Nick Thies breaks school in 110 meter hurdle race


It was a record breaking day for Sibley East’s Nick Thies last Tuesday. The junior, in a track meet at Jordan, broke the Sibley East record in the 110 meter hurdles.

Thies clocked a winning time of 15.94 seconds in that event. That broke the previous school record of 16.5 seconds set more than ten years ago by Rob Pomplun.

Thies also improved on his previous best time by more than two seconds. “Nick ran the race with a passion, attacking every hurdle,” Sibley East coach Travis Raske said. “Coach Vrklan has spent a lot of time with the hurdlers this season and Nick has benefitted greatly. He has a great work ethic and wants to keep improving. And it is nice to see a good kid experience this type of success.”

Thies also produced points in the triple jump with a third place mark of 37’-4”. He was also third in the 300 meter hurdles (45.91).

Joining Thies in the winning circle at Jordan was Sibley East’s Julio Garcia. He won the 3200 meter race with a time of 10:40, two seconds better than Le Sueur-Henderson’s Andrew Gerdts.

According to Raske, Garcia “outkicked” Gerdts and state meet qualifier Pedro Velasco to get the win. “I have never seen a more determined kid,” Raske said. “Every time Gerdts and Velasco would make a move, Julio would accel back into the lead. It was the race of the day.”

Sibley East finished second and third in the 100 meter dash. Daniel Streeter posted a runnerup time of 11.50 seconds while Dalton Kuehl was third at 11.52. Kuehl also added second place points in the 400 meters (55.09).

Andrew Thies added second place points for the Wolverines. The junior clocked a runnerup time of 4:50 in the 1600 meters. That was three seconds off the winning pace set by Orlow of Holy Family.

More second place points for Sibley East came in the 1600 meter relay. Clocking a time of 3:51 were Wolverines Shayne Danielson, Isaiah Flores, Julio Zuniga and Justin Luskey. They were less than a second behind the winners.

Senior Jake Ruehling highlighted field event action for the Wolverines. He was second in the discus with a throw of 144’. Ruehling was also fourth in the shot put with a personal best throw of 40’-4.5”.

Sibley East was third in the team standings with 56 points. Holy Family was the winner with a score of 104, 23 better than runnerup Le Sueur-Henderson. Jordan placed fourth with 37 points.

Next up for Sibley East is the Jordan Co-Ed Relays on Tuesday, April 27th.