Wellnitz brings home state gold and silver

By Jordan Huether

Gordon-Rushville senior Cole Wellnitz was the star of the show last weekend at state track, winning gold in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs, and taking a close second in the 800 meter run. The boys finished 4th overall as a team with 28 points, all of which were earned by Cole, while the girls team finished in 21st place with 9 total points.


Dani Wellnitz was the girls leading scorer, winning all of the girls nine points. She finished 3rd in the girls 3200m run with a time of 12:02.005, and 6th in the 1600m run with a time of 5:31.851.

Hanna Andersen competed in the 800m run, finishing 18th with a time of 2:32.893.

The Mustangs final state qualifier, Sara Marlatt, did not get a mark in the discus.

Cole Wellnitz was the top winner on the boys side, scoring more points individually, with 28, than all but five class C teams, two of which also had 28 points. Cole finished 2nd in the 800m run with a time of 1:59.059, won the 1600m run with a time of 4:26.703, and won the 3200m run with a time of 9:58.602.

Gary Kaplan finished 10th in the 800m run with a time of 2:01.998, 11th in the 1600m run with a time of 4:42.216, and was a member of the 16th place 3200m relay team.

The 3200m relay team of Tristan Tuma, Gary Kaplan, James Neeley and Matt Downing finished 16th with a time of 9:08.942.

Lemur Gardner finished 19th in the discus with a throw of 131’ 9”.

Lex Haller finished 14th in the high jump, jumping 5’ 10”.

“I really enjoyed the track season this year,” said Coach Nelson. “All of the kids competed well throughout the year and at the state meet. I have really enjoyed coaching Cole. He has been a big part of the track program the past four years and he will be missed next year.”

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