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Fenske scores 24 points to lead Raider boys to fifth place at Fairmont’s Sentinel Relays Friday

May 8, 2014

Alex Holmes vaults 11-6; Tom Salentiny exceeds 40 feet in shot put
By Les Knutson

Sport Writer

Sophomore speedster Brian Fenske racked up 24 points himself Friday (May 2), placing high in four events, at the 59th annual running of the Sentinel Relays high school track and field meet at Fairmont’s Tom Mahoney Field.

Fenske’s outstanding all-around performances helped Fulda accumulate 93 points and finish a very competitive fifth in the eight-team Class A boys’ division of the large meet, which also had a Class AA division for larger schools.

It was windy Friday and rather cool, but after a week of rain --- the dry day was a welcome relief for the numerous competing athletes from 16 different teams.

Mountain Lake Area tallied 170 points to win the Class A boys’ division, followed by Martin County West (133), Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial / Nicollet (111), St. Clair (95), Fulda (93), Fairmont’s JV (56), North Union (48) and Southwestern United (13).

Fenske placed second in both the 100 meter dash (12.24, into the wind) the 200 (24.75, after the wind had eased up) to account for 16 of his points. The meet was scored 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 for the top eight places in each event.

Fenske finished third in the 400 (53.16) and completed his busy day with a fifth-place performance in the long jump (16-10).

“Brian had a great all-around day for us,” praised FHS head coach Brad Holinka. “He’s been running some very good times in each meet, competing very well.”

Juniors Alex Holmes and Tom Salentiny each recorded impressive second-places in field events and freshman Isaiah Olsem ran by far his best time of the season, earning a fourth place in the 3200 meter run.

Holmes cleared the bar at 11-6 and scored eight points in the pole vault, Salentiny pushed the 12-pound shot a distance of 40 feet, two inches and whirled the discus 127-8 (fourth place) as he finished the day with 13 points for the Raiders.

Senior Matt Their tacked on eight points by placing fifth in both the shot put (37-0) and discus (122-10).

Senior Matt Kunerth placed fourth in the triple jump (37-2) and junior Brett Cuperus (33-11) was eighth, giving FHS six points in that event.

Junior Bennett Appel finished in a three-way tie for fourth in the high jump (5-2) and sophomore John Gunderman scored a seventh in the pole vault (8-6), as the Raiders racked up a total of 46 points in the six field events.

On the track, Olsem ran a very good race and scored five key points as he completed the eight laps in a personal best time of 11:18.68.

Appel placed fifth in the 110 meter high hurdles (18.14), freshman Jorge Cardenas finished sixth in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles (53.54) and freshman Will Gehl scored with an eighth-place finish in the 1600 meter run, clocked at 5:24.78.

Fulda’s 4x800 meter relay team (Cardenas, freshman Jon Gehl, Olsem and sophomore Christian Bos) ran the event in 10:00.44 and finished fifth.

Both the 4x400 (4:02.01) and the medley (4:22.00) relay teams placed sixth.

Running the medley were Appel (200), sophomore Michael Oakland (200), Jon Gehl (400) and Kunerth (800), while the quartet of Kunerth, Appel, Cardenas and Will Gehl completed the evening by running the mile relay for the Raiders.

Fulda was seventh in both sprint relays, clocking a time of 53.25 in the 4x100 with the foursome of Gunderman, sophomore Alex Schumacher, senior Ryan Schumacher and freshman Ben White. Earlier, the team of Oakland, Gunderman, Ryan Schumacher and White had run the 4x200 in a time of 1:51.88.

The Raiders will compete in the Trojan Relays in Worthington Thursday.

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