Hector Bugarin strains as he runs the 100 meter high hurdles. Photo by Chuck Rhodes
By Bruce Huber
Piper Yankowiak was the first Triton athlete to win a title at the invitational meet at Stewartville this past Tuesday. Yankowiak out-raced the field in the 100 high hurdle event in a time of 17.79 to easily top Brooke Gailer of WEM's time of 18.59. Triton's 4 x 200 relay team consisting of Katy Erdmann, Greta Rhodes, Courtney Dohrmann and McKenna Rubin picked up the next title two events later when they turned in a 1:58.59 time and beat Stewartville's second place time by just over a second. The 4 x 100 quartet of Erdmann, Dohrmann, Yankowiak and Rubin repeated the earlier relay win blowing away the field in a time of 54.96. Second place WEM finished in a time of 58.08 seconds.
Picking up second place finishes were Erdmann in the 100 meter dash (14.58), Rhodes in the 400 meter dash (1:09.60) and Yankowiak in the 300 meter hurdles (52.65). Third place finishers included Rubin in the 200 meter dash (30.60), Michaela Bennerotte in the 400 meter dash (1:12.46) and 800 meter run (3:09.39).
The Cobra women placed third with 48 points in the meet behind champion Stewartville (103.5) and runner-up WEM (84).
Hector Bugarin picked up the sole title for the Triton boys with his win in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles. His time of 44.91 easily topped teammate Leif Bungum's second place finish of 46.81. Junior Colton Chicos ran a couple of outstanding races taking second place in both the 800 meter run (2:29.38) and 1600 meter run (5:13.61). He ran a strong tactical race in the breezy conditions to give himself a chance at the finish. Bungum picked up a runner-up finish in the 110 high hurdles (16.82) besting teammate Bugarin's third place finish (17.39). Bungum also placed second in the triple jump with a hop, skip and jump of 38'5". Sophomore Jax Bryngelson long jumped to a third place finish with a leap of 18'4".
The 4 x 100 relay team of Bugarin, Deric Melder, Bryngelson and Bungum took second place (47.24) behind a very strong Stewartville sprint relay. The 4 x 400 team of Chicos, John Tate, Garrett Dahms and Nick Simonette placed third in a time of 4:08.19.
The boys also placed third with 48 points behind champion Stewartville (144.5) and runner-up Kasson Mantorville (48.5).