Tiger track and field finishes in top half

RC boys take third, girls in fourth at Eagle Invite

The Rush City track and field team hit the road last Thursday to compete at the East Central Eagle Invite.
The Tiger boys earned third place of 12 teams, tallying 108 points behind Mora (173 points) and Moose Lake-Willow River (110).
Rush City’s highlights included a flurry of first-place finishes. Junior Demario Peterkin earned first place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.31. Senior Zeth Langworthy won the top spot in two events, starting with the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 42.9. The senior also took first in the long jump by posting a distance of 19-11.
The 4×400-meter relay team also took first place in their event with a time of 3:41.
Senior Kevin Nelson wrapped up the strong finishes in the track events by taking second place in the 300-meter hurdles in 2:13.2.
In the field events, senior Zach Melin came in second place in the triple jump with a mark of 37-9, while junior Caleb Anderson took runner-up in the discus with a throw of 127-8.
Ninth-grader Tucker Leigland and Anderson rounded out the top scores on the day. Leigland earned fourth place in the pole vault by clearing 6-6, while Anderson took fourth in the shot put with a mark of 40-11.25.
On the girls side, the Tigers earned fourth place in a field of 12 teams with a total of 76.4 points. Milaca won first place with 139 points, followed by Mora (112.5 points) and Hinckley-Finlayson (82.5).
Senior Bailey Murawski was the sole first-place winner for the Tigers. The senior placed at the top of her field in the pole vault with a height of 8-0, before earning team points in the long jump with a leap of 14-6, good for fifth place.
Senior Keanna Belau had a strong showing in the 100-meter dash, earning second place in 13.09, while eighth-grader Jamie Guptill also earned a second-place finish in the 800-meter run in 2:32.9.
The Tiger relay teams added to the final total with third place in the 800-meter relay squad with a time of 1:59.4, while the 400-meter relay team took fourth in 55.9.
In the field events, senior Kayla Nelson placed third in the high jump by clearing 4-6, followed by a fifth-place finish by Guptill. The youngster also cleared 4-6 at a later attempt.
Senior Payton Ramberg leapt to fourth place in the triple jump with a mark of 29-5.5, while junior Samantha Ripley placed fifth in the shot put after throwing for a distance of 27-11.5.
Next, the Tigers travel to Ogilvie on Friday, April 24, for a 3:45 p.m. meet.

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