Fletcher Strahan, far left, and Michael Brody, second from left, have been strong in distance events. Mike Ramczyk. (click for larger version)
May 07, 2013 | 04:26 PMCLINTON — Lightning may have cancelled the Big Foot track team's meet May 2, but the boys already did enough to win their first conference title since the 1990s.
After 12 events at Clinton Middle School, the action was stopped due to heavy lightning. The Big Foot boys track squad was dominating both Palmyra-Eagle and Parkview.
With enough points accumulated, including victories over Beloit Turner and Clinton April 30, it meant the boys won their first Rock Valley South championship since 1999.
With a 5-0 record in duals, the Chiefs built strong momentum heading into this weekend's Rock Valley Conference meet in Brodhead.
"The meet on Tuesday was the one that really decided it between the three teams," said Big Foot track coach Greg Lueck. "We had one of the best meets we could ever have had with great performances from everybody."
The boys beat Turner, 84-62, and crushed Clinton, 87-59. Turner beat the Big Foot girls, 88-56, and the Lady Chiefs fell to Clinton, 111-35.
In that April 30 tilt against Turner and Clinton, Kyle Rambatt set a Big Foot school record in the pole vault with a heave of 13-0, breaking the previous mark of 12-9.
"It was well-deserved," Lueck said. "Kyle has been working long and hard to break that record."
Senior Garett Cary won both the shot put and discus events for Big Foot. Dan Pearce took first in the long and triple jumps.
His leap of 19-9.75 in the long jump was a season best. Matt Ripkey was second in the long jump at 19-9.
In the 1,600 run, Mike Brody and Fletcher Strahan finished first and second, with times of 4:47.00 and 4:48:00, respectively. Lueck said both beat strong competition.
Also, the 1,600 relay team of Ripkey, Eman Huerta, Ed Kinerk and Ben Lueck nabbed first place by 0.1 seconds, sealing the victory in the last race over Clinton.
Gus Wedig was first in the 110 hurdles, second in the 300 hurdles and third in the high jump.
The Big Foot girls ended up 2-3 in conference, good for fourth place.
On April 30, Flor Ramirez won the 100 hurdles with a time of 18.1 seconds. Libby Brooks won the 1,600 run with a time of 5:53.00. Lueck said it was a great time.
Julie Petkoff won the shot put with a toss of 28-6. Kalen Gillingham took first in the 400 run with a 1:11.00.
On May 2, the girls beat Parkview, 72-11, and downed Palmyra-Eagle, 49-38.
Saturday's RVC meet will feature all 12 teams, six from both the North and South.
"I'm looking for the boys to finish in the top three, and hopefully the girls can finish in the top eight. We hope to get several conference medalists."