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Boys track team tops Sabers in final tune-up
The New Prague Trojan boys track and field team had one final tune-up in its abbreviated season Thursday, May 16, at the Shakopee "Last Chance" meet.
"Neither team approached the meet trying to maximize team scores," coach Nick Meyer said. "But it was an important meet because we had many of our athletes working to set PRs in order to qualify for the best heats, lanes and flights in the Missota and Section meets coming up."
New Prague won the meet, claiming first place finishes in seven individual events as well as all four relays. JT Butler won two events, the 110 hurdles (16.46 seconds) and the 200-meter dash (23.64). Ben Hendrickson won the pole vault (12 feet), and he and Butler were both on the winning 4x100 relay, along with Peter Molitor and Jordan Lein (45.01). Thomas Widmer took first in the high jump (5 feet, 10 inches) and Lucas Binger won the 400 (53.57), and both were on the winning 4x200 relay team, along with Drew Schoenbauer and Conner Wagner (1:37.48). Widmer was also on the winning 4x400 relay, with Josh Polson, Dakota Greenwalt and Zach Dietz (3:42.71). Blake Wooten won the 800 meters (2:05.34) and was on the winning 4x800 relay with Wyatt Midtvedt, Mason Oram and Jason Erickson (8:37.7). Kevin Dudley won the 3200 (11:49.97).
Taking second for the Trojans were Goy Kang in the high jump (5-6), Alex Torp in the pole vault (10-0), Zach Jones in the triple jump at 39-11.5 and the 400 (55.77), Greg Vogel in the 110 hurdles (17.17), Hendrickson in the 100 (11.62), Greenwalt in the 800 (2:07.74), Lein in the 200 (23.74) and Jones, Molitor and Schoenbauer all tied for second in the long jump at 18-8.5.
Taking third for New Prague were Schoenbauer in the triple jump (38-6), Travis Wick in the shot put (40-5) and discus (119-2) and Jordan Lein in the 100 (11.69).
New Prague will compete in the Missota Conference Championships Thursday, May 23, at Chanhassen High School. Next week it will be the Section 2AA championships at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. Preliminaries and some finals are on Wednesday, May 29, while finals are on Friday, May 31.