Tracksters take 4th at invite

Both the Caledonia/Spring Grove boys and girls track teams took part in a full-blown meet for the first time this season when they traveled to the Rushford-Peterson/Houston Invite with teams from Cotter, Lanesboro/Fillmore Central and host R-P/H all competing.

The Warriors placed fourth in both boys and girls competition, but the teams brought home seven first-place efforts.

For the boys Ryan Pitts won the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.76 seconds, and the 400 meter relay team of Sam Schulte, Alex Goetzinger, Adam Buttell and Pitts took first by nearly two seconds over second place R-P/H with a time of 45.95 seconds. The boys other first came from West Spier in the high jump when the junior cleared the bar at 5’10” to win by two inches with Buttell placing fourth at 5’2”.

In the 200 the Warriors also got a third place effort from Sam Schulte with Jacob Nielsen placing fourth to give C-SG three of the top four times in the race. Senior Alex Varney placed fourth in the 400 at 58.72 seconds with Case McCormick taking fifth at 59.59 seconds. Jamie Lenning placed fifth in the boys 3,200, and Phillip Paulson also was fifth in the boys 110 hurdles. The 4×100 ‘B’ squad of Ben McCabe, Thomas Jergenson, Andrew Marschall and Ezekiel Ott placed fifth and both the 4×200, and 4×400 relay teams placed third in their races.

Mitchell Anderson hit the ground at 17’1.5” to place fifth in the long jump, and Bryan Barthel placed fifth in the shot put at 39’4”. The Warriors scored 57 team points.

For the Warrior girls Hannah Russert had a great day, winning both the 100 and 300 hurdle events. Emma Lange won the high jump with Aly Folz winning the shot put at 33-7”.

Russert edged R-P’s Kate MacKenzie by just 25 hundredths of a second in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.45 seconds, and then again beat MacKenzie in the 300 hurdles at 51.94 seconds with Mackenzie right behind at 51.46.

Lange cleared 5’5” to win the high jump by nine inches over second place Bailey O’Hare of R-P.

Folz recorded a toss of 33’7” to win the shot put by over four feet. Folz also placed fourth in the discus at 72-2. Besides winning two events, Russert also placed second in the triple jump and ran the second leg of the 4×200 relay team that placed second with teammates Lydia DeMorett, Tracy Felten and Sierra Olinger at 2:01.4.

The 4×100 team of Ally Beardmore, Josephine Wagner, Samantha Colleran and Felten also placed second at 56.53 seconds.

Clearing the bar at seven feet even was good enough for third in the pole vault for Nicole Hanson, and the 4×800 team of Randi Mehus, Liz Johnson, Abby Schnell and Emma Bulman placed fourth.

The 200 meter dash was won by Leah Koll of Cotter with C/SG’s Ally Beardmore placing third, Maria Fruechte fifth and Nicole Hanson sixth. Irene Abbott was third in the 400 at 1:10.39, and Kelly Schansberg was fifth in the 1,600 at 6:44.67.

The teams will be back in action this Friday in a meet at LaCrescent.


– Brady Ambrose