The Watertown-Mayer boys’ and girls’ track teams combined to win 12 events during a strong showing last Tuesday, May 7, at a home invitational.
The Royals were led by four first-place finishes from Katie Heilman and three from Liz Miller. Luke Sandquist, Davion Franklin, Hunter Hulley and Erica Cleckler also won one event apiece for the Royals.
Heilman picked wins in both the 200 and 400 meters, finishing with times of 26.4 seconds and 1:01, respectively. She also won the long jump with a distance of 15-feet-5-inches, and she won the triple jump at 35-feet-2-inches.
Miller won both the 800 and 1,600 meters, with times of 2:25 and 5:21.1, respectively. She also won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48.7 seconds.
Sandquist’s win came in the discus with a throw of 120-feet-9-inches. He also took third in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 44.6 seconds, and he was part of the 4×200-meter relay team that finished second. He also placed eighth by clearing 5-feet-6-inches in the high jump.
Cleckler’s win came in the discus with a throw-of 99-feet-5-inches, helping the Royals sweep the boys’ and girls’ titles in that event. She also was second in the shot-put at 31-feet-6-inches, and she was part of the Royals’ 4×200-relay that took third.
Franklin’s win came in the shot put with a throw of 46-feet-4-inches. He also took third in the 100 meters with a time of 11.7 seconds. Hunter Hulley also finished first the high jump by clearing 6-feet.
Caitlin Duske added three second-place finishes and one third-place for the Royals. She was second in the 100 meters with a time of 13.6 seconds, second in the high jump at 4-feet-10-inches, second in the long jump at 15-feet-2.5-inches and third in the triple-jump at 33-feet-2-inches.
Hannah Johnson had a strong day as well, recording three second-place finishes. She was second in the triple jump at 33-feet-3-inches, the 800 meters in 2:27.4, and as part of the 4×400-meter relay. She also was fifth in the long jump at 14-feet-9-inches.
Mackenzie Kratch took third in both throwing events for the Royals. She had a throw of 28-feet-9.5-inches in the shot put and 89-feet-5-inches in the discus.
Tyarra English-Paulson also had two third-place finishes. She was third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 19.4 seconds and she was third in the 300-meter hurdles in 53.9 seconds.
Ify Nwankuo had three top-six finishes for the Royals. She was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles in 20.1 seconds, fifth in the high jump at 4-feet and sixth in the 300-meter hurdles in 58.2 seconds.
Karen Vanderlinde had a third-place finish in the 400-meters with a time of 1:06.3. Kate Theisen was sixth in both the shot put and discus with throws of 25-feet-9-inches and 67-feet-7.75-inches, respectively. Laura Hertzog was sixth in the 800 meters in a time of 2:40.8 and Lexy Heldt was seventh in the shot put at 25-feet-5-inches.
The top relay for the Watertown-Mayer girls was the 4×400, consisting of Johnson, Hertzog, Lydia Fails and Vanderlinde. The team of Cleckler, Anna Phearman, Vanderlinde and Olivia Kassulker took third in the 4×200.
On the boys’ side, Jesse Bushman had a strong day with three top-five finishes, including two in individual events. He was second in the triple jump with a distance of 38-feet-8-inches, and he was fifth in the 400-meters with a time of 56.2 seconds. He also was part of the Royals 4×400-meter relay team that took second.
Ian Klas had a pair of second-place finishes in the hurdles. In the 110-meters, he finished in a time of 17.1 seconds, and in the 300-meters, he had a time of 44.5 seconds.
Jay Boerner had a fourth-place finish in the 800 meters with a time of 2:18.9, and he added a sixth-place finish in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:18.1. Caleb Fails was second in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:56.9 and Casey Fails was second in the 800 meters with a time of 11:27.4.
Dan Raiter added a second-place finish in the 200-meters in a time of 23.5 seconds, while Dillon Derner was fifth in the long jump (18-feet-1-inch) and sixth in the 400 meters (56.4 seconds).
Ethan Thonn was second in the discus (109-feet-6-inches) and fifth in the shot put (37-feet-10-inches). Josh Oak was third in the 110-meter high hurdles (17.8) and Tyler Nelson was fourth in the 200 meters (24.4 seconds).
Jon Vouk finished fourth in the 3,200 meters with a time of 11:46.6, while Jaelen Keavy was seventh in the 400 meters in 56.5 seconds and eighth in the long jump in 17-feet-3.5-inches.
Josh Loomis was seventh in the 110-meter hurdles (19.5 inches) and Shawn Wasser was seventh in the 300-meter hurdles (53.3 seconds). Cole Durand took seventh in the triple jump with a distance of 35-feet-11-inches.
The top relay for the boys’ team was the 4×800-meter relay, which took first place thanks to the efforts of Thonn, Mike Burns, Caleb Fails and Casey Fails. The 4×200 relay, consisting of Nick Hix, Sandquist, Logan Cooper and Raiter also took second place in 1:34.1. The 4×100 relay of Franklin, Nelson, Hix and Raiter also took second place in 45.7 seconds and the 4×400 relay took second as well, as Burns, Wyatt Tatge, Keavy and Bushman finished in 3:47l.2.
Watertown-Mayer was also in action with a home quadrangular meet on Monday, May 13, and will be back on the track again Thursday, May 16, for the conference meet at Sibley East in Arlington.
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