|5/25/2017 12:21:00 PM|
Boys finish fourth at True Team state
A dramatic pole vaulting finish capped a brilliant fourth place finish by the Chisago Lakes boys track and field team, at the rain-soaked true team state meet at Stillwater Saturday, May 20.
Going into the pole vault, which was the last event of the day, Chisago Lakes was in fifth place, nine points behind Sartell-St. Stephen.
The first step in CL passing the Sabres was junior Augie Leopold winning the event, clearing 13’6” in the process. Sartell’s Mitchell Dockendorf finished tied for fifth place, so CL still had a couple points to make up.
CL sophomore Colton Guetter managed to finish in front of Evan Flores of Sartell to make up those points, and Chisago Lakes finished a half point ahead of Sartell, 342-341.5.
“It was cold and wet. It rained the entire time we were there and it was in the low 40's. I was so proud of how everyone really went after it in this kind of weather. Every point counts and everyone places,” Head Coach Ken Orwoll said.
The only other victory on the day from the boys was the 4x200 relay team that featured Alex Morehead, Arran Hickcox, Dylan Blaul and Thomas Strand.
“In a meet like this you can't just rely on your upper class-man, you need everyone to contribute, but they did amazing. It was good to see the old Arran, who is coming off a hamstring injury have such a great performance,” Orwoll noted. “Besides the relay he was and in the triple jump and third in the 400 and his 4x400 was also third.
“Alex Morehead is the durable one of the seniors and its great to have someone like him we can move around. Dylan Blaul continues to push himself every time he hits the track. He placed well in four events, second in the long jump.”
Orwoll noted the difficulty both distance runners and field participants had in the wet weather. He said there was more than an inch of standing water in the discus pits and that the distance runners had to be doubled up, with only a short break in between. “Luke Crouse, Bryce Burds, Mason Vitalis and Nick Lindsey somehow found the energy to keep running down people ahead of them,” Orwoll said.
Al Paulsen and Dru Ellering both had middle-of-the-pack finishes in the hurdle events, but for guys who don’t have much experience in the event, it was impressive nonetheless, and was key in CL beating Sartell for fourth.
NB girls finish eighth out of nine
The top dual finisher for the North Branch girls at true team state was longtime distance runner Rhianna Rinke. The senior finished in third place in both the 800 meter run and the 1,600 meter run, earning 32 points for the Vikings.
In the pole vault, which North Branch has always been strong in, Katie Burnside finished in second place with a jump of 10’6” and Ashley Robillard came in fourth place, clearing 10 feet.
Jillian Yerges finished fifth in the 3,200 meter run, Keeley Ertl finished sixth in the triple jump.
The girls compiled 216 points, beating out Benilde-St. Margaret’s, who scored 174.