TRACY - Five area track and field teams took advantage of pleasant weather to open the outdoor season at the Panther I meet Tuesday in Tracy.
Marshall swept the team titles, recording 192 points in the girls competition, followed by Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI (98), Tracy-Milroy-Balaton (91), Montevideo (62), Murray County Central (50), Lakeview (43) and Fulda (21). On the boys side, Marshall won with 146 points, followed by Montevideo (115), CML (81), MCC (73), Fulda (69), Lakeview (39) and TMB (33).
"I like that we had a nice spread of through all of our events," Marshall girls coach Marie Sample said. "We got points in a lot of events. We've gotten a lot of first and seconds, which I'm really excited about considering we can only put two athletes in each event except for field events."
Photo by Jenny Kirk
Marshall’s Celeste Werner attempts a throw during the Panther I Invitational on Tuesday at Tracy Area High School. Werner won the shot put with a throw of 31 feet, 6 inches.
Sarah Buysse captured three individual first-place finishes, topping the field in the 100-meter dash (12.84 seconds), 200 dash (27.15) and 400 dash (1:04.56). Celeste Werner took first in both the shot put (31-feet-6 inches) and the discus (100-1). Haley Bennett was second in the discus (99-0) and four in the shot put (29-0) for the Tigers.
"The times are really good," Sample said. "Granted, we got a beautiful day out here, but the times are great. We've been in the gym a lot, so to be where we're at right now, it's really good. We're excited to see how much more we can improve over the next few weeks."
Marshall's Rachel Miller tied for first in the pole vault (7-6), while Nichole Sample took first in the 800 run (2:28). Jackie Turner won the 3,200 run (11:54), while Sydney Griffin was first in triple jump (32-3.5) and second in the long jump (14-10).
The Tigers also won the 3,200 relay (10:18.66), behind the effort of Claire Boersma, Syd Blomme, Jenna Christianson and Turner.
"What we did this fall in cross country is really carrying over to track," Coach Sample said. "And we're really deep. We have a few that are in softball, but the girls that are with us, really want to make that team in the fall. I think we're going to be about 16 deep. There's that many girls that are fighting for seven spots. And so, we're seeing a lot of good things with the track season, too."
Sample said she appreciates that Turner, as a sophomore, has been a good role model for the younger athletes, the distance runners in particular.
"Jackie Turner has been a great leader," she said. "She's really banded those young kids together like a mama duck. She takes care of them and they look up to her. It's fun."
Marshall also claimed the 400 relay (55.85), which included Sam Giannelli, Rose Anderson, Kendra Soupir and Ellie Nordin.
"I try to take the pressure off of them by telling them that if they come and give everything you have every time you step on the track, then that is good enough," Coach Sample said. "You'll never fail."
Andrew Bell paced Marshall with two first-place finishes. Bell won the 1,600 run in 4:52, followed by teammate Chad DeAustin, who finished second (5:00.46). Bell also won the 3,200 run (10:30), while DeAustin took first in the 800 run (2:11.90).
At this meet, we've been able to score quite a bit," Marshall boys coach Mike Jacobs said. "And their times are going to get better. As I look around, there are some good things happening. The kids are pretty fired up. Probably the thing right now, is we have a lot of question marks. But we had times that were comparable to the end of the year, so we're starting out really nice in that regard."
Zach Drum picked up two individual wins as well, taking first in the long jump (19-3) and the triple jump (40-5). Sam Marshall added a first-place finish in the 200 dash (23.64) and second-place finish in the 100 dash (11.63).
"Zach had a nice start to the year in the long jump," Jacobs said. "We also look like we're going to be a little bit stronger in the relays."
Danny West had a good showing in the 110 hurdles, taking third place (16.78).
"Danny looked really strong in the 110 hurdles, especially for it being the first time out there this year," Jacobs said. "He hovered in the 17s for a long time last year, so to start out at that is really encouraging."
Morgan Merritt collected a large number of points for CML, taking first in the 100 hurdles (17.22) and 300 hurdles (48.25) along with grabbing a third-place finish in the 200 dash (28.13).
