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Panthers’ track & field domination continues

By Staff | May 3, 2019

Ahead of a spring storm system that brought snow to the area, the Rugby High School track and field teams hosted the Mariya Tate Bernhardt Memorial meet on the track at Johnsen Field Saturday.

A varsity track meet scheduled for Tuesday and other RHS sporting events scheduled early in the week were canceled due to weather conditions.

The Panther boys’ and girls’ varsity teams placed first among the thirteen Class B schools participating, continuing a winning streak for the season.

The Lady Panthers topped the scores for their events with 190 points, leading the pack by a wide margin over second place Carrington, who scored 90 points.

The Panther boys led the pack in their events at 170 points, with Des-Lacs Burlington/Lewis and Clark a distant second place at 91 points.

Like other track and field meets for the Panther season, the Mariya Tate Bernhardt Memorial meet saw state qualifying scores and a few broken records.

Kristina Brossart’s 13.0 second time in the 100-meter dash qualified her for state. Other times for the Panther girls were: Mikaylee Livedalen, seventh place, 14.32 seconds; Kelly Swanson, 14.71 seconds; Anna Johnson, 14.78 seconds; Anna Duchscherer, 15.04 seconds; Emily Salwey, 15,18 seconds; Lauren Casavant, 16.68 seconds; Elli Kuntz, 18.95 seconds.

200-meter dash times for the Lady Panthers were: Peyton Hauck, 30.59 seconds; Anna Clements, 30.90 ; Senger, 30.92; Mikaylee Livedalen, 30.96; Johnson, 31.92; Anna Duchscherer, 33.00; Casavant, 35.84; Kuntz, 38.57.

400-meter dash times were: Anni Stier, first place with one minute, 2.22 seconds; Ellie Duchscherer, sixth place, 1:06.54; Emily Mattern, 1:07.87; Brossart with 1:07.94; Taylor Mayer with 1:08.15 and Mikaylee Livedalen, 1:10.12.

Braelynn Oppen finished the 800-meter run with a time of 3:47.79.

Brooklyn Bartsch finished the 1600-meter run with a third place time of 5:53.21, while Oppen came in with a time of 8:13.98.

Bartsch finished the 3200-meter run with a first place time of 12:51.44, while Karsyn Hager took second place with a time of 13:23.38.

Maria Blessum took first place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.07 seconds, while Clements and Bella McCabe finished the event in seventh and eighth place, respectively, with times of 18.65 and 19.19. Other finishers in the event were Salwey, 19.64, and Sarah Blessum, with 19.94.

Anni Stier’s state-qualifying time of 46.74 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles broke a meet record and landed her in first place for the event. Other finishers and times were: Mayer, 54.36; McCabe, 54.41; Sarah Blessum, 54.73; Clements, 56.30, and Salwey with 58.13.

The long jump saw a second place distance score of 16 feet, 1- inches for Maria Blessum; 16 feet, 1 inch for Swanson (third place); 15 feet, 4-1/2 inches for Brossart (seventh place); 14- inches for Stier (eighth place); 14 feet, 10-1/2 inches for Hauck; 13 feet, 10 inches for Mayer; 13 feet, 7 inches for Sarah Blessum; 13 feet, 6 inches for Johnson; 13 feet, 4 inches for McCabe; 12 feet, 8-1/2 inches for Senger; 12 feet, 1-1/2 inches for Anna Duchscherer and 11 feet, 2-1/2 inches for Casavant.

Brooke Blessum’s state-qualifying distance of 35 feet, 2-1/2 inches broke a meet record for the triple jump. Other ranks and distance scores for the event were: Sarah Blessum, fourth place, 33 feet; Swanson, fifth place, 32 feet, 3-1/2 inches; Johnson, 25 feet, 9-1/2 inches and Casavant, 25 feet, 8 inches.

Brooke Blessum also placed first in the girls’ high jump with a score of 4 feet, 11 inches, while Hauck placed sixth in a three-way tie with a score of 4 feet, 3 inches.

