R-P/H track teams soar at Eagle meet

By : 
Scott Bestul

The R-P/H boys and girls track and field teams did some muscle-flexing when they made the trip west to the Dover-Eyota track April 15. The boys used a balanced attack spread across all events to claim the team title, and the girls leaned on strong showings in the relays and field events to place third in the six-team field. Though still early in the season, the boys and girls Trojan teams seem to be hitting their stride nicely.

Girls’ results

The team competition was intense at Dover-Eyota, with three girls teams scoring over 100 points. Lanesboro-Fillmore Central claimed the title with 128 points, host D-E was runner-up (111) and R-P/H right on their heels with 109.16.

R-P/H relay teams staged one of their most impressive showings of the still-young 2019 season. The 4 X 200 was particularly strong, with the team of Kjersta Hinz, Jenny Albrecht, Emma Geiwitz and Allison Papenfuss grabbing the victory in 1:55.46. The 4 X100 quartet was also victorious, with the team of Hinz, Kaitlyn Bieberdorf, Geiwitz, and Papenfuss breaking the tape in 54.30. In the 4X800, the squad of Emily Didier, Alayna Helgemoe, Therese Jore and Hannah Linder placed fourth in 12:07.57, and the 4X400 (Amelia Torgerson, Jayden Serres, Jadeyn Rasmussen, Papenfuss) placed fifth in 4:59.81.

The Lady Trojans continued their stellar performance in the field events. R-P/H landed three place-winners in the high jump, with Hinz second (4’-08”), Maci Woodard fourth (4’-04”) and Bieberdorf sixth (4’-02”). The long jumpers just continued the R-P/H dominance, with Geiwitz placing third (14’-09.5”), Lauren Lawston fourth (14’-06”), and Albrecht fifth (14’-01”). The triple jump was even more impressive, with Bieberdorf notching the win (31’-01”), Helgemoe third (29’-07”) and Hailey Alfson fourth (29’-04”). Jadeyn Rasmussen and Geiwitz tied for seventh in the pole vault (6’-06”), and Kaleah Davis was her usual dominant self in the throwing events, placing second in the discus (98’-10”) and winning the shot put (31’-06”), with Albrecht nabbing sixth (27’-11”).

In the individual races the R-P/H girls were equally solid. Hinz narrowly lost the 100 meter dash, placing second in 13.64. Hailey Alfson was seventh in the 400 meter dash (1:14.4), and Linder was third in the 3200 meters (14:22).

Boys’ results 

The R-P/H boys spread their scoring across multiple events to claim the team title, amassing 179 points to hold off runner-up St. Charles by two. The scoring started with a screamer of a 4X800 relay, with R-P/H taking it down to the wire with a strong St. Charles team. While the Saints won the event (9:04.45) the Trojans squad (Dominic Jenkins, Ricky Buchanan, Tyler Rislov and Luke O’Hare) were in hot pursuit, losing by less than a second in 9:05.19. In other relays, the 4X200 quartet of Riley Koop, Wyatt Walters, Josiah Rasmussen, and Isaiah Rasmussen placed third in 1:47.66. The 4X100 team of Jon Smith, Aaron Prinsen, Robert Walker and Tieson Pestana was third (51:49), and the 4X400 team of Jon Smith, Prinsen, Alex Van Gundy, and Nick Schmitz took fourth (4:02.06).

R-P/H continued its domination of the field events at Dover-Eyota. Van Gundy won the high jump (5’-10”), with John Luhmann placing third (5’-04”). Things got really serious in the long jump, with Triton Meldahl taking the title (20’-03”), Van Gundy grabbed second (19’-08”) and Brady Gile (18’-04”) placed third. In the triple jump, Gile won the event (40’-11.5”), with Meldahl nabbing  third (39’-09”) and Van Gundy fourth (38’-11”). In the pole vault, Koop and John Luhmann tied for fifth (9’-00”). Ben Weiser cemented his presence in the throwing events, winning the shot put (47’.0.5”), while Matt Nelson placed sixth (37’-09”). Weiser was second in the discus (126’-02”), and Nelson took fourth (108’-04”).

In the individual running events, Meldahl snatched another victory in the 110-meter hurdles (15.88), while Nick Schmitz placed fourth (18.94) and Prinsen fifth (19.28). Schmitz came back to grab second in the 300-meter hurdles (45.88) and Robert Walker was seventh (55.41). Gile placed fourth in a zippy 100-meter dash final; Gile ran 11.89, and teammate Pestana was seventh in 12.46. The 1600 meter run was hotly contested; the Trojans’ Rislov covered the four-lap distance in 5:07.59 to place fourth, with Jenkins right behind (5:08.21) in fifth. Ben Walters was the only R-P/H runner to score in the 400; his time of 57.64 earned him sixth place.  In the 800 meter run, O’Hare was third (2:16.86) and Buchanan fifth (2:21.83). In the 200-meter dash, workhorses Meldahl (24.23) and Gile (24.38) placed fifth and sixth. Ledebuhr was runner-up in the 3200 meters, covering the eight laps in 11:07.45, and Hunter Mart was fourth in 11:55.92.



The varsity teams have enjoyed a nice break, and will be back in action at the La Crescent Lancer Invitational on Friday, April 26, with events scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.