Filipovic strikes gold at state track meet In leading the Vermillion Tanager track team to first place in the State Class A Track Tournament, Eddie Filipovic was instrumental in scoring 26 points by winning the 100M dash (10.97), third in the 200M, and anchoring the first place 4x100M relay team which made him the Class A "Most Valuable Performer."
He had some very important aid in the accomplishment as the other runners in the relay team were Quincy Christie, Tyler Vacek and Dan Tolsma, who covered the distance in the time of 43.91 seconds!
Also contributing to the team's 64-point total were the double winner in the distance runs, Eric Dehner, 3200M (9:58.53) and 1600M (4:29.67); and the championship duo of Tim Russell and Tim Brodersen who had a friendly classic confrontation in the discus competition.
Russell threw his personal best toss of 173'5" to out-distance Brodersen's best effort of the day, 172'6". But this was not the necessary 174'-plus that he accomplished in an earlier meet where it stood as the best state distance in the discus for the year. Russell won the first place medal, but he gave credit to Brodersen for helping him achieve the feat.
"It's been great having him as a teammate," he said. "We pushed each other all year long. He's a great discus thrower, but he was a good teacher too. I learned a lot from him."
In girls' division of the tournament, the Tanager team placed 16th out of the 44 teams scoring points. Michelle Rasmussen finished fifth in the 800M. Jaclyn Powell tied for fifth in the high jump and placed fifth in the triple jump. Nicole Pederson came in seventh in the triple jump.