Royals track teams both finish in top three in MRC

Belle Plaine swept the boys’ and girls titles at the Minnesota River Conference track and field meet last Thursday, May 16, at Sibley East High School, but Watertown-Mayer had impressive showings on the boys’ and girls’ side.

Belle Plaine won the girls’ meet with 198 points, but with 116 points, Watertown-Mayer was next in line with a second-place finish, just finishing ahead of third-place Tri City United with 113 points.

On the boys’ side, Belle Plaine finished with 148 points and Jordan had 138.5. Watertown-Mayer finished third with 102 points.

Individually, the Royals racked up six event wins and had 19 athletes combine to place in a total of 32 events, and also had a number of relays post strong finishes on the boys’ side.

Leading the way for the girls’ team were Liz Miller and Katie Heilman. Heilman had first place finishes in both the long jump (16-feet-0.5-inches) and the triple jump (37-feet-2.25-inches), and also took second in the 400 meters (59.61 seconds) and third in the 200 meters (27.15).

Miller finished first in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48.47 seconds. She was also second in both the 100-meter hurdles (16.67) and the 1,600 meters (5:21.65).

Hannah Johnson also won an event on the girls’ side, finishing the 800 meters in a time of 2:26.96. She was also fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 33-feet-11-inches.

Winning events on the boys’ side were Hunter Hulley and Dan Raiter. Raiter won the 200 meters in a time of 23.37 seconds and Hulley won the high jump by clearing 6 feet.

Raiter was also the top Royal in the 100 meters, an event where Watertown-Mayer had three of the top six. Raiter was second in that event with a time of 11.51 seconds, while Davion Franklin was fifth in 11.73 seconds and Nick Hix was sixth in 11.74 seconds. Franklin added a fourth-place finish in the shot put (45-feet-5.5-inches) and Hix was also second in the 200 meters with a time of 23.59 seconds.

Mike Burns had a strong showing in two events. He placed second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:04.30 and he was third in the 1,600 meters in 4:50.38.

On the girls’ side, Caitlin Duske’s top finish was the high jump, where she cleared 4-feet-9-inches. She also was fifth in the long jump at 33-feet-4-inches, and she was seventh in the 100 meters (13.48).

Erica Cleckler had a second-place finish in the shot put at 35-feet-3-inches, and she added a fifth-place finish in discus at 88-feet-3-inches.

Luke Sandquist was third in the discus at 119-feet-10-inches, and Ethan Thonn was fifth in the same event at 116-feet-4-inches. Sandquist also was seventh in the 300-meter hurdles in 44.79 seconds.

Mackenzie Kratch was fourth in the girls’ shot put at 91-feet-3.5-inches, and Kate Theisen was eighth in the discus at 83-feet-6-inches.

Caleb Fails was fourth in the 1,600 meters in a time of 4:50.8, while Jesse Bushman finished sixth in the boys’ triple jump with a distance of 39-feet-3-inches. Casey Fails was eighth in the 3,200 meters in 11:17.38, and Ian Klas was eighth in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 17.08 seconds.

Watertown-Mayer also placed third in two boys’ relays. Logan Cooper, Tyler Nelson, Bushman and Sandquist teamed up to finish third in the 4×200 in 1:37.65, and Franklin, Raiter, Cooper and Hix combined to take third in the 4×100 with a time of 46.34 seconds. The track teams will compete at home against Mayer Lutheran on Thursday, May 23, and the subsection meet will be Thursday, May 30.


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