NRHEG girls’ track wins conference meet; USC/A-C boys win 6th consecutive
Published 2:36 am Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The United South Central/Alden-Conger boys’ track and field team made it six consecutive Gopher Conference championships Tuesday at the conference meet in Medford while the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva girls’ track team finally dethroned USC/A-C for the championship.
The Rebels girls’ team beat the Panthers by 15 1/2 points in each of the past two conference meets, but this year NRHEG finally claimed the top spot with 222 points, clipping USC/A-C by 28 points.
“Our girls performed about as well as they possibly could,” said Panthers head coach Duey Ferber.
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NRHEG set two school records and won seven events. Junior Alyssa Kerkhoff won four events herself.
Kerkhoff set a school record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.81 seconds and picked up victories in the long jump, the 200 and the 100 while eighth-grader Carlie Wagner set a school record in the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 1 inch.
Jill Kalis won the discus with a throw of 114-3 3/4 and Amber Schmit took second in the shot put with a throw of 32-10 1/2.
The Rebels boys’ team scored 198 points and had a comfortable 68 1/2 point lead over second-place Blooming Prairie. NRHEG finished third with 118 1/2 points.
Panthers senior David Lindell set a meet record in the discus with a throw of 160 feet to win the event. The previous record had stood since 1974. Senior Kevin Klocek won the 100 and 200 and the 4×100 relay team of Lindell, Klocek, Geoff Ramaker and Matt Young won with time of 46.71 seconds.