The Watertown-Mayer track and field team opened the season at Litchfield April 6, getting strong outings from returning state-competitors Tyarra English-Paulson and Ailsa Gilbert.
English-Paulson picked up three wins and a seventh-place finish. The senior won the 100 meter dash (12.99 seconds), the 200 (27.04) and the 300 hurdles (46.35). She also placed seventh in the long jump by clearing 14 feet, 4 ½ inches.
Gilbert won the 100 hurdles (16.03), triple jump (37-3) and was edged out by English-Paulson in the 300 hurdles for second place (51.24).
Lauren Osborne also picked up a win, taking first place in the 400 with a final time of 1:06.83.
McKenna McCleary placed fifth in the 100 (14.04) and seventh in the 200 (28.89), Ellie Ernhart was second in the 800 (2:44.24), Anna Trucke took sixth in the 400 (1:14.42) and Maria Heun finished eighth in the triple jump (28-8).
The Watertown-Mayer girls also placed in a couple of relays, taking third in the 4×200 (2:10.20) and fourth in the 4×400 (4:44.85).
Overall, the girls finished fourth with 111.5 points.
The boys squad finished fifth with 59 points, led by a second-place finish by Michael Dalheimer in the 3200 run (11:18.16).
The Royals had a trio of third place finishes, as Nicolas Bloss took third in the 800 (2:25.70), Jack Heun finished third in the 1600 (5:09.84) and Lukas Gilbert was third in the 400 (56.65).
Watertown-Mayer also had three sixth-place finishes – Derrick Bakke in the 200 (25.10), Cooper Murnane in the 300 hurdles (49.91) and Dalheimer in the 1600 (5:17.88).
George Janikula and Will Elakamp each took seventh place, placing in the 800 (2:36.28) and the triple jump 34-0 ½.
Seth Juncewski and McKail Hertzog both placed eighth, competing in the 400 (1:01.04) and the long jump (17-6).
The boys also placed in three of the relays, taking third in both the 4×100 (49.07) and the 4×800 (9:29.57), while taking fourth in the 4×400.