Winning five events and scoring points in 17 of the 18 events, the Montevideo boys won the West Central Conference track and field championship last Thursday at Morris.
The Montevideo girls finished in a third-place tie with Paynesville, trailing Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta and Benson/KMS.
Joe Varpness won both the 1,600 and 3,200 runs for the Thunder Hawks. The 1,600 was a big event for Montevideo, with Spencer Sulflow finishing second and Josh Tastad taking third, setting a school-record time for a seventh-grader.
Jack Spaeth won the 110 high hurdles. Also taking first place were the 800 relay team of Casey Reeves, Adam DeZeeuw, Matt Fischer and Jason Lin, and the 400 relay quartet of Spaeth, Preston Herfurth, Fischer and Tanner Rood.
“This was one of the best all-around efforts by combined boys and girls track teams in the 17 years that I’ve coached track here,” said coach Dave Schimming.
“An incredible job was done by our distance boys in sweeping first, second and third in the mile and taking first, second and fourth in the 2 mile; this accounted for 47 team points in two events -- a feat that rarely happens!”
The Thunder Hawks girls got first-place finishes by sophomore Jamilah Carson, in the 800 meters, and seventh-grader Molly Reeves, in the 400. Reeves broke the school record in the event for a seventh-grader.
“This was one of the grittiest performances by the girls team that I’ve seen,” said Schimming. “The girls set a number of personal records ... Finishing third as a team was awesome, because our conference is extremely tough on the girls side Pre-meet, on paper, we were probably the 5th place team, but the girls really showed up and earned their 3rd place