Ryan Pitts, West Spier and Emma Lange all won conference titles at the Three Rivers Conference Championship track meet May 11 at Herman Track In Plainview.
Pitts, in his junior season, won both the 100 and 200 meter dash and also ran the anchor leg of the boys 4×100 relay team that included Sam Schulte, Alex Goetzinger and Adam Buttell.
Both Pitts and Buttell were members of the 2012 4×100 squad that set a new conference record of 44.34 seconds with Adam Drenckhahn and Aric Elmore a year ago. This time around the team posted a time of 45.82 seconds to edge second-place PEM, who finished with a time of 46.07 seconds. Pitts broke the tape at 11.32 seconds to edge PEM’s Zach Ziebell by just 0.22 of a second in the 100 and then turned in a 23.48 to win the 200 by 0.33 over PEM senior Jacob Fenske.
Fellow junior West Spier repeated as conference champ in the high jump, winning with a jump of six feet even. He pushed his competitors out by a full half foot after Tyler Wondrow of Chatfield, Tanner Jensen of LAHS and Tim Dale of Wabasha-Kellogg all cleared 5’6.
Lange, the 2011 state champ in the high jump, repeated as conference champion again this season when she cleared 5’6” to win the title by two inches with PEM’s Hayley Rau placing second at 5’4 and C/SG ninth grader Alexis King placing eighth.
The Caledonia/Spring Grove boys finished fourth in the team standings with 67 points while PEM rolled to the team title with 203, easily outdistancing the rest of the field as Dover-Eyota/St. Charles finished a distant second with 145 points.
Junior Sam Schulte placed third in the 100, and the 4×200 team of Goetzinger, Buttell, Mitchell Anderson and Jacob Nielsen placed fourth. Alex Varney placed eighth in the 400 dash, and Nielsen placed sixth in the 200 at 25 seconds flat.
In the boys 4×400 West Spier, Case McCormick, Varney and Jamie Lenning placed 4th at 4:11.74. Bryan Barthel placed 8th in the boys shot put with a toss of 40’9.5”.
Hannah Russert placed second in the girls 100 meter hurdles at 17.07 seconds and was fifth in the 300 hurdles at 53.25 seconds. Russert, along with Maria Fruechte, Josephine Wagner and Ally Beardmore placed third in the 4×200 relay at 1:54.58 with Fruechte also placing fifth in the 100 meter dash.
Beardmore just missed a conference title in the 200 as she placed second at 28.69 seconds behind PEM 8th grader Morgan Shindelar, who won with a time of 28.02 seconds. Beardmore also placed seventh in the 100 at 13.78 seconds.
Laura Jergenson (7th – 1600 meter run) and the 4×100 relay team of Tracy Felten, Samantha Colleran, Lydia DeMorett and Josephine Wagner (5th-57.78 seconds) also earned points. DeMorett also placed eighth in the 400.
In the field events, Aly Folz placed second in the shot put at 34’7” and added a fourth place effort (90-5”) in the discus. Hannah Russert added a sixth place effort in the triple jump, and Nikki Hansen finished in fifth place in the pole vault at 7’6”.
On Thursday, May 16 the teams traveled to the DESC triangular at St. Charles with Rushford-Peterson/Houston also taking part. Ally Beardmore won both the 100 and 200 meter dash for the girls, and Laura Jergenson won the 1600 meter run. The 4×100 relay team also took top honors. Aly Folz won the shot put at 36’6” and the discus at 98’7”.
Pitts won the 100 and 200 and anchored the 4×100 relay team that also won. West Spier won the high jump, and the boys placed third overall. The girls placed second with 52.33 points.
Up next for C/SG will now be the 1A sub-section meet this Thursday, May 23 at Rushford-Peterson at 4:30.
– Brady Ambrose