Megan Travis took second in the high jump (4-6), while Kalli Jelen was second in the 400 dash (1:06.64). Leah Jessen finished second in the 3,200 run (12:44).
Behind the effort of Leah Jessen, Jelen, Sydney Sisk and Emily Gillingham, the Lancers also took second in the 3,200 relay (10:44.71).
On the boys side, Nathan Pavek had a standout day, winning the 110 hurdles (16.34), 300 hurdles (42.07) and the high jump (5-8).
CML won the 3,200 relay in 8:57.97, with Travis Dinius, McKinley Johansen, Wyatt Johansen and Nathan Cooper competing. Behind the team of Billy Deslauriers, McKinley Johansen, Dinius and Cooper, the Lancers also won the 1,600 relay in 3:45.
TMB captured first-place in the 800 relay (1:55.34), which included Kendra Nelson, Kaylee Kirk, Taylor Schmidt and Kendra Ludeman. Sammie Gervais won the high jump (4-8), while Anna Peterson tied for first in the pole vault (7-6).
"I thought the meet went really well," TMB coach Marie Hanson said. "Everyone competed well. Sam placed first in the high jump, which was nice to see. I didn't know how that was going to go. She got her foot taken care of recently, so there's some resolution going with that."
Kassidy Przymus added a second-place finish in the shot put (31-5) and third-place finish in the discus (93-4) for the Panthers, while Ludeman was also second in the triple jump (32-1) and anchored the 1,600 relay team that finished second. Alyssa Gleis took third in the 800, completing the race in 2:37.70.
" Kassidy placed really well in both the shot and disc," Hanson said. "It was a good place to start. Kendra Ludeman had a good day. She anchored our 4x200 that won and our 4x400 that got second and those were tough races."
Josh Kirk picked up a second-place finish for TMB in the long jump (18-8.5), while Asa Nelson was fourth in the pole vault (9-6). Scott Lanoue was fifth in pole vault (9-6), while Nathan Wieme was sixth (9-0).
"On the boys side, we had some good performances," Hanson said. "It's kind of a different team this year. We're missing a couple of people from injuries. Our pole vaulters did well. That was fun to see."
Hannah Schmidt collected top honors in the long jump (15-4.5) for MCC. Paris Thomas took second in the 300 hurdles (51.95), while Sierra VanIperen was second in the 800 run (2:34.90) and Nicole Thovson was second in the 100 dash (13.49).
"It was nice to get times and have a good workout," MCC girls coach Dominick Damm said. "This is the first time we've gotten to do quite a few of our field events, so it was nice to throw and just get on the runways. No performance completely stuck out, but we had a lot of kids who had really good times. We had a couple of girls who picked up right where they left off last year, so that's a good sign. I think everybody is just excited to be out here competing."
MCC's Tyler Scotting topped the competition in the shot put (48-8) and the 100 dash (10.52) along with finishing second in the 300 hurdles (43.59). Logan Kluis took second place in the triple jump (36-2.5). The Rebels took second in the 3,200 relay, behind the effort of Patrick Platt, Cole Bassett, Jack Erickson and Andy Garza, and second in the 400 relay, which included Dakota Thunderhawk, Mason Whitehead, Kluis and Andrew Foreman.
"For the most part, I'm pretty happy about our performances," MCC boys coach Tim Bobeldyk said. "This was a good start to the outdoor season."
Stephanie Pickthorn earned a third-place finish for Lakeview in the 100 hurdles (18.72) and the 300 hurdles (53.12), while Samara Plotz was third in the 100 dash (13.72). Plotz also ran a leg of the third-place 400 relay team (57.32).
The Laker boys were led by Grant Taylor, who won the 400 dash (52.60). Cory Schreier took third in the shot put (42-5). Behind athletes Juan Garcia, Seth Goepferich, Jaden Hoffman and Taylor, Lakeview took third in the 1,600 relay (3:49.4) and third in the 3,200 relay (9:27.76), which included Goepferich, Isaac Loe, Taylor and Braden French.
"We've had some great times," Lakeview coach Erik Lundberg said. "The boys took 52 seconds off their 4x800 relay time, which was encouraging. It was a good meet."
