With several schools throughout the state gathering to Watertown for the WMHS Track and Field Invitational Tuesday, May 6, no team stood out more than the host Royals, as both the boy’s and girl’s team finished the invite on top.
And no athlete shinned brighter, or soared higher, than WMHS’ senior leaper Hunter Hulley. Hulley’s first place high jump not only beat out second place by over five feet, Hulley’s 6-05.75 leap was a WMHS boy’s high jump record. Hulley beat the previous record – 6-05 – by just three-fourths of an inch.
It was Hulley’s record breaking jump, along with strong performances by WMHS’ Luke Sandquist and Ethan Thonn combining for 26 points in the discuss throw and shot-put, that led the Royals to a 163 point first place finish.
WMHS’ Jesse Bushman placed second in the boy’s triple-jump and Sandquist finished second in the boy’s 300-meter hurdle to round out the boys top performers.
The Royals’ girl’s team wasn’t far off from matching the boys performance, scoring 154 out of 652 total points to finish in first place.
WMHS senior Liz Miller continued to crank out top three finishes, placing second in both 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles, and placing first in the 3200-meter run.
The Royals’ freshmen phenom Tyarra English-Paulson just edged out teammate Miller for first in the 300-meeter hurdle, posting an impressive time of 49.12.
But no Royal, boy or girl, had a day like sophomore sensation Katie Heilman. In three events, the 200-meter dash and the girls’ long jump and triple-long jump, finished first in all three which totaled 30 points for the Royals.
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