On what started as a typical cold and windy April Saturday, it turned out to be a great day for track and field at the Bellevue Elks Invitational. The boys team was able to score 113 points and take 3rd place, and the girls team racked up 100 points to finish 4th overall.
For the boys, Noah Woodruff started the scoring in the field events and finished 4th in both shot put and discus with throws of 44’7″ and 129’6″, respectively. Tino Majoy threw a lifetime best in the discus with a throw of 96’8″, saving his best for last in his final invitational as a senior. Luke Wood added a 4th place finishing long jump of 17’6.50″, and Trae Bellamy along with Sean Kaminski (lifetime best), cleared 5’6″ in the high jump to secure 3rd and 5th place. Joe Dandurand closed out the field event scoring with an 8th place finish in the pole vault.
On the track, the boys 4×800 relay team of Danny Wiseman, Sal Sherer, Brian Wiseman, and Nick Pack finished 3rd with a season best time of 8:47.51. Jimmy Harkelroad won the 110HH with a time of 15.14, just one hundredth away from tying his lifetime best from the Regional final last season. Terry Porter secured a 4th place finish in the same event and ran a lifetime best of 16.17. In the 4×200, the team of Buathier, Wood, Caporini, and Delaney took 4th place, running a 1:37.73, while Sal Sherer (4:56.01) and Andrew Scherley (5:08.73) placed 4th and 7th, respectively. Scherley had his second PR in less than two weeks, running twelve seconds faster than his previous best. The 4×100 relay was finally back to full strength, with Caden Monak coming back from an injury. The squad of Monak, Caporini, Delaney, and Harkelroad ran a season best 45.06, with a fantastic comeback finish from Harkelroad to seal the victory in the event. Luke Wood notched a 3rd place finish in the 400m, and the duo of Harkelroad and Porter struck again in the 300IH, with a 1st and 3rd finish that gave Porter another lifetime best of 44.25, smashing his previous best by almost a full second. In the 800m, teammates Nick Pack and Brian Wiseman pushed each other to a 4th and 5th place, running times of 2:12.95 and 2:13.41, respectively. Wiseman chopped off eight seconds from his previous best, and Pack ran his fastest FAT (Fully Automatic Timing) time of his career. In his first career invite, Kristian Caporini qualified for the 200m final and secured a 5th place finish with a time of 24.98, and the duo of Mitch Kaminski (10:58.54) and Andrew Scherley (11:28.53) finished off the scoring by placing 5th and 8th in the 3200m. Kaminski ran nineteen seconds faster than last week, just a second and a half from his lifetime best, and Scherley followed up his big PR in the 1600m with another seven second PR in this race.
Scoring in the field events for the girls was lead by Kylie Obergefell, winning the pole vault and clearing the bar at 10′ even. That was followed up by Emma Golling and Alizia Lagando placing 4th and 8th in the high jump at 4’8″ and 4’6″, respectively. Bridgette Gerber-Winschel (15’4.50″) and Emily Franks (14’9.50″) both had two personal best jumps, taking 3rd and 4th in the long jump. Aubree Steinmetz qualified for the finals in her first career invitational, throwing a lifetime best of 26’8″ in the shot put.
Scoring first on the track was the 4×800 relay team of Steuk, Crow, Moser, and Gies, finishing 3rd with a time of 11:41.23. In the 100H, Bridgette Gerber-Winschel clocked her fastest FAT time at 17.09, and finished 2nd in the finals with a time of 17.29. That was followed up by an 8th place finish by Kylie Obergefell in the 100m with a time of 14.11. The 4×200 relay team of M. Golling, Spitzley, Gerber-Winschel, and Cozzie left the rest of the field behind, winning the event with a time of 1:51.06. Corinne Steuk had a six second PR in the 1600m, good enough to secure a 5th place finish, while Kennedy Crow finished with a time of 6:20.62, a seven second PR. The 4×100 relay team of M. Golling, Spitzley, Gerber-Winschel, and Cozzie doubled-dipped and followed up their 4×200 win with another victory, running a time of 51.88. Sienna Andres ran a 1:06.03 in the 400m and was able to lock up a 6th place finish, while freshman Emily Franks scored a 7th place finish after falling in the 300H, where she managed to somersault and get back up to win her heat with a time of 58.67. Steuk followed up her 5th place finish in the 1600m with a 2nd place finish in the 800m with a time of 2:41.95. In just her second invite, freshman Maggie Golling qualified for the finals in the 200m and finished 4th overall with a time of 28.79, while Grace Moser ran a season best 11:57.95 in the 3200m. In the final event, the 4×400 relay team of Cozzie, Andres, M. Golling, and Spitzley ran a season best time of 4:17.12, shaving thirteen seconds off their overall time since last Tuesday. All four girls ran season best splits of 1:04.56, 1:04.59, 1:04.41, and 1:03.51, respectively.
Up next for the Tiger track teams will be our last two dual meets of the season, travelling to Norwalk on 4/30 and Bellevue on 5/2. The girls and boys seniors will be honored at Bellevue prior to the meet at approximately 4:10pm.
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