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Redsides kick it up a notch

SWC senior track athlete Katherine Popchock flies over the bar in her try at pole vault.

SWC senior track athlete Katherine Popchock flies over the bar in her try at pole vault. Photo by Mark Gibson.

Loreto Morelli is not taking things lightly during his junior track campaign.

The former state placer secured three individual first-place crowns and tacked on a team effort for a top finish in the 4x400-meter relay event at Thursday’s Buckaroo Track and Field Roundup in St. Paul.

Morelli had a time of 23.77 seconds in the 200-meters, and he timed out in 52.59 in the 400-meters.

In his hurdle try, Morelli dominated with a 44.35.

On the relay front, Morelli teamed up with Colton Nannini, Brody Myers and Travis Hayes in the 4x400 relay for a time of 3:46.33.

Nannini added a run of 2:16 for third place in the 800-meters, Myers tallied fourth in the 110-meter hurdles where he crossed the tape in 21.82.

Travis Hayes had a leap of 35-feet-2.5 inches to claim fifth place in the triple jump, and Ellis Rager came through for a fifth-place output in shotput with a final toss of 38-3 hitting the dirt, a personal record.

With those numbers put on the boards, the Redside boys ended up in third place in the team standings with 55 points.

St. Paul won the event with 123 points, Crosshill (110) managed second place, Horizon (49) had fourth place and Falls City totaled 36 points for the top-5.

The Lady Bucks completed the sweep with 104 points to earn the Roundup title.

Right behind was South Wasco (70). Crosshill (69), Portland Lutheran (40), Portland Waldorf (40) and Horizon (33) highlighted the rest of the 16-team field.

Another former state qualifier, senior Zoe Morelli picked up her fifth win in six events this season with a time of 1:02.75, a time that was .61 off her personal record time set at the Dick Horyna Invite (1:02.14).

Katherine Popchock kept her championship pace going in the pole vault, where she notched her second win of the 2014 campaign with a personal-record height of 8-6.

Popchock, Zoe Morelli, Tatum Hahn and Ally Muhleman came together for a top performance in the 4x400-meter relay in a scorching 4:34.55.

Popchock nearly pulled off the trifecta, but came up just a few inches short in grabbing second place in the triple jump with a distance of 31-5.75.

Just like Popchock, Morelli was within striking distance of staking claim to another gold medal, this time in the 200-meters, but wound up .14 seconds shy in second place in 28.53.

Muhleman placed third in the pole vault (7-0), Hahn added a third in her try at 800-meters (2:41.09), and Joy Kelly picked up the pace in her attempt at 3,000-meters with a final rally of 12:55.06 for fifth place.

SWC has some time off before hitting the track again for the Arlington Invitational at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 3.

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