Bulldogs turn in well-rounded effort in Decorah, home meets

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Cullen McShane continued to do well in the high jump at the MFL MarMac Invitational, hitting 5 feet, 2 inches, which was good for second place. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

At the Bulldogs’ home invite, Wyatt Powell makes the hand-off to Cyrus Johnson in the 4x200 relay. MFL MarMac placed fourth in the event.

Brandon Christofferson was part of the 4x800 relay that finished first on April 15.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register


The MFL MarMac boys track and field team competed in two meets last week, finishing sixth of nine teams at Decorah and third out of seven teams in a home invite.


In the April 12 meet at Decorah, Karter Decker continued his string of success in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. The sophomore was first in the 200 with a finish of 22.95—over a second faster than the closest competitor—and he ran the 100 in 11.32 seconds, good for second place. 


The Bulldogs also saw success in the 1600 meter run, as Cayden Ball and Brandon Christofferson secured third and fifth place, respectively. Ball completed the event in 5:02.52, while Christofferson came in at 5:28.46.


Callum Johnson was the team’s only hurdler, placing ninth in the 400 meter event with a time of 1:14.28.


In the relays, MFL MarMac’s top finish came in the 4x100, where Wyatt Powell, Decker, Cullen McShane and Colin Moses ran a 46.49, for third place. The combination of Callum Johnson, Cody Moses, Tristen Koehn and Christofferson was fifth in the 1600 distance medley. The Bulldogs were then sixth in the 4x200, thanks to a 1:44.53 time from Bryce Radloff, Powell, Cyrus Johnson and Koehn.


McShane turned in the top performance in the field events, earning fifth place in the high jump with an effort of 5 feet, 4 inches. A jump of 18 feet, 3 inches put Colin Moses sixth in the long jump. Josh Reichard and Jacob Trudo were 10th and 11th, respectively, in the discus with throws of 102 feet, 3 inches and 95 feet, 7 inches. Trudo took the eighth spot in the shot put after a throw of 38 feet, 10 inches.


In the April 15 MFL MarMac Invitational, the Bulldogs tallied 124 team points, trailing only Crestwood with 175 and Edgewood-Colesburg with 161. 


Trudo had a stellar day in the field events, finishing second in the discus with an effort of 108 feet, then third in the shot put after a throw of 38 feet, 11 inches. Reichard wasn’t far behind in the discus, using a throw of 103 feet, 3 inches to place fourth. McShane continued to do well in the high jump, hitting 5 feet, 2 inches, which was good for second place. Colin Moses was fourth in the long jump following a jump of 18 feet, 1 inch.


The sprint events were once again dominated by Decker. With a time of 11.31 seconds, he narrowly edged Ed-Co’s Parker Rochford to place first in the 100. Then, in the 200, Decker outlasted Rochford 23.14 seconds versus 23.43 seconds, to take the top spot. 


Other MFL MarMac sprint competitors included Powell, who was ninth in the 200 with a time of 26.27, and Hunter Kugel, who was 12th in the 100 with a time of 14.23.


Nordheim turned in a fifth place finish for the Bulldogs in the 400, running the lap around the track in 58.10. With a time of 1:04.06, Victor Breuer was eighth. In the 400 hurdles, Callum Johnson posted a time of 1:09.58 and placed seventh.


Ball and Carver Blietz-Bentien went one-two in the mile. Ball outpaced the pack by nearly six seconds with a time of 5:04.66, while Blietz-Bentien ran the event in 5:10.22. Cody Moses had a strong fourth-place performance in the 3200, thanks to a time of 13:55.24. In the other distance event, the 800, Cyrus Johnson and Izayah Streicher had respective times of 2:36.10 and 2:36.29 to finish ninth and 10th.


The Bulldogs won two of the six relays they competed in. The team of Blietz-Bentien, Ball, Christofferson and Nordheim ran the 4x800 in 9:19.71—20 seconds faster than second-place Ed-Co—while Radloff, McShane, Colin Moses and Decker combined for a time of 1:40.79 in the 800 sprint medley. MFL MarMac was second in the 1600 distance medley, as Powell, McShane, Colin Moses and Christofferson ran the event in 4:12.52. In the 4x100, Powell, Decker, McShane and Colin Moses were third with a time of 46.19. Additionally, the Bulldogs were fourth in the 4x200, thanks to a 1:43.22 time from Radloff, Powell, Cyrus Johnson and Koehn, while the 4x400 squad of Nordheim, Cody Moses, Breuer and Koehn was fifth at 4:15.32.


This week, MFL MarMac heads to two meets, at Decorah on April 19, then at North Fayette Valley on April 23.

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