Packer tracksters score victory at Faribault

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 17, 2003

The Austin boys' track team enjoyed a successful trip north Tuesday, capturing the Faribault Invitational in a performance that saw them place well and often.

"It was a wonderful meet for them," said AHS head coach Tony Einertson. "We won a total of seven events, but it was the second, third, and fourth place finishes that helped us win the meet."

Evan Sorenson put together another succesful performance, winning the 110 and 300 hurdles behind a personal best time in the former. David Larson also won a couple of events with victories in the long jump and the 400 meter dash.

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Mark Cavanaugh won the 200-meter dash, continuing to "show great promise" with his sprinting, according to Einertson. Carl Bauer came out on top in the 800 meters, while James Dammen captured the pole vault. Derek Hinkle and Tony Bissen also had strong meets in the 110 high hurdles and the triple jump, respectively.

Austin's 84 total points edged out United South Central and Winona for the team victory as well.

For the Austin girls' team, they had six runner-up finishes in placing fourth overall on the day, notching a number of personal bests in the process.

Emily Johnson had the lone event victory on the day, winning the triple jump in addition to a second place finish in the 400 meters.

Lisa Bue tied a personal best in placing second in the high jump, while Theresa Hirsch did the same in the shot put.

The Tucker sisters also had a strong meet, running two legs of the second place 800-meter relay. Jenny Tucker was the runner-up in the 200-meter dash as well.

Both teams resume running next Tuesday, with the boys travelling to Mankato East and the girls heading to Rochester to take on John Marshall.


Boys standings -- 1. Austin 84 , 2. USC 78.5, 3. Winona 77, 4. Faribault 64.5, 5. Northfield 47, 6. WEM 25.

Girls standings -- 1. Faribault 77, 2. USC 72, 3. Winona 65, 4. Austin 64, 5. WEM 53, 6. Northfield 43.