Kyle Mitchell hands off to Hunter Jennings during the 4x100 meter relay. Triton placed second in the race.
Photo by Mary Nelson
By Coach Bruce Huber
The True Team concept was started by the Minnesota Coaches Association to highlight the importance of team in track and field. Each competitor scores points based on the number of schools participating in the meet and their place in each event. Each school gets two individual competitors and one relay. This year's True Team meet was held at Rushford with 17 teams competing. Triton's boys placed 9th of 17 schools with 577 points while the girls placed 14th with 430.5 points. The top schools qualify for the State True Team meet in Stillwater on May 27th. Lanesboro Fillmore Central Mabel Canton won the girls meet with 866.5 points and St. Charles won the boys meet with 896.5 points. Pine Island also qualified for the state meet with 872.5 points picking up the wild card spot for the ninth team competing in the meet.
Courtney West won both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs with ease with a 5:21.82 and 11:29.69 time respectively. West finished five and 36 seconds ahead of the runners up in those events.
Leif Bungum picked up a first place finish in the 200 meter dash by a .06 margin with his 23.47 clocking. Bungum finished second in the 100 meter dash to Payton Schott of Dover Eyota and anchored the boys 4 x 100 relay to a runner-up finish behind Dover Eyota's quartet. Fernando Bugarin, Hunter Jennings and Anthony Avery rounded out the Triton team.
Bugarin picked up a third place finish in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles with a 44.59 time.
Nell Graham turned in a season best time in the 800 meter run (2:25.58) to finish second behind Wabasha Kellogg's Ellie Sholing who like Graham qualified for the state track meet last year.
Chloe Staub tied the junior high school record in the high jump with her 4 foot 10 inch high jump which was good enough for third place. The winner of the event also had 4'10" but won on fewer misses.