Peterkin, Maher notch individual titles—
With the addition of four teams from last year’s True Team Section 4A meet, the Rush City boys track and field team placed fourth of 20 teams with 980.5 points last Tuesday in Maple Lake. The host team defended its title with 1,284 points, followed by Concordia Academy-Roseville (1,047.5 points) and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (1,014).
Sophomore Demario Peterkin excelled in three events to earn big points for the Tigers. The sprinter placed first in the 200-meter dash as the lone runner to cross the finish line under 23 seconds, clocking in at 22.97. Peterkin also took second place in the 100-meter dash in 11.43 and was also the runner-up in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.34.
Junior Zeth Langworthy had strong showings in the hurdles, as he placed second in the 300-meter hurdles among a field of 29 with a time of 43.53. Langworthy also took seventh in the 110-meter hurdles in 19.09 and seventh in the long jump with a distance of 18-9.25.
Senior Garrett Larson earned 10th place in the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:57.85 to round out the top individual finishes on the track.
Dan Johnson, Luke Maher, Mathijs von Deberg, Caleb Swanson made up the 4×100- and 4×200-meter relay teams, which each finished fifth of 18 with times of 48.02 and 1:41.77, respectively. Luke Maher was the headliner in the field events. The junior captured first place in the pole vault by clearing 13-0. The next closest competitor cleared 11-0.
Junior Kevin Nelson came in 12th in a field of 30 in the high jump by clearing 5-4.
Sophomore Caleb Anderson earned fifth place of 38 in the discus with a mark of 113-3 and fourth place in the shot put with a distance of 40-9.5. Johnson placed 12th in the shot put at 34-11.5.
The Tigers fell two spots from last year’s runner-up finish at the event, but head coach Mike Vaughan said he was proud of the way his kids battled throughout the meet.
“Despite having a couple of key injuries in the mid-distance and distance events, our boys battled hard and took fourth out of 20 teams,” Vaughan said. “It was good to see our boys rise up and battle with such quality teams. The coaching staff is quite proud of them.”