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Young Scarlet throwers place in TNT meet

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FRENCHTOWN — With most of their upperclassmen teammates taking the ACTs Saturday, the younger Arlee track stars had a test of their own at the Frenchtown TNT track meet Saturday and they passed with flying colors.

Sophomore Becca Nelson finished fourth in the javelin and discus, improving on last week’s mark in both events. Nelson broke the century mark in the javelin with a throw of 103 feet, 1 inch.

The throw was about seven feet shorter than her personal best throw at the district track meet last year, but an improvement from her 97 feet, 11 inches from last week.

“...We got 100. That’s what we were going for,” Arlee coach Russell Baker. 

Nelson fell just short of the century mark in the discus, finishing in fourth for the second week in a row with a throw of 95 feet, 6 1/2 inches – 8 feet further than her throw last week.

Aspen Meidinger, another sophomore thrower, finished in sixth in the shot put with a throw of 29 feet, 2 inches. She had two 30-foot throws, something she has been striving for, but scratched on both throws by stepping out of the ring, which is an easy fix, according to Baker.

“We’re still waiting for that 30-foot throw, but I like what I see,” Baker said.

Rachelle Meidinger didn’t place in the shot put, but had a personal best in the shot put with a throw farther than 28 feet.

Competing in only her second high school track meet, Skyla Perry placed in the freshmen triple jump with a jump of 27 feet. Baker said that Perry should go at least 28 feet this Thursday in Thompson Falls.

Saturday, was also Webb O’Neill’s second track meet and he picked up his first championship. O’Neill won the freshmen pole vault with a vault of 10 feet, 6 inches – a foot higher than his vault last week. Baker said though only a freshman, O’Neill could make it to divisionals in at least three event.

The Warriors were held off the scoreboard in the varsity events, but showed improvement from their opening meet. With a new line up of Zack Carver, Zach Tameler, Trevor Rubel and Sam Nelson running the 1,600-meter relay they shaved nearly three seconds off last week’s time. Tameler also cut a couple of seconds off of his 400 time. 

Arlee should have a full lineup at the Thompson Falls Invitational Thursday.

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