Panther I Invitational
At Tracy Area High School
TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Marshall 146, 2. Montevideo 115, 3. Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI 81, 4. Murray County Central 73, 5. Fulda 69, 6. Lakeview 39, 7. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 33.
100 DASH: 1. Tyler Scotting (MCC) 10.52, 2. Sam Marshall (MAR) 11.63, 5. Juan Garcia (L) 12.14.
200 DASH: 1. Sam Marshall (MAR) 23.64, 4. Bryan Lee Rose (MAR) 25.15, 5. Devin Girard (L) 26.23, 6. Demetrio Vadda (TMB) 27.34.
400 DASH: 1. Grant Taylor (L) 52.60, 3. Sam Marshall (MAR) 55.21, 5. Christian Devereaux (TMB) 57.34, 6. Johansen (C/M/L) 58.00.
800 RUN: 1. Wade DeAustin (MAR) 2:11.90, 3. Nathan Cooper (C/M/L) 2:14.26, 5. Jack Erickson (MCC) 2:17.32, 6. Travis Dinius (C/M/L) 2:19.78.
1,600 RUN: 1. Andrew Bell (MAR) 4:52, 2. Wade DeAustin (MAR) 5:00.46, 4. Cole Bassett (MCC) 5:05.70, 6. Wyatt Johansen (C/M/L) 5:08.95.
3,200 RUN: 1. Andrew Bell (MAR) 10.30, 3. Wyatt Johansen (C/M/L) 10.52, 4. Chase VanKeulen (MAR) 10.54, 6. Josue Leos (C/M/L) 11.12.
110 HURDLES: 1. Nathan Pavek (C/M/L) 16.34, 3. Danny West (MAR) 16.78, 5. Logan Kluis (MCC) 19.01, 6. Devon Buffington (C/M/L) 19.77.
300 HURDLES: 1. Nathan Pavek (C/M/L) 42.07, 2. Tyler Scotting (MCC) 43.59, 4. Asa Nelson (TMB) 44.31, 5. Ryan Schultz (MAR) 45.41, 6. Taylor Johns (MCC) 45.69.
400 RELAY: 1. Montevideo 48.00, 2. MCC (Dakota ThunderHawk, Mason Whitehead, Logan Kluis, Andrew Foreman) 51.13, 4. Lakeview (Juan Garcia, Garrett Wee, Anthony Bossuyt, Bryan Chavira) 52.37.
800 RELAY: 1. Montevideo 1:38.50, 2. Marshall (Max Roelfsema, Ryan Schultz, Max Colvin, Edoardo D'Acierno) 1:39.38, 3. MCC (Taylor Johns, Dakota ThunderHawk, Logan Kluis, Andrew Foreman) 1:43.35, 4. TMB (Yue Pheng Thor, Demetrio Vadda, Bas Laros, Hayden Sanders) 1:43.77, 5. C/M/L (Devon Buffington, Branson Moen, Leo Buysse, Billy Deslauriers) 1:44.21, 6. Lakeview (Anthony Bossuyt, Garrett Wee, Luck Daniels, Austin Kosen) 1:47.76.
1,600 RELAY: 1. C/M/L (Billy Deslauriers, McKinley Johansen, Travis Dinius, Nathan Cooper) 3:45, 2. Marshall (Ryan Schultz, Wade DeAustin, Brandon Verkinderen, Zach Drum) 3:47.94, 3. Lakeview (Juan Garcia, Seth Goepferich, Jaden Hoffman, Grant Taylor) 3:49.40, 5. MCC (Taylor Johns, Andrew Foreman, Cole Bassett, Tyler Scotting) 3:52.00, 6. TMB (Christian Devereaux, Tony Trejo, Asa Nelson, Bas Laros) 3:55.76.
3,200 RELAY: 1. C/M/L (Travis Dinius, McKinley Johansen, Wyatt Johansen, Nathan Cooper) 8:57.97, 2. MCC (Patrick Platt, Cole Bassett, Jack Erickson, Andy Garza) 9:10.87, 3. Lakeview (Seth Goepferich, Isaac Loe, Grant Taylor, Braden French) 9:27.76, 4. TMB (Matt LaVoy, Nick Timmerman, Nathanael Przybilla, Tony Trejo) 9:28.46, 6. Marshall (Chase VanKeulen, Walker DeAustin, Jackson Luther, Matthew Dunn) 9:32.99.
