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Lake Mills track and field teams compete at conference meet in Garner

The Lake Mills boys’ and girls’ track and field teams participated in the Top of Iowa West Conference meet in Garner, Iowa, Thursday night.

The boys’ team crushed all competition, taking first place in an impressive 12 events and taking second in four more to win the meet with 182.5 points, 67.5 more points than the second-place finisher. The girls had their most impressive showing of the season at the right time, finishing the meet in third place with 74 points.

It was business as usual for the Lake Mills boys’ team, continuing the dominance they have shown through most of the season. The Bulldogs took first place in six individual events. Junior Logan Prescott won both the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash with times of 11.49 and 23.41, respectively. Senior Tommy Kaktis also won two events, taking home the top spot in the 400-meter dash and 400-meter hurdles. Kaktis won the open with a time of 52.07 and only added five seconds to his time with hurdles in the way, 57.95. Junior Mason Fritz won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:05.69 and junior Carson Rygh won the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:40.43.

Six relay teams also finished the meet in first place. The foursome of Bennett Eaton, Garrett Hanna, Carson Eaton and Prescott won both the 4×100-meter relay and 4×200-meter relay. Fritz, Kaktis, Bennett Eaton and Carson Eaton notched another win in the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3:33.58.

The 4×800 team of Jackson Rice, Caleb Albert, Dalton Thorson and Fritz won with a time of 8:29.06. The shuttle hurdle and 1,600-meter medley team also took home first-place finishes.

The girls’ also used a handful of first-place finishers to finish in the top third of the field. Sophomore Taylor Ingledue won the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.27 and senior Lyv Arispe was not far behind, placing second with a time of 13.32. The pair reversed places in the 200-meter dash, with Arispe winning the event with a time of 27.59 and Ingledue coming in second with a time of 27.60.

The team of Arispe, Ingledue, freshman Brooke Bergo and junior Megan Groe also finished first in the 4×100 and 4×200-meter relays with times of 53.34 and 1:52.19, respectively.

Both the boys’ and girls’ teams will be back in action Thursday when they compete at the district meet in Garner for a chance to go to the state meet.

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Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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