Prairie Track: Royalton’s Carlson earns All-Prairie Conference in two events

Royalton junior Zach Carlson sizzled in the two longest events of Wednesday’s Prairie Conference meet at St. John’s Prep, finishing as runner-up in the 1,600-meter (4:38.53) and the 3,200 (9:58.73).

The latter of those times bettered the previous conference record, with both worthy of all-conference recognition.

The Royalton boys ended up placing fifth at the meet while the Royals girls took seventh.

The Upsala-Swanville Area (USA) girls finished in fifth place, with the Patriots boys earning seventh.

The top two individuals received all-conference, with third-place finishers earning all-conference honorable mention.

Royalton senior Tony Gadacz attained all-conference honorable mention honors in the shot put by placing third (39-feet, 0.5-inches), and was just a fraction from doing the same in the discus, placing fourth on second-best attempts with a distance of 107-feet, 2-inches.

The USA boys had a pair of all-conference honorable mention athletes, with third-place finishes from sophomore Ethan McCoy in the 100 (12.19) and sophomore Tim Valencia-Louden in the long jump (18-feet, 5.75-inches).

On the girls side, Royalton junior Abby Duevel posted a pair of personal bests to earn honorable mention in the 200 (27.72) and the 400 (1:01.71).

Placing third to earn honorable mention for USA were junior Stephanie Koetter in the high jump (5-feet) and the 4×200 relay team of junior Brooke Westrich, freshman Kendra Lange, eighth-grader Crystal Kaun and junior Danica Cheney (1:56.95).


Rains shortens Melrose meet

Royalton and USA each competed at the Melrose Dave Sieben Invite as well, May 8, with storms halting the meet after the 400.

USA freshman Cody Rahn took third in the 110 hurdles (20.0) and the Royalton boys 4×800 relay team also took third in 8:55.61.

Duevel won the 400 in 1:03.52 for the Royals, while for USA, Koetter was the runner-up in the high jump (4-feet, 11-inches) and the 4×200 relay team took third in 1:57.58.