May 29, 2024

WCA track and field compete in two meets in three days

Ean Jones makes an attempt to leap over the bar for West Central Area in the high jump in Morris April 9.

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Sam Peterson

Grant County Herald

In their second competition of the young season, the WCA boys and girls track and field team made the trip to Morris to compete in the Marv Meyer Invitational April 9. Just two days later, the team was on their way to Pillager for the Houligan Extravaganza.

Marv Meyer Invitational

As a team, the boys finished the meet in Morris in seventh place with 52 points. The winning team was Minnewaska Area with 140.5 points. For the girls, WCA had 34 points in ninth place and Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale won the meet as a team with 124 points.

Sydney Ulrich and Ben Nyreen led the team with wins in their events. Sydney Ulrich won the 100 with a time of 13.08 and Nyreen won the discus with a distance of 138’ 5’’.

For the girls, the top-eight finishers included: Sydney Ulrich winning the 100; Taylor Bennett was second in the 3,200 with a time of 13:20.77; Maci Robinson threw the shot put 35’ 3.5’’ to place third; the Knights were fourth in the 4×200 with a time of 1:59.46; Ulrich picked up a fourth place finish in the long jump with a distance of 13’ 10’’; in the 400, Alexa Blume was fifth with a 1:04.72; the girls’ 4×100 team took sixth with a time of 1:07.64; Jayden Styba had a triple jump of 29’ 6’’ to finish sixth; Keira Gehrke was seventh in the 100 with a 13.82; Robinson was seventh in the discus with a throw of 84’ 3’’; Keyanna Gehrke came in eighth in the 200 with a time of 30.22; Skylar LaRue finished eighth in the 800 with a time of 2:51.80; West Central Area finished eighth in the 4×400 with a time of 4:59.50; Styba came in eighth in the long jump with a jump of 13’ 5’’.

The top-eight finishers for the boys included: Carter Kjesbo had the highest finish with a runner up finish in the 1,600 with a time of 4:46.72; in the 300 hurdles, Simon Moritz was fifth with a time of 48.44; the 4×100 relay team was fifth, recording a time of 47.72; they were sixth in the 4×200 relay and seventh in the 4×800; Ben Nyreen came in seventh in the shot put with a throw of 39’ 4.25’’; and Isaac Allen was eighth in the 400 with a time of 57.58.

Houligan Extravaganza

Two days after their first meet, the Bucs were back in action at the Houligan Extravaganza in Pillager. 

The girls competed very well and finished in second place as a team with 90 points. Holdingford won the meet with 143 points.

For the boys, the Knights came in seventh as a team with 22 points. Holdingford dominated on their way to a team win with 218.5 points.

The leaders for the girls include: Robinson won the shot put with a distance of 32’ 1’’ and her teammate Callie Glawe was third with a throw of 29’ 9’’; Terina Blascyk was runner up in the high jump with a jump of 4’ 10’’ and Keira Gehrke  was eighth by clearing 4’ 4’’; Ulrich and Keira Gehrke placing third and fourth in the 100 with times of 13.84 and 13.98; Ulrich was also second in the triple jump with a distance of 31’ 8.5’’ and Jayden Styba came in fourth with 31’ 6’’; Ulrich was fifth in the long jump with a distance of 14’ 9.5’’ and Jayden Styba was seventh with 14’ 9’’; Bennett clocked a time of 6:13.26 in the 1,600 for fourth; Cora Wright came in fourth in the 3,200 with a time of 15:47.11; Robinson came in fifth in the discus with a throw of 77’ 7’’ and Glawe was seventh with 75’ 9’’; Alexa Blume was eighth in the 400 with a time of 1:10.11; LaRue came in seventh in the 800 with a time of 2:54.92; the WCA relay teams finished fourth in the 4×100 with a time of 56.79, second in the 4×200 with a time of 2:00.83 and sixth in the 4×400 by clocking in at 4:55.09.

The top-eight finishers for the boys include: Kjesbo finishing runner up in the 800 with a time of 2:13.71; Blascyk came in sixth in the shot put with a throw of 34’ 6.5’’; Merkins’ throw of 96’ 2’’ put him in seventh in the discus; Simon Moritz came in eighth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 50.98; in the 4×200 the Knights were fourth with a time of 1:46.65 and they were seventh in the 4×400 with a time of 4:08.69.

The Knights were back in competition April 15 when they traveled to Minnewaska Area High School. The next meet on the schedule is set for Thursday, April 18 when the Knights will be at Hawley High School.

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