Spring Lake Park had a great showing in new coach Jason Lardy’s first North Suburban Conference championship track meet.
Both teams (boys and girls) placed runner-up in the meet, competed at Fridley High School May 13-15.
The girls scored 134.5 team points, 13.5 points behind champion Irondale.
Senior Monica Brown won the discus with a throw of 104 feet, 9 inches and junior teammate Halley Winters was third in both disciplines, reaching 99-11 in discus and 33-5 1/4 in shot put.
The Panthers girls’ distance team had a strong showing as sophomore Erin Guse and Melissa Marsch swept the top spots in the 3200-meter run, respectively, 12:12.13, 12:21.83. And placed second and third in the 1600-meter run with sophomore teammate Elena Forsline fifth, finishing within 15 seconds of her teammates.
Senior Paige Owens was runner-up in the pole vault, clearing 8-0, six inches behind Irondale’s Samantha Waddell.
Junior Charlotte Wolf placed third in the long jump at 16-3 1/2.
Eighth graders Lindsey Mork and Josie Jensen placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 300-meter hurdles.
On the boys’ side, the Panthers finished second in a very close team competition among the top three teams. Irondale edged Spring Lake Park by 4.5 points (126.5 to 121) and Fridley was third with 117.5 points in the eight-team field.
Panther senior Grant Walter won the long jump going 20-11 and was runner-up in three other events including the 100 (11.32), 200 (23.15) and pole vault.
Nick Lawson led an impressive distance team performance. The junior won the 3200-meter run 10:07.65 and was second in the 1600-meter run 4:35.06, less than two seconds behind St. Louis Park’s Nick Sokolowski.
Teammates George Elsesser and Cole Grotting placed fourth and seventh in the 3200 to give the Panthers three finishers among the top seven spots.
The throwers were led by Joey Lee’s runner-up toss of 48-3 in the shot put and his third-place finish in the discus going 132-3.
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