HURON — The Huron Tigers hosted several Class “AA” track and field teams Thursday, as the Mark Wendelgass Invitational - named for the longtime Huron High School educator, coach and administrator - at Tiger Stadium.
For many athletes it was a final chance to make a qualifying time or distance for the Class “AA” State track and field meet, set for Sioux Falls on May 24-25.
Huron pole vaulter Matt Katz had a career day, threatening the meet record of 15-feet, 4-inches in the event and winning with a height of 15-1. For his efforts, Katz earned the Dan Thelen Pole Vault Award at the event in honor of the late HHS pole vault coach.
Huron’s 4x200-meter relay team also won its race for the Tiger boys.
The Tiger girls had no individual event winners on the day and were led individually by a fifth-place finish in the 800-meter run by Sami Schultz. Lexy Gilbert was sixth in the 100 and Alaina Dale was eighth in the 100. Alexis Feenstra finished seventh in the 800 behind Schultz. Brynn Gose was fourth in the long jump and Abbie DeJong took fifth in the high jump
In the relays, both the Tigers’ 4x800 and Medley Relay teams triumphed.
Pierre Lear of Watertown was named the Outstanding Male Athlete at the meet, winning both hurdle events and the high jump on the day.
Sophie Tietz, also of Watertown, was selected as the Outstanding Female Athlete, as she also won both hurdle events
Sully Mack of Watertown won the Steve Peters Award, taking the discus with a toss of 159-feet, while Cooper Mack won the Bob Timm Award for the shot put, with a heave of 52-7.25. Mitchell’s Carly Haring won the Steve Swisher Award, winning the girls’ high jump.
Huron is not back in action until the state meet next week.