Rebels set records in 1st meet of year

Published 2:28 am Monday, March 30, 2015

In United South Central/Alden-Conger’s first track meet of the season, the Rebels posted school records in the girls’ pole vault and the boys’ 200- and 400-meter dashes Friday during an indoor meet at Minnesota State University, Mankato, according to a press release.

The Rebels were shorthanded and unable to field a full lineup, but managed to make a good showing in several events, said coach Kent Viesselman.

As a team, the USC/A-C girls tied for third place in the five-team field. Leading the way was Beth Stevermer with wins in the 1600- and 3200-meter runs with times of 5:52 and 13:04. Linsey Thisius won the pole vault with a 9-foot effort to tie the USC/A-C school record and break the USC/A-C indoor school record. The previous records were set by Carolyn Schmitz in 2008. A bright spot at the team level was the three-four-five finish by Hope Hendrickson, Katherine Cory, and Brittaney Jensen with all three of them throwing over 30 feet.

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A depleted boys team finished fourth as a team, with seven individuals missing from the lineup. John Schuster started where he left off last season, winning the 200 and 400 (24.0 and 51.96), finishing second in the triple jump (40-9) and anchoring the 4×400 relay team to a third-place finish (30:50.24). Schuster’s performances in the 200 and 400 were both new USC/AC records, beating the old records set by Casey Christianson in 2002.

Issac Hernandez picked up another first place finish for the Rebels, winning the shot put (41-2 1/2). Dallas Olson had an outstanding meet, finishing second in the 55 dash (6.79), second in the long jump (18-0 1/2), and second to Schuster in the 200.

Another bright spot was in the 1600. Brian Remington was injured last year and didn’t compete. He started off Friday, dropping his personal record from his sophomore season by 20 seconds.

“We had some bright spots individually in both the girls and boys,” Viesselman said. “But I never like to leave a lane open because we are missing someone. Hopefully we’ll have everyone on track in the near future.”