Last week, the Becker the Becker Track and Field teams traveled over to Monticello for the second annual Dave Wik Twilight meet. The meet has a unique format, starting at 5 p.m. with most of the events being run under the lights.
“This is a fun type of meet for the athletes before entering Conference and Section meets the next two weeks,” Bulldog boys coach Paul Schmidt said.
Several events are not part of the lineup, including the 4x800 relay, 300 hurdles, and the 3200 run. In addition, the 4x200 relay is moved to the end of the meet and can be run with any combination of 4 athletes from any of the teams.
“It was obvious that this was a fun event,” Schmidt said of the combined boys and girls race.
The Becker boys continued to impress with the 4x100 relay team lowering their school-record time by 26 hundredths of a second — Carter Reckelberg, Julias Hendricks, Mitchell Soltau, and Logan Eisele finished 2nd.
“Monticello’s team beat them by one one-hundredth of a second in a photo finish race,” Schmidt said. Reckelberg, Eisele and Soltau continued to improve in the 100 by running personal bests of 11.26, 11.33, and 11.69, respectively.
“Logan and Carter both ran well in the 200 as well with time of 22.79 and 22.82, respectively,” Schmidt said.
Schmidt added that Julias Hendricks had a great night, as he finally hit the 20’ mark in the long jump with all 3 of his jumps over 20’. His best of 20’7.25” was good for fourth place and he also had a personal best in the high jump of 5’9”.
Owen Angell won the 110 hurdles at 15.35, and the Pole vault with a vault of t 13’ 9”. Tyson Ricker won the 800 meter race with a time of 1:59.38.
Becker’s 4x400 team of Alex Weiss, Tanner Felton, Ricker, and Angell took 2nd place with a time of 3:41.57.
Coach Trish Reimer-Kealy’s team put on another great performance, with a total of 18 personal bests and a school record in the 4x100 relay.
“The most exciting thing was the 4x100 relay team of Raelee Lyon, Kylee Morton, Leon Morris and Salayna Allen breaking the school record with a time of 51.81,” the coach said. “The former record was a time of 51.95 and was set in 2019.”
Hannah Dierkes was a double winner for the Bulldogs (long jump PR of 15’9 1/4) and the 400 (62.19), while Lauern Woelfel was 1st in pole vault (10’) and second in the triple jump (30’11”).
Lyon added a 2nd place in the 100 hurdles (PR time 17.45), while Allen was second in the 100 meters (PR time 13.24) and Morton third (PR time 13.25).
Kaylyn Rickard, 2nd (66.61) and Josie Reckelberg, 3rd (66.66) ran strong races in the 400, while Adele Changamire was second in the 1600 (5:22,21).
The 4x400 relay team of Dierkes, Dani Nuest, Alea Briggs and Abby Atwood placed 2nd (4:25.63).
The field events continued to be a strong area for the Bulldogs, as in addition to the Dierkes and Woelfel wins, Morton picked up a second place in the long jump, going 15’ 3.5”.
Bella Kuschel tied for 3rd in the high jump by clearing 4’ 7”, while Olivia Maunu was sixth in the shot put with a heave of 27’ 11”.
Next up, the team will compete at the Mississippi 8 Conference Championships held on May 24th in Big Lake starting at 11 a.m.