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Boys send several to Section Track Meet
Twelve athletes from the Tri-City United Track and Field Team advanced to the Section meet after the Sub-section 8, Section 2A meet on Thursday in Le Sueur. The top four athletes and top two relay teams advanced to the section meet next weekend at Mankato West High School.
John Christian placed 3rd in the 110meter hurdles in a time of 16.03 seconds. Jamison Beulke placed 4th in the 200m dash in a time of 24.37 seconds. The 4x800 relay team of Marty McGuire, Max Arroyo, Mitch Dooley and
Thomas Franek finished second to advance to sections.
Carter Rynda finished third by lowering his school record time of 42.43 seconds in the 300m hurdles.
“Carter has the third best time going into next week's section meet,” said TCU coach Brian Mikel.
Marty McGuire won the 800m run in a time of 2:04.73. Mic Khonert shaved 17 seconds off of his personal best time in the 3200m run to finish 4th in a time of 10:58 and qualify for sections.
Scott McCabe tied a school record by clearing 6 feet in the high jump, placing 2nd in that event.
Max Arroyo also qualified in the high jump by placing 4th, clearing 5 feet, 10 inches.
Michael McCrady finished 4th in the long jump, qualifying him with a leap of 19 feet. 6.25 inches.
“The Titans had come very close to qualifying but just missed in other events,” Mikel said. “We were able to finish 3rd (as a team) with 138 points behind runner up Belle Plaine and eventual champion Jordan.”
Jordan Trnka placed 5th in the shot put with a toss of 45 feet.
Kelly Nordling placed 5th in two events: the triple jump and the high jump, but gained valuable team points in doing so.
Tadd Stasney placed 5th in the 400m dash and just barely missed a trip to sections. “As a coach, I thought we could have squeezed a few more points out the horizontal jumps,” Mikel commented. “Otherwise as a team I thought we performed well.”
Mikel went on to recognize the team’s seniors and captains John Trnka, Alex Turgeon, Tadd Stasney, Mic Khonert, Ben Pichotta, and John Christian for their great leadership in this difficult year with all of the weather related issues, etc.
“They did a wonderful job of helping to keep the team motivated and headed in the right direction,” the coach said.