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Martin, Rohlfs power Golden Eagles at Watoma Relays

Aberdeen Central’s Sadie Struble runs to the finish line as she anchored the girls 4x400 meter relay at the AA Invitational at Wachs Arena earlier this season. Struble also anchored Central's win in the 4X4 on Friday at the Watoma Relays. Photo by John Davis taken 3/23/2021

WATERTOWN – Aberdeen Central’s Josh Martin and Sam Rohlfs each won a pair of individual events during the Watoma Relays on Friday.

Martin won the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs and also ran a leg on Central’s winning 3,200-meter relay squad. Rohlfs won the long jump and triple jump, one coming in dramatic fashion.

“A kid passed him in the second to last jump,” said Central boys’ coach Greg Murley of the long jump competition. “Sam beat him on the last jump of the meet. He went over 22 feet which is a really good jump.”

Murley said another highlight on the day was Eli Fischer finishing second in the pole vault clearing 12 feet.

“He went over 12 feet and had some really good looks at 12-6,” Murley said.

Murley was also pleased with the 1,600-meter relay squad which finished second.

“We ran pretty well,” Murley said of the team’s overall performance against quality competition. “Sioux Falls Lincoln, any time they show up, they’re going to be good and Harrisburg has a really nice squad this year. There were some good teams there.”

The Central girls also had some personal bests on the day.

Central girls’ coach Jim Appl pointed out a few of those efforts.

He mentioned Ashlyn Beyer in the triple jump.

“It doesn’t look like much but she ends up seventh-place in the triple jump. It’s the first time she makes finals in a big meet like this and she goes a foot and a half farther than she’s ever gone,” Appl said. “That’s a huge accomplishment.”

He also noted the performance of Lexi Olson in the discus.

“We had a senior in the discus she ended up fourth, Lexi Olson,” Appl said. “She hasn’t thrown in the 90s. She went 99-9 and then she backed it up with 109-9.”

Among the other highlights were Abby Kopecky finishing second in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, and Trinity Miller taking second in the 400-meter dash.

The Golden Eagles concluded the meet by winning the 1,600-meter relay. By then the weather had turned and gotten pretty chilly.

“The quote of the day comes from Brooklyn Kusler,” Appl said following that race. “She said, ‘We won that today because we ran in the snow on Tuesday. All these other schools went inside. All the kids down there were talking about how cold it was and we all laughed.’ We’re outside practicing every day in that. We haven’t been inside a day. We’re tough she said, and she’s 100 percent right.”

The Golden Eagles will compete next weekend in the O’Gorman Invitational and the Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls.

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