The Redwood Valley boys track team recently made it back-to-back titles by edging Blue Earth Area 115.5-114 in winning the St. James invitational.
The Cardinals were led by senior Chris Fischer who captured both the 110 and 300 hurdles and finished second in the long jump. He also teamed up with RJ?Juell, Jacob Prouty and Ryan Phillips to earn a second place finish in the 4x400 relay. The foursome ran a 3:39.5 – nearly 10 seconds better than last season’s team best.
Juell, meanwhile, won the long jump and cleared a season best 13’ in the pole vault to finish second. He also added a second in the high jump (6’).
Phillips had a strong outing, earning personal best times in winning the 800 and finishing second in the 1,600. He also ran an outstanding 53.5 split as part of the 4x400 relay.
Prouty – just a freshman – set personal bests in three of his four events. He was fourth in the pole vault (10’6”), ran an 11.8 in the 100 meter dash, ran a 56.5 split in the 4x400 relay and was fourth in the open 200 meter dash.
Alex Amunrud, Dillon Thooft and Nick VonMosch finished 2-4 respectively in the 3,200, with Amunrud and Thooft eclipsing personal bests.
Phillips, Aiden Dirlam and Brett Olsen went 2, 3, 5 in the 1,600, and the 4x800 relay team finished second.
Macius Schroeder added thirds in both hurdles events and a fourth in the triple jump.
“Overall we had a nice day,”?coach Andy Regnier said. “Numerous kids set personal bests, and that includes the kids that are not the high-scoring standout athletes yet.”
“I?think it’s a tribute to coaches Pete Nez, Benton Kodet and Tom Rogotzke that the kids are really working hard.”
The girls were led by Kayla Huhnerkoch who captured the 1,600 meter run and finished second in the 800.
Beckycia Bowers had a jump of 34’3” to claim the triple jump, and she also won the long jump.
Kelsey Gaffney was third in both the shot put and discus, and Katie Ellingworth scored points in both the 400 and the long jump.
Lauren Hanson was third in the high jump and has already tied the teams best height from one year ago.
Mary Fixsen had a solid day in the relays and also scored in the 400 behind Ellingworth.
“On the girls side I thought we had some solid performances but we’re still trying to find ourselves,” Regnier said. “If we can establish some depth and find a way to score in more than just 2/3 of the events we’ll be alright.”