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Ellsworth's Nate Pazdernik has clearance over the bar in the high jump at the Prescott Invitational. Photo by Sean Scallon

Prescott boys, Ellsworth girls winners at Prescott Invite

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PRESCOTT - A truncated and rescheduled Prescott Track and Field Invitational had just three teams last Tuesday.

Prescott's boys' team came away winners while Ellsworth won the girls meet at Laney Field.

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The meet was scheduled for April 6 but was postponed due to rain.

Prescott edged Ellsworth in the boys' meet 84-81 with Baldwin-Woodville third with 21 points.

Ellsworth took the girls' meet with 89 points followed by Prescott's 55 and B-W's 39.

Both the Cardinals and Panthers split the number of first places in each event in the boys' meet with nine apiece but PHS swept all the relays, giving the Cardinals their second meet victory of the season.

Prescott's Sam Carpenter was a double winner in the 100-meter dash (:11.74) and long jump (19-2) while teammate Cole Geiger won both the 200 and 400-meter dashes in times of :23.57 and :53.71 seconds respectively. Matt Pechacek won the 800 in 2:08.

PHS head coach Bart Appleton notices that the Cardinals' depth is starting assert itself in such meets.

"We're starting to pick up third through fifth places that add to our point totals," Appleton said. "The fact that we have so many 200-400 gives us a lot of flexibility. It's a nice problem to have, figuring out where we can put who to score the most points and that's what we are trying to accomplish more of this season."

Ellsworth's Nick Oeltjen won both the shot put (43-10) and discus (127-7) and EHS' Josh Fuchs was a winner in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in :44.71 seconds and the triple jump with a leap of 37-11. Matt

Solyntjes won the pole vault with a height of 10-6 cleared, Jay Pavloski won the mile run in 4:54, Isaac Taplin won the 3200-meter run in 11:06 and Alex Campbell took first in the high jump with a final height of 6-2.

Ellsworth's girls' team was without Carlie Melstrom due to an injury but the Panthers were still able to hold off a spirited challenge from the Redbirds.

"Prescott has a lot of speed, a lot of good athletes," Ellsworth head coach Craig Olson said. "We didn't have Carlie today but we saw a lot of our girls offset her loss by performing well themselves."

Lydia Kuhl won three events in the girls' meet, both hurdle races and the long jump, to lead the Panthers. Olson said Kuhl's conditioning is starting to catch up with the rest of the team.

"She was behind the other she had to overcome an injury during basketball and didn't play as many games," Olson said. "But she is starting to catch up and that's leading to stronger showings."

Also winning firsts for the Purple were Abbey Ristow in the discus with a throw of 116-1, Abby Oberg in the high jump at 4-8; Sabine Rudolph in the pole vault at eight feet and Maria Shonkweiler in the shot put with a toss of 34-1. EHS also won the 400 relay.

Prescott had several winners, including Savannah Bowen in the mile run in 6:02, Amy Carroll in the 400 in 1:02.99; Autumn Stees in the 800 and Victoria Simones in the two-mile in with a time of 12:03. PHS also won the 800, 1600 and 3200 relays.

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