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Track and field

Rugby’s Teigen busy playing baseball and running track

May 15, 2009
Matt Mullally

Rugby junior Aaron Teigen is doing a lot of running these days.

On the track and on the baseball field. And he's pulling his weight in both sports.

Teigen is among the team leaders in batting average for the Panthers baseball team and has run a leg of three relay teams which have qualified for the Class B state meet in track.

This is the second year Aaron has done double duty, but admittedly, this has been a breakout spring.

He's batting over .300 in the lineup. Teigen said he's more relaxed at the plate, and making better swings. He also has been a solid center fielder, using his speed to track down balls.

"He's a hard worker and very coachable,'' said Jim Cameron, baseball coach. "He's been one of most consistent players."

On the track, Aaron runs in the sprints, short relays and competes in the pole vault.

Scott Grochow, boys coach, said Aaron has shown a lot of improvement this spring, evident in his faster times in the relays. And that's impressive considering in has not competed in as many track meets as others, due to his participation in baseball as well.

Competing in two sports in one season can be taxing on the mind and body.

Fortunately, Aaron hasn't suffered any injuries, and he's been able to balance the extra sports load with his schooling.

However, his days are long going from school to the practice field, games or meets, and then completing homework.

After school he first goes to the baseball field, practicing for about an hour before moving over to the track, finishing up around 6:15 p.m.

It's a routine he's adapted to well. The upcoming week will be full of competition for Teigen. He will take part in today's May 16 Region 6 track meet, and then will be in the lineup for Rugby at the Region 5 baseball tournament in Rolette, starting Monday, May 18. The week concludes with the Class B state track meet in Bismarck on Friday May 22 and Saturday, May 23.

It's a busy schedule, but Teigen knows all about being busy.



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