Russell Begins Track Season at Home

Russell High School sophomore Marcus Koetkemeyer running in Thursday's Russell Invitational at Shaffer Field.
Russell High School sophomore Marcus Koetkemeyer running in Thursday's Russell Invitational at Shaffer Field.

The Russell High School track and field team opened its season at home on Thursday, April 1 with the Russell Invitational at Shaffer Field.

The RHS boys and girls both finished fourth in the team standings. The boys had 67.5 points, while the girls had 54 points. Hutch Trinity won the boys team title with 182 points. Hoisington ran off with the girls team title with 218 points. Six schools competed in the meet.

Jace Peerman and Jesse Whitmer paced the Russell boys. Peerman won the high jump (6'2") and triple jump (20' 0.75"). Whitmer took first in the 100 M dash (11.03) and third in the 200 M dash (23.82). Brayden Strobel finished second in the high jump (6'0") and fifth in the both the 300 M hurdles (48.96) and pole vault (9'0"). Jacob Ney was third in the pole vault (9'6"). Nate Henderson placed fourth in the shot put (39'6"). Thomas Pummell took fifth in the triple jump (36'2.25") and sixth in the long jump (17'2.5"). The 4x400 M relay team was second (4:01).

The Russell girls were led by Renee Nichol and Camille Dortland. Nichol, who's signed to compete in track and field at Emporia State University, opened her senior season by winning the long jump (16'5.5") and triple jump (33'7.25") and placing fifth in the 100 M dash (13.60). Dortland took first in the 800 M run (2:43.42) and finished fifth in the 200 M dash (32.14). Abi Banks was second in the high jump (4'4"). Rylan Reeves placed third in the 100 M hurdles (19.56) and sixth in the 300 M hurdles (59.01). Lily Garland was sixth in the pole vault (6'6"). The 4x400 M relay team took third (4.42).

Russell competes in the Lyons Invitational on Friday, April 9.