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5/15/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Rebel girls tie for team title, qualify 10 events for state

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

A two-day event was not exactly what the Northeast girls track team was expecting out of the 2A state-qualifying meet hosted by Tipton.

The competition's results, though, were much more what the Rebels had in mind.

In a strong display, Northeast won four events and qualified for state in a total of 10. To cap it off, the Rebels earned a share of the team title with West Branch (both teams scored 108 points).

The Rebel girls were not the only ones to have a good meet as the Northeast boys team nearly doubled their number of qualifiers from last year.

In all, the Rebels sent seven events to state and won four titles of their own at the competition.

The meet was supposed to start and end Thursday, but heavy rains changed that. Rain was present throughout the first four running events on the track and eventually became a lengthy and torrential downpour, turning the state-mandated 45-minute break into a 24-hour one.

When the meet picked up right where it left off on Friday, both the Rebel boys and girls were ready.

The Northeast girls swept the 4X100 and 4X200 relays, thanks to the quartet of Rylee Dickey, Aleenah Marcucci, Tierra Hildebrandt and Danae Diedrich.

Together, the group cruised to a title in the former events, crossing the finish line in 51.60 - nearly two seconds better than runner-up Iowa City Regina (53.03).

The foursome picked up an equally comfortable victory in the latter event with the team posting a time of 1:47.97 (Camanche was second in a time of 1:49.12).

Diedrich picked up an individual title as well as she broke the tape in the 100-meter dash in 13.05. It proved to be a photo finish as Hildebrandt finished right behind her in 13.06 to earn her own automatic spot at state.

The Rebels' final title came from Marcucci, who ran to a victory in the 100-meter hurdles with a clocking of 16.11.

The freshman earned another automatic state bid in the other hurdle event as well. Marcucci finished the 400-meter hurdles in 1:07.01, second behind Camanche's Courtney Sowle, but also the third-best qualifying time in class 2A.

Earning her own automatic spot at state was Hildebrandt, who took second in the 200-meter dash with a clocking of 26.84. Finishing a spot behind Hildebrandt in third was Diedrich, whose time of 27.02 was good for an at-large spot at state.

Picking up her own third was freshman Alyssa Roth, who also earned an at-large spot in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:03.34.

Sophomore Hannah Kilburg, meanwhile, finished third in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:11.17. That clocking was also good enough for an at-large bid.

Kilburg made it in the 800-meter run as well, thanks to a fourth-place time of 2:27.20.

The Rebels' final qualifier, junior Kaitlynn Riley, also took fourth. Part of a talented field in the 3,000-meter run (the top two qualifying times in the event came from the Tipton meet), Riley earned her finish with a time of 11:30.70.

The Northeast boys had a big day in the jumping events as they swept titles in the long jump and high jump.

The Rebels received a record-breaking performance in the former event from senior Kevin Boughton, who reclaimed his school record in the long jump with a leap of 21-3.

The athlete whose record Boughton broke was teammate Bo Lingle, who earned an at-large spot at state in the event with an effort of 20-7.

Lingle picked up his own title in the latter event, as he was the only competitor to clear 5-10.

Boughton earned a second title by running a leg on the Rebels' distance medley team. Ben Hildebrandt joined the senior with a 200-meter leg, while Connor Soenksen ran the 400 and Nick Anderson the 800.

Together the group crossed the finish line in 3:40.54 - nearly three seconds ahead of runner-up Tipton.

The final Northeast title came from junior Eli Kaczinski, who won a sprint to the finish in the 1,600-meter run. The result was a new personal-best time of 4:34.19 (it was the third-best time in all of the 2A qualifying meets).

Kaczinski made it a second event as well, as he earned an at-large spot in the 3,200-meter run after he took third in the event with a clocking of 10:00.30 (five different runners from the meet qualified for state in the event).

Soenksen, meanwhile, earned himself an automatic bid to state in the 800-meter run by taking second behind Camanche's Cody Mensinger with a time of 2:03.81.

The senior also ran a leg on the Rebels' final qualifier - the 4X800 relay - as he joined Anderson, Will Hasken and Nick Kennicker to take third in the event (ninth overall in the state) with a time of 8:20.43.

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