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Holmes places third in pole vault at Worthington;

Three Fulda Raiders place in discus

May 2, 2014

Alex Holmes placed third in the pole vault. 
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Alex Holmes placed third in the pole vault.
Matt Thier fares well in the shot as well as the discus. 
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Matt Thier fares well in the shot as well as the discus.
by Les Knutson

Sports Writer
A third-place performance by junior Alex Holmes in the pole vault and a trio of placing efforts in the discus were among the highlights for the Fulda boys in the annual running of the nine-team Worthington Invitational high school track and field meet at Trojan Field last Thursday, April 24.

Competing in nearly ideal weather conditions, the Raiders scored 37 points with the majority of those coming in the field events.

Holmes cleared the bar at an even 11 feet and scored six points, placing third among a field of 17 vaulters.

Junior Tim Salentiny (127-9), senior Matt Thier (122-7) and freshman Austin Their (107-0), placed fifth, sixth and eighth, respectively in the discus, combining for a total of eight points in that event.

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

Junior Bennett Appel placed in a pair of events Thursday, clearing 5-0 for fifth in the high jump and clocking a time of 18.94 for eighth in the 110 meter high hurdles.

Freshman Isaiah Olsem ran another strong two miles for the Raiders, placing seventh in the 3200 meter run with a fine time of 11:38.17.

Senior Matt Kunerth placed eighth in the triple jump with a distance of 35- 3/4 and all four Raider relay teams placed.

Fulda was sixth in the 4x800 (10:22.18), sixth in the 4x100 (:50.79) and sixth in the 4x400 (3:58.13). The Raiders were seventh in the 4x200 (1:44.54).

Freshman Jorge Cardenas, Olsem, sophomore Alex Schumacher and sophomore Christian Bos ran the two-mile event for the Raiders before the team of sophomore Brian Fenske, Kunerth, sophomore John Gunderman and senior Ryan Schumacher sprinted the 800 meter event.

Fenske, Gunderman, Kunerth and Schumacher exchanged the baton for FHS in the 400 relay before Kunerth, Fenske, Appel and Gunderman concluded the meet by running the mile relay for the Raiders.

Freshman Will Gehl nearly placed in the 1600, finishing 10th out of 27 runners with a time of 5:21.86, while both Salentiny (ninth, 38-1 1/2) and Matt Their (10th, 37-21/4) were close to scoring in the shot put.

Fulda was seventh in the team standings, scoring well above both Adrian (11) and Southwestern (six), but behind Worthington (193), Luverne (148), Canby (111), Windom (97), Westbrook-Walnut Grove / Red Rock Central (46) and Southwest Christian (42).

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