According to Eric Townsend, head coach of Milbank’s track and field teams, the uncooperative weather recently resulted in a rescheduling of meets and some athletes ended up attending two meets in two days. Although the weather also has hindered practice, it has not deterred the Bulldogs or the Lady Bulldogs from toppling meet and MHS records.
At the Deuel Kiwanis meet in Clear Lake on Thursday, April 21, both teams broke six meet records.The Lady Bulldogs’ medley broke the meet record and Jacy Dexter also set a new meet record in the pole vault competition. Jacy’s vault of nine feet exceeded Milbank’s grade school record and landed her in second place on the MHS Varsity Honor Roll. Jacy, an eighth grader, also ran a leg on the winning 800-meter relay team and on the winning 1600-meter relay team. Rylee Scoular landed in fourth place on the MHS Varsity Honor Roll in the pole vault competition with her vault of eight feet.
The Bulldogs’ 800-meter relay team, medley relay team, and 1600-meter medley team also smashed meet records. The 1600-meter medley relay’s time of 3:38.22 put them at No.5 on the MHS Varsity Honor Roll. Karson Weber set a meet record in the pole vault division when he launched a vault 12 feet six inches.
Coach Townsend said, “Sophomore Garrett Mertens was a member of three record-setting relays. He ran a leg for the winning 800-meter relay team, the 1600-meter medley relay team, and the 1600-meter relay team. His 1600-meter medley relay time put him at No. 2 on the MHS Varsity Honor Roll, and his 1600-meter relay time put him at No. 5 on the list. In his first high jump of the season, Mertens took fifth place at the Clear Lake meet.”
Complete results for Milbank Bulldogs at the Deuel Invitational include:
In the 3200-Meter Relay, the Bulldogs took first place with a time of 8:46.39. Team members were Payton Brown (2:05.28), Bryan Meyer (2:13.72, Grant VanPeursem (2:24.50), and Nick Batchelor (2:03.07).
Brown also captured first In the 800-Meter Run with a time of 2:06.99. Jose Fernandez came in at 2:35.18.
The 800-Meter Relay team took first place with a time of 1:33.1. Members included Sawyer Gauer, Kaden Krause, Mertens, and Bennett Schwenn.
In the Medley Relay, Gauer, Schwenn, Mertens, and N. Batchelor took first place for the Bulldogs and moved to No. 2 on Milbank’s Varsity Honor Roll.
In the Bulldog Relay, Milbank also took first place and moved to No. 5 on the MHS Honor Roll with a time of 3:30.58. Team members included Kaden Krause (52.47),N.Batchelor (52.19), Mertens (53.80), and Schwenn (52.19).
Karson Weber brought home first place in the Pole Vault competition with a vault of 12 feet 6 inches. Jaden Johnson took third with his vault of 11 feet. Jack Sandvig and Joe French each threw it 9 feet 6 inches to take sixth and seventh place respectively.
The 400-Meter Relay team took fifth place with a time of 47.2. Team members were Weber, Mason Meister, French, and Michael Karges.
Graham Lightfield leapt to fifth place in the 300-Meter Hurdles, and he also brought home sixth place in the 110-meter Hurdles.
In the 400-Meter Dash, Meyer was sixth at 58.0 and VanPeursum crossed the line at No. 8 at 59.0. Shane Spiering posted a time of 1:02.9. In the 100-Meter Dash, Karges crossed the finish line at 11.88 and Meister was right behind him at 11.9.
Karges also took sixth place in the 200-Meter Dash at 24.9 and Meister came in at eighth place with his time of 25.13. Spiering crossed the finish line at 26.6. In the 1600-Meter Run, Jose Hernandez posted a time of 5:44.14.
Mertens marked five feet four inches to earn sixth place in the High Jump and VanPeursum recorded five feet. In the Triple Jump competition, French chalked 32 feet 8.5 inches and Josh Pederson jumped 30 feet 10.5 inches. In the Long Jump, French marked 16 feet 3.5 inches and Pederson 13 feet 2 inches.
In the Shot Put competition Oliver Korth sent it 34 feet 2 inches; Avery VanOverbeke, 28 feet 3 inches; and Anthony St, Martin, 27 feet 9 inches. Korth threw the Discus 82 feet 8.5 inches and St. Martin tossed it 63 feet 3 inches.
Complete Results for the Lady Bulldogs at the Deuel Invitational:
In the 3200-Meter Relay Milbank took first place with a time of 10:37.37. Team members included Ellie Neugebauer (2:42.5), Maurina Street (2:38.75), Leah Meyer (2:48.47), and Ashlynn Batchelor (2:27.37).
In the 3200-Meter Run, Meyer earned sixth place with her time of 13:32.84. In the 800-Meter Relay, the Lady Bulldogs earned first place with a time of 1:52.6. Team members were Laney Forrette, Addisyn Krause, Jacy Dexter, and Siera Wenzl.
In the Medley Relay, Milbank brought home first place with a time of 4:30.67. Forrette, Dexter, Wenzl, and Batchelor made up the team.
In the Pole Vault division, Dexter took first place honors and moved to No. 2 on the MHS Varsity Honor Roll with her vault of 9 feet. Rylee Scoular took third place at the meet and moved to fourth place on the MHS Varsity Honor Roll with her vault at eight feet. Maggie Kruger placed eighth at 7 feet 6 inches and Katie Kruger took eighth place at seven feet.
The 400-Meter Relay team consisting of Ella Sandvig, Gemma Street, Scoular, and Nadia Thue captured third place with their time of 55.6.
In the Bulldog Relay, Milbank brought home third place. Neugebauer (1:09), Claire Snaza (1:09), Krause (1:09), and Maurina Street (1:08) made up the team.
G. Street came across the finish line at 14.0 to take seventh place in the 100-Meter Dash. Sophia Gastineau was in at 14.5 and Addy Hoke at 15.5. G. Street also earned eighth place in the 200-Meter Dash. She posted a time of 30.20. Thue was right behind her at 30.49. Gastineau came in at 30.7 and Hoke at 33.2.
In the 800-Meter Run, Stella Wendland brought home fourth place for Milbank with her time of 2:59.34. Ashlee VanHoorn posted a time of 3:22.17 and Hope Karels came in at 3:39.85.
Snaza was fourth in the High jump at 4 feet 6 inches. Katie Kruger chalked 4 feet, and G. Street hit 3 feet 10 inches. Ella Sandvig leapt to fifth place in the Long Jump with her mark at 13 feet 6.5 inches. She also took seventh place in the Triple Jump at 27 feet 7.5 inches.
In the 1600-Meter Run, Wendland posted a time of 6:25.08, VanHoorn recorded a time of 3:22.17, and Karels had a time of 3:39.85.
In the Discus competition, Cailey Sime threw it 60 feet 10 inches. Josie Riveland sent it 56 feet 2 inches, and Harley Davis, 33 feet. Riveland put the Shot 21 feet 3 inches, Cailey Sime 20 feet 7 inches, and Harley Davis, 17 feet 10.5 inches.
Also Available Now on The Valley Express – See the complete results for the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs track teams at the Watoma Relays in Watertown on Friday, April 22