The boys track and field team finished off the two day Section 3AA track & field championship on a hot and steamy afternoon with a 2nd place team finish. On Wednesday afternoon the Lightning were lead by sophomore Josh Negussie and senior Spencer Ness who finished 3rd and 4th in the triple jump. Also scoring for the Lightning on Wednesday was sophomore Gabe Mahlen who set a new sophomore class record in the 3200m with a time of 9:44.5. Mahlen ran a very even paced run, sticking with the lead pack through six laps, averaging 73 sec per lap. With two laps to go the top three runners began to pull away from Mahlen, however, by this time he had built up a large lead ahead of the chase pack behind and held on for a 4th place finish.
The majority of final events were held on Friday evening, and leading off the day was the boys 4×800 team of Colby Rubischko (10th), Mahlen, Sam Erickson (12th), and Sam Morgenstern (11th). Rubischko lead off the team with a solid time of 2:00.8 handing the baton off to Mahlen in 2nd place. Mahlen used a solid leg of 2:01 to overtake the lead, handing off to Sam Erickson. Over the first lap chase group cut into Erickson’s lead and over the final 200m of the race several teams tried to pry the lead away, however, Erickson was able to maintain his position and power away from the competition over the final 50m running a 2:02.8 leg before handing off to Morgenstern. Morgenstern ran a solid 1:57.2 to bring home the victory for the Lightning.
Following up their triple jump performance from Wednesday, Ness and Negussie finished in 3rd & 7th place in the high jump on Friday. Also finishing in third place for the Lightning were Morgenstern in the 800 (1:57.5) and junior Angelo Paulucci in the 300m hurdles (40.98).
Junior AJ Green ran what is currently the fastest high school time in the country in the 800m, winning the event in 1:49.83. Green opened up his race with a 25 second first two hundred to build a healthy lead on all but one competitor in the field. Over the next two hundred his pace slackened to 29 sec, however, realizing that he had some competition on his back Green dropped another 25 second two hundred before finishing with a 30 to close with a new section and school record time. Sophomore Colby Rubischko finished 8th in the race after running his way into the finals with the 5th fastest sophomore time in school history of 2:00.63 in Wednesday’s prelims.
Rounding out the scoring for the Lightning was the 4x400m relay team of Paulucci, Kole Peterson (11th), Morgenstern, & Green who were section champions with a time of 3:22.75. Paulucci lead the Lightning off with a solid 52 sec leg, handing the baton off to Peterson in 3rd place. Peterson ran a great curve to bring the Lightning up to 2nd, however, wound up a little boxed as a runner from the outside cut in after the first 100m. The result was that Peterson got trapped and the field cut up to him, however, he continued to run strong handing the baton off to Morgenstern in a 4-way tie for 2nd place. Morgenstern ran a determined leg of 50.9 sec to open up a gap on the other chase teams and turned the race into a two team affair by handing the baton off to Green just behind the leader. Green immediately took over the lead, however, it became a battle over the first 200m before AJ turned on the afterburners and turned in a 47.8 sec split to win the race.
The 4×800, 4×400 and Green in the 800 will all be competing at the state meet on Friday and Saturday, June 7th and 8th. Congratulations to the whole team on a terrific performance.
For complete results please visit our schedule/results page.