The MHS track and field teams took advantage of a break in the weather to compete at the Rob Luecke Invitational in Groton on April 26. The Bulldogs ran away with many of the top-place finishes.
Eric Townsend, head coach for Milbank, said, “The Rob Luecke Invite was a great opportunity to see where both (our) teams stack up against most of the other NEC and region schools. Both teams turned in some solid times, heights, and distances. Nick Batchelor broke his own school record in the 3200-meter run with a time of 9:42.6.”
“Siera Wenzl was named the Outstanding Sprinter of the Meet,” Townsend said. She won the 200-meter, placed second in the 100-meter, and ran legs on the second-place 400-meter relay and the winning 1600-meter relay teams.
Coach Townsend also highlighted the contributions of the hurdlers on the team by giving a shoutout to junior Max Lightfield. Townsend said, “He has been a top hurdler for the boys team the past couple of seasons and placed third in the 110-meter hurdles and second in the 300-meter hurdles.”
Coach Townsend also noted junior Laney Forrette had her best meet of the season at Groton. She ran a leg on the second-place 400-meter relay team and placed sixth in the 100 and 200-meter dashes.
“Overall,” Townsend says, “both the boys and girls teams competed really hard and earned many season bests. Both teams appear to be in a great position to compete for both the NEC and Region 1A team titles.”
COMPLETE RESULTS FOR THE BULLDOGS:
N. Batchelor took first place at the meet and broke his own school record at 9:42.6 in the 3200-Meter Run.
In the 3200-Meter Relay, the Bulldogs also took first place. Team members included Kaden Krause (2:07.81), Payton Brown (2:07.69), James Batchelor (2:10.21), and N. Batchelor (2:01.93).
In the 1600-Meter Run, N. Batchelor took first with a time of 4:29.3, J. Batchelor brought home third at 4:57.6, and Isaac Graham posted a time of 5:31.6.
The Milbank team of Michael Karges, Aidan Foell, Lightfield, and Bryan Meyer had a combined total time of 1:41.3 to bring home seventh place in the 800-Meter Relay.
In the 800-Meter Run, N. Batchelor was third at 2:12.3. Meyer was fourth at 2:15.5, and Graham came in at 2:25.6.
Bennett Schwenn crossed the finish line at 53.0 to take first place in the 400-Meter Dash. Krause was right behind him in second place at 54.2, and Brown captured fourth place at 56.1.
The Bulldogs earned third place in the 400-Meter Relay with their time of 46.5. Krause, Garrett Mertens, Karges, and Sawyer Gauer each ran a leg.
In the 200-Meter Dash, Schwenn took second place and Gauer took third. Schwenn posted a time of 23.5 and Gauer came in at 24.0.
The Bulldogs also came out on top in the Bulldog Relay. Krause (52.34), Eli Johnson (57.00), Mertens (53.93), and Brown (55.12) all contributed to Milbank’s winning total of 3.39.5.
In the 110-Meter Hurdles, M. Lightfield earned third place with his time of 17.3. Sammy Femling was fifth at 19.9, and Graham Lightfield came in at 20.5.
M. Lightfield also brought home second place for the Dawgs in the 300-Meter Hurdles. His time was 44.0. Femling garnered fifth place at 48.0, and Mertens came in at seventh place at 48.5.
Schwenn led the Triple Jump competition with a total of 34 feet 6.5 inches. Stevie Ash jumped 34 feet 6.5 inches. In the Long Jump, Johnson marked 17 feet 0 inches and Ash 16 feet 10.5 inches. In the High Jump, Mertens cleared 5 feet 6 inches to claim fifth place. Grant Van Peursem was the eighth-place winner at 5 feet 2 inches. Foell marked 5 feet 0 inches.
Ryker Trevett took second place in the Shot Put competition. He threw it 48 feet 1.25 inches. Oliver Korth recorded 34 feet 0 inches and Moises Luna Sanchez heaved it 31 feet 3 inches. Luna Sanchez also threw the Discus 87 feet 3 inches and Korth tossed it 70 feet 7 inches.
Karson Weber cleared 12 feet 6 inches in the Pole Vault division to earn a first-place award. Jayden Johnson added a fifth-place win for the Bulldogs at 10 feet 6 inches.
COMPLETE RESULTS FOR THE LADY BULLDOGS:
In the 3200-Meter Relay, The Lady Bulldogs claimed first place. Ellie Neugebauer (2:41.86), Maurina Street (2:36.95), Leah Meyer (2:48.32), and Ashlynn Batchelor (2:31.57) all contributed to the win at 10:38.6.
A. Batchelor also took first place in the 3200-Meter Run. She clocked in at 11:49.1. Tyra Berry brought home seventh place for Milbank at 13.49.7.
In the 1600-Meter Run, Berry again brought home the bacon for Milbank. She earned fifth place at 6:21.4. Kynlee Speidel was right behind her in sixth place at 6:21.7. Speidel also posted a time of 2:52.3 in the 800-Meter Run.
Jacy Dexter, Emily Van Hoorn, Ella Sandvig, and Addisyn Krause combined for a total time of 1:59.3 and fourth-place honors in the 800-Meter Relay.
The 400-Meter Relay team took second place. Laney Forette, Jacy Dexter, Isabella Anderson, and Siera Wenzl put up a time of 53.9 to walk away with second place.
The Lady Bulldogs outdid all the competition in the Bulldog Relay. Neugebauer (1:06.88), Anderson (1:07.83), M. Street (1:07.23), and Wenzl (1:02.90) combined for a total of 4.24.8 and first place. Krause, Gemma Street, Van Hoorn, and M. Street captured third place in the Medley Relay.
In the 400-Meter Dash, Neugebauer took fifth place with her time of 1:08.8. Rylee Scoular came across the line at 1:10.6.
Wenzl took first place in the 200-Meter Dash. Her time was 28.3. Dexter and Forrette both posted a time of 29.9 to take fifth and sixth place respectively. Wenzl took second in the 100-Meter Dash at 13.2. Forrette came in at sixth place at 14.1. Anderson posted a time of 14.5.
Ashlynn O’Farrell won seventh place in the 100-Meter Hurdles. Her time was 19.6. In the 300-Meter Hurdles, O’Farrell earned third place at 53.8. Claire Snaza came in at 59.2 and Nadia Thue crossed the finish line at 1:01.1.
Berry led the Lady Bulldogs in the Triple Jump. She made a leap of 29 feet 8.75 inches to win fifth place. Neugebauer jumped 28 feet 5.5 inches. Savanna Osowski marked 27 feet 1 inch. Snaza cleared 4 feet 6 inches in the High Jump. Ella Sandvig jumped 12 feet10.25, Berry jumped 12 feet 6 inches, and Osowski 11 feet 7.75 inches in the Long Jump.
Averie Engebretson, Emily Wollschlager, and Amelia Pederson competed in the Shot Put division. They chalked 27 feet 3 inches, 24 feet 10.5 inches, and 25 feet 8.75 inches, respectively. The three Lady Bulldogs also threw the Discus for Milbank. Pederson tossed it 94 feet 4 inches; Engebretson, 75 feet 8 inches; and Wollschlager recorded 68 feet 8 inches.
Dexter secured fifth place in the Pole Vault competition. She cleared 8 feet 6 inches. Maggie Kruger followed her at 7 feet 6 inches.
What’s up next for the Bulldogs and the Lady Bulldogs? Milbank is scheduled to travel to the Sisseton Invitational on Friday, May 6. The Bulldogs also plan to compete in the Howard Wood Relays in Sioux Falls on Friday and Saturday, May 6-7.