DISCUS: 1. Tom Salentiny (Fulda) 130-1, 4. Adam Evenson (C/M/L) 110-11, 6. Sy Stangeland (L) 107-1.
HIGH JUMP: 1. Nathan Pavek (C/M/L) 5-8, 2. (tie) Ryan Schultz (MAR) and Adam DeZeeuw (MON) 5-4, 4. Max Roelfsema (MAR) 5-2, 5. Brandon Verkinderen (MAR) 5-0.
LONG JUMP: 1. Zach Drum (MAR) 19-3, 2. Josh Kirk (TMB) 18-8, 4. Andrew Foreman (MCC) 17-9, 5. Rickie Jorgenson (TMB) 17-7.
POLE VAULT: 1. Alex Holmes (Fulda) 10-6, 2. Drew Tykwinski (MAR) 10-0, 3. Billy Deslauriers (C/M/L) 10-0, 4. Asa Nelson (TMB) 9-6, 5. Scott Lanoue (TMB) 9-6, 6. Nathan Wieme (TMB) 9-0.
SHOT PUT: 1. Tyler Scotting (MCC) 48-8, 3. Cory Schreier (L) 42-5, 4. Jacob Falconer (MAR) 41-4, 6. Brandon Appel (MAR) 39-2.
TRIPLE JUMP: 1. Zach Drum (MAR) 40-5, 2. Logan Kluis (MCC) 36-2, 4. John Lothert (MAR) 35-5, 5. Billy Deslauriers (C/M/L) 34-5, 6. Jaden Hoffman (L) 34-0.
TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Marshall 192, 2. Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI 98, 3. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 91, 4. Montevideo 63, 5. Murray County Central 50, 6. Lakeview 43, 7. Fulda 21.
100 DASH: 1. Sarah Buysse (MAR) 12.84, 2. Amy Thovson (MCC) 13.49, 3. Samara Plotz (L) 13.72, 4. Amber Schuster (C/M/L) 14.07, 5. Haley Unke (L) 14.27.
200 DASH: 1. Sarah Buysse (MAR) 27.15, 3. Morgan Merritt (C/M/L) 28.13, 4. Brianna Hoffman (L) 29.25, 5. Meghan Travis (C/M/L), 29.26; 6. (tie) Mariah Schuler (L) and Morgan Reidinger (MON) 30.15.
400 DASH: 1. Sarah Buysse (MAR) 1:04.56, 2. Kalli Jelen (C/M/L) 1:06.64, 3. Jenna Christenson (MAR) 1:08, 5. Ginny Pederson (L) 1:10.21, 6. Kaylie Hemish (C/M/L) 1:11.38.
800 RUN: 1. Nichole Sample (MAR) 2:28, 2. Sierra VanIperen (MCC) 2:34.90, 3. Alyssa Gleis (TMB) 2:37.70, 5. Emily Gillingham (C/M/L) 2:42.19.
1,600 RUN: 1. Nichole Sample (MAR) 5:31.82, 2. Claire Boersma (MAR) 5:32.34, 3. Name not available (MON) 5:49.64, 4. Name not available (TMB) 6:12.57, 5. Name not available (MCC) 6:17), 6. Name not available (C/M/L) 6:22.41.
3,200 RUN: 1. Jackie Turner (MAR) 11:54, 2. Leah Jessen (C/M/L), 3. Sydney Blomme (MAR) 13:16, 4. Hannah Schmidt (MCC) 14:00, 6. Lauren Jessen (C/M/L) 14:25.
100 HURDLES: 1.Morgan Merritt (C/M/L) 17.22, 2. Rachel Miller (MAR) 17.24, 3. Stephanie Pickthorn (L) 18.72, 4. Shanelle Buffington (C/M/L) 19.26, 5. Jen LaVoy (TMB) 19.37, 6. Emily Buysse (MAR) 19.44.
