With April spring resembling more of February flurries, the Watertown-Mayer track and field team was able to dodge the weather and sneak in some meets, which is hopefully a sign suspended play has come to a stop.
During the April 22 meet in LeSueur, sophomore Katie Heilman and senior Liz Miller blazed the trail for the Royal girls track team. Heilman took first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01.89, finishing almost three seconds ahead of the runner-up. Heilman would finish second in the 200-meter, while her teammate Miller finished first in the 800-meter in a time of 2:19.32, as well as second in the 1600-meter. Miller also finished second in the 100-meter hurdles with fellow Royal Tyarra English-Paulson finishing third. English-Paulson would finish first in the 300-meter hurdles in 50.18.
The Royals were dominate in the girls triple-jump on their way to sweeping the podium. Heilman took home the gold while teammates Caitlin Duske and Karen Vanderlinde finished second and third respectively. Heilman would also go on to finish second in the long-jump.
The boy’s track team was equally impressive as the girl’s in LeSueur. WMHS senior Nick Hix just edged out Mayer Lutheran’s Rhett Kovar for first in the Super Bowl of track and field events, the 100-meter dash, with a time of 11.57. The Royals’ Tyler Nelson would finish third.
Nelson wasn’t finished with the Royals, the senior would continue his magnificent meet finishing second in the 200-meters and long-jump.
Doing the heavy lifting for the Royals was senior Ethan Thonn, who placed first in the shot-put and discus throw.
Both the boy’s and girl’s track team finished first in the 4×100-meter race, with the boys finishing first in the 4×200-meter race as well.
Watertown-Mayer’s combined girl’s and boy’s scored finished first in the overall meet with 250 points. A full 35 points ahead of second place Mayer Lutheran.
WMHS boy’s team would continue their strong placing at the Delano Invite, April, 25. Hix finished .07 seconds faster in the 100-meter than he did at LeSueur – good enough for fourth place. Royals senior Luke Sandquist finished first in the 200-meter and junior Michael Burns finished first in the 800-meter. WMHS would go on and finish first in four more events including the 4×200-meter, the high-jump and triple-jump.
WMHS finished second overall at the Delano Invite with 121 points.
The girl’s wouldn’t fair as well as the boy’s at the Invite, finishing a disappointing last. However, arguably the girl two best athletes were elsewhere showcasing their talents. Across town in St. Paul, Liz Miller and Katie Heilman were with the best of the best at the Hamline Elite. Miller participated in the 800-meter and 1600-meter while Heilman ran the 400-meter and the triple-jump.
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