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Rebel track teams finish high at Beckman Co-Ed meet
|Northeast freshman Alyssa Roth competes at the Indian Relays. Roth had one of the Rebels’ five top-three finishes as she took third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:05.56.|
By Ross Eberhart
A pair of championships highlighted a strong performance by the Northeast boys track team at the Beckman Co-Ed Invitational, Friday night.
The Rebels received titles from junior Eli Kaczinski in the 1,600-meter run and senior Kevin Boughton in the long jump en route to a third-place team finish with 94.5 points.
Western Dubuque ran away with the team crown at the meet with 134 points, while Dubuque Wahlert was second - just 1.5 points in front of the Rebels.
Boughton, who was a state qualifier in the long jump last season, unleashed a leap of 20-4.75 to bring home his title - one-and-a-half inches further than Western Dubuque's Riley Pfeiler and the fifth-best jump in class 2A this season.
Also clearing 20 feet in the event was Boughton's teammate, Bo Lingle, who took third in the event with a leap of 20-2.
The two high finishes were part of a big day for the Rebel field events as Lingle added a third-place finish with a jump of 5-10 in the high jump, and Northeast placed in both throwing events.
Yuciel De La Cruz gave Northeast an eighth-place finish in the discus with a heave of 110-8, while Tevin Stoecker was fifth in the shot put with a toss of 37-6. Taking seventh in the same event was Garrett Moeller, who had a throw of 37-4.
Kaczinski, meanwhile, posted his best time of the early season in the 1,600-meter run to break the tape in 4:44.20 - four seconds ahead of Preston Kauder of Cascade.
The Northeast junior was also one of three Rebel runners to finish in the top-six in the 800-meter run.
Kaczinski finished right at sixth with a time of 2:13.04, while his teammate Nick Anderson was third in the event with a clocking of 2:08.26.
Less than two-tenths of a second in front of Anderson was senior Connor Soenksen, who was runner-up in the race with a time of 2:08.07.
Scoring their own second was the Rebels' 4X800 team of Anderson, Will Hasken, Kaczinski and Soenksen. Together the quartet finished as runner-up to Western Dubuque with a time of 8:35.48.
The Rebels also received a third from freshman Nick Kennicker, who clocked in at 1:00.24 in the 400-meter hurdles.
A pair of Rebel relay teams - the 4X200 squad of Nick Wall, Hasken, Lingle and Boughton and the distance medley team - added fifths at the meet. The former finished with a time of 1:39.69 with the latter crossing the finish in 4:15.82.
The Rebel 4X100 team (Hildebrandt, Lingle, Stoecker and Boughton) chipped in a sixth-place finish in 47.68 and so too did the 4X400 squad, which finished with a time of 4:00.53.
Wall added a sixth of his own with a clocking of 25.67 in the 200-meter dash, while Kennicker took seventh in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 18.02.
Jaden Butler was the seventh runner across the finish line in the 3,200-meter run (he did so in 11:35.58) with Hunter Bielenberg right on his tail in eighth with a time of 11:35.62.
Northeast's final points came from its shuttle hurdle team, which finished eighth in a time of 1:14.21.
Marcucci's hurdle title paces Northeast girls
There was no lack of competition in the girls side of the meet as the field featured a pair of state champions from last spring (Cascade and Dubuque Wahlert), two of the top-five teams from last year's WaMaC meet and the defending Big East champion.
The last team was the Rebels, who used an individual championship from freshman Aleenah Marcucci and four other top-three finishes to take fourth in the team race with 76 points.
Cascade, the defending 2A champion, won the meet with 120 points, while Western Dubuque and West Delaware rounded out the top-three with 98 and 81.5 points respectively. Dubuque Wahlert was just a point behind the Rebels to take fifth.
Marcucci left the rest of the field behind in the 100-meter hurdles as she finished the race in 16.92 - over one second faster than runner-up Isabel Brehm of Dyersville Beckman.
Marcucci also had a hand in the Rebels' lone second-place finish of the day as she ran second on Northeast's 4X100 team with Rylee Dickey, Tierra Hildebrandt and Danae Diedrich. Together the group finished just over five-tenths of a second behind Dyersville Beckman with a time of 52.61.
The same four runners competed in the 4X200 relay as well and took fourth in the event with a time of 1:52.34.
The Rebels got big points in the two distance events as they finished third and fourth in both the 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs.
Josye Kaczinski and Emily Franks were third and fourth in the former race with Kaczinski clocking in at 5:32.86 and Franks following in 5:34.04.
Franks finished fourth in the 3,000-meter run as well with a time of 11:41.66 - just behind teammate Kaitlynn Riley, who finished third in the race with a clocking of 11:36.52.
Northeast received another third-place finish from freshman Alyssa Roth, who crossed the finish line in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:05.56.
Chipping in a fourth-place finish was the Rebels' sprint medley team of Dickey, Hildebrandt, Marcucci and Roth, which clocked in at 2:03.12.
The Rebels received a pair of fifth-place finishes from Diedrich, who posted times of 13.81 and 28.65 in the 100- and 200-meter dashes respectively. Finishing just two-hundredths of a second behind Diedrich in the former event was Hildebrandt, who took sixth.
Sophomore Hannah Kilburg earned her own fifth with a time of 2:35.45 in the 800-meter run, while also leading off the 4X400 team (Dickey, Haleigh Hughes and Roth followed), which took sixth in a time of 4:45.05.
The Rebels' final points came on a seventh-place finish from its distance medley squad of Hughes, Peyton Gray, Kilburg and Kaczinski. The team clocked in at 4:46.49.