Maria Blessum continued her record breaking streak in the pole vaulting event with a state-qualifying distance of 11 feet, earning first place. Brooke Blessum placed second with a 9-foot vault, which also qualified her for state. Clements placed third at 7 feet, 6 inches and Swanson placed fourth with 7 feet 6 inches.

Jacoby Glasser placed third in the shot put with a score of 31 feet, 8 inches, while Riley Grove finished the event with 28 feet, and Lauren Voeller finished with 23 feet, 9 inches.

Glasser placed fourth in the discus event with 90 feet, Grove’s 80 feet, 4 inch distance earned eighth place, and Voeller’s throw measured 66 feet, 3 inches.

Javelin results were: Glasser, 87 feet, 11 inches; Grove, 87 feet, 11 inches and Voeller, 64 feet, 2 inches.

The team of Senger, McCabe, Emily Mattern and Mikaylee Livedalen placed fourth in the 4×100-meter relay with a total time of 56.13 seconds.

Senger, Mayer, Hauck and Emily Mattern placed fifth in the 4×200-meter relay with a total time of 1:58.20.

Emily Mattern, Ellie Duchscherer, Maria Blessum, and Stier finished first in the 4×400-meter relay with a total time of 4:19.28.

Ellie Duchscherer, Hager, Heidlebaugh and Bartsch placed first in the 4×800 meter relay.

Keith Vetsch finished the boys’ 100-meter dash with a first place time of 11.64 seconds. Nathan Livedalen finished the event with a time of 12.95 seconds; Hudson Hooker finished with a time of 13.10 and Riley Odden finished with 14.59.

In the boys’ 200-meter dash, Cody Jundt shaved one hundredth of a second off a previous meet record time of 23.23 seconds with a time of 23.22 seconds, which qualified him for state and earned first place. Tim Mueller finished fourth in the event with a time of 24.77, while JD Matehs’ 24.78 time earned fifth place. Warren Walker finished in ninth place with a time of 25.16.

Mueller finished the boys’ 400-meter dash with a sixth place finish time of 57.84 seconds.

Dawson Schepp finished second in the boys’ 800-meter run with a time of 2:19.12 and Odden finished with a time of 2:31.37.

Schepp finished in eighth place for the boys’ 1600-meter run with a time of 5:29.87, while Austin Dibble finished in fifth place with a time of 11:15.71 in the boys’ 3200-meter run.

Matehs finished first in the boys’110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.44, while Hayden Thingvold finished fourth with a time of 18.28. Kory Vetsch finished the event with a time of 21.88.

Matehs also finished in first place in the boys’ 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.75. Keith Vetsch finished third with a time of 44.43. Hayden Thingvold finished fifth with a time of 47.18, while Kory Vetsch finished seventh with a time of 50.39.

Hooker, Odden, Kory Vetsch and Thingvold finished the boys’ 4×100-meter relay in fourth place with a total time of 52.24 seconds.

The team of Keith Vetsch, Matehs, Jundt and Corey Mattern finished the 4×200-meter relay with a first place time of 1:35.34, while Walker, Keith Vetsch, Corey Mattern and Jundt earned first place in the 4×400-meter relay with a total time of 3:44.69.

Walker, Cole Wentz, Dibble and Schepp finished the 4×800-meter relay in second place with a time of 9:26.57.

Walker’s distance score of 5 feet, 6 inches earned him third place in the high jump, while Kory Vetsch’s distance of 10 feet, 6 inches landed him in first place for the pole vault. Thingvold’s 9 feet, 6 inch vault placed him second in that event.

Corey Mattern’s long jump score of 19 feet, 7-1/2 inches earned him first place. Mueller placed fourth in the event with and 18 feet, 4 inch jump.

Corey Mattern broke a meet record in the triple jump with his state-qualifying distance of 42 feet, 9 inches, which earned first place. Mueller placed third with his distance of 39 feet, 2-1/2 inches.

Ethan Brandt finished ninth in the shot put with a throw of 34 feet, 5 inches, and Brandt threw the discus for 65 feet.

The Panthers’ next varsity track and field meet was scheduled for Thursday in St. John.

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