PREP TRACK AND FIELD: Murray County Central sweeps RRC meetSLAYTON — Once again riding an impressive performance that resulted in four gold medals from Jack Thony Thursday afternoon, the Murray County Central Rebels claimed the 2012 Red Rock Conference high school boys’ track and field team championship by racking up 167 points.
By: Lucas Knutson, Worthington Daily Globe
SLAYTON — Once again riding an impressive performance that resulted in four gold medals from Jack Thony Thursday afternoon, the Murray County Central Rebels claimed the 2012 Red Rock Conference high school boys’ track and field team championship by racking up 167 points.
MCC’s girls, using several top-five finishes, also won the team title after scoring 146 points. The Fulda Raiders placed second in both divisions, with the boys scoring 107 points and the girls accumulating 105 points.
Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin’s boys took third with 93 points, while Westbrook-Walnut Grove/Red Rock Central (78), Mountain Lake Christian (61), Southwest Christian/Edgerton (50), Adrian (49), Hills-Beaver Creek (46) and Ellsworth (5) rounded out the nine-team boys’ standings.
Adrian’s girls finished third with 102 points, with H-BC (87), ML/B-O (82), SWC/E (70), W-WG/RRC (44), MLC (12) and Ellsworth (9) completing the nine-team girls’ standings.
Thony sparks balanced MCC boys
MCC won six individual events, and Thony was the meet’s standout with four of those individual championships. Thony, who also won four events at Monday’s MCC Invitational, turned in another great day on his team’s home track.
Thony won the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash with times of 11.76, 22.94 and 54.09 seconds, respectively. He also won the long jump with a distance of 21 feet and one inch.
Tanner Nepp (shot put, 50-0) and Sam Beech (discus, 131-2) also won an event for the Rebels. Nepp took second in the discus (128-0), and Beech placed fourth in the shot put (39-10.5), as well.
MCC’s Tyler Scotting was right behind Thony in the three dashes, placing second in both the 100 (12.36) and 400 (55.21) while placing third in the 200 (23.79). Alex Solheim also had a strong day, getting second in the 1,600-meter run (5:10.90) and third in the 800-meter run (2:15.70).
Max Whitehead rounded out the top-three finishes for the Rebels, placing third in the 110-meter hurdles (17.85) and taking fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (46.54). He also tied with Nepp and two others for third in the high jump (5-4).
Fulda’s Nate Getting (800, 2:12.30) and John Getting (1,600, 5:00.60) each won a middle-distance race. Nate Getting was also third in the 400 (55.46), and John Getting took fourth in the 800 (2:16.10).
Both Gettings were also involved in Fulda’s winning 4x400-meter relay, combining with Andy Oakland and Brian Fenske to clock a time of 3:48.33 in the meet’s final event.
The Raiders’ Max Dibble (41-0) and Matt Thier (40-8.5) went 2-3 in the shot put and also went 3-4 in the discus (Dibble, 125-6; Thier, 120-3). Keith Gehl and Brandt Spies also tied for third in the high jump, each clearing the bar at 5-4 for Fulda.
ML/B-O’s Kyle Blomgren won the 3,200 (11:07.40). Jose Gonzalez was third in the 100 (12.38), fourth in the 200 (24.08) and fourth in the long jump (19-0) for the Wolverines, while Britton Pankratz (high jump, 5-10) and Hamlet Tanyavong (triple jump, 38-9) each had a second-place result.
W-WG/RRC’s Jeff DeCock won a pair of field events (high jump, 6-3; triple jump, 43-4) and also took second in the long jump (21-1). Levi Bunting won the 110 hurdles (16.72) and was third in the 300 hurdles (44.99) for the Chargers.
Spencer Harder (800, 2:12.70), Slade Harder (3,200, 11:13.30) and Cody Klassen (300 hurdles, 44.69) were each second in an event to lead MLC. Caleb Bargen was third in both the long jump (19-3.75) and triple jump (37-11.25), and the Bears’ 4x800-meter relay team of Cody Klassen, Dustin Klassen, Brennan Holmen and Levi Stoesz won with a time of 9:56.45.
SWC/E’s Austin LaFollette stayed undefeated in the 300 hurdles this year, winning with a time of 42.12 seconds. He was also second in the 110 hurdles (16.95).
