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Lightning cuts MMC Heartland Relays short

Friday, May 16, 2008

Thumbs up! This happy Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn track and field foursome stayed warm between races at a recent track meet. Cold, windy weather has plagued the prep track and field season this spring, and lightning and thunderstorms cut short the Heartland Co-ed Relays in Marcus on May 6. These perky Eagles are, left to right, Rachel McDermott, Ashley Weber, Megan Deichman, and Taylor Hohbach. Photo by Roy Tucker
MARCUS - Lightning brought an abrupt end to the Heartland Co-Ed Relays being run here on May 6, but prior to that, there were some stellar performances turned in by area athletes.

In a battle of primo distance runners, Aurelia senior Jared Bruce beat outstanding Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn freshman Jay Welp in the 3200 meters, extending his season-long unbeaten string to 10 races. Bruce ran the event in a time of 10:28.32 and Welp in 10:43.63.

The Eagle freshman also finished second in the 1600 to Hinton's Ryan Wetzel. Wetzel won with a time of 4:54.62, and Welp clocked 4:57.19.

MMC earned first and second in the boys 110 meter high hurdles, with Will Hanson clocking 15.96 and teammate Jordan Boekhout 17.23. Boekhout won the 400 meter hurdle race with a time of 59.71, and teammate Neal Bunt was third in 1:05.91.

The Eagles' Alex Roseen placed second in both the shot (38-8 1/4) and the discus, where his toss of 116-5 was one inch short of that of winner John Sievert of Akron-Westfield.

The Eagles' Blake Erdman placed third in the 200 meters, with a time of 24.21, and Aurelia's Brandon Pedersen turned in a time of 57.13 to place third in the 400 meters.

The MMC boys scored 110 points in the shortened meet, trailing only Akron-Westfield, which scored 131 points. Aurelia scored 22 points to take fifth place.

In the Girls' competition, MMC's Jackie Holmes won the shot put with a toss of 30-9 1/4, edging Laura Willer of Akron-Westfield by a quarter inch. Ashley Schneider provided the other Eagle gold, winning the 200 meters with a time of 27.85. Aurelia's Erin Laursen was third, in 28.76.

Jill Bird of MMC was second in the 3000 meters, with a time of 13:30.42, and the Eagles' Jena Mittelstadt took second in the 100 meters (13.23). Aurelia's Audrey Winterhof placed third in the 800 meter run, with a time of 2:39.20.

In the relays, MMC was second in the 4x200 (1:56.33) and Aurelia took second in the distance medley, in 4:59.52.

The Hinton girls topped the team standings with 149 points, followed by Akron-Westfield with 108. Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn scored 69 points, good for fourth place, and Aurelia was fifth, with 35 points.

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