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Trojan boys third at River Valley meet
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After the long meet at Bangor with very poor weather, the North Crawford boys track team had a fabulous night in traveling to River Valley to compete against mostly Division 2 schools and finished in third place as a team with 77.5 points.

River Valley won the meet with 116 points followed by Poynette with 106. Lancaster was fourth with 72, Cuba City 69. There were 14 teams in the large meet.

Almost every North Crawford athlete had career best performances. Long distance runner Jacob Branksy had a very solid night, finishing in second place in the 1600m run in a career best time of 4:43.92, crushing his previous best time of 4:53.27. He went on to finish in ninth in the 800 meter run in a time of 2:13.60. He also set a career best time in the 3200 meter run in a time of 10:37.50, good enough for fourth place.

Freshman jumpers Kenny Spencer and Skylar Olson continue to impress the track and field world. In the triple jump, Spencer had a career best jump of 40’5.75”, placing him in second place. Olson followed Spencer with a 40’ jump of his own, leaping to 40’2”, securing third place. The winning jump of the meet was 40’9” by junior Tyre Hall of Cuba City. The jumpers were not done for the night. Olson placed in seconnd place in the long jump with 18’9” while Spencer placed third with 18’7”.

Also performing well was senior sprinter Brandon Baumeiser who finished in second place in the 200 meter dash in a career best time of 23.58. He also anchored the 4x200m relay with teammates Brady Allbaugh, Corey Spencer and Skylar Olson. The team finished in second place with a career best time of 1:36.18, but was disqualified due to an exchange zone violation.

North Crawford hurdlers Jack Polensky and Peder Kjesrud also put on a good show in the 300m intermediate hurdles. Kjesrud set a career best record of 45.61 and finished in third place. Close behind was sophomore Polensky also setting a career best record of 46.07, finishing in fourth place. Polensky also qualified for finals in the 110m hurdles and ended in fifth place with another career best time of 18.51.

Other results of the meet were:

100m – Brady Allbaugh – 10th – 12:32 (PR)

400m – Skylar Olson – 6th 55.64

Brayden Friar – 25th – 1:10.60

800m – Allbaugh – 8th – 2:13.42 (PR)

1600m – Dylan Ghormley – 16th – 5:35.08

3200m – Ghormley – 12 – 12:09.96

4x100m Relay – 11th – 59.51 – Liam Dull, Ethan Dull, Julian Tan, Brayden Friar

4x400m Relay – 7th – 3:51.92 – Polensky, Kjesrud, Kenny Spencer, Corey Spencer

4x800m Relay – 11th – 11:51.12 – Dull, Dull, Steyer, Friar

Long Jump – Kjesrud – 12th – 17’8”

High Jump – Baumeister – 6th – 5’4”

Allbaugh – 10th – 5’4”

Pole Vault – Corey Spencer – 4th – 10’0”

Triple Jump – Polensky – 12th – 34’7.5”

Shot Put – Spnecer – 30th – 31’2.5”

Tan – 32nd – 27’10”

Discus – Tan – 28th – 75’0”

“I couldn’t be happier with all of the performances tonight!” coach Mike Allbaugh said after the meet. “We are starting to get things together and to finish third as a team against much bigger schools is giving us a lot of confidence. We are a very well balanced team and the athletes are beginning to see their true potential. I am very excited to see what will happen over the next few weeks as we wind down the season and head into tournament action!”