Track: Panther boys claim North Suburban track title, Saints boys and girls third

Spring Lake Park track and field added another North Suburban Conference crown to its growing resume of accomplishments this spring.

The Panthers boys won the conference team trophy over Irondale by 21.3 points and 49.7 points ahead of third-place St. Francis at St. Francis High School, May 14-16.

On the girls’ side, St. Francis placed third with 113 points, one point behind runner-up Benilde-St. Margaret’s and 2.5 points behind champion North Branch. Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony finished fourth with 88 points.

Panthers senior Jacob Ojile won the 400 dash in 50.63 and was third in the 200 dash in 23.10. Junior teammate Grant Walter was seventh in 23.62 and fourth in the 100 dash in 11.59. Saints senior David Reese was sixth in 11.68.

Spring Lake Park senior hurdler CJ Janu won both the 110 high hurdles (14.72) and 300 hurdles (38.43). Saints sophomore John Santiago placed second in the 300 hurdles and third in the 110 hurdles.

St. Francis junior Grant Olsen won the 800 run in 1:59.16, edging Panthers’ senior runner-up Isaac Krause in 2:00.14. Olsen’s teammate Mark Worthington was fifth in 2:06.26.

Olsen placed second in the 1600 run in 4:38.06, less than two seconds behind St. Louis Park’s champion Nicholas Sokolowski. Spring Lake Park sophomore Nick Lawson finished fourth in 4:41.01 and St. Francis senior Aaron Jacques was sixth in 4:47.77.

Lawson took the 3200-run title in 10:12.15, while Panthers teammate Jake Ajax stopped the clock in 10:32.00 to place third. St. Francis senior Reed Harmon placed fifth in 10:45.59.

Panthers jumper Connor Keefe was third in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump, while junior teammate Eji Ejiya placed second in the triple jump with a leap of 43-11.

Spring Lake Park senior Daulton Olinger was third in the shot put with a throw of 50 feet, 1.5 inches and teammate Derek Malbrue placed fifth.

Panthers senior thrower Ryan Delmonico placed third in the discus with a throw of 144-8.

St. Francis junior pole vaulter Mitchell Greene and Kulin Dahlquist tied for fourth place, clearing 11-0.

Spring Lake Park won the 4×400 and 4×800 relays in honor roll qualifying times of 3:31.65 and 8:30.15, respectively.


St. Francis standout thrower Maggie Ewen rewrote another record while winning the shot put. She reached 50-8.5, more than 15 feet farther than second place. Ewen also won the discus, reaching 165-8 to win the event by 43 feet.

Spring Lake Park senior Natalie Pawlyshyn won the long jump in an honor roll qualifying distance of 16-4.25 and St. Francis senior Ann Hunt was second in 16-1.25.

St. Francis swept the top three spots in the triple jump led by junior Jessica Justin, who edged teammate Hunt and sophomore Bailey Demar in third place.

Panthers senior Kirsten Whitney placed second in the 100 hurdles and fourth in the 300 hurdles. She also finished second clearing bar in the pole vault set at 9-0, one foot behind North Branch champion Mikayla Johnson. St. Francis junior Maria Zutz was fourth after reaching the bar at 9-0, but needed more chances.

Spring Lake Park teammates Pawlyshyn and Charolette Wolf placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 200 dash in 27.82 and 28.11 seconds.

Panthers junior Ashley Fleischfresser was fifth in the 400 dash in 62.88 and St. Francis freshman Cassidy Day was sixth in 64.93.

Panthers freshman Erin Guse placed fourth in the 3200 run in 12:07.11 followed by Saints senior Dakotah Bullen in fifth place in 12:07.40 and Panthers junior Melissa Marsh sixth in 12:09.44.

Spring Lake Park junior Jolyne Super stopped the clock in the wheelchair 100 in 28.09 and 800 in 4:14.14

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