Prairie Conference: Upsala-Swanville sprinters, Royalton distance runners stand out at St. John’s

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Upsala-Swanville Area (USA) and Royalton competed amongst Prairie Conference and Central Minnesota Conference opponents at the St. John’s Prep Invite, May 3, with the USA girls and Royalton boys taking sixth overall and the USA boys and Royalton girls finishing seventh.

Royalton was led by its distance-running contingent in the boys competition, with sophomore Zachary Carlson winning the 3,200 (10:22), sophomore Tremayne Collins placing second in the 1,600 (4:56.61), freshman Ben Borash taking fourth in the 3,200 (11:09) and senior Stephen Strusz finishing sixth in the 3,200 (11:49).

For the Royals girls, sophomore Abby Duevel earned second in the 400 (1:02.95) and third in the 200 (28.03) and Alosha Chieppa placed eighth in the 100 (13.96) and 200 (30.5).

The USA girls were led by their sprinters and jumpers, with sophomore Stephanie Koetter winning the high jump (5-feet) and senior Makenna Peterson taking second in the long jump (14-feet, 6.5-inches) in addition to anchoring the 4×200 relay team led off by sophomores Brooke Westrich and Danica Cheney and junior Amanda Rieffer (1:55.94). Westrich also took fourth in the 100 (13.65) and 200 (28.43).

The fourth-place 4×100 relay quartet of freshmen Garrett Karnes, Matthew Laliberte and Dunkin Westrich and sophomore Joe Jensen (52.1) led the Patriots boys, with freshman Sam Mettler posting the top individual finish, earning fifth in the 1,600 (5:26.34).


USA girls fifth, boys 

sixth at BBE

The USA girls earned fifth and the Patriots boys took sixth at Tuesday’s Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (BBE) Invite.

Peterson outleapt the field with a mark of 15-feet, 7-inches to take first in the long jump and also placed fourth in the 400 (1:07.4) to pace the Patriots girls.

Koetter added a runner-up effort in the high jump (4-feet, 10-inches), Rieffer placed third in the triple jump (29-feet, 9-inches) and senior Emma Guthrie was fifth in the high jump (4-feet, 8-inches).

Leading the USA boys individually were seventh-place finishers Karnes in the 100 (12.5) and sophomore Justin Schneider in the high jump (5-feet).