6/1/2017 3:33:00 PM Wildcats and Vikes find different ways in M8C
The Wildcats hosted the Mississippi 8 Conference Championship last Wednesday, May 24. The Wildcats boys finished fourth out of the ten participating teams and the girls came in ninth.
North Branch’s boys team finished in 10th place, putting up only seven points.
Boys Wildcat head boys’ coach Ken Orwoll said “It was a fun day with very good performances. The conference is very tough and just as good or better competition than sections.” The four by 200-meter relay team of Alex Morehead, Dylan Blaul, Arran Hickcox and Peter Vitalis finished second to Monticello, but set a school record with a time of 1:30.17 and earned All-Conference honors. Blaul was also All-Conference in two individual events: the long jump and the 200-meter dash. Augie Leopold earned All-Conference in the pole vault and Brandon Williams was All-Conference in the discus.
The following relay teams and individuals earned All-Conference Honorable Mention:
Chisago Lakes 4x100 Meter Relay - Blaul, Morehead, AJ Harnetty and Vitalis 4x400 Meter Relay -- Morehead, Luke Crouse, Bryce Burds and Hickcox Peter Vitalis – 100 Meter Dash, High Jump Arran Hickcox -- 400 Meter Dash, Triple Jump Bryce Burds – 400 Meter Dash Luke Crouse – 800 Meter Run Mason Vitalis -- 3200 Meter Run Colton Guetter -- Pole Vault Ethan Greene -- Shot Put Jack Hallstrom -- Discus Beau Backes -- Discus
North Branch Aiden Bear – 3,200 Meter Run Jose Flor - Pole Vault
Girls North Branch dominated in the pole vault, with Katie Burnside winning the event and Paige Bauer coming in second place, with each earning All-Mississippi 8.
Rhianna Rinke also earned All-M8C in two events, the 800 and 1,600. She finished in fourth in the 800 and third in the longer distance. For the Wildcats, the 4x200-meter relay team of Juliette Martin, Alisha Nye, Sophia Wood and Izzy Hindt earned All-Conference Honors. Hindt also won All-Conference in the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash. And Lillian Pearson was awarded All-Conference in the shot put. The following relay teams and individuals earned All-Conference Honorable Mention:
Chisago Lakes 4x400 Meter Relay – Martin, Madison Douglas, Amber Zins, Wood Lillian Pearson – Discus Sam Nystrom – Discus
North Branch Savanah Hoard – 200 Meter Dash and 400 Meter Dash Jillian Yerges – 3,200 Meter Run Katie Carlson – High Jump Khyah Harper – Long Jump Keeley Ertl – Triple Jump
Track Tidbits All-Conference honors are awarded to the top two finishing teams in each relay event and the top four finishers in each individual event at the conference tournament. All-Conference Honorable Mention is awarded to the next two finishing teams in each relay event and the next four finishers in each individual event at the conference tournament. The Section 7AA Championships began this week and will end this Saturday at Cambridge-Isanti High School.