Track: Saints win individual titles at Monticello meet

St. Francis girls’ placed sixth in the seven-team field at the Monticello Invite April 25.

The Saints swept the triple jump, led by junior Jessica Justin (34-04) who edged runner-up senior Ann Hunt (33-0.50) and third-place sophomore Bailey Demar (31-10).

Hunt was third in the long jump (15-6.25)

Saints eighth-grader scored a runner-up finish in the discus (113-00), 18 inches short of champion Bailey Hovland from Willmar.

Junior pole vaulter Maria Zutz cleared 8-6 to place second.

The Saints boys’ placed fifth among the seven teams while Osseo picked up the team win.

Junior Grant Olsen won the 1600 run in 4:38.39, one-hundreth of a second ahead of St. Cloud Tech’s Wade Krueger in what looked like Olsen’s lean at the finish line proved to be the difference.

The Saints 4×100 relay team (Genuine Matthews, Jonathon Santiago, Max Gust and David Reese) won in 44.72 in what was their first time running together.

Santiago, a sophomore, won the 300 hurdles in 40.82 seconds and  placed third in the 110 hurdles in 16.36. Saints coach Andy Forbort said very little practice time running the hurdles, but that didn’t slow him down. “He has some natural ability and great speed,” Forbort said. “There is obviously tons of potential for him the next three years.”

Junior Josh Dronen placed second in discus with a personal-best throw of 133-07, shy of 11 feet behind Monticello’s Jake Olson for the title. Dronen set a new p.r. by 23 feet.

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