Boys, girls take runner-up at 8-team track invitePaige Skorseth and Riley Claude won individual titles for the Wildcat girls, and brothers Auggie and Tiano Pupungatoa each won an event for the boys, as both Wildcat track and field teams posted second place finishes at the eight-team Hudson True Team Invitational Friday, April 13, at Newton Field.
By: Debbie Griffin, River Falls Journal
Paige Skorseth and Riley Claude won individual titles for the Wildcat girls, and brothers Auggie and Tiano Pupungatoa each won an event for the boys, as both Wildcat track and field teams posted second place finishes at the eight-team Hudson True Team Invitational Friday, April 13, at Newton Field.
Under the true team format every competitor scores points, from first place to last. Hudson swept the competition with the boys finishing with a total of 854.5 points and the girls totaling 840.5. River Falls’ boys finished with 743.5 to take second while the girls posted 825.5 to finish as runner-up.
Skorseth stood out in the distance races for the Wildcat girls, winning the 3200 meter race with a time of 11 minutes, 40.8 seconds and finishing second in the 1600 in 5:29.29. Natalie Powell was third in the 1600 in 5:37.12 and Anne Frisbie was fourth in 5:38.63 to give the Cats a total of 66 points in the event.
Powell also finished second in the 800 meter run in 2:37.55 while Frisbie was third in 2:41.07.
Claude set a new school record to win the girls’ pole vault competition by clearing 10-feet, while Karlie Place boosted the Cats’ score with a fourth place height of 8-6. Claude added a second place leap of 14-8.5 in the long jump while Hanna Gribble and Annie Wagner each cleared 14-8.25 to finish third and fourth, respectively. Wagner also finished third in the triple jump with a distance of 31-6.5.
Sierra Becker turned in a pair of top three finishes, placing second in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 51.36 seconds and finishing third in the 100 meter dash in 13.08 seconds. Becker also took sixth in the 200 meter dash in 27.4 seconds.
In the boys’ competition, senior Auggie Pupungatoa won the discus with a throw of 141-11 and junior Tiano Pupungatoa took first in the shot put with a distance of 51-4.
The Cats had three of the top five finishers in the boys’ 1600 meter run and 400 meter dash.
In the 1600, Trenton Powell placed second in 4:57.23, Shae Taylor was third in 4:58.06 and Tom Ramquist fifth in 5:00.01. Powell was also fifth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:09.76.
In the 400, Mitch Lenneman finished third in 53.64 seconds, Josiah Harris was fourth in 54.61 and Austin Lynum place fifth in 54.9.
Nathan Hanson cleared 11-6 to place second in the pole vault and Tim Rixmann took third in a pair of events -- the long jump with a leap of 19-0.25 and the triple jump with a distance of 40-8 -- while John Maillette boosted the Cats’ team score with a fourth place time of 23.46 seconds in the 200 meter dash.