Jase Pater led Adrian with a third-place finish in the both the 1,600 (5:11.90) and 3,200 (11:31.30). Kody Henning took fourth in the 400 (55.81), while Dillon John was fifth in both the 100 (12.58) and shot put (39-3.5) for the Dragons.
H-BC’s foursome of Dalton Bass, Dylan Gehrke, Dirk Thone and Tate Bork combined to win both the 4x100 (46.38) and 4x200 (1:36.55) relays. Bork placed second in the 200 (23.27), Bass finished fourth in the 100 (12.44) and Thone was fifth in the 400 (56.21) for the Patriots.
Tyler Jacobs was Ellsworth’s top performer, finishing fifth in the 800 (2:16.30).
Fulda’s Zanini wins three events
Kara Homandburg (200, 27.54) and Hannah Schmidt (long jump, 15-7.75) each won an event to pace the MCC girls. Homandburg was also third in the long jump (15-0) and fourth in the 100 (14.20), while Schmidt added two third-place finishes (100, 14.10; 400, 1:06.74) and a fourth-place result (200, 27.82).
Homandburg, Crystal Van Iperen, Sierra Van Iperen and Paris Thomas teamed up to win the 4x400 (4:19.70) for the Rebels. Crystal Van Iperen and Sierra Van Iperen went 3-4 in the 800 with times of 2:34.90 and 2:36.50, respectively.
Crystal Van Iperen tacked on a third-place finish in the high jump (4-8), while Thomas was second in both 100 hurdles (18.02) and 300 hurdles (49.39) for MCC.
Fulda’s Sylvia Zanini won a trio of events, including the 100 hurdles (17.21), shot put (38-11) and discus (126-1). She was also third in the 300 hurdles (50.07) to lead the Raiders to a narrow three-point edge over Adrian.
Sariah Cheadle won the triple jump (32-9) and was second in the long jump (15-3) for Fulda, while Sydney Cuperus placed second in the discus (96-1) and was fourth in the shot put (30-10.5) for the Raiders.
The Raiders’ Tiffany Gehl clocked a time of 13:08.80 to finish second in the 3,200 and was also fourth in both the 1,600 (5:54.60) and high jump (4-8). Brooke Wenzel placed fifth in the 100 (14.40) for Fulda.
Adrian dominated the distance races, as Nicole Slater (5:34.20) and Jordin Kopplow (5:38.01) went 1-2 in the 1,600. Austyn Thier (2:28.00) and Slater (2:34.50) took the top two spots in the 800.
Thier also won the 400 with a time of 1:03.22, while Megan Sauer won the 3,200 with a time of 12:39.30. Morgan Sauer was fourth in the 3,200 (13:32.60) for Adrian.
The Dragons’ 4x800 relay team of Kopplow, Megan Sauer, Morgan Sauer and Karly Kramer also won with a time of 10:48.44.
H-BC won both the 4x100 (53.64) and 4x200 (1:55.58) relays. Natalie Leuthold, Meghan Leuthold, Paige Leuthold and Siera Wilgenburg teamed up to win the 4x100, while Natalie Leuthold, Paige Leuthold, Kayla Thone and Jenna Wilgenburg were on the Patriots’ winning 4x200 team.
Paige Leuthold (31-8.5) and Jenna Wilgenburg (30-11.25) went 2-3 in the triple jump for H-BC, while Katlyn Sandbulte was second in the shot put (33-4.5) and third in the discus (93-7). Siera Wilgenburg added a second-place finish in the 400 (1:05.34) for the Patriots.
ML/B-O’s Lydia Hildebrandt (13.96) and Mikayla Falk (14.03) went 1-2 in the 100, while Brianna Soutthivong (27.64) and Hildebrandt (27.69) went 2-3 in the 200. Hannah Stoesz was third in the shot put (31-1) for the Wolverines.
SWC/E’s Hannah Van Dyke won the 300 hurdles with a time of 47.85 seconds. Rachel Buys was third in the 110 hurdles (18.31) and fourth in the triple jump (30-7) for the Eagles.
Chloe Arfsten (first) and Melanie Kedl (second) both cleared 4-8 in the high jump to lead W-WG/RRC, Whitney Klassen was third in both the 1,600 (5:40.00) and 3,200 (13:24.60) to spark MLC, and Abby Drenth placed fourth in the long jump (14-8) to pace Ellsworth.
The pole vault was not held at the meet due to Thursday’s high winds.
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