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Prep report: Superior’s James dominates 'Packy' Invite

Northwestern’s Cameren Benesch and Jesse Larson took the top two spots in the pole vault and Duluth East’s Anna-Britta Helmer won the 1600 meters.

Superior’s Darrel James, right, edges out, from left, Northwestern’s Nick Makela, Superior’s Ethan DeFoe and Eau Claire North’s Cameron Olson to win the 55 meter dash
Superior’s Darrel James, right, edges out, from left, Northwestern’s Nick Makela, Superior’s Ethan DeFoe and Eau Claire North’s Cameron Olson to win the 55 meter dash during the Packy Paquette Invite at UW-Superior on Friday, April 8, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

SUPERIOR — The start of Superior’s 4x200 relay team’s race at the Packy Paquette Invitational Friday at Marcovich Wellness Center at Wisconsin-Superior wasn’t exactly what they wanted.

When Darrel James took the baton for the final leg of the race, the Spartans were in dead last.

Fortunately for the Spartans, the junior had already won the 55-meter and 220-meter races and he wasn’t done yet.

James took the baton and chased down Landon Iverson of Chippewa Falls and picked up the win with a time of 1 minute, 36.70 seconds — less than a tenth of a second faster than the Cardinals.

James won the 55-meter dash in 6.68 seconds, with almost the exact same difference between second-place finisher Gabe Vargas, also of Chippewa Falls. James took the 220-meter dash in 23.74 seconds, .21 seconds ahead of Edward Chafer of Cumberland.

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Northwestern’s Camren Benesch wins the boys pole vault
Northwestern’s Cam Benesch wins the boys pole vault during the Packy Paquette Invite at UW-Superior on Friday, April 8, 2022.
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In other events, Northwestern’s Cam Benesch and Jesse Larson took the top two spots in the pole vault. Benesch won the event with a vault of 12 feet and Jesse Larson was second at 11 feet.

Benesch and Larson weren’t the only Tigers at the top of the pole vault leaderboard. Lyvia Carlson also took the top spot in the girls event with a vault of 8 feet.

In addition, Emmett Johnson won the 3,200-meter race in 10:36.89, followed by Oliver Miatke of Duluth East three tenths of a second later.

Duluth East’s Anna-Britta Helmer picked up a win in the 1,600 meters, more than a second faster than Adeline Bauer of Ashland.

In perhaps the closest race of the day, Jackson DesCombaz of Duluth East was edged in the 1,600-meter boys race by Lukas Wagner of Chippewa Falls. Wagner’s time of 4:32.58 was one hundredth of a second faster than DesCombaz.

Duluth East’s Jackson DesCombaz leads an early lap of the 1600 meter run
Duluth East’s Jackson DesCombaz leads an early lap of the 1600 meter run during the Packy Paquette Invite at UW-Superior on Friday, April 8, 2022.
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Northwestern’s CJ Thompson clears a hurdle for a second place finish in the 55 meter hurdles as Superior’s Isaiah Essien falls
Northwestern’s CJ Thompson clears a hurdle for a second place finish in the 55 meter hurdles as Superior’s Isaiah Essien falls during the Packy Paquette Invite at UW-Superior on Friday, April 8, 2022.
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Superior’s Savannah Leopold clears a hurdle
Superior’s Savannah Leopold clears a hurdle as she wins the 200 meter hurdles during the Packy Paquette Invite at UW-Superior on Friday, April 8, 2022.
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Northwestern’s Lauren Love runs the 55 meter dash
Northwestern’s Lauren Love runs the 55 meter dash at the Packy Paquette Invite at UW-Superior on Friday, April 8, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

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