Koetter sets school record in high jump; USA boys win in Melrose

By Tyler Ohmann
Sports Editor
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Upsala Swanville Area (USA) track senior Stephanie Koetter had quite the week for the Patriots.
Koetter finished first in the high jump in three separate meets, but more impressively broke the school record in the event.
Koetter cleared 5-06 April 23 in Sauk Centre to break the record.
She then cleared 5-03 Monday in Melrose and 5-00 Tuesday in Osakis to win three straight high jumps in a row.
In Sauk Centre, the USA girls finished 11th and the boys finished eighth.
Ethan McCoy was the top finisher for the USA boys, taking second place in the 400 meters with a time of 54.81.
In Melrose, USA finished in fourth for the girls, but the boys surged to a first place finish.
The Patriot boys were helped with three top finishes. Cody Rahn finished the 300 hurdles in 46.29, Tim Valencia-Louden in the triple jump with a leap of 36-03 and the 4×100 relay team of Andrew Prokott, Valencia-Louden, Matt Koetter and McCoy in 48.97.
Sam Mettler had three runner-up finishes in the 800 meters (2:16.97), the triple jump (34-10) and the high jump (5-03) to also help out.
On the girls side, three individuals and one relay team took home titles.
Brooke Westrich took first in the 100 meters with a 13.73 finish, first in the long jump at 15-01 and also took second in the 200 meters. Koetter had her second first place finish in the high jump, and the 4×100 relay team of Westrich, Koetter, Danica Cheney and Peyton Guthrie took first in 54.2.
Tuesday, the Patriots finished in fifth on the boys side and third for the girls.
Three first place finishers came from USA. McCoy won the 400 meters with a time of 55.72, Valencia-Louden won the long jump with a distance of 18-06 and  the 4×100 team of Armando Perales, Valencia-Louden, Koetter and Prokott finished in 49.09.
Koetter was the lone winner for the girls.
Royalton also competed in the event and took fourth in both boys and girls, but individual results were not available.
USA also competed at Pillager Thursday, but results were unavailable by press time.
Both Royalton and USA are scheduled to compete in Melrose, Thursday.