Distance runners pace Milford track

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The Milford boys’ track team earned the runner-up plaque at Centennial April 19, finishing behind Columbus Lakeview on a windy afternoon.

“We were able to keep our first or second streak going,” Coach Marty Hingst said.

Carter Roth continued to run well in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs, winning both. His 800-meter time was 2:08.97, and his 1,600 was 5:00.49.

“That’s an impressive time for ugly conditions,” Hingst said.

Hingst said Hudson Mullet tried a different strategy in the 800 and started out faster than he usually does. He finished the race in fifth place and was fourth in the 1,600.

Kaleb Eickhoff won gold in the 3,200-meter run, finishing in 10:54.17.

Caden Nelson earned second in the 110-meter hurdles, with Gavin Piening third.

The MHS 4x100-meter relay team of Nelson, Tyce Lopez, Carter Springer and Ayden Shook raced to second in 46.75, and the 4x400-meter relay team of Springer, Piening, Mullet and Roth was second in 3:40.69.

Shook had a day full of tough competition in the sprints, Hingst said. Columbus Lakeview has a couple fast athletes, which didn’t surprise the Eagles.

“We saw them in the football playoffs,” Hingst said.

Shook finished third in the 100-meter dash and second in the 200-meter dash. Springer sprinted to third in the 400-meter dash, as well. Trace Rowland picked up third in the pole vault.

The girls’ team is dealing with some injuries, Hingst said, and finished in fourth place, just ahead of David City.

Lilly Kenning swept the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs with times of 5:39.95 and 12:16.21, respectively.

Sarah Spahr won the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-0.

MacKenzie Watenpaugh picked up second and Addi Mowinkel third in the shot put.

Celia Bontrager earned third place in the 800-meter run for Milford.

The Eagles are next in action Saturday, April 30, at the Southern Nebraska Conference meet at Fairbury. Field events start at 10 a.m. Hingst said the team was looking forward to several consecutive days of practice.

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