4/18/2019 3:27:00 PM Wildcat track team fitting in meets wherever they can
The Wildcat track team participated in a four-team quadrangular at Buffalo High School Tuesday, April 9. St Michael-Albertville easily won the event on both the boys’ and girls’ sides. Buffalo and Rogers were the other two teams participating. The Wildcat boys came in second place and the Wildcat girls finished third.
Boys Once again, Alex Paulsen had a great day in the hurdles. He finished first in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.67 seconds and cam in second in the 300-meter hurdles. The Wildcats dominated the discus, claiming three of the four top spots. Beau Backes won the event with a throw of 149’7”, which was over 22 feet linger than second place Zak Leverton. Andrew Koehler came in fourth. In the shot put, Backes finished second. Bryce Burds took third in the 400-meter dash, followed by Johnson in fourth and Jacob Dochniak in sixth. Grant Koehler and Henry Johnson finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 3200-meter run. Nick Stone placed third in the long jump and Paul Blake came in third in the high jump.
Girls Elsa Leopold had a great day for the Wildcats. She won the high jump with a jump of 4’8”. She came in first in the pole vault with a vault of 8’0”. And she ran the third leg of the winning four by 100-meter relay. Lexi Hammonds, Jaden Nye and anchor Aliah Williams ran the other three legs and the team had a winning time of 53.96 seconds in the first win of the season for the four by 100 team. And while the Wildcats didn’t have any high finishers in short races, Wildcat head girls’ coach Brandy Peterson liked what she saw. She said, “For the challenge of what the weather was like and for the tough competition we were up against, our 100-meter sprinters and hurdlers had a good day.” Williams, Nye and Estefani Hanson ran in the 100-meter dash and Mikala Bringgold, Julia Nelson and Mackenzie Jones ran in the 100-meter hurdles.
Lillian Pearson won the discus with a fling of 98’6”, followed closely by Maddie Klun. And Pearson and Klun finished two-three in the shot put. Peterson said “We have such a solid core of throwers for both boys and girls. It’s fun to watch. I remember when Lilli was a freshman and it seemed like she would throw a foot farther each time she participated in a throwing event and she is still improving as a junior.” Nye finished third in the long jump. A couple of distance runners had goods days for the Wildcats, as well. “Debbie Brunnette ran well in the 800 and in her leg of the four by 800,” said Peterson, “and Leah Dreckman look good in the 3200.” Track Tidbits The Wildcats will participate in a seven-team invitational this coming Tuesday, April 23 at St. Michael-Albertville Middle School West. In addition to seeing St. Michael Albertville and Rogers again so soon, other participants include North Branch, Annandale, Rocori and St. Francis. The meet gets underway at 4 p.m.