R-P/H track and field at Chatfield Meet

By : 
Scot Bestul

The recent episode of nasty weather wiped out most scheduled sports events last week, but conditions were actually good when the R-P/H track teams visited Chatfield on Monday, April 8. Though no team scores were kept, that didn’t keep both the girls and boys teams from turning in some strong performances.

Boys results

The R-P/H boys were propelled largely by strong showings in distance running and field events. Ricky Buchanan (2:13.9) and Dominic Jenkins (2:19.1) finished first and third in the 800 meters, and Mitchell Ledebuhr (5:07.2) and Tyler Rislov (5:08.2) placed third and fourth in the 1600 meters. Ledebuhr topped the 3200 meter field in 11:04.6, and Rislov was right behind, finishing second in 11:06.4.

Ben Weiser continued his winning ways in the shot put, his 46’-03” toss was over two feet better than second place. Weiser’s throw of 114’-11” earned him third in the discus. Triton Meldahl claimed top honors in the triple jump (41’-06”) and Isaiah Rasmussen (36’-01”) was fourth. Meldahl also triumphed in the long jump (22’-0”) and Alex Van Gundy placed fifth (19’-09”). Riley Koop was sixth in the pole vault (9’-0”), and John Luhmann landed in a four-way tie for fourth place in the high jump (5’-08”).

The relay field was a strong one at Chatfield. R-P/H cracked the top three in only one of the four events when the 4 X 800 team of Buchanan, Jenkins, Dalton Hoel, and Mart placed third in 9:34.88. The Trojans 4 X 100 team of Robert Walker, Jonah Sievers, Wyatt Walters and Tieson Pestana was fourth in 51.40, as was the 4 X 200 squad of Walters, Van Gundy, Nick Schmitz, and Pestana (1:45.8). In the 4 X 400, the quartet of Jenkins, Aaron Prinsen, Hunter Mart, and Buchanan finished sixth in 4:07.44.

Meldahl grabbed his third win of the day in the 100 meter hurdles (15.73), Brady Gile was fourth in the 100-meter dash (11.95), and Jon Smith placed fifth in the 400-meter dash (1:00.37) to round out the scoring in individual events.

Girls results

As always, the R-P/H girls squad showed a balanced attack that spread scoring across many events. Trojans sprinters were particularly strong, and Kjersta Hinz and Alyvia Eide got things going in the 100 meter dash, where Hinz claimed the win (13.43) and Eide took fourth (14.07). Allison Papenfuss was second in the 200 meters (27.65) and Jaelyn Connaughty placed fifth (29.22). Emma Geiwitz kept the sprint train rolling when she placed fourth in the 400 meters, clocking 1:09.29 for her trip around the oval.

Hurdlers and middle distance runners added their own muscle. Lauren Honken was fourth in the 800 meters (2:52.69) and Hannah Linder was right behind in fifth (2:53.87). Emily Didier claimed third in the 1600, covering the metric mile in 6:19.89. Connaughty’s third place finish (18.27) in the 100 meter hurdles added more R-P/H points, and Brielle Rasmussen finished fourth (55.76) in the 300 hurdles.

The Trojans had another fine day in the field events, starting with the high jump. Hinz leapt the same height as the winner (Chatfield’s Lauren Cole, 4’-08”), but more misses landed her in second. Maci Woodard and Kaitlyn Bieberdorf tied for fifth at 4’-06”. Geiwitz claimed top honors in the long jump (15’-07”), nearly a foot better than second place. Jenny Albrecht placed fourth with a leap of 14’-05”. R-P/H triple jumpers swept the top two spots; Bieberdorf was the champion (33’-03”) and Alayna Helgemoe runner-up (31’-06”). Kaleah Davis grabbed another gold in the shot put (32’-04”) and was fifth in the discus (81’-11”).

The relay field was a strong one at Chatfield. R-P/H’s best finish was the 4 X 200, where the team of Helgemoe, Connaughty, Geiwitz and Albrecht placed second in 1:56.48. The 4 X 100 field was downright zippy, and the R-P/H team of Hinz, Bieberdorf, Eide and Papenfuss was 6th in 1:06.94. The 4 X 400 squad of Helgemoe, Jayden Serres, Brielle Rasmussen and Jayden Rasmussen was seventh (5:03.08) and the 4 X 800 quartet of Didier, Linder, Woodard, and Therese Jore grabbed fourth place in 12:19.70.


R-P/H track teams were scheduled to compete at the Dover-Eyota Invitational Monday, April 15. See the results of that meet in next week’s issue.