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Boys track: Rude leads Newman state qualifiers; Panthers win sectional

Nick of time

Newman seniors Nick Rude (right) and Maison Bittner (left) placed 1-2 in the 100 dash Friday at the 1A Bureau Valley Sectional, with times of 10.79 seconds and 10.86, respectively.
Newman seniors Nick Rude (right) and Maison Bittner (left) placed 1-2 in the 100 dash Friday at the 1A Bureau Valley Sectional, with times of 10.79 seconds and 10.86, respectively.

MANLIUS – Newman’s Nick Rude is no mere mortal. Mere mortals can’t do what Rude did Friday.

Rude chased down, caught and passed Erie-Prophetstown star Devin Johnson in the final meters to win the 400 relay at the Class 1A Bureau Valley Sectional.

“I didn’t think I was going to pass him,” Rude said. “I just kept my form. I guess it was just my day.”

“Nick gets me in the shorter races once we get outdoors,” said Johnson, who won the long jump and 400. “I try to stick to the [400]. That’s my bread and butter. He doesn’t want to race me in the 400, but I know he’d be great at that too.”

Rude’s amazing comeback against one of the state’s best was just one of the highlights for the Comets, who had 10 state qualifications, including all four relays.

Erie-Prophetstown had nine state qualifications and used its depth to beat Newman for the team title, 126-100. Bureau Valley had five state bids and placed fourth with 53 points.

Fulton has two state berths and placed ninth with 22 points, and Morrison had one state qualifier and finished 13th with eight points.

Rude won the 100 (10.79) and 200 (22.15), and anchored the Comets’ winning 800 relay (1:29.36) as well as the 400 relay (42.80).

Newman’s 400 relay unit also included Maison Bittner, Tyler Rockwood and Brady Rude. Bittner and the Rudes teamed with Nolan McGinn in the 800 relay. Both were school records.

The Comets swept the relays. In the 3,200, the foursome of Bryson Reyes, Alex Deforest, Micah Trancoso and Clay Jungerman ran 8:25.10. In the 1,600, Bittner, Deforest, Rockwood and Brady Rude won in 3:27.49.

Bittner took second to Nick Rude in the 100, too.

Johnson provided two of Erie-Prophetstown’s five wins, taking top honors in the long jump (21-11 1/4) and 400 (52.09).

“I think we just saw the top two [400 and 800 relays] in the state,” Johnson said of Erie-Prophetstown and Newman. “We wish we were on the same team.”

E-P won four of the six field events. Jon Butts won the discus (143-8), Jared Cole the pole vault (12-3) and Ethan Oleson the shot put (51-6).

The other local winner was Fulton’s Bryce Holesinger, who won the 110 hurdles (15.73) and made the state cut, despite finishing third in the 300 hurdles (41.01).

“Having a pulled hip flexor and a strained TFL [tensor facsciate latae muscle], it’s better than I thought I’d do,” Holesinger said.

Logan Hoffert was part of three of Bureau Valley’s five state qualifications. He took second in the triple jump (42-5 1/2) and 300 hurdles (40.76), and was a member of the runner-up 1,600 relay (3:28.64).

“I’ve never jumped 42 in my career,” Hoffert said of his triple jump. “That 42-5 1/2 is a PR by a foot. I may have celebrated a little more than I needed to, but I couldn’t help it.”

Ryan Mayberry was Morrison’s lone state qualifier, taking second in the 400 (52.94).

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