2011 Year in Review – Sports

Published 1:49 pm Wednesday, January 4, 2012

8. Rebels track and field has impressive spring


Eric Johnson/Albert Lea Tribune United South Central’s Tony Willette throws the discus in July during the Class A State Tournament.

United South Central/Alden-Conger’s boys’ and girls’ track and field teams had its fair share of accomplishments this spring.

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For starters, the Rebels won boys’ and girls’ Gopher Conference championships. The boys won by a margin of 105 points, won first place in 10 events and placed in all 18. The girls edged New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva by nine points and placed first in five events.

The girls team “piled up a bunch of points,” according to head coach Kent Viesselman, by finishing second and third in the high hurdles and second, third and fifth in the 300-meter hurdles.

In addition to its conference titles, the boys’ and girls’ teams both qualified for the Class A True Team State Tournament, which is organized by the Minnesota State Track and Field Coaches Association.

The boys’ team won the state title 4 1/2 points ahead of runner-up Morris Area and 5 1/2 points ahead of third-place Winona Cotter. Finishing in first place for the Rebels was the 4×200-meter relay team of Thane O’Rourke, Chris Melby, Jannik Rosemeyer, and Teddy Wiebold. Wiebold (200-meter dash), Riley Niebuhr (high jump), and Tony Willette (shot put and discus) all recorded second-place finishes.

The Rebels’ girls team placed sixth at the True Team meet. Hannah Goemann had the top individual finish for the girls with a second-place finish in the 800-meter run. Amanda Allis chipped in a third-place finish in the shot put. Kendall Ward added a fourth-place finish in the high hurdles. Goemann added a fourth-place finish in the high jump and another in the 1,600-meter run.

The Rebels capped its season by sending two individuals to the Minnesota State High School League-sponsored Class A track and field meet at Hamline University in St. Paul.

Goemann finished the 800-meter run in 2 minutes and 19.86 seconds, and Willette threw the discus 147 feet, one inch.

Goemann finished fourth in 800-meter run preliminaries in 2:19.37. Her final’s time was less than one-half second slower.

Willette’s final throw bested his preliminary throw by 3 feet, 4 inches, and he beat the eighth-place finishers by 2 1/2 feet.