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April 17, 2013

Records fall as Panthers win title


“It feels great when hard work pays off,” said Rus, who also won the high jump at 5-2. “My first jump didn’t feel too good, but I just relaxed after that and took a deep breath. I feel like when I don’t think about the jump I do better than when I’m trying to focus on it, so I just tried to clear my head.”

The next record came in the 400 relay. The E/P foursome of sisters Courtney and Rachel Cobert, Peyton Rus and Heather Strike ran away with the win, setting the meet record at 51.07 seconds and getting another 10 points on the scoreboard.

“It felt really good. Our team’s really … it’s fun to run with them, and it’s a great experience to have,” freshman Peyton Rus said. “We have a great track team, and we’ve been improving every day, I think, so it’s going to be a good year, I think.”

Peyton Rus took home the other individual meet record of the night when she ran the 200-meter dash in 26.1 seconds.

The Panthers also set meet records in the 800- and 1,600-meter relays. Courtney Cobert led off the four-by-200, followed by Peyton and Paige Rus, with Rachel Cobert anchoring for a winning time of 1:47.12. The Coberts also bookended the effort in the four-by-400, with Paige Rus running the second leg and Corrie Reiley the third for a 4:12.76 timing.

Sydney Laufenberg of Prince of Peace continued her strong freshman season in the throws, winning the shot put (36-4.75) and the discus (107-3), although both winning tosses were shy of her season’s bests.

Erin Wenzel and Kaster picked up victories for Clinton. Wenzel won the 800 in 2:25.73, while Kaster’s 12:37.24 clocking in the 3,200 was more than a half-minute ahead of the runner-up.

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