The Watertown-Mayer track and field teams had a busy week last week, competing in three meets over the course of four days. It all started with a meet at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on Monday, April 30, and the Royals were right back in action the next day at the Glencoe-Silver Lake meet at Belle Plaine. The Royals also competed on Thursday, May 2, at Waconia.
The Watertown-Mayer boys kicked off the week in fine form during a meet at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, racking up four first-place finishes in individual events and another in a relay.
In a unique combination of events, Davion Franklin won the 100 meters with a time of 11.6 seconds, and he also took third in the shot put with a throw of 43.2 seconds. Dan Raiter won the 400 meters in a time of 55 seconds, Hunter Hulley won the high jump by clearing 5-feet-10-inches and Jaelen Keavy won the long jump with a distance of 18-feet-3.5-inches. In relays, the Watertown-Mayer squad of Nick Hix, Tyler Nelson, Jesse Bushman and Dan Raiter won the 4×200 in a time of 1:36.7.
Casey Fails added a second-place finish for the Royals in the 800 meters in a time of 2:20, while Jesse Bushman was second in the triple jump at 39-feet-1.5-inches. Luke Sandquist was second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 44.2 seconds as part of a strong day that also saw him take third in the 200-meters in 24.7 seconds and fifth in the discus with a throw of 110-feet-8-inches.
Ian Klas finished third in both the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 17.4 seconds and the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 44.6 seconds. Jon Vouk finished fifth in both the 1,600 meters (5:19) and the 3,200 meters (11.53). Ethan Thonn was fourth in the discus (110-feet-9.5-inches) and fifth in the shot put (37-feet-0-inches), and Nelson was fifth in the 200-meters with a time of 25 seconds. Nick Hix added a fifth-place finish in the 100-meters with a time of 11.9 seconds.
On the girls’ side, Katie Heilman won all three of her individual events. That included a time of 13.3 in the 100 meters, 27.4 seconds in the 200 meters and a distance of 35-feet-5.5-inches in the triple jump. She was also part of the 4×200-relay, along with Caitlin Duske, Liz Miller and Hannah Johnson, that finished in first place with a time of 1:51.7.
Duske also had a strong day overall for the Royals, adding a win in the long jump at 15-feet-1-inch, a second-place finish in the high jump at 5-feet, and a second-place finish in the 100 meters in a time of 13.5 seconds.
McKenzie Kratch added a win for the Royals with a throw of 82-feet-0-inches in the discus, and she was also second in the shot put at 28-feet-8-inches.
Miller added a win in the 800 meters with a time of 2:21. Johnson was second in the 400 meters with a time of 1:03.5 and third in the long jump at 14-feet-4.5-inches. Erica Cleckler was fourth in both the shot put (28-feet) and the discus (74-feet-8-inches), while Tyarra Paulson was third in the 300 hurdles (55.7) and fourth in the 100 hurdles (19.2). Ify Nwankuo was fourth in the 300 hurdles (57.2), and Oliva Kassulker was fifth in the 300 hurdles (59.1). Kiana Paulson added a fifth-place finish in the shot put at 27-feet-10-inches.
The Royals boys’ team had a successful day, with numerous athletes placing in multiple events. Mike Burns led the way with a first-place finish in the 800 meters with a time of 2:05.6, and he also had top-three finishes as a part of two relays.
The Royals also posted second-place finishes in both throwing events. Ethan Thonn was second in the discus at 121-feet-6.75-inches, and Davion Franklin was second in the shot put with a throw of 44-feet-6.5-inches. Also posting second-place finishes for the Royals were Logan Cooper, who finished with a time of 24.5 seconds in the 200 meters, and Hunter Hulley, who cleared 5-feet-10-inches in the high jump.
Dam Raiter fared well in the sprints. He finished third in the 200 meters with a time of 23.4 seconds, and he was fourth in the 100 meters with a time of 11.3 seconds. Luke Sandquist added a fourth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 45.2 seconds. Jesse Bushman was fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 38-feet-3.5-inches.
