May 6, 2010 at 9:40 a.m.
This was the most competitive 4 team meet that I remember since I started coaching in North Branch," Head Coach Brian Hasleiet said after this tough meet. "We had some great competition and some great performances. It's great so see all of the improvement from everyone on this team."
Katie Helbig got the girls off on the right foot with her right arm. Helbig won the discus competition with a toss of 100'9" to gain North Branch their first six points of the meet.
In the pole vault, Teagan Anderson cleared 9' to take another first place for North Branch in the field events.
The Lady Vikes kept rolling with a victory in the first track event of the day, also. They finished the 4x800 in 10:09.30, good enough for their third first place of the meet.
Things started to get a little tougher for North Branch, as they slowed on their points earnings, but they still had a few solid performances. Haley Hasleiet finished in second place in the 1,600 meter run with a time of 5:35.50, and the North Branch quartet that ran the 4x100 meter relay finished the race in 54.08 seconds, good enough for second place.
Although those top finishes couldn't keep North Branch out of the bottom of the standings at the meet, they weren't far off. Monticello won the meet with 99 points, host Cambridge-Isanti recorded 66.5 points, Buffalo had 60.5 points, and North Branch rounded out the quad with 46 points.
The guys had a stronger showing behind a few amazing individual performances. Ben Besch, Zack Smith and Carl Neumann went one-two-three in the pole vault event to earn the Vikings an early 13 points.
Senior Brian Grand finished second in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.12 seconds. Only Jerome Begin of Buffalo, arguably the best hurdler in the state, finished ahead of Grand. Begin's time was 15.07 seconds.
Grand also finished second in the 300 meter hurdles with a North Branch record time of 38.85, again, second only to Begin's 38.63.
"Special congratulations to Brian Grand who broke the school record," Hasleiet noted. The previous record was by Reggie Grams with a time of 39.42 in 2002
Tony Ceroll then went on to win the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.62 seconds.
The 4x200 meter relay team kept their blazing season going with a first place finish in 1:31.59. The quartet of Grand, Ken Broden, Ceroll and Justin Murray have been on a roll all season.
Broden earned two more first places for North Branch with a 51.94 second time in the 400 meter dash and a time of 2:02.49 in the 800 meter run.
The performances catapulted the Vikes to a second place finish with 70 points. Buffalo won the meet with 98 points, and Cambridge-Isanti came in third with 57 points. The Monticello Magic finished fourth with 47 points.