3/14/2017 5:38:00 PM Reed-Custer track gets season off to a fast start
by Brent Sumner Staff writer
Reed-Custer's track teams hosted their second meet of the season Saturday, with the boys coming away with a second place finish.
The girls team wound up in ninth place out of the nine-team field, earning 11 team points.
"We have had a lot of girls who were unable to compete due to conflict with the school musical, and a few are hurt as well, so we are better than what our showing from Saturday might suggest," said head coach Trenton Roth.
They finished six points behind Wilmington (17), while Seneca placed first (162), followed by Sandwich (79) and Prairie Central (56).
The boys team finished with 74 points, taking second behind Prairie Central (104), while Streator rounded out the top three (72).
"We still have a few guys that we are waiting to get back, so we are excited about how good we can be when everyone is back and healthy," added Roth.
Macy Pfeifer wound up placing in two events for the girls, securing fourth in the 400 with a time of 1:09.60, and fifth in high jump (4' 4").
Maddy Helsing was the only other individual to place, taking fifth in pole vault with a height of 5' 6".
The Lady Comets' 4x400 and 4x200 wound up with fifth and sixth place finishes, respectively.
The 4x400 team (Pfeifer, Brody Thompson, Izzy Bippus and Jenn Tedeschi) earned a time of 5:25.47.
The 4x200 consisting of Thompson, Vailyn Porterfield, Helsing and Tedeschi finished with a time of 2:15.65.
On the boys side, Zach Weaver led the way by placing in three events.
He claimed first in the 400 meter with a time of 55.15, and followed that up with a second place in high jump (6' 2") and a second in long jump (20' 6.75").
Vinny Vercelote also had a solid outing, taking third in two events, the 60 meter hurdles (9.67), and the long jump (20' .75").
Shane Milburn claimed a first place in the 800 meter, earning a time of 2:12.61, while Gabe Nagel picked up a third in the 1600 (5:01.31).
Tyler Hood rounded out the individual placements, securing third in pole vault with a height of 13'.
In the relays, Reed-Custer claimed first in the 4x400, while the 4x800 team secured fourth.
The 4x400 team (Vercelote, Rick Siegers, Milburn and Weaver) finished with a time of 3:48.34.
The 4x800 team (Nagel, Josh Neu, Matt Terry and Milburn) earned a time of 9:48.64.
Roth commented on how each of his track participants are getting better, and have shown improvements from the previous year.
He comment how good it is to have Vercelote, who was out the past two years, back as he has made an immediate impact on the competition.
The Reed-Custer track teams opened the season last Tuesday night when they hosted a quad against Wilmington, Dwight and Streator in the fieldhouse.
The girls team wound up in third place out of the four-team field, finishing with 37 points, four points ahead of fourth place Wilmington.
Streator picked up first (63 points) and Dwight recorded second with 47.
The Comets wound up in second place with 75 team points, just nine behind first place Streator (84).
Dwight earned third with 31, and Wilmington rounded out the bottom with 16 points.
The Lady Comets finished the meet with four first-place finishes.
Bippus earned a win in pole vault (7'0"), while Jaden Christian finished way ahead of the field in triple jump with 16' 6". She was almost two feet ahead of the second place athlete.
Pfeifer also picked up a first in high jump with a height of 4' 4", while the last first place finish went to the Lady Comets' 4x200 relay team.
The team consisted of Pfeifer, Thompson, Bippus and Tedeschi.
In the 60 meter dash finals, Thompson and Pfeifer followed each other, earning fifth and sixth place, respectively. Thompson finished with a time of 9.24, while Pfeifer earned a 9.42.
Pfeifer also picked up a second place in the 400 meter dash, finishing with a time of 1:11.06.
Katie McPherson came in fifth in the 800 meter run (4:06.22), and the 4x400 relay team consisting of Thompson, Christian, Bippus and Tedeschi was second (5:17.96).
The final event earning placements was shot put, where Taylor Toler earned third (27'.5"), and Vanessa Pacholski picked up sixth (23' 10.75").
On the boys side, Weaver led the placements, earning three firsts and one second.
Weaver placed second in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.65, and first in the 400 (56.20). In the field events, Weaver earned first in high jump (5' 10") and long jump (20' 5").
Vercelote wound up placing in three events, taking third in the 400 (57.37), fifth in the 60 (7.77) and fourth in high jump (5' 2").
Nagel won the 1600 with a time of 5:01.37, while Milburn picked up fifth in the same event (5:15.90).
Cory McGregor earned third in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 11.13. He also earned sixth in the high jump with a height of 5'.
Rounding out the running events were the relays, with Reed-Custer's 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800 earning second. The Comets had a second team in the 4x400 that earned fifth.
The 4x200 team (Luke Smith, Hood, Kaleb Knust and McGregor) earned a time of 1:47.08.
The 4x400 team that took second consisted of Rick Siegers, Nathan Cornelio, McGregor and Milburn, and finished with a time of 3:57.76.
The other 4x400 team included Brodi Frieders, Josh Neu, Thomas Deardorff and Will Egly. They finished with a time of 4:27.89.
Nathan Cornelio, Neu, Frieders and Egly ran the 4x800, finishing with a time of 10:19.38.
In the field events, the Comets swept the field in pole vault, with Hood taking first (12'). He was followed by Matt Terry (8') and Nathan Minuth (7').
In shot put, Logan Zacharias earned second with a distance of 37'. Connor Harding earned fourth (32' 6.75") and Minuth took sixth (30' 1.75").