A cold wind did not impede progress for members of the Peabody-Burns High School track teams as they took their talents on the road to Marion Friday, competing in the Marion Relays.
“Larsen, Topham, and Preheim had another good meet, leading the team in points and to a fifth place finish out of 12 teams,” Coach Brian Lightner said.
Lucas Larsen led the Warriors in throwing events, placing second in javelin, sending the spear 146 feet, 7 inches. In discus, he placed fourth in discus with a toss of 124-5, passing his personal best of 117-2. In shot put, the senior shattered another personal best record with a 41-2 heave.
Seth Topham scored high jump, hurdle, and relay points for the team placing third in high jump at 5-8, second in 300 intermediate hurdles with a time of 44.4 seconds, and third in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.2. He anchored the 4x400-meter relay that came in sixth at 3:59.3. Topham’s team-high split was 56.4.
Zach Preheim earned points in hurdles races, coming in fifth in the 110 highs at 17.8 and seventh in the 300 lows at 47.3.
“We had several underclassmen continue to improve as they learn their events, such as Kevin Baatrup in triple jump, Cody Partridge in long jump, and Corbin Rives in the sprints,” Lightner said. “Michael George was the surprise of the meet, placing fifth in the 400.”
Lightner said he was excited about the boys’ progress and looked forward to more good results as they continue to compete.
In girls’ events, five Peabody-Burns girls competed and they set eight personal best records. The girls’ 4x100-relay team of Karolina Ganko, Jenny Kimmeskamp, Carlee Wentworth, and Brandee Burnett placed seventh with a time of 1:01.7. Burnett also scored team points by placing 10th in the 800m run with a time of 2:57.1.
“This meet includes numerous schools larger than ours with great competition,” Lightner said. “We finished 12th out of 12 schools, but I am proud of the personal best records we attained.”