TRACY — Upon further review, there’s a new boys track champion from Tuesday’s Panther I Invitational held in Tracy.
After the results were tabulated by hand, following the 8-team meet, Pipestone Area had 104 points and Murray County Central, 102.
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton officials said there might have been a mistake since PA was given too many points in the 100 meters.
In the scoring system used in the meet, the point differential was 10-8-6-4-2-1 for six individual placings.
In retrospect, there were no PA finishers in the 100 meters, but rather two from Renville County West: Jansen (first) and Johns (sixth).
Under the scoring system, the Jaguars received two points in the 100.
TMB had a second and MCC had a fourth in the same event, in which the Arrows were mistakeningly given 28 points and MCC, zero.
“I had the times of my guys but not the placings. I didn’t know where they placed,” MCC track coach Tim Bobeldyk said.
Late Tuesday, TMB coach Monica Headlee put a note next to the results, which were to be faxed to the participating schools Wednesday.
“Coaches: I believe the team results are inaccurate. Pipestone was given too many points in the 100 dash.”
“(Tracy) wrote that the points were inaccurate because Pipestone scored too many points in the 100,” he said. “They said they would give us new results, but I haven’t received any yet (as of 7 p.m. Wednesday).”
Pipestone Area coach Todd Tinklenberg was informed by the media of the scoring mistake following the meet.
Wednesday, he talked to Bobeldyk.
“I had to send him (team) roster stuff,” Bobeldyk said. “I talked to him, and he told me we won the meet. I never got a new fax from Tracy so I don’t know the final points. I don’t know for sure.”
The two teams affected in the scoring mistake agree that a new champion has been declared.
After further review, MCC defended its team championship at Tracy.
“(Todd) said he would give us the (first-place) trophy Saturday because the scoring wasn’t right,” Bobeldyk said. “He said we won it.”
With the corrections made, MCC should have tallied 106 points and Pipestone Area, 76 points.
That would leave the Arrows as the fifth-place team, with TMB and Montevideo ahead with 86 and 78 points, respectively.
“I heard we were second (Tuesday) night,” Bobeldyk said. “The first time I had heard that we maybe won was (Wednesday). Of course, we’ll take it.”
MCC is scheduled, weather-permitting, to participate at Redwood Falls Friday and at Pipestone Saturday.
The Rebel boys, who won every track meet they competed in last year, continued that streak at Tracy.
“Our goal isn’t to win every meet,” Bobeldyk said. “We have different things to do, but we have to give it a great shot. I figured we would be pretty close (at Tracy). We didn’t go out to win the meet.”
MCC was minus one of its top point-getters: Cole Hegstad.
He didn’t compete due to leg problems.
Hegstad is entered in the 100, 200 and 400-meter runs, relays, long jump and triple jump. He started running Wednesday and should compete next week.
Despite his absence, the Rebels had a strong performance.
“We didn’t disperse our runners to get a lot of points,” Bobeldyk said. “We ran that meet as to (improve) times and see how the kids work together.
“We have a good group of (eight) seniors — although a few of them didn’t compete at Tracy. We have a nice blend of juniors and sophomores, and some freshmen in there. They work well together.”
MCC went 1-2 in the pole vault. Pat Peterson won it, and his brother, Alex, placed second. Their heights were 11-6 and 11-1.
“In most meets, they will be in the top five or top three,” Bobeldyk said. “They went to a few college camps this past summer and they’ve gotten into the weight room. It’s really showed.”
The Rebels also went 2-3 in the two mile run with Chris Peterson second and Mitch Hart third.
The distance events were a concern this year without Nate Ellens.
“They ran good times for themselves,” Bobeldyk said. “Both of them were PRs (personal records). If they bring it down a little more, they’ll be able to, hopefully, get the points of what Nate was doing last year.”
MCC’s Tyler Wasberg also had a solid effort at Tracy, placing third in the high jump (5-8) and fourth in the triple jump (32-0).
With the 4 x 800, 4 x 200 and 4 x 400 relays finishing second, MCC won the Panther I with overall team depth. The 4 x 100 relay ended fourth.
It’s taken an extra day to sort things out, but the Rebels successfully defended their team championship at Tracy.
Mistakes can easily happen when track results are tabulated by hand.
“You get mistakes in a junior high meet, but it happens,” Bobeldyk said. “You see it in meets where the results are scored by hand. With a computer system, you plug in names and that takes care of everything. You don’t always have that luxury. You go with what you have.”