Park track & field: Boys win Wolfpack Invite, girls fifthThe Park boys track team earned 17 top-three finishes in 18 events helping propel it to first place at the Wolfpack Invite on Thursday, May 14 at Park High School.
By: Patrick Johnson, staff writer, South Washington County Bulletin
The Park boys track team earned 17 top-three finishes in 18 events helping propel it to first place at the Wolfpack Invite on Thursday, May 14 at Park High School.
The Wolfpack scored 285 points to top second-place Woodbury, which had 274.5 points.
The Park boys won four events on the evening - the high jump, the 3200-meter run, the 300-meter hurdles and the 400-meter relay.
Park junior Drew Benson cleared 6-6 in the high jump to earn top honors in his second meet of the season with the track team. Park senior Steve LaTour won the 3200-meter run with a time of 10:53.70 - just over two second ahead of Hastings' Wyatt Berhends - and senior Tony Perkins won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 44.44, which was relatively well-ahead of second-place Philipp Schmitz of Cretin-Derham Hall, who had a 44.75 time.
On the girls’ side, the Wolfpack took fifth place with 123 points, topping sixth-place Somerset, Wis., which scored 94 points. Woodbury won the girls meet with 224 points. Park eighth-grader Larissa Lurken and sophomore Tessa Sikich each won individual events for the Wolfpack at the meet.
Lurken won the 1600-meter run in a time of 5:31.19, edging Hastings junior Maddy O'Brien by two seconds, while Sikich took the top spot in the discus toss with a throw of 100-3 - the only toss over 100 feet on the day.
Next, the boys and girls will compete in the Suburban East Conference championships at Park High School's Wolfpack Stadium. The conference prelims will take place Tuesday, May 19, while the finals will be on Thursday, May 21.
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