At the Watoma Relays in Watertown on April 22, Nick Batchelor crossed the finish line in the 800-meter run at the 1:57.38 mark to break the Milbank High School record set by Gerald Hermans (1:57.60) in 1964.
According to Eric Townsend, head coach of the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs’ track teams, the weather has been one of their toughest opponents lately. Rescheduling caused some runners to compete in back-to-back meets on April 21 and April 22. He says both teams and individuals, however, posted outstanding performances. “Many individuals and relays had season and personal bests.”
The boys’ 3200-meter relay team took down the meet record. Bennett Schwenn dismantled the meet record in both the long and the triple jump. “And, Coach Townsend said, “Both Nick and Bennett were named Outstanding Male Athletes of the Meet in the A/B division of the Watoma Relays.”
For the Lady Bulldogs, Siera Wenzl took first place in the 200-meter dash, second in the 100-meter dash, and ran a leg on the 400-meter relay team that received fourth place.
Complete Results for the Bulldogs at Watoma Relays in Watertown:
In the 3200-Meter Relay, Kaden Krause (2:12.19), Payton Brown (2:08.53), James Batchelor (2:12.37), and Nick Batchelor (2:01.35) earned second place with a combined total of 8:34.69. The 800-Meter Relay team of Karson Weber, Eli Johnson, Aidan Foell, and Max Lightfield took fifth place with a combined total time of 1:39.59.
In the 400-Meter Relay, Weber, Jayden Johnson, Foell, and Stevie Ash recorded a time of 48.84, which was good for fourth place. The Medley Relay team of Foell, Ash, Krause, and Brown posted a time of 3:52.74 and brought home second place.
Bennett Schwenn took third place in the 100-Meter Dash. He recorded a time of 11.86. In the 400-Meter Dash Maddox Hanson recorded a time of 1:02.63.
In the 800-Meter Run, N. Batchelor, with a time of 1:57.38, took first place and broke the MHS school record set in 1964. Hanson came in at 2:41.41 to capture seventh place. N. Batchelor also took seventh in the 1600-Meter Run. He finished at 4:25.85, and Isaac Graham earned seventh place at 5:26.30. N. Batchelor also received eighth place in the 3200-Meter Run. Graham crossed the line at 11:45.49.
Lightfield won first place in the 110-Meter Hurdles, He came in at 17.57. Sammy Femling was fifth at 21.17 and Emmett Hanson followed close behind him at 21.66 to earn sixth place. Lightfield also garnered second place in the 300-Meter Hurdles. His time was 45.01. Femling took sixth place at 49.65 and E. Hanson was next again at 49.85 for seventh place.
Schwenn’s Long Jump of 21 feet 10 inches earned him first place. E. Johnson took sixth place at 17 feet 8.5 inches, and Ash was seventh with a leap of 16 feet 11.5 inches. In the Triple Jump, Schwenn took first and Ash sixth with jumps of 44 feet 3.5 inches and 35 feet 11.5 inches respectively. Foell recorded a High Jump of 5 feet.
In the Shot Put competition, Moises Luna Sanchez threw it 31 feet 5.5 inches. Luis Berrones, 30 feet 10 inches, and Raul Berrones, 29 feet 11 inches. L. Berrones threw the Discus 85 feet 10 inches. R. Berrones tossed it 78 feet 2 inches, and Luna Sanchez threw it 77 feet 1 inch.
Weber took fourth place in the Pole Vault division. He cleared 12 feet 0 inches. J. Johnson took sixth place for the Bulldogs at 11 feet 1 inch.
Complete Results for the Lady Bulldogs at the Watoma Relays in Watertown:
The Medley Relay team of Emily Van Hoorn, Addisyn Krause, Maurina Street, and Leah Meyer took first place with a time of 5:00.29. The 3200-Meter Relay team of Ella Neugebauer (2:45.25), Kynlee Speidel (2:56.44), Meyer (2:54.12), and Street (2:48.63) posted a combined total time of 11.24.58 to bring home seventh place.
In the 800-Meter Relay, the team of Krause, Claire Snaza, Rylee Scoular, and Van Hoorn took fourth place with a time of 1:59.19. The 400-Meter Relay team of Laney Forrette, Jacy Dexter, Krause, and Siera Wenzl earned fourth place. In the Bulldog Relay, Neugebauer (1:06.91), Snaza (1:12.43), Van Hoorn (1:12.35), and Street (1:08.50) posted a combined total time of 4:40.45 to earn third place.
Wenzl took second place in the 100-Meter Dash with a time of 13.62. Dexter took fourth at 14.32, and Forrette was close behind to take fifth at 14.34. In the 200-Meter Dash, Wenzl earned top honors at 27.77. Dexter came in fourth with a time of 29.15, and Forrette was sixth at 29.65.
Maiah Brown took third place for Milbank in the 800-Meter Run. She posted a time of 2:48.33. She also took fourth place in the 1600-Meter Run, coming in behind Ashlynn Batchelor, who took third place with a time of 5:30.79. Tyra Berry brought home seventh place with her time of 6:28.81. Batchelor also finished in sixth place in the 3200-Meter Run at the 12:08.05 mark. Speidel came across the line at 13:51.33, and Berry finished at 13:51.38.
Ashlynn O’Farrell won fourth place in the 100-Meter Hurdles with a time of 20.55. She took fifth in the 300-Meter Hurdles at 54.95. Snaza posted a time of 57.28.
In the Long Jump, Berry chalked 12 feet 11 inches, which was good for eighth place. Savanna Osowski marked 12 feet four inches. Berry also took eighth place in the Triple Jump. She recorded 28 feet 3.25 inches. Neugebauer led the Lady Bulldogs with her fourth place win at 29 feet 7.5 inches. Osowski accumulated 26 feet 11.5 inches.
Snaza took fifth in the High Jump at 4 feet 6 inches. Amelia Pederson recorded 4 feet 2 inches.
Avery Engebretson threw the Discus 86 feet 11 inches for seventh place and the shot 29 feet 1.1.5 inches for eighth place. Emily Wollschlager lobbed the discus 82 feet 1 inch, and Pederson sent it 73 feet 1 inch. Wollschlager and Pederson also competed in the shot put division and recorded measurements of 25 feet 2 inches and 23 feet 9 inches respectively.
Scoular took fifth place in the Pole Vault competition. She cleared 8 feet. Dexter also cleared 8 feet for sixth place. Maggie Kruger brought home seventh place for the Lady Bulldogs at 7 feet.