Comets too quick for Coalers, ‘Cats


VINNY VERCELOTE takes a big lead during the 110 meter hurdles at Coal City last Tuesday. Vercelote wound up winning the event with a time of 17.25, and would go on to place first in two other events (long jump, 300 hurdles). Photo by Fred Ruetz.
By: 
Brent Sumner
Staff Writer

    Reed-Custer’s varsity boys and girls track teams headed over to Coal City last Tuesday to compete in a triangular meet with the Coalers and Wilmington.
    On the boys side, the Comets won the meet, finishing with 76.5 team points, as Coal City claimed second (66), and Wilmington took third (28.5).
    For the Lady Comets, they wound up securing second place with 55 team points, finishing behind Wilmington (63). Coal City took third with 29 team points.
    Vinny Verecelote led the Reed-Custer by placing first in three events.
    He won the long jump (18’ 5.5”), 110 hurdles (17.25) and the 300 meter hurdles (41.78).
    Tyler Hood also claimed a first place finish, winning pole vault with a height of 11’ 6”. The Comets swept the pole vault competition, with Nathan Minuth taking second (8’) and Matt Terry securing third (7’).
    In the 400 meter run, Shane Milburn secured first place with a time of 53.85. The Coemts also swept the top three spots in that event, with Rick Siegers claiming second (58.19) and Thomas Deardorff earning third (59.97).
    Siegers also placed in two other events, earning second in the 200 meter (25.34), and also second in high jump (5’).
    Deardorff placed in one other event, securing fourth in high jump with a height of 4’ 10”.
    Justin Read earned second in two events, long jump (16’ 11”) and triple jump (35’ 1”), while Minuth followed in triple jump withfor third (30’ 9”).
    Micah Dubbert placed in three events, with his best being second in 300 meter hurdles (50.72). He also earned third in 110 hurdles (21.69) and fourth in the 100 meter dash (13.18).
    Josh Neu claimed second in hte 3200 meter run (13:07.56), while Logan Zacharias took second in shot put (41’ 9.5”). Connor Harding rounded out the individual placements, securing fourth in shot put (36’ 5”).
    The Comets’ 3200 relay and 1600 meter relay also both claimed first on the day.
    For the Lady Comets, Jaden Christian had a big day, earning first place in three events.
    She secured first in long jump (16’2”), triple jump (31’ 4”), and also won the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.6. Christian also took second in the 400 meter with a time of 1:07.03.
    Macy Pfeifer also placed in four events, taking first in two.
    She won the 100 meter hurdles (18.81) and the 300 meter hurdles (52.13), while claiming third in the 200 (30.91) and third in high jump (4’ 4”).
    In pole vault, Natalie Pacholski and Maddy Helsing swept the competition earning first and second, respectively. They both finished with a height of 6’ 9”.
    Vanessa McLean took second in the 3200 (16:45.72) and third in the 1600 (7:59.65), while Cailyn Porterfield earned fourth in high jump (4’ 4”).
    Porterfield also earned second in the 100 hurdles with a time of 19.19.
    Vanessa Pacholski (25’ 7.5”) and Taylor Toler (22’ 6”) claimed third and fourth, respectively, in shot put.
    Reed-Custer’s 1600 meter relay team also earned second.