Raiders qualify seven events to State
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Track athletes received a break last week when their state qualifier was moved to Friday, which turned out to be a beautiful night for track. The Raiders would go on to qualify seven events, all of them happening to be relays which is a first time in school history that the team qualified every relay.
Three school records also fell, the first of which being the 800 meter sprint medley.
The sprint medley consisted of Connor Eaton, Seth Shelman, Hunter Haveman and Hunter Arends. They ran to first place finish in 1:36.19, almost two seconds quicker than the previous record set in 2017.
The next qualifier was the 4×800 team of Chase Smith, Nathan Hauge, Trae Ehlen and Isaac Timmerman. They placed third at the meet but ranked 21st in the state.
The shuttle hurdle relay team of Kolben Klommhaus, Briar Knapp, Dawson Frost and Keelan Klommhaus ran to victory with a time of 1:02.95 over 36” hurdles which broke the previous record which was set over 33” hurdles.
The distance medley team of Payton Weehler, Seth Shelman, Dawson Frost and Isaac Timmerman came in second to qualify for state while the 4×200 team of Connor Eaton, Payton Weehler, Hunter Haveman and Hunter Arends set another stadium record as well as school record with a time of 1:31.52.
The 4×100 team of Connor Eaton, Seth Shelman, Hunter Arends and Hunter Haveman ran a season best time to earn the number two spot on the All-Time MACS list.
The final qualifier of the night came in another season best performance for the Raiders with the 4×400 team of Payton Weehler, Connor Eaton, Hunter Arends and Hunter Haveman.