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Cheadle wins triple jump at Worthington;

Cuperus claims second in girls discus throw

May 2, 2014

 	Allison Kenney tosses the discuss at the Worthington meet. 
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Allison Kenney tosses the discuss at the Worthington meet.
Nicole Madison ran well in her sprints. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Sheila Crowley
Nicole Madison ran well in her sprints.
by Les Knutson

Sports Writer
Competing in the nine-team Worthington Invitational high school track and field meet last Thursday (April 24), Fulda junior Sariah Cheadle leaped 31 feet, five-and-one quarter inches to claim first-place honors in the girls triple jump, out jumping 15 other competitors in the event.

Meanwhile, Raider classmate Sydney Cuperus was whirling the discus 100 feet, five inches --- good enough for an impressive second among a field of 33 throwers.

The performances of Cheadle and Cuperus highlighted Fulda s individual efforts at the meet, as the Raiders scored a total of 54 points and finished fifth in the team standings.

Luverne racked up 210 points to easily win the team title, while Canby (136), Worthington (99) and Southwest Minnesota Christian (70) were the next three. Following Fulda were Windom (41), Adrian (35), the combination of Westbrook-Walnut Grove and Red Rock Central (29) and Southwestern United (27).

Fulda freshman Alyssa Williams scored six points for the Raiders with a third-place performance in the pole vault, clearing the bar at an even seven feet.

Cheadle soared 14-5 to place fourth in the long jump and senior Melissa Gehl cleared 4-4 to finish in a tie for fifth in the high jump.

Freshman Nicole Madison, who ran well in a couple of sprints, placed seventh in the shot put (29-7 1/2) and Cuperus was eighth (28-10), giving the Raiders three points in that event.

Senior Myah Holinka contributed an eighth-place point in the pole vault, clearing 6-6.

On the track, Madison sprinted to a fourth-place finish (among 34 runners) in the 200-meter dash, clocked at 29.03 seconds. Madison had earlier grinded out a sixth-place performance (among 24 finishers) in the 400 with a time of 1:07.07. Placing in three individual events, Nicole finished the day with 10 points for the Raiders.

Eighth-grader Camryn Baumhoefner placed sixth in the 100-meter dash (14.39) and sophomore Nikki Bounsavong was seventh in the 200 with a time of 30.38, as Fulda earned several places in the sprints.

Fulda s 4x100-meter relay team (Williams, Baumhoefner, junior Courtney Tiesler and junior Suzanne Pagel) scored three points with a sixth-place finish (58.46) and the 4x200 team of Pagel, Tiesler, sophomore Courtney Zins and Williams clocked a seventh-place time of 2:02.34.

The meet was scored 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 for the top eight places in each of the 18 events.

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