St. John's track teams place in top three

MANKATO – The St. John's track teams traveled to Mankato to participate in the Rock Hills Grizzly Invitational on Friday, May 4.   The Blujay boys finished in second place with 88 points in a meet that saw 15 schools in attendance, while the Lady Jays finished in third place with 54 points.

The boys earned 4 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze medals, 3 fourth, 2 fifth, 2 sixth place. 

Gold medalists  were won by Adam Bates in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:05.72;  David Lutgen in the 1600-meter run in 4:30.68 and in the 3200-meter run with a time of 10:09.79; Brady Palen in the high jump at 6' 6".

A silver medal was won by David Lutgen in the 800-meter run  in 2:06.84.

Bronze medalists were Adam Bates in the 1600-meter run in 4:40.53; Caleb Eilert in the 3200-meter run in 10:48.10; Brady Palen in the long jump at 19' 11.50".

Fourth place went to Caleb Eilert in the 1600-meter run in 4:50.59; Brandon Bates in the 3200-meter run in 11:06.38; Kail Dubbert in the 300-meter hurdles in 44.87.

Fifth place were Brayden Perez in the 100-meter dash in 12.11; Caleb Eilert in the 800-meter run in 2:12.05; Kail Dubbert in the 110-meter hurdles in 18.49.

Sixth place went to  Brandon Bates in the 400-meter run in 54.95; the 4x100-meter relay team of Brayden Perez, Brandon Bates, Adam Bates and Braden Dameron in 48.43.

The girls earned 2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze medal, 2 fourth, 1 fifth, 1 sixth place. 

Gold medalist were won by Kara Eilert in the shot put with a throw of  36' 11";  Lauryn Dubbert in the javelin with a throw of 118' 11". 

Silver medals went to Elle Eilert in the 400-meter dash in 1:02.93; Avery Gates in the pole vault at 9' 6". 

A bronze medal went to Lauryn Dubbert  in the pole vault at 9'. 

Placing fourth were were  Elle Eilert in the 800-meter run in 2:40.75 and the triple jump at 33' 6.75". 

A fifth place finish went to Lauryn Dubbert in the 300-meter hurdles in 51.63.

Placing sixth was the  4x400-meter relay team of Kara Eilert, Lauryn Dubbert, Avery Gates and Elle Eilert  with a time of 4:38.77.

Next action for the Blujays is on Thursday, May 10, when they travel to Mankato for the Northern Plains League track meet starting at 3 p.m.

Overall team standings:


1. Smith Center, 166

2. St. John's, 88

3. Republic Co., 76

4. Pike Valley, 50

5. Rock Hills, 43.5

6. Tipton, 29

7. Hanover, 24

8. No. Valley, 23.5

9. Washington Co., 15

10. Thunder Ridge, 14

11. So. Cloud, 11

12. Lakeside, 9

13. Linn, 6

14. Palco, 1


1. Hanover, 86.5

2. Lakeside, 56

3. St. John's, 54

4. No. Valley, 53.83

5. Thunder Ridge, 47

6. Smith Center, 43.33

7. Stockton, 34

8. Republic Co., 31.33

9. Linn, 31

10. Rock Hills, 30

11. Pike Valley, 29

12. Tipton, 27

13. So. Cloud, 22

14. Washington Co., 9

15. Palco, 4


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