

The Rush City girls team totaled 24.75 points to tie for eighth place with East Central at the Tigerama behind Mille Lacs (106.5), Moose Lake/Willow River (98.5), Pine City (93), Hinckley-Finlayson (72.75), Ogilvie (60), Braham (46.5) and Aitkin (31).

Placing in the top three and in third were Alecia Meier (shot put) and Keanu Belau (200m dash).

“We have very low numbers and are trying out different athletes at many events to find a good fit,” said Vaughan. “The girls have worked through these challenges and injuries. It will be interesting to see how they all fit in the next coming weeks with the True Team and conference meets approaching very quickly. I would have like to see them perform in more meets, but the weather has not cooperated. Alecia Meier and Keanna Belau gave us our top performances, and I know each
of them expects so much more out of themselves. I know they will respond in the meets to come.”

Hamline Elite Meet

On April 26, Johnathan Mielke and Max Maher qualified for the Hamline Elite Meet where Mielke placed 11th in the discus throw (137’02”), while Maher was unable to make opening height.

The meet is open to all high school athletes in both class divisions, which compete together. The field in each event is limited to a certain number of entries to ensure only the top athletes in the state compete. Athletes are chosen after submitting their personal best records.

The discus throw is limited to the top 12 athletes in the state, while the pole vault is limited to the top nine individuals, as well as those that tie with the ninth qualifier.

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