The boys track and field team capped off the South Suburban Conference Championship Meet by setting a new conference record in the boys 4×400 meter relay. The team of all junior was lead off by Angelo Paulucci who has been tearing up the track over the past three weeks. He lead the team off in a 52.8 second split handing the baton off in a dead heat with the leaders of the field. Paulucci also finished 4th in the 300m intermediate hurdles with a new PR of 41.46 (10th fastest in school history). Paulucci got the baton to Kole Peterson who used the first turn to take the lead on the field, winning the race to the cut line. From there he ran a strong leg in 52 sec battling for the lead with two other teams down the homestretch. He handed off the baton in 3rd place to Sam Morgenstern who immediately closed in on the leaders and used the second turn to move into 2nd place and close on the lead. Morgenstern also finished 6th in the 1600m with the 5th fastest time in school history (4:24.54). Morgenstern’s split of 51.5 seconds helped put teammate AJ Green in position to strike on the final leg. Green wasted no time, passing the leader on the first curve, and continued to extend the lead, never looking back (for real this time, he didn’t look behind him), and brought the Lightning the victory in a new conference record of 3:25.73, splitting 49 seconds.
Green also set a new school record in winning 1600m this afternoon with a time of 4:19.06. Green and Morgenstern immediately went to the front of the race to take control of the field. The pair were hoping to run 65 sec splits for each 400m of the race. However, they came through the first 3 laps in 66, 67, 66 which meant they would have to have a massive closing kick to try and run new personal best times. Green did just this with a final lap of 58 sec, while Morgenstern closed in 63 sec. Sophomore teammate Gabe Mahlen finished 8th in the race with the 12th fastest mile in school history. He accomplished this feat, despite battling an illness.
The Lightning’s other victory was achieved by sophomore Josh Negussie who won the triple jump yesterday with a leap of 43 feet, 8 inches, the 9th best jump in school history. Negussie also finished 7th in the high jump, clearing 6 ft. The only thing better than Negussie’s performances in the jumps was his victory dance.
Senior Spencer Ness finished 3rd in the high jump clearing 6′ 2″, while the 4×800 relay team of Colby Rubischko (10th), Sam Erickson (12th), Hunter Dunne (9th), and Jesse Laursen (12th) finished in 6th. Rubischko ran a massive PR in the 800m of 2:01.63, which moves him up to be the 6th fastest sophomore at this event in school history. His time also qualified him for the finals of the race where he was one of only two underclassmen. In the finals of the 800 he was able to finish in 8th place.
For complete results please visit our schedule/results page.
The Lightning are next in competition on Wednesday, May 29th at the Section 3AA meet at Prior Lake High School.