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May 26, 2019

5/16/2019 1:51:00 PM
Top three finish for CL girls track team, boys in fourth

Section 7AA True Team Meet
The Section 7AA True Team Meet was held at Esko High School on Tuesday, May 7.  The Wildcats girls finished third out of eleven teams, with 457 points, and the Wildcat boys came in fourth, with 484 points.  Aliah Williams was the top point-getter for the girls.  She won the pole vault, placed sixth in the 100-meter dash and came in eighth in the 200-meter dash  for a total of 54 teams points.  Beau Backes won both the shot put and the discus.  So, despite participating in just two events, Backes was the top point getter for the Wildcat boys with 44.  In relay results, the girls won the four by 100-meter relay and the boys won the four by 200-meter relay and finished third in the four by 100-meter relay.    
Julia Nelson was second on the points list for the girls.  She finished ninth in the 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles and tenth in the triple jump for 41 team points.  Lillian Pearson was third in points, finishing fourth in the shot put and third in the discuss for 39 team points.  Elsa Leopold came in second in the pole vault and sixth in the long jump for 38 team points.  Jaden Nye finished second in the 100-meter dash and tenth in the long jump to rack up 31 points.  Throwing events provided 71 team points for the Wildcats.  In addition to Pearson’s high finishes, Maddie Klun came in ninth in the shot put and Olivia Stevermer finished fourth in the discus.
Nick Stone was the number two point-getter for the boys.  He finished sixth in the long jump, eleventh in the triple jump and fourteenth in the 200-meter dash for 38 points.  Cole Pearson was right behind Stone with 37 points, finishing tied for fifth in the 100-meter dash, eighth in the 200-meter dash and nineteenth in the high jump.  Alex Paulsen also had 37 points, thanks to a strong showing in the hurdles.  He won the 110-meter hurdles and places eighth in the 300-meter hurdles.  Dru Ellering pulled 33 points from the hurdles, coming in sixth in the 110-meter hurdles and finishing seventh in the 300-meter hurdles.  And Dan Istvanovich also picked up 32 points from just two events, tying for fifth in the 100-meter dash and placing ninth in the 400-meter dash.  And competing in just one event each, two Wildcats athletes contributed 21 points apiece with second place finishes:  Andrew Koehler in the shot put and Zak Leverton in the discus.  Those two results, along with wins from Backes in those two events, gave the boys 86 points from the throwing events.   
Girls’ Team Results
1 Cloquet            597
2 Hibbing             513.5
3 Chisago Lakes 457
4 Hermantown 440
5 Pine City           421
6 North Branch  402.5
7 Grand Rapids  400.5
8 Mora                 384.5
9 Esko                   264.5
10 Proctor           247.5
11 Denfeld          183
Boys’ Team Results
1 Grand Rapids  573
2 North Branch  542
3 Cloquet            535
4 Chisago Lakes 484
5 Mora                 405
6 Denfeld            359
7 Pine City           310.5
8 Esko                   304
9 G/N/K               291.5
10 Hibbing           261
11 Hermantown250
Track Tidbits
First place finishers for the Wildcats in the Chisago Lakes JV invitational:  for the girls, Leah Dreckman in the 1,600 meter run, Anna Johnson in the 400 meter dash, Caroline Aili in the 800-meter run and Kaitlyn Hansen in the triple jump; for the boys, Luke Velaski in the 3200 meter run, Andrew Koehler in the discus and Samuel Harnetty in the shot put.  The throwing events, coached by Ron Backes, were particularly successful.  The boys took six of the top eight spots in the shot put and swept the top four spots in the discus.  The girls had three of the top four spots in the shot put and third and sixth place finishes in the discus.

The Mississippi 8 Conference Meet will be held at Princeton High School next Wednesday, May 22 starting at 10:45 a.m.

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