Last week the Tiger track and field teams competed at the Section 4A True Team Meet and the Ron Jensen Hinckley-Finlayson Invitational where Max Maher set a new meet and school record in the pole vault.
On May 7 the boys accumulated 811.5 points at the True Team Meet to place second ahead of 14 teams.
Maple Lake totaled 920.5 to win the meet where only the first place team and no individuals go on to the State True Team Meet.
Taking firsts individually for Rush City were Demario Peterkin (100m dash), M. Maher (pole vault) and the 4x100m relay team (Collin Franklin, Dan Johnson, Matt Mallinger, Peterkin).
Coming in second were Peterkin (200m dash), Luke Maher (pole vault) and the 4x200m relay team (L. Maher, M. Maher, Franklin, Mallinger).
Rounding off the top three in third was Johnathan Mielke (discus throw).
“It was a spectacular meet,” said coach Mike Vaughan. “A meet with 16 teams, and our boys finish second to a very good Maple Lake team who are defending True Team State Champions. Our boys fought hard all day and performed at a high level despite the lack of meets going into this big meet. I was very proud of their efforts.”
The Tiger girls team scored 513.5 to come in seventh out of 15, with Maple Lake winning with 937.
Keanna Belau was the only Rush City girl to place in the top three and crossed the finish line first in the 100m dash.
“The girls ran very well despite missing key individuals,” said Vaughan. “I was proud of their finish and their never quit attitude. They need more meet experience.”
The boys racked up 113 points to win the Ron Jensen Invitational last Thursday ahead of Hinckley-Finlayson (91), Mora (89), Moose Lake/Willow River (83), Pine City (61), Braham (35), East Central (30), Siren (25), Aitkin (16), Barnum (13) and Legacy Christian Academy (2).
M. Maher vaulted over 13’ 10 3/4” to win the pole vault and set a new meet and Rush City school record.
Also placing in the top three with firsts were Peterkin (100m dash) and the 4x100m relay (Hunter Leigland, Peterkin, Johnson, Mallinger).
Taking second were Zeth Langworthy (300m hurdles, long jump, high jump), L. Maher (pole vault) and the 4x800m relay team (Kevin Nelson, Garret Larson, Brandon Sykes, Kyle Nelson).
In third were Langworthy (110m hurdles) and the 4x400m relay team (Jesse Rasmussen, Dillon Mohr, Peterkin, Leigland).
“We performed solidly despite people competing in events they do not usually compete in,” said Vaughan. “We are sore, tight and injury plague, but still manage to win the meet.”
The girls tallied up 53 points to finish fifth ahead of Aitkin (33), Barnum (32), Siren (30), Braham (26), East Central (24) and Legacy Christian Academy (0); and Moose Lake/Willow River (113), Pine City (101), Hinckley-Finlayson (85) and Mora (61).
In the top three were Alecia Meier (shot put) and Belau (100m dash) coming in second.
Placing third were Courtney Arvidson (long jump, triple jump) and the 4x100m relay team (Raven Keehbler, Sydney Fulcher, Sydney Manske, Belau).
“Some of the girls’ performance showed dramatic improvement, and it will be interesting to see how they step it up at the GRC meet,” said Vaughan.