Many Rush City track and field team members are continuing on to the Section 5A Championships after qualifying at last week’s Subsection 18A meet.
Though the subsection meet was initially scheduled for May 21 in Milaca, it was postponed due to rain and held May 23.
The boys team racked up 148 points, losing only to Foley with 202 and placing ahead of Mora (122), Pine City (72), Braham (56), Ogilvie (51) and Milaca (47).
Only the first place relay teams advance to sections, and it was mission accomplished for the boys 4x800m relay team of Garrett Larson, Kevin Nelson, Kyle Nelson and Brandon Sykes.
Individuals qualifying by placing in the top four and winning their events were Max Maher (pole vault), Zeth Langworthy (long jump) and Demario Peterkin (400m dash).
Coming in second were Garret Pearson (shot put), Luke Maher (pole vault), Jesse Rasmussen (long jump), Peterkin (200m dash, 100m dash) and Larson (1600m run).
Finishing fourth to qualify for sections were Matt Mallinger (100m dash), Kyle Nelson (800m run) and Langworthy (110m hurdles, 300m hurdles, high jump).
“Many boys placed high in our difficult subsection,” said coach Mike Vaughan. “We lost to a very strong Foley team, and many of our boys had their best performances of the year.”
The girls totaled 52 points to place seventh, ahead of Braham (24) and behind Ogilvie (82), Pine City (75.333), Mille Lacs (86), Mora (104.333), Foley (148.333) and Milaca (150).
Keanna Belau took third in the 100m dash and fourth in the 200m dash to qualify for sections.
Courtney Arvidson and Alecia Meier earned a trip to sections by each taking third in the long jump and triple jump, respectively.
“Girls competed very well,” Vaughan said. “Our three girls who made section are repeat section competitors who rose in a very athletic field. I am very proud of how all the athletes performed.”
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 29. The top two relay teams and top two individuals in each event will then qualify to compete in the State Track and Field Championships.