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Seven individuals, two relays place for Kernel track

The Mitchell track team started its season at the Al Sahli Invitational Saturday in Aberdeen and coach Geoff Gross was pleased with how his team performed in the early test.

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Three individuals and one relay team placed for the girls, while four individuals and one relay team finished in the top six for the boys.

“The kids competed well after dodging the weather in the spring,” Gross said. “It was nice way to start the year for us.”

Junior Ellie Rew was the lone champion for the Kernels, winning the 55 meter hurdles, tying the event record with a time of 8.7 seconds. Rew joined Emma Schmidt, Amy Gaetze and Abby Sudbeck to take sixth in the 4X400 relay with a time of 4 minutes, 32.6 seconds. 

Other placers for the Kernel girls included sophomore Tevyn Waddell, who tied for fourth in the high jump with a height of 4 feet, 10 inches, while junior Abby Sudbeck finished second in the shot put with a throw of 38 feet, 4 inches.

The top finisher for the boys was Mason Carpenter with a third-place effort in the pole vault. He cleared a height of 12 feet, 6 inches, which is where he finished last season according to Gross.

“It is a good sign that he is starting off where he finished last year,” Gross said of Carpenter, who tied his personal best with his pole vault.

Ben Prill took fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 39 feet, 3 inches. Nick Mauer was sixth in the long jump at 19 feet, 2 inches, while Gramm Johnson placed sixth in the 55 meter dash in 6.8 seconds.

“It was good to look at a different color jersey and line up and compete,” Gross said of the early season event.

The Kernels will compete in their first outdoor meet in the Huron Invite at 3:30 p.m. Friday in Huron.