By PATRICK SLACK
The Royalton boys 4×800-meter relay team narrowly missed setting a school record, but did cruise to a title in Wednesday’s Prairie Conference meet held at St. John’s Prep.
The quartet of freshman Ben Borash, sophomores Zach Carlson and Tremayne Collins and senior Stephen Strusz clocked a winning time of 8:53.78, less than half a second off the previous Royalton record of 8:53.32 set in 2005.
The Royals boys had two other all-conference performances at the meet, while senior Makenna Peterson achieved All-Prairie honors for the Upsala-Swanville Area (USA) girls.
The top two finishers in each event received all-conference, with the third-place finishers earning honorable mention.
The Royalton boys and USA girls earned fifth place at the meet, the USA boys took sixth and the Royalton girls placed seventh.
Prairie girls results
Peterson posted the top finish for USA on the day, leaping to second in the long jump with a distance of 16-feet, 8.25-inches, while also anchoring the third-place 4×200 relay team led off by sophomores Brooke Westrich and Danica Cheney and senior Marissa Evans (1:53.08).
Sophomore Stephanie Koetter earned honorable mention honors with a third-place finish in the high jump (4-feet, 10-inches), with senior Emma Guthrie and sophomore Danica Hanson tying for fourth in the event with a height of 4-feet, 8-inches.
Evans added a fifth-place finish in the long jump (15-feet, 2-inches) and Westrich earned fifth in the 100 (13.96).
Sophomore Cheyanne Eink led the Royalton girls, just missing honorable mention status with a fourth-place throw of 81-feet, 10-inches in the discus, while also placing seventh in the shot put (26-feet).
Sophomore Abby Duevel posted her best time of the year to take fifth in the 200 (27.96) and also placed fifth in the 400 (1:03.57).
Prairie boys results
Carlson and Collins also took home All-Prairie honors individually, with Carlson taking second in the 1,600 (4:43.19) and Collins earning second in the 3,200 (10:49.56).
Junior Tony Gadacz secured honorable mention honors with a third-place throw in the discus (111-feet, 5-inches).
Also scoring points for the Royals were Borash in fourth in the 800 (2:14.7), senior Andrew Kroll in fifth in the discus (109-feet, 2-inches), eighth-grader David Wimer in seventh in the 400 (59.09) and Kroll in eighth in the shot put (37-feet, 3.5-inches).
The 4×100 relay team of eighth-graders Amando Perales and Matt Koetter and freshmen Garrett Karnes and Ethan McCoy led the USA boys with a fifth-place finish (51.11)
Placing sixth were McCoy in the 100 (12.41), the 4×200 relay team of sophomore Joe Jensen, freshman Matthew Laliberte and seniors Jacob Opelia and Paul Fruechte (1:45.17) and the 4×400 relay team of Laliberte, freshman Dunkin Westrich, Fruechte and Opelia (4:15.06).
Carlson, Duevel finish
as runners-up at Albany
Carlson finished as the runner-up in the 1,600 (4:49.9) and Collins took fifth in the 3,200 (10:55.0) to lead the Royalton boys to 11th at the Dave Sieben Invitational at Albany, May 9.
In the girls competition, Duevel earned second in the 400 (1:04.14) and seventh in the 200 (28.52) to lead Royalton.
For USA, Peterson earned fourth in the long jump (14-feet, 10.5-inches), placing fifth were the 4×200 relay team (1:56.84) and Koetter in the high jump (4-feet, 9.25-inches) and placing eighth was junior Amanda Rieffer in the triple jump (29-feet, 6-inches).