It’s been a great year for the Great River Conference Champion Rush City track and field team, and the same can be said of Tiger pole vaulter Max Maher as he again set a new personal record while breaking the GRC Championship record.
The boys team was conference champion last week in Hinckley, totaling up 196 points to place ahead of Hinckley-Finlayson (110), Pine City (106.66), Braham (106), Ogilvie (67), East Central (66.33) and Aitkin (17).
Maher went over 13’6” to take the conference championship and set the new pole vault record.
Also earning champion were Demario Peterkin (100m and 200m dash), the 4x100m relay team (Hunter Leigland, Dan Johnson, Matt Mallinger, Peterkin) and the 4x200m relay team (Luke Maher, M. Maher, Leigland, Mallinger).
Finishing in the top three and champion runner-ups were Zeth Langworthy (110m hurdles), Garrett Larson (1600m run), Garret Pearson (shot put), Johnathan Meilke (discus throw), Mallinger (100m dash) and L. Maher (pole vault).
Coming in third were Kevin Nelson (1600m and 3200m run), Kyle Nelson (800m run), Caleb Anderson (discus throw), Langworthy (300m hurdles and high jump) and M. Maher (200m dash).
“The boys had many superior performances,” said coach Mike Vaughan. “We proved our depth by placing two or three in many events. The boys have only lost to one team this whole year, finishing second to the defending State True Team Champion, Maple Lake. It will be interesting to see how we perform in the sub-section and section meets coming up.”
The Tiger girls team totaled 55 to place ahead of East Central (49), Braham (46) and Aitkin (41.5), while behind Mille Lacs (147.5), Pine City (144), Hinckley Finlayson (115) and Ogilvie (69).
In the top three for the girls was Keanna Belau with champion runner-up in the 100m dash.
Finishing in third were Courtney Arvidson (300m hurdles) and the 4x100m relay team (Raven Keehbler, Jessica Bottomley, Sydney Fulcher, Sydney Manske).
“It was a very competitive conference meet,” said Vaughan. “There were some tremendous performances from all teams. Our girls competed well and many had personal or seasonal best in their events. We look forward to competing in the intense meets coming up.”