Trojan boys a close 2nd at home meet

Mason DeGross ran to a first-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles during the Trojans’ home track and field meet Tuesday, April 9. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

The New Prague Trojan boys track and field team hosted Northfield and Mankato East on Tuesday, April 9, finishing in second place.

Mankato East had 68 points, edging the Trojans, who had 63. Northfield had 27.

“Although we came up just short of the team victory, we were pleased with our approach, mentality, and effort today,” said Trojan Coach Nick Meyer. “Our experienced athletes are doing a nice job of showing our younger kids how to do things the right way, and as a relatively inexperienced team, our guys are benefitting from that.”

Ephrata Chinedu-Eneh had a breakout performance, winning the 100 meters, taking second in the 200 meters and leading off the second place 4x200 relay team. Ryan Schoenbauer won the 200 and long jump and placed second on the 100 meters, while Mason DeGross won the 300 hurdles and placed in the high jump, long jump and pole vault.

Trojans placing first for the meet were: Chinedu-Eneh, 100 m., 11.54 seconds; Ryan Schoenbayer, 200 m., 24.25; and long jump, 20 feet, 1 inch; Carson Davis, 800 m., 2:09.58; Adam Brandt, 3,200 m., 10:51.59; Mason DeGross, 300 hurdles, 44.08; Ian Lilliquist, triple jump, 38-11.

Placing second were: Chinedu-Eneh, 200 m; Zach Morris, 800 m; Trevor Prelesnick, 1,600 m; Jacob Malecha, 3,200 m; DeGross, pole vault and long jump; 4x200 relay (Chinedu- Eneh, Lilliquist, Jacob Lee and Joe Beaudette) and the 4x800 relay (Morris, John Taylor, Max Russo, Davis).

Third place finishers were: Schoenbauer (100 m); DeGross (110 hurdles), Jackson Queen (shot put), Garrett Holets (discus) and Owen Tupy (long jump).

The Trojans’ April 11 home meet was cancelled due to the weather. They were scheduled to compete at Orono on Tuesday, April 16. Their next meet is Tuesday, April 23, at Waconia.



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