Rockets set to launch orbit track and field invitational




Rockford acted like it could not wait to get back on track at the Maple Lake Lions Co-Ed Invitational last week after having all track and field action washed out the week prior.

Coach Chad Robran said it was the best Rockford track performance in several years as the girls and boys both finished second, which led to the co-ed finish of second as well. Rockford came away with some meet records.

Rockford’s Mariah Givens (right) won the 200-meter run at last week’s Maple Lake Invitational where both the boys and girls teams finished second. (Submitted photo)
Rockford’s Mariah Givens (right) won the 200-meter run at last week’s Maple Lake Invitational where both the boys and girls teams finished second. (Submitted photo)

“Both girls and boys teams scored more than double the team points in this meet over any meet they had last year, with the girls scoring 152 total team points and the boys scoring 140 points for a combined co-ed total of 292,” says Robran.

Topping the many highlights were four new meet records, including both the boys and girls 4×100 relays. Jordan O’Reilly set a new record in the 300-meter hurdles and Jordan Weeding set a new 100-meter hurdles meet record.

O’Reilly was voted by coaches the male MVP of the meet because of his three first place medals, two involving meet records. He also anchored the winning 4×400 relay.

Robran says another highlight was when the three dual sport athletes placed high after playing for the varsity baseball team the day prior.

Brock Deering placed second in the high jump, third in the 200 and was on the winning 4×400 relay. Alex Beyers, took third in the 100, second in the 200 and lead off the winning 4×100 relay. Brendan Schumacher took fifth in the 100, fourth in the 200, sixth in the high jump and sixth in the long jump.

“The baseball/track athletes had a big night and performed very well,” adds Robran. “They are having fun and accepting the challenges of participating in two spring sports.”

Erick Olson won the pole vault with Nick Klone second.  Klone also had a great battle for second in the 800. Kenny Gilbs finished second in the 100 and helped the 4×100 and 4×400 relays win first.

On the girls side, Abby Botten won the 1600 and helped the 4×400 relay capture first. Sprinters taking first places were Logan Hendrich in the 200 and Mariah Givens in the 200.

A great last jump moved Emily Eberspacher into second place in the triple jump after finishing fifth in the long jump behind teammate Emma Hawley in third.

“Overall, it was a great night for Rocket track and field,” adds Robran. “Both teams are just getting started. We are training hard and gearing up for a strong performance at the conference championships in couple of weeks.”

Rockford will show what it can do on the track at the Rocket Orbit Invitational, starting at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 1. The True Team section meet is at Litchfield, Tuesday, May 6. The Central Minnesota Conference meet is Tuesday, May 13 at Maple Lake.