Tiger track boys take second at home

RC girls place third of five

Junior Kayla Nelson rounds the final corner of the 400-meter dash at the Tigerama Meet at home last week. Nelson took first place in the event.  Photo by Kat Ladwig

Junior Kayla Nelson rounds the final corner of the 400-meter dash at the Tigerama Meet at home last week. Nelson took first place in the event.
Photo by Kat Ladwig

It was a strong showing for the Rush City track team during its home meet last Friday.

The Tiger boys placed second with 156 points, while Braham took first with 173 points. The Rush City girls’ team placed third with 109 points behind Pine City (154 points) and Hinckley-Finlayson (127).

Rush City’s boys squad excelled in the relays; the 4×800, 4×100 and 4×400-meter teams cruised to first-place finishes on the day.

Sophomore Demario Peterkin notched two wins in the 100-meter dash (11.27) and 200-meter dash with a time of 23.35, while junior Zeth Langworthy beat his Braham opponent by more than a second in the 300-meter hurdles for first place in 44.06. Langworthy also recorded a second-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles (17.73) and second place in the long jump with a distance of 17-1.

Junior Kevin Nelson rounded out the track events with second place in the 800-meter run in 2:14.86.

In the field events, Nelson tied for third place in the high jump by clearing 5-0.

Junior Luke Maher made waves in the pole vault, taking first place by clearing 12-0, beating out the runner-up from Hinckley-Finlayson by 3 feet.

Sophomore Caleb Anderson rounded out the top finishes for the Tigers with a first-place finish in the shot put with a distance of 38-9.5 and a second-place finish in the discus at 108-10.

On the girls side, junior Kayla Nelson recorded the lone top honors. The runner took first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.10 and first in the 400-meter dash in 59.99. Nelson also placed second in the high jump by clearing 4-6.

Seventh-grader Ellie Rundquist placed third in the 800-meter run in 2:48.28, while eighth-grader Sydney Fulcher also earned a third-place spot in the 300-meter hurdles (57.15).

Senior Alissa Mell earned second place in the discus with a throw of 84-7, followed by senior Jessica Bottomley in third place (82-4). Mell took third place in the triple jump with a distance of 27-10.

Head coach Mike Vaughan said, given the weather, he is encouraged by his team’s performance.

“Our team is looking strong despite the lack of meets,” Vaughan said. “There is some need for improvement all around in the technical aspects of the events, but it should improve with better weather.”

Rush City traveled to True Team Sections at Maple Lake on Tuesday, and they next compete at Hinckley-Finlayson at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, May 8.

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