Tigers sprint past KoMets
Published 1:15 am Saturday, April 18, 2015
First-place finishes in 14 events spurred the Albert Lea boys’ track and field team to its first dual victory of the season.
The Tigers produced four competitors who won each event they entered during an 81.5-64.5 win at Kasson-Mantorville.
“It was exciting for the kids,” said Albert Lea coach Kevin Gentz. “We haven’t really run a complete meet yet, but tonight we were closer to doing that.”
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Senior Matt Nemec led the Tigers by winning both in throwing events. His toss of 134 feet, 10 inches was 17-4 further than the second-place finisher, Chase O’Connor of Kasson-Mantorville. Nemec also took gold in the shot put with a throw of 41-2.
Juniors Colton Mowers, Jackson Goodell and Will Kozelsky won all of their events.
Mowers took gold in four events. He won the 100-meter dash in 11.91 seconds, the 200 in 23.91 seconds, the long jump with a leap of 17-1 1/2 and was part of the 4×400-meter relay team that posted a time of 3:43.68.
“Colton posted his best time in the 200,” Gentz said. “He’s been sick all week but was still able to perform well.”
Goodell won three events. Along with running a leg of the 4×400 relay, he took gold in the 800 with a time of 2:06.74 and the 1,600 in 4:44.24.
Kozelsky won the 400 in 55.26 seconds and was part of the 4×400 relay and the 4×200 relay with Jeremy Sekora, Treavor Hoffman and Tyler Anderson that took first place in 1:43.95.
“Jackson and Will had an exceptional meet,” Gentz said.
The Tigers also found success in the pole vault. Connor Larson vaulted 8-6 to win the event, and Nick Compton took third.
Caleb Troe won the 3,200-meter run in 10:32.93, and Abraham Peterson won the 100 hurdles in 17.15 and the 300 hurdles in 45.06. Gentz said he was impressed with Peterson’s 300 hurdles time because his 400 time was about 60 seconds. Shave 100 meters off the 400 and add hurdles, and his clip was about the same in both.
Next, Albert Lea will host its first of two home meets. The Tigers will host Faribault and Red Wing at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Albert Lea will host Austin and Red Wing at 4:30 p.m. April 28.