Team depth takes on the best at section true team

Section 4AAA

Anoka girls and Andover boys won their respective team titles and will represent the section the Class AAA state true team meet at Stillwater High School May 17. Field events start at 4 p.m. with running events to follow at 5 p.m.

Anoka girls outpaced runner-up Elk River by 61 points on the Elks home track May 6. Coon Rapids placed third, 135 points back with Andover in sixth place.

Coon Rapids' Lindsey Johnson, left, takes the baton from Bryna DelCastillo during the 4x800 relay at the mega meet in Sauk Rapids May 10. Photo by Bill Jones

Coon Rapids’ Lindsey Johnson, left, takes the baton from Bryna DelCastillo during the 4×800 relay at the mega meet in Sauk Rapids May 10. Photo by Bill Jones

Andover beat out Osseo by 113.5 points for the boys win. Anoka was third, 14.5 points behind Osseo and Coon Rapids finished sixth with 628.5 points in the nine-team field.

Coon Rapids relays really came through in the meet that awards more points for team depth instead of individual performance.

The Cardinals won three of the four relay events including the 4×200 (Brianna Clarke, Brianka Agboola, Rozlynn Lund and Allie Stalboerger), 4×400 (Clarke, Michelle Onyekaba, Lund and Kalley Harris) and 4×800 (Bryna DelCastillo, Lund, Rachel Davis and Susan Porter) relays.

Coon Rapids girls track coach Denny Green said the success was even greater given the number of injuries the team dealt with. “The girls that were there stepped up and helped each other out,” he said.

Coon Rapids ninth-grader Kalley Johnson won the 300 hurdles in 47.55 and senior teammate Amber Harris was third in 48.01. Anoka junior Jenna Johnson was sandwiched between in second place (47.93).

Johnson was also runner-up in the 100 hurdles.

Blaine's Alex Williams continued a successful season at the mega meet in Sauk Rapids. Photo by Bill Jones

Blaine’s Alex Williams continued a successful season at the mega meet in Sauk Rapids. Photo by Bill Jones

Andover senior Maddie McKeefry won the 3,200-meter run in 11:54.79, ahead of Coon Rapids freshman runner-up Brynna DelCastillo’s time of 11:57.06.

Andover teammate Maddison Staggert won the long jump going 34-1, 10 inches clear of runner-up Michaela Taddeini of Rogers.

Anoka’s distance team came through with three runners among the top eight in the 1,600 run. Lexi Fritz was third (5:34.64), Lindsey Gast was sixth (5:39.12) and Maria Kalkman was eighth (5:40.96).

Gast was also third in the 3,200 run in 12:12.17.

Anoka sophomore jumper Miranda Phipps won the high jump in a jump-off over Champlin Park’s Allison Gerads with the bar set at 5-feet 4-inches. Tornadoes teammate Claire Lundberg was third clearing 5 feet and she placed fourth in the triple jump going 32-9.

Anoka freshman Izabelle Brezinka was third in the 800 (2:28.10), Fritz was seventh (2:30.46) and sophomore Yuliiya Yukhimchuk was ninth (2:32.68).

Senior Steph Nielsen was second in the 100 dash to Champlin Park sophomore Miatta Flemister-Smith by five-hundreths of a second. Nielsen was also second in the long jump reaching 16-feet 5 1/2-inches.

St. Francis' Jack Fenalson clears a hurdle during the 110-meter high hurdles during the mega meet in Sauk Rapids. Photo by Bill Jones

St. Francis’ Jack Fenalson clears a hurdle during the 110-meter high hurdles during the mega meet in Sauk Rapids. Photo by Bill Jones

Sophomore Brianna Floding and eighth-grader Taylor Krone placed fourth and sixth place, respectively in the 400 run. Junior thrower Kaylea Hoeningschmidt was third in the discus with a throw of 103-2.

Andover and Coon Rapids seniors Allison Ewald and Samantha Lefaive placed second and third place respectively in the pole vault, each cleared 8-feet 6-inches but Ewald had fewer misses behind Elk River champ Marissa VanTassel who also cleared 8-6.

On the boys side, Andover senior Chris Larson won the 200 dash by one hundreth of a second against Elk River’s Dennis Morris. Larson was runner-up on the long jump (20-9 1/4) with teammate Alex Probert third (20-6 3/4). Probert was also third in the triple jump (41-3).

Fellow Huskies runner Chris Meados won the 3,200 run in 9:58.69 and Colton Syler won the 110 hurdles in 15.91.

Anoka junior Ky’eric Baynes won the triple jump (43-2 3/4).

Tornadoes teammate Riley Rieck was runner up in the high jump and one of two to clear the bar at 6 feet.

Anoka’s 4×800 relay team outran Coon Rapids for the event win 8:25.38 to 8:27.77.

Section 5AAA

Blaine boys track once again dominated the team-based scoring format to win the Section 5AAA true team meet hosted at Cambridge-Isanti High School May 6.

Spring Lake Park's Zach Oille, left, takes the batton from Anthony Fleischfresser during the 4x200 relay at the Sauk Rapids-Rice Mega Meet, May 10. Photo by Bill Jones

Spring Lake Park’s Zach Oille, left, takes the batton from Anthony Fleischfresser during the 4×200 relay at the Sauk Rapids-Rice Mega Meet, May 10. Photo by Bill Jones

The Bengals won seven events at the section true team meet and had 38 top-10 finishes including a sweep of the top three spots in the triple jump. Riley Hedstrom won the event in 40 6-3/4 with Teddy Rainwater-Walker second 3 3/4 behind him and Chris Holth 4-3/4 back in third place.

