Going-away gift

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 17, 2002

WELLS &045; It was the final South Central Conference meet for coach Kent Viesselman and the United South Central boys’ track and field team, and they made it one to remember.

The Rebels finished on top in their last year as a member of the conference, claiming the championship in the 2002 SCC meet on their own track. USC totaled 129 points, followed by New Ulm with 118, St. Peter 90, Fairmont 75, St. James 65, Blue Earth Area 62 and Waseca 19.

Seniors Casey Christenson and Brandon Alphs led the Rebels.

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Christenson won the Vern Walden Award as the meet’s top scorer, winning the 100, 200 and 400 meters while taking third in the triple jump. Alphs was first in the long jump and pole vault and ran a leg on a second-place relay.

&uot;I should point out that if Casey hadn’t won the award, Alphy would have,&uot; said Viesselman. &uot;That’s a pretty good pair of track men.

&uot;But this was not a two-man show. We had a lot of good things happen.&uot;

Included was third place by the 4×800 relay team of Jon Beyer, Chris Vondracek, Jake Stenzel and Jon Voigt, which cut 11 seconds off its previous best time.

Justin Youngblom led the distance crew, finishing fourth in the 3200 and second in the 1600, both in personal-best times.

Another senior, Eric Langsev, turned in a gutsy effort in placing fourth in the 800 a short while after taking sixth in the 1600.

Shea Kaiser, Callan Pitcher, Alphs and Bob Schmitz were second in the 4×100 relay. Kaiser, Pitcher, Beyer and Voigt took third in the 4×200. Kaiser, Steven wood, Dusty Niebuhr and Beyer placed fourth in the 4×400.

Other USC places: Trevor Rollenhagen, second, 110 hurdles and fifth, triple jump; Voigt, fifth, pole vault; Wood, fifth, 110 hurdles; Adam Kruger, fourth, discus; Pitcher, fourth, 300 hurdles; Beyer, sixth, 800; Stenzel, fifth, 3200.

The Rebels compete in the True Team state meet Saturday at 10 a.m. at the National Sports Center in Blaine.