The season got under way for the Watertown-Mayer track and field team last Thursday, April 25, when the team competed in an invitational at Delano. The Royals’ boys’ team finished in sixth place with 69 points and the girls’ team finished in fifth place with 75.25 points.
St. Michael Albertville won both the boys’ and girls’ titles, scoring 195 points to win on the girls’ side and 267.75 to run away with the win on the boys’ side. In the boys’ meet, Waconia was a distant second in the seven-team meet with 94 points, and the Wildcats were also second in the girls’ meet with 143 points.
On the girls’ side, the Royals were led by a strong opening performance from Katie Heilman. She picked up two wins on the day and had four top-four finishes.
Her wins came in the 200 and 400-meter sprints, with times of 26.77 seconds and 59.87 seconds, respectively. She also finished third in the 100 meters with a time of 12.96 and fourth in the triple jump with a jump of 35 feet.
Liz Miller picked up the only other win on the day for the Royals. She had a time of 48.96 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles to win that event.
Hannah Johnson also placed in a pair of events for the Royal girls. Her time of 2:32.60 in the 800 meters was good for third place, and she finished eighth in the triple jump with a distance of 32-feet-10-inches.
Erica Cleckler also placed in two events. She was sixth in the discus with a toss of 84-feet-9-inches, and she was eighth in the shot put at 28-feet-4.5-inches.
Lydia Fails finished fourth for the Royals in the 800 meters with a time of 2:47.30. Mackenzie Kratch was seventh in the shot put at 28-feet-6-inches, Caitlin Duske was eighth in the 100 meters in a time of 13.44 seconds, and Tyarra English-Paulson was eighth in the 300-meter hurdles in 54.19 seconds.
The royals also finished third in two relays. The team of Miller, Duske, Karen Vanderlinde and Olivia Kassulker was third in the 4×200 with a time of 1:55.50, and the team of Miller, Johnson, Laura Hertzog and Vanderlinde was third in the 4×400 in a time of 4:26.71.
On the boys’ side, Hunter Hulley led the way with a second place finish in the high jump at 5-feet-10-inches. A number of athletes had third place finishes, including Mike Burns, who was third in the 800 meters with a personal record time of 2:09.30, Jesse Bushman, who was third in the triple jump with a jump of 39-feet-9-inches, Luke Sandquist, who was third in the discus at 109-feet-4-inches, and Davion Franklin, who was third in the shot put at 42-feet-7.5-inches.
Sandquist also placed in two other events as well, including a sixth-place finish in the high jump at 5-feet-6-inches and an eighth place finish in the 400 meters in a time of 55.82 seconds.
Dan Raiter placed in two events, taking fifth in the 200 meters in a time of 24.42 seconds and sixth in the 100 meters in a time of 11.9 seconds. Ian Klas was sixth in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 45.59 seconds, Caleb Fails’ time of 11:26.48 in the 3,200 meters was good for sixth place, and Hendrick Kinscheck was seventh in the long jump with a jump of 17-feet-3-inches. Caleb Fails took eighth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:17.35, and Tyler Nelson was eighth in the 100 meters with a time of 11.96 seconds.
The Royals’ top relay on the day was the 4×200 meters. The team of Ryne Alger, Raiter, Bushman and Nelson finished third with a time of 1:39.05.
The Royals were also in action Monday for an invite at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and Tuesday at Glencoe-Silver Lake. They’re back in action Thursday, May 2, for a meet at Waconia, and they will host an invitational on Tuesday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m.
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