Records fall at Maple Lake Relay Meet
The EV-W-K track and field teams got together Thursday for an exciting competition at the Maple Lake Coed Relay Track Meet. This type of meet is a bit crazy, as far as how so many different athletes square off in so many different events and races. EV-W-K’s Austyn Schlueter broke the school record for shot put again, for the second week in a row. The shot put team took second place with the efforts of Austyn Schlueter, Matt Benson and Tyler Smith; and the ladies shot put relay team of Ariel Laabs, Raevon Wilner and Kaylee Petty. The high jump team of Connor Wittenberg, Kirby Knutson and Austin Marx, finished second, with the ladies high jump relay team of Tiffany Kuechle, Emma Kuechle and Hannah Ehlinger. The 800-meter medley team of Deshaun James, John Salzl, Austin Marx, and Austin Pelkey, took first place; while the 1600-meter medley relay team of Deshaun James, John Salzl, Austin Pelkey, and Kirby Knutson, also grabbed first place, breaking an all-time meet record in the process. The freshmen 4x100-meter relay team of John Salzl, Tommy Lochen, Tommy Newman, and Deshaun James, also took first place.
Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball girls’ track and field coach Gordy Schlangen was happy to get the season underway. “It was great to get outside to compete and a lot of fun to do the combined relays with the boys. The team competed quite well and finished second behind a very strong Maple Lake team. Many girls had nice results. Hopefully, we can get our meets in from here on out to prepare for conference and subsections.”
According to boys’ track and field coach Jason Mortenson, the relay meets are a good measure for how they will do in the upcoming regular conference meets. “Overall, the team is improving and we are seeing some growth in the underclassmen. Relays are starting to get formed and when we get back to the regular meets, we can get our line-ups fine-tuned for the conference and sub-section meets. Our season was basically cut in half, so we have to make some decisions soon. It was just nice to get outside and watch the team compete!”
Combined team scoring results showed first place winners Maple Lake with 187 points, and Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball took second place with 149.50 points.
Senior, captain Kirby Knutson, from EV-W-K track team runs in the 1200 at Maple Lake Relay Meet. Kirby also competes in triple jump, high jump, and other runs.