Sprinter Logan Nelson tangled with St. Francis’ Genuine Matthews in the 100-and 200-meter dashes. Nelson edged Matthews for the 100 dash win by 0.19 seconds but Matthews won the 200 dash by 0.09.

Rainwater-Walker was seventh in the 200 dash.

Senior thrower Caleb Butler won the shot put (50-7) and discus (158-5) and teammate Matt Grant was third in the discus (148-7) and fifth in the shot put (46-6). Butler was third in the 110 hurdles, three-hundreths from second place.

The relays continue to be a strong part of Blaine with the 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams winning. The 4×200 team was second to St. Francis and 4×800 team was second to White Bear Lake.

Blaine’s high jumpers took second through fourth places, led by Rainwater-Walker’s runner-up finish. He lost a jump-off at 6-2 to Forest Lake’s Payton Zeidler. Bengals teammate Kyle Hockert was third and Brady Gerard fourth as both cleared 5-8.

Distance specialist Ben Olson garnered fifth place in the 3200 run in 10:11.08 and 10th in the 1,600 run in 4:47.44.

Coon Rapids teammates Cortez Jackson, second from right, and Isaiah Whitmore, right, take off from the starting line during the 100-meter dash at the Sauk Rapids-Rice Mega Meet. Photo by Bill Jones

Coon Rapids teammates Cortez Jackson, second from right, and Isaiah Whitmore, right, take off from the starting line during the 100-meter dash at the Sauk Rapids-Rice Mega Meet. Photo by Bill Jones

Nathaniel Jacobson was second in the 1,600 run, trailing Chisago Lake’s Andrew Magnuson’s winning time by 2.5 seconds. Jacobson won the 800 run in 2:04.20.

On the girls side, Blaine’s hopes of a repeat title were dashed champion Forest Lake by 22.5 points while St. Francis was fifth with 668.5 points.

“We put it out there to the girls before the meet started that we would need a lot of personal best times to win the meet and came up just shy of first place,” Bengals girls track coach Ann Stalboerger said. “Not much else you can ask of your athletes. I was very proud of the effort they gave.”

Blaine hurdler Alex Williams swept the 100 and 300 hurdles titles and three Bengals relay teams also won their respective events. Williams’ 300 time of 45.76 was a personal best. She ran on the winning 4×200 relay and placed fifth in the triple jump.

The 4×100 relay team (Katie Marciniak, Lauren Marciniak, Maddie Kiefner and Alyssa Nebo) won win 51.72, 4×200 relay (Marciniak, Williams, Breanna Mahoney and Elisha Lindsey) won in 1:48.73 and the 4×400 relay (Mahoney, Emily Fleek, Hanna Stratton and Lindsey) won in 4:08.40.

St. Francis’ Bailey Demar won the triple jump 36 4-1/4 and Williams was fifth in 33 5-3/4.

Molly McGrath led a strong Blaine showing at the top, taking three of the top four spots to continue a strong jumping season for the Bengals. McGrath cleared 17 2-1/2 while teammate Nebo went 17 0-3/4 for second place and Marissa Eggerichs was fourth with a jump of 16 0-1/2. McGrath was fifth in the pole vault clearing the bar at 8-6.

Nebo was second in the 100 dash in 13.00 and teammate Lauren Marciniak was fifth in 13.27. Marciniak edged Nebo in the 200 dash by two-hundreths of a second to place eighth and ninth, respectively.

Blaine thrower ShaRon Miller was second in the shot put and third in the discus.

Danielle Peterson put in a personal best time of 5:26.16 to finish fourth in the 1600 run followed by Sarah Olson in seventh place (5:31.84).

Olson followed that with a season best time of 11:54.06 to place third in the 3200 run.

Section 4A

Legacy Christian Academy track took part in the Section 4A true team meet at Maple Lake, May 6.

The girls placed 13th with 555 points out of 20 teams while the boys were 15th with 475.5 points out of 21 teams.

Senior Kali Dlouhy and freshman teammate Sara Cleveland placed 28th and 29th places in the 100 meter dash. Dlouhy was 22nd in the 200 dash.

Freshmen Emily Raper and Sophie Kendall placed 19th and 20th, respectively in the 800 run and Raper was 22nd in the 1600 run. Sophomore Marissa Kuik was 12th in the 3200 run in 13:27.39 and seventh grader Danielle Olson was 15th in 13:36.02.

Freshman hurdler Cali Weddle was 18th in the 300 hurdles and 22nd in the 100 hurdles.

Senior Luke Johnson placed fourth in the high jump clearing the bar at 5 feet, 10 inches, seventh in the 200-meter dash and ninth in the 100 dash but junior teammate Caleb Hinrichs placed fifth in the 200 dash for the best Lions finish in the event.

Hinrichs placed 10th in the 400 and 20th in the long jump.

The 4×200 relay team placed fourth to score 54 team points.

Junior Jordan Sutherland led the throwers with a 26th place finish in the shot put with a throw of 29 7-1/2.

Jason Olson is at
jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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