Anoka sweeps Bluejackets True Team Invite titles

Anoka boys and girls track teams swept the team standings at the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets True Team Invitational April 21.

The boys edged a stout Stillwater group by one point (866-865) to win the eight-team competition that awards points for all finishers, instead of just the top finishers.

St. Francis senior Maria Zutz cleared 9 feet, 6 inches to win the Cambridge-Isanti Invite, April 22.
St. Francis senior Maria Zutz cleared 9 feet, 6 inches to win the Cambridge-Isanti Invite, April 22.Photo by Greg Hunt

St. Francis boys placed fourth with 570.50 points, 197 points behind third-place Cambridge-Isanti.

Anoka’s girls squad edged St. Francis for the team title by 130.5 points among the seven teams competing.

Ky’eric Baynes grabbed the lone Anoka event win with a leap in the triple jump of 43-feet, 11-inches.

St. Francis sprinter Genuine Matthews won the 100-and 200-meter dashes in times of 11.18 seconds and 22.95 seconds, respectively.

The Tornadoes piled up team points with several top tier finishes.

Baynes was second in the 200 dash (23.37 seconds) and 400 dash (52.80) and fourth in the long jump.

Teddy Sherva placed third in the 100 dash (11.30) to lead four Anoka sprinters among the top eight finishers. Sam Licari was fifth (11.49), Mundah Keleekai was seventh (11.68) and Roland Oyou was eighth (11.69).

Anoka’s hurdlers also made a strong showing sweeping third through fifth places in the 110 hurdles. Eneji Obami finished third (15.85), Logan Doroff was fourth (16.34) and Duncan Dahl was fifth (16.38) to add 63 points to the team total.

In the 300 hurdles, Doroff was second (42.51), Duncan was fourth (43.90) and Connor Schaaf was sixth (44.89).

Jeff Barstow led the distance group with a sixth place finish in the 1600 run (4:44.08) while Stillwater’s distance dominance continued. The Ponies had four finishers among the top nine place and swept the top four places in the 3200 run, led by Edoardo Tagliaferri’s time of 9:51.52.

Anoka also scored well in the relays by winning the 4×200, second place in the 4×800 and 4×100 and third in the 4×400.

St. Francis’ 4×200 relay team placed second to Anoka, nearly two seconds back (1:33.67 to 1:35.61).

Riley Rieck and Priest Willis garnered third and fourth place finishes in the high jump, each clearing the bar at 5 feet, 10 inches for the Tornadoes.

Anoka thrower Connor Giese was third in the shot put with a throw of 45-feet6-inches.

Saints thrower Levi Ross placed fifth in the event with a throw of 45-2 1/2 . Teammate Josh Bronen was fifth in the discus reaching 121-5.

Girls recap

Anoka and St. Francis had a first or second place finisher in each of the  18 events.

Anoka’s Steph Nielsen won the 100 dash over St. Francis’ Taylor Karasch by 0.14 seconds.

Six of the top-10 finishers in the 100 dash came from the two programs.

Nielsen was runner-up in the 200 dash (27.16) and Karasch was fourth in the event (27.38) with Anoka’s Carissa Ellison fifth (27.97).

Nielsen was second in the long jump with a jump of 16-9 1/4 and St. Francis’ Bailey Demar third in 16-6 1/2.

Demar won the triple jump for the Saints clearing 38-7 1/2, more than five feet ahead of Anoka runner-up Claire Lundberg’s leap of 33-5.

The Saints throwing success turned a new page after graduating one of the state’s all-time best in Maggie Ewen who has moved on to throw at Arizona State.

Natalie St. Marie won the shot put with a throw of 38-6 1/2 and teammate Amanda Anderson third 32-7 1/2.

Anderson won the discus with a throw of 136-4 ahead of teammate Keturah Marxhausen who posted a runner-up throw of 100-1.

Anoka swept second through fourth places in the 400 dash led by Briana Floding’s runner-up time of 1:01.29. Taylor Krone and Ashlee Davis were third and fourth, respectively. Saints Emily Hewitt was fifth and teammate Cassidy Day was ninth.

Anoka captain Lexi Fritz won the 800 and 1,600 runs and the Tornadoes distance team continued its success in the 3,200 run with third of the top four places. Lindsey Gast won the race in 11:49.47, teammate Sydney Paulson second in 12:08.66 and Kalkman fourth in 12:50.35.

Tornadoes hurdler Jenna Johnson won the 300 hurdles (49.10) and teammate Michelle Tryba was runner-up in the 100 hurdles (18.03).

Anoka had seven finishers among the top 11 places between the two events.

The Anoka 4×100 and 4×400 relays won and the 4×200 team placed third behind Mesabi East and St. Francis. Anoka’s 4×800 relay team placed runner-up to Grand Rapids.

The Tornado jumpers had four among the top six places, swept by Claire Lundberg and Paulson each clearing the bar set at 5-2.

St. Francis’ Maria Zutz won the pole vaulting title clearing the bar set at 9-6, one foot higher than a trio of vaulters from Cambridge.

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