The Thunder Hawks boys track team won the West Central Conference Championship in spectacular fashion on Tuesday evening in Benson in what had to be one of the most exciting and closest WCC Championship in recent memory.

The Thunder Hawks boys track team won the West Central Conference Championship in spectacular fashion on Tuesday evening in Benson in what had to be one of the most exciting and closest WCC Championship in recent memory. Monte defeated Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta by a half point, 160-159.5.

The race for the trophy was close through­­out the competition. Both the Thunder Hawks and the Morris Area/Chokio Alberta Tigers were neck-and-neck, and the Tigers took a slim lead going into the final event of  the meet, the 4x400 relay.

Going into the final lap, Morris had almost a ten yard lead on Monte when the Thunder Hawks’ Jose Pacheco Murillo took the baton from teammate William Bosch.  Murillo closed the gap on the back stretch, eventually catching and passing the Morris runner midway through the home stretch to get the win.

Individually for the boys, Chase Pearson had a fine day, winning both the 100 dash, 200 dash, and placed second in the long jump. Thomas O’Malley won the shot put with a throw of 142-04.

The boys 4x200 relay and 4x400 relay won their events. The 4x800 relay finished in second place.

The Thunder Hawks girls team placed fifth in the conference. Minne­waska Area placed first, followed by MACA, BOLD/BLH, and Melrose Area.

Molly Reeves paced the Thunder Hawks girls with wins in 100 dash, the 200 dash, the 300 hurdles, and dwas second in the long jump. Jesica Tastad won the discus competition with a throw of 119-10

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