The Pelican Rapids Boys Track and Field team continued their season with an excellent week of performances in the UCB Booster Meet April 30 and the Hank Emmel Invitational on May 2.

The boys showed improvements during the UCB meet on Tuesday, and they significantly raised the bar at home on Thursday. 

Once again Zane Brosowske and Eli Sytsma set the bar high as the senior captains collected a handful of first place finishes during the week.  

Some of the standout performances in Hawley included Jayden Rutherford’s 5th place finish in the 200m dash with a time of 24.9 seconds. 

David Johnston placed 4th in the 400m dash at 54.93 seconds. Tommy Tach also demonstrated excellent improvement to take 5th in the 300m hurdles, finishing with a time of 46.3 seconds. With team efforts, our boys were consistently toward the top in Tuesday’s relay events.

 The 4x100m team of  finished in 3rd place at 51.8 seconds. The 4x200m team  also took 3rd finishing at 1:38.29. Our 4x800m relay team continued their streak of excellence with a 2nd place finish of 9:05.19. Several boys also saw their hard work paying off as many boys placed towards the top. Sytsma took first in the High Jump (5’11”) and Triple Jump (39’6”). Nick Haugrud led all freshman throwers, taking a 3rd place finish in the Shot Put with a throw of 36’. The meet culminated with Brosowske truly raising the bar with a 1st place Pole Vault performance at 11’6”.

While Tuesday was good, Thursday was better. 

The boys elevated their performances at home amidst a field of tough competition at the Hank Emmel Invitational. 

Once again, our relay teams did well with 4th place finished in both the 4x400m (3:40.14) and 4x800m relays (8:52.52). 

Sytsma finished 3rd in the 100m dash (12.23) with Rutherford right behind in 5th place (12.26). Tommy Tach found more success in the 300m hurdles with a 6th place finish (46.61). 

In true Viking fashion, Juniors Alfredo Centeno and David Johnston dominated the 800m run. Centeno led the pack with a 1st place time of 2:09.71 while Johnston was right behind (2nd place) at 2:10.15. 

Brosowske leapt to a 6th place in the Triple Jump (36’) and launched himself into another 1st place performance in the Pole Vault at 11’6”. 

Sytsma once again placed first in the High Jump (5’11”) and hit a personal best mark in the Triple Jump at 40’6” for another 1st place finish. 

Noah Ballard also achieved a personal best throw in the Discus with a throw of 104’11”. In a field of 14 teams, the boys rallied for a 3rd place finish, beating some are teams for the first time this year.

“One of the great things about Track and Field is that the competitors are provided with more tangible indications of growth and success,” n0ted Coach Cody Shaffer. “Our boys have demonstrated dedication to both competition and preparation throughout the season. We are able to rely on quality leadership from our upperclassmen and exciting potential in our younger athletes. We have seen tremendous progress to this point in the season and we hope to continue the trend.”