Ian Klas placed in both hurdle events, taking sixth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 45.9 seconds and eighth in the 110-meter hurdles in 18 seconds. Nick Hix was seventh in the 100 meters with a time of 11.7 seconds.
The Royal boys also took third in both the 4×800 and 4×100 meter relays. The 4×800 team of Burns, Sandquist, Caleb Fails and Ethan Thonn finished in 8:55, and the 4×100 team of Franklin, Raiter, Hix and Wyatt Tatge finished in 46.3 seconds.
On the girls’ side, the Royals took first place in four events, led by Katie Heilman with two wins on the day. Her triple-jump of 36-feet-8-inches broke Caitlin Duske’s school record and was good enough for first place, and she also won the 400 meters with a time of 1:01.
Liz Miller also finished first for the Royals in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 49.4 seconds. The 4×800 relay of Miller, Karen Vanderlinde, Laura Hertzog and Hannah Johnson also finished first with a time of 10:11.1.
The Royals had three athletes place in the top six in the triple jump, with Duske (32-feet-10.5-inches) placing fifth and Johnson (31-feet-9.5-inches taking sixth) to join Heilman in placing in that event. Heilman added a second-place finish in the 200 meters as well with a time of 26.9 seconds, and Erica Cleckler finished second in the shot put with a throw of 32-feet-6-inches. She was also fifth in the discus with a distance of 88-feet-1.5-inches.
Duske placed in three other events in addition to the triple jump, finishing third in the high jump at 4-feet-8-inches, fifth in the long jump at 15-feet-3.5-inches and fourth in the 100 meters at 13.3 seconds.
Johnson added a fifth place finish for the Royals with a time of 2:31.5 in the 800 meters, and Tyarra Paulson was eighth in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 53.9 seconds.
The Royals closed out the week with a meet at Waconia, where the girls team finished in third place out of seven teams, and the boys finished sixth.
Waconia won the girls’ meet with 203 points and Orono was second at 163. The Royals scored 107 points to take third. On the boys’ side, Cambridge-Isanti won the meet with 128 points. Watertown-Mayer finished with 59.5.
Heilman led the way for the girls’ team with wins in the triple jump 935-2) and the long jump (15-7.5). She was also second in the 200 meters with a time of 28.4 seconds, and was part of the 4×800 relay team, along with Hertzog, Johnson and Fails, that finished first with a time of 10:22.
Miller also won a pair of events for the Royals, taking first in the 1,600 meters (5:22.8) and the 300 hurdles (50.2). Johnson had three finishes in the top four, including third in the 400 meters (1:04.1), fourth in the triple jump (33-1.5) and sixth in the long jump (14-3).
Cleckler finished third in the shot put (30-6.5), while Duske placed fourth in the high jump (4-6) and seventh in the long jump (13-8). Vanderlinde was fifth in the triple jump (31-2) and Kratch was sixth in the discus at 83-feet-10-inches.
On the boys’ side, Franklin had the team’s only win, placing first in the shot put at 47-feet-4-inches. Sandquist also had a strong day, placing in three individual events, including fourth in the 300 hurdles (45.4), seventh in the high jump (5-4) and eighth in the discus (115-10).
Mike Burns placed fifth in both the 800 meters (2:08.9) and the 1,600 meters (4:53.9). Nick Hix was third in the 100 meters with a time of 12.2 seconds, Hulley was fourth in the high jump at 5-feet-6-inches and Raiter was sixth in the 200 meters in 24.6 seconds. Klas took seventh in the 110-meter hurdles in 18.8 seconds and Caleb Fails was seventh in the 1,600 meters in 4:57.4.
The Royals top relay was the 4×200, where the team of Sandquist, Hix, Cooper and Tatge finished third in a time of 1:38.9.
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