It was a record-setting day for Redwood Valley track standout RJ?Juell, as he led the Cardinals to a second place finish at the St. James Olympia Meet.
Juell cleared 13’8” in the pole vault to eclipse the previous school record of 13’7” set by older brother TJ?Juell.
He then recorded a season best jump of 6’4” in to win the high jump.
“We played with the line-ups a little bit for conditioning and thought it might impact RJ’s jumps,” coach Andy Regnier said. “He hadn’t run in two events in three years but did it today, and it really payed off.”
Juell would score 26 total points, adding a third in the 200 meter dash (25.1) and a sixth in the 400 (55.9).
Senior Chris Fischer also had a big day, winning the 110 hurdles (16.5), the 100 meter dash?(11.8) and the 300 hurdles (43.5). He also added a third in the long jump (18’) to finish with a team-high 36 points.
Alex Amunrud (10:38) and Dillon Thooft?(11:00) finished first and third respectively in the 3,200 meter run.
Jacob Prouty added third place finishes in the pole vault (10’) and 100 meter dash (12.1), and he was fifth in the 400 (54.7).
The Cardinal 4x800 relay team of Ryan Phillips, Amunrud, Nick Von Mosch and Aiden Dirlam finished in third place with a solid time of 8:35. Phillips ran the first sub-two minute split since Nate Thooft.
Phillips would finish third in the 800 (2:06.2), and the Cardinal 4x400 relay team was fourth.
Macius Schroeder picked up a fifth in the 110 hurdles (19.2), Kody Thul was sixth in both the triple jump (35’5”) and high jump (5’4”), Alex Olson was sixth in the pole vault (8’) and Von?Mosch placed sixth in the 1,600 (5:02.9).
Madelia-Truman held off Redwood Valley 156-125 to win the team title.
“The kids are really working hard, and we’re starting to put the pieces of the puzzle together here as we head towards the post season,” Regnier said.
St. James Olympia Meet Boys Team Results - Madelia-Truman 156, Redwood Valley 125, St. James 97, MLBO 94, Sleepy Eye Unified 43, Mt. Lake Christian 40
The Redwood Valley girls racked up four first place finishes to finish in third place – just one-half point out of second.
Kayla Huhnerkoch had a strong afternoon, winning both the 1,600 (5:26.2) and 3,200 (11:58) events.
Beckycia Bowers had a season best jump of 35’8” to win the triple jump by more than two feet.
Kelsey Gaffney picked up the other first place finish with a throw of 35’8” in the shot put.
“Kayla and Beckycia both did their thing again and Kelsey is looking like a force in the throws lately,” Regnier said. “It’s all important as we attempt to defend our section title, especially with Luverne looking so deep right now.”
Lauren Hanson set a personal best in the high jump, clearing 4’10” to finish in second place.
Bowers added a second in the 100 meter dash (13.2), and Gaffney was second in the discus (96’10”).
Katie Ellingworth picked up a second place finish in the long jump (15’2”) and was fourth in the 800 (2:41.7).
The Cardinal 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams finished second and third respectively.
Fourth place finishes went to Bowers in the 200 (28.0), Tessa?Heiling was fifth in the shot put (28’6 1/2”), Lexi?Kodet added a fifth in the 400 (1:07.6) and Kendra Goblirsch was fifth in the 300 hurdles (54.6).
Sixth place finishes went to Hanson in the 100 meter hurdles (19.0), Stacy Liebl in the 800 (2:49.1), Goblirsch in the pole vault (6’6”) and Charlie Miller in the long jump (13’5 1/2”).
St. James won the team title with 206 points, followed by Sleepy Eye Unified (111) and Redwood Valley (110.5).
St. James Olympia Meet Girls Team Results - St. James 206, Sleepy Eye Unified 111, Redwood Valley 110.5, MLBO 60.5, Madelia-Truman 52, Mt. Lake Christian 14