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Track and field: Scholten, Stratton, Eggers warm up in the cold

WORTHINGTON -- Setting the school record in the high jump would be the perfect way for Hills-Beaver Creek's Zach Scholten to wrap up a highly decorated senior year. But on a cold Thursday at the Worthington Invite, he just missed it.

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Luverne track and field athlete Logan Stratton lets loose with a discus throw Thursday at Trojan Field. (Tim Middagh / Daily Globe)

WORTHINGTON -- Setting the school record in the high jump would be the perfect way for Hills-Beaver Creek’s Zach Scholten to wrap up a highly decorated senior year. But on a cold Thursday at the Worthington Invite, he just missed it.

“My major goal for the season is to set the school record,” he said. “It would be a nice farewell to get my name up on the wall.”

Scholten finished first in the high jump, topping 6-foot-3. After sealing the victory, he bumped the bar up to a would-be school record 6-5.25, but just bumped it with his heel as he went over.

“I could have gotten it today, but I just kicked my feet out,” he said. “This was the first time I went for it this year.”

All-in-all it was a good day for Scholten as he won the high jump and missed his personal record in the shot put by an inch, throwing 38-7.

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Stratton finishes way ahead Luverne senior thrower Logan Stratton came into the meet feeling pretty confident that he would win the discus and shot put. And when he let go of his first throw in the discus, it was apparent why. At the time, a throw of 126 feet led the field, and he stepped into the circle and smashed it by 20 feet, dropping the disc onto the field at 146. Then his third throw went even further, giving him first place with a throw of 147 feet, 7 inches. He won the shot put by a similarly large margin, throwing 51-9, a full nine feet further than second place.

“There’s a sense of security,” he said. “I don’t have to worry too much, but it helps me push myself knowing that the only person I have to compete with is myself. I’m trying to always get better.”

And as the season progresses, he is successfully competing with himself. His throws on Thursday were both season bests for him, despite standing out in the cold all day. In fact, he thought that maybe the cold late-April weather may have even helped his performance.

“I actually like to be a little chilly rather than warm so I’m not so sweaty,” Stratton said. “So the weather today was great for me. When it’s colder it helps me push myself further because I know it isn’t going to be easy.”

Eggers finds success in comeback Worthington junior sprinter Taylor Eggers is running fast this spring after taking a year off in her sophomore year. On Thursday she finished in the Top-2 in all four of her events. She won the 100 meters with a 13.63 and was the anchor on the first-place 4x200 relay team that finished in 1:52.28. She finished second in the long jump with a personal-best 15-09, and was part of a second place 4x100 team that finished in 54.26.

“This season has been a lot better than I expected after taking a year off,” she said. “I took the year off to focus on gymnastics (last year). But I wanted to do track again this year. I missed it.”

Eggers’ 100 wasn’t a perfect performance as she had a bit of a slow start, but she didn’t let that bother her.

“I know I’m pretty strong in the event, so a little hiccup in the start doesn’t affect me,” she said. “I know I can finish strong.”

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Eggers is joined by Janet Okello, Kara Thuringer and Emma Thuringer on the first-place 4x200 team, and by SayRa Paw, Okello, and Maria Contreras on the 4x100 team.

“All of them (in the 4x100) are really fast,” she said. “Janet gives us a really good start and the other two just keep pulling away. Then they hand it off to me and they’ve done all the hard work.”

Eggers and her teammates were major contributors to a third-place finish for the Trojans in the meet, scoring 116.5. Luverne finished first for the girls with 181.5, while Southwest Christian was second (167), Windom Area was fourth (82.5), Westbrook-Walnut Grove was fifth (56), Hills-Beaver Creek was sixth (50) and Adrian was seventh (24.5).

Luverne also finished first on the boys side, with 197.5, while Worthington finished second (180), WA was third (97), SWC was fourth (71), H-BC was fifth (53.5), Adrian was sixth (47), and W-WG was seventh (37).

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