The Pennant

Boys Track: Penn claims first Truex title

Penn High’s Boys Track and Field Team earned the Max Truex Invitational Championship on Friday, April 26, 2019. It was Penn’s first team title in the Truex Invitational, which is a ‘partnered’ event.

Penn pulled out narrow victory by 4.5 points. Penn placed first with 105 points. Carroll took second in the nine-team field with 100.5 points.

Penn’s Kevin Krutsch was named the Outstanding Sprinter of the meet, placing first in the 100-meter dash and high jump, and helping Penn’s 4×100 relay team place second.

Krutsch ran a 10.88 in the 100-meter dash to place first, and freshman Alec Hardrict placed third in a time of 11.16. This tremendous team performance the enabled the Kingsmen to win blue ribbons in the event.

Krutsch took first in the high jump and teamed up with Vince Nierzwicki to win the high jump event. Nierzwicki placed third.

Caden Paquette and Vishal Turna placed 1-2 in the discus to win the event for Penn. Paquette threw the discus 158-3, and Turna threw it 141-11.

In the 4×800 relay the Kingsmen placed third overall with their relays coming in third and fifth.

Vince Nierzwicki and Collin Mott placed second and fourth respectively in the 110-meter high hurdles, earning the Kingsmen second in that event, with both hurdlers run times of 15.4 or faster.

In the 1,600, Penn placed fourth, with Dillon Pottsmidt placing in the top eight in a time of 4:42.

In the 4×100-meter relay the Kingsmen relays combined for a second-place finish. The Penn varsity relay placed fourth to lead the charge.

The Kingsmen placed third in the 400-meter dash, with Tristan Manis placing third to lead the scoring in the event by running a 51.59.

Penn continued its track to the title by finishing second in the 300-meter hurdles thanks to Collin Mott placing fifth and Vince Nierzwicki placing sixth.

The Kingsmen placed third in the 800-meter run, led by a fifth-place finish by Ricky Chapple.

Freshman Alec Hardrict led the charge in the 200-meter dash for the Kingsmen by placing fourth. The Kingsmen sprinters combined for third in the event.

The Kingsmen had a strong performance in the 3,200-meter run with Mariano Retzloff and Jacob Meek placing second and fourth respectively. Retzloff ran a 10:02 in order to set a new freshman school record.

In the 4×400-meter relay, Penn finished for a combined fourth with the varsity relay coming in third.