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E-PC track teams can't complain about start of season

: Photo by Sean Scallon Elmwood-Plum City's Jenna Reitz takes the hand-off from Becky Hartung in the 1600-meter relay at the Durand Invitational last Friday.

DURAND - Head coach Sue Thompson knew the Elmwood-Plum City boys' track and field team would be solid enough this season and they've shown it so far.

The Red Devils have won several meets already this season, including a six-team affair at Baldwin-Woodville last Tuesday.

But the E-PC girls' team has also been a nice surprise in the way they've competed so far. It made for one big happy team Friday as Elmwood-PC swept both titles at the five-team Durand Invitational.

Coupled with a second place finish at Baldwin-Woodville Tuesday, the girls' squad has been a pleasant surprise in a season full of them according to Thompson.

"The sprinters are doing really well," Thompson said. "Jenna Reitz and Becky Hartung have done excellent job so far and we're getting good times from freshmen Marah Boyer and Heather Von Holtum. That helps in both their individual events and also the relays as well."

Reitz was the Most Valuable Performer in the girls' meet at Durand. She won the 100-meter dash, the 200 and was a part of the winning 1600-meter relay squad. Becky Hartung won the 800-meter run. The girls also took first place out of five teams. Von Holtum won the 400 and Morgan Sweeney took first in the 300 hurdles.

The 800-meter relay team finished first as did Jordyn Mark took home a first-place finish in the triple jump.

Reitz and Hartung were both first place finishers again at B-W in the 100, 200 and the 1600 respectively. Hartung's time was 6:07.12 while Reitz won the 100 in :13.58 and the 200 in :28.25 seconds. Mark again won the triple jump with a leap of 31 feet, three inches while E-PC's mile relay team was a winner in 4:30.03.

E-PC was just four points out of first place with Clear Lake scoring 116 points and E-PC 112.

The Red Devils didn't go all out in a quadrangular meet at Elk Mound Thursday and placed fourth, but they still had some high places to look up to

Hannah Rawson won the 100-meter high hurdles in :19.47 and Abbie Hartung was second in the 800.

"Every meet we get pleasant surprises," Thompson said. "We get good times or places that we weren't expecting and shows good improvement from meet to meet."

It's been no surprise E-PC's boys team has added to its collection of wins.

At Baldwin Tuesday, the Red Devils easily dominated the meet with 181 points. Runner-up Clear Lake was next with 97 points.

First places in the boys' meet went to Tim Talford in the both the mile run in 4:53.14 and the two-mile in 10:47.81; Gabe Rodriguez won the 200 in :23.49 and the 400 in :53.21; Jaylen Case was first in the high jump at 5-10; Alex Hartung won the shot put with a throw of 42-9 while teammate Charles Hutter was second. E-PC also won the 400-meter relay in :47.74 seconds and the 1600 relay in 3:46.50.

Talford was the boys' meet MVP at Durand as he again won both long distance races and was a part of the winning 3200-meter relay team.

Nick Kernstock won the 110-meter high hurdles at Durand and was a part of the winning 400-meter relay team. E-PC also won the mile and half-mile relays too. Gabe Rodriguez finished first in three events -- the 200 (24.2 seconds),long jump (18 feet, 7 inches) and 400 while Alex Gilles won the 800-meter run.

E-PC placed second in Elk Mound meet but finishing first for the Red Devils were Kernstock in the hurdles in :17.53; Talford in the 400, Rodriguez in the 200, Case in the high jump and E-PC's 3200-meter relay team was first in 9:11.12.