4/20/2018 11:10:00 AM Chisago Lakes gets a few early indoor track meets
by CHUCK FITZER
Mankato State Varsity Showcase The Wildcats headed south for the Mankato State Varsity showcase, which featured participants from 24 schools for the girls and 22 schools for the boys. The only Wildcat first place finish for the day came from the boy’s Augie Leopold, who won the pole vault with a meet record 13'6". That vault also tied Leopold’s season best from last year. For the girls, Lillian Pearson took second in the shot put at 34'10", and Aliah Williams broke the school record in the pole vault at 10', good for a fourth-place finish. Overall, the Wildcat girls finished in tenth place among girls’ teams and the boys finished sixteenth on the boys’ side. Other Wildcat place winners were Aliah Williams finishing sixth in the 60-meter dash, and the 4x200 relay team of Williams, Ali Nye, Jadyn Nye, and Sophie Wood finishing in fifth place. Wildcat girls head coach Brandy Peterson said, “It was a great start to our 2018 season!” Monticello Indoor Quadrangular On Thursday, April 5, the Wildcat track and field teams participated in an indoor quadrangular meet at Monticello High School High School on Thursday April 5. Buffalo and Rogers were the other two teams participating along with the Wildcats and the hosts, Monticello. The girls finished second and the boys finished third.
Girls Aliah Williams re-broke her school record from last week, going 10'6" in the pole vault to finish first. Williams also won the 55 meters in 7.94 seconds. Lillian Pearson won the shot with a throw of 33’8.5”. Ali Nye came in first in the triple jump at 32’11.5”, and Alexis Hammond finished second at 31’2”. Lindsey Craig won the high jump with a leap of 4’10”, just two inches higher than second-place Elsa Leopold. Caisa Strenke ran a great 55-meter hurdles race to finish second with a time of 10.62 seconds. Other top-five finishers for the girls included Alisha Nye, third in the 55-meter dash and fourth in the 200-meter dash; Leopold; tied for second in the pole vault; Annika Dubbs, fifth in the 800-meter run; and Julia Nelson, fifth in the 55-meter hurdles;
Boys Peter Vitalis won the high jump with a height of 5’4”, two inches higher than second-place Niles Lee. The Wildcats swept the top three places in the pole vault. Augie Leopold won at 12’6”. Alex Harnetty and Eric Braun tied for second with vaults of 9’0”. Brandon Williams took second in the shotput with a throw of 45’5”.
Other top five finishers for the boys were Vitalis, fourth in the 55-meter dash; Bryce Burds, third in the 400-meter dash; Alex Paulsen, fourth into the 55-meter hurdles; Nick Stone, third in the long jump; and Jack Hallstrom, fourth in the shotput.
Wildcat girls’ head coach Brandy Peterson said “This was a great start for the whole team. We are looking forward to outdoors as soon as we get rid of this snow!”
Track Tidbits The Wildcats have a very busy schedule over the next week – all contingent, of course, on whether or not the weather cooperates. They are scheduled to travel to Rogers today for a 4 p.m. triangular with Rogers and St. Francis. Tomorrow, Cambridge-Isanti is hosting a ten-team invitational starting at 4 p.m. Seven of the teams will come from up north, with only the hosts, the Wildcats and Princeton from the local area. And next Tuesday, April 24 the Wildcats are schedule to participate in the six-team Ed Bourelle Invitational at St. Michael-Albertville High School starting at 4 p.m.