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Cats grab six BRC track and field titles

Sean Gilbert of River Falls leads the pack over the first hurdle in the 110 meter hurdle finals at the Big Rivers Conference Track and Field Championships last Tuesday in Hudson. Gilbert finished second in the event and took first in the triple jump to help the Wildcat boys to a third place team finish. Bob Burrows photo

Colin Rogers and Natalie Powell both won their respective 3200 meter races and Kali Kramolis and Yanique Black each won a championship and had a hand in another at the 2009 Big Rivers Conference Track and Field Championships Tuesday in Hudson.

Overall, the Wildcats won conference titles in six different events. The girls finished second in the team standings with 128 points and the boys took third with 98. Hudson earned both the girls' and boys' team titles.

Rogers won the boys' 3200 meter run in 10 minutes, 7.75 seconds, while Powell took the girls' title in 12:22.9. Sean Gilbert had the only other individual championship for the Wildcat boys, winning the triple jump with a total distance of 42-feet, 9.25-inches.

Kramolis earned a conference championship in the girls' 100 meter hurdles with a time of 15.79 seconds while Black took the girls' 100 meter dash title in 12.46. Both also ran on the Wildcats' championship winning 4 X 200 meter relay team, joining Abbey Berg and Tessa Coggio to take first with a time of 1:47.14.

All of the Wildcat champions earned first team All-BRC honors in their respective events.

Gilbert also earned second team all-conference honors in the 110 meter hurdles with a second place tie of 16.17 seconds and was part of the Cats' 4 X 100 meter relay team, joining Quentin Zeroth, Eddie Gallenberg and Oscar White, to earn second team honors with a time of 44.76 seconds.

Rogers anchored the Cats' 4 X 800 meter relay team, with Shae Taylor, Casey Schellhorn and Will Matchett, that took second with a time of 8:35.83.

Connor Schug earned All-BRC honorable mention honors in the long jump with a leap of 20-7.25.

Black added a second place time of 26.67 seconds in the 200 meter dash to earn second team All-BRC honors in that event while Aubri Squire took second in the long jump with a distance of 16-2 and placed third in the triple jump with a total of 33-6.

Berg finished third in the pole vault by clearing 8-6 to earn honorable mention honors while Emily Snyder was honorable mention in the 100 meter hurdles with a third place time of 16.72 seconds.