300 HURDLES: 1.Morgan Merritt (C/M/L) 48.25, 2. Paris Thomas (MCC) 51.95, 3. Stephanie Pickthorn (L) 53.12, 4. Melodee Grant (MAR) 55.38, 5. Sarita Hook (TMB) 56.22.
400 RELAY: 1. Marshall (Sam Gianneli, Rose Anderson, Kendra Soupir, Ellie Nordin) 55.85, 3. Lakeview (Mariah Schuler, Sam Plotz, Haley Unke, final name not available) 57.32, 4. C/M/L (Rachel Jessen, Ann DeSmet, Kaylie Hemish, Taylor Thooft ) 57.75, 5. TMB (Alecia Christian, Taylor Campbell, Anna Peterson, Kendra Nelson) 58.03.
800 RELAY: 1. TMB (Kendra Nelson, Kaylee Kirk, Taylor Schmidt, Kendra Ludeman), 3. Marshall (Hannah Bock, Kendra Soupir, Belle Dieken, Sam Giannelli) 1:56.28, 4. MCC (Paris Thomas, Kasey Bose, Sierra VanIperen, Hannah Schmidt) 1:56.93, 5. Lakeview (Mariah Schuler, Sam Plotz, Brianna Hoffman, Haley Unke) 1:58.9, 6. C/M/L (Rachel Jessen, Ann DeSmet, Kaylie Hemish, Taylor Thooft) 2:00.94.
1,600 RELAY: 1. Montevideo (4:26.46), 2. TMB (Taylor Schmidt, Kaylee Kirk, Cassie Hook, Kendra Ludeman) 4:27.76, 3. MCC (Hannah Schmidt, Paris Thomas, Linnea York, Sierra VanIperen) 4:27.96, 4. Marshall (Melodee Grant, Sydney Griffin, Cami Hoover, Jenna Christianson) 4:32.41, 5. C/M/L (Emily Gillingham, Sydney Sisk, Leah Jessen, Kalli Jelen) 4:34.31, 6. Lakeview (Names not available) 4:38.91.
3,200 RELAY: 1. Marshall (Claire Boersma, Sydney Blomme, Jenna Christianson, Jackie Turner) 10:18.66, 2. C/M/L (Leah Jessen, Kalli Jelen, Sydney Sisk, Emily Gillingham) 10:44.71, 3. TMB (Morgan Hoffbeck, Alyssa Gleis, Sarita Hook, Cassie Hook) 11:00.71, 4. Lakeview (names not available) 11:24.64.
DISCUS: 1. Celeste Werner (MAR) 100-1, 2. Haley Bennett (MAR) 99-0, 3. Kassidy Przymus (TMB) 93-4, 6. Briann Hoffman (L) 85-3.
HIGH JUMP: 1. Sammie Gervais (TMB) 4-8, 2. Meghan Travis (C/M/L) 4-6, 3.Taylor Vandeputte (C/M/L) 4-2, 5. Lauren Jessen (C/M/L) 4-2, 6. Bria DeRuyck (MAR) 4-2.
LONG JUMP: 1. Hannah Schmidt (MCC) 15-4, 2. Sydney Griffin (MAR) 14-10, 3. Morgan Merritt (C/M/L) 14-8, 4. Amber Schuster (C/M/L) 13-4, 5. Abi Louwagie (MAR) 13-0, 6. Meghann Naughton (MAR) 13-0.
POLE VAULT: 1. (tie) Anna Peterson (TMB) and Rachel Miller (MAR) 7-6, 3. Taylor Schmidt (TMB) 7-0, 5. Meghann Naughton (MAR) 6-0.
SHOT PUT: 1. Celeste Werner (MAR) 31-6, 2. Kassidy Przymus (TMB) 31-5, 4. Haley Bennett (MAR) 29-0, 5. Jordan Schmidt (TMB) 28-4, 6. Jen LaVoy (TMB) 28-0.
TRIPLE JUMP: 1. Sydney Griffin (MAR) 32-3, 2. Kendra Ludeman (TMB) 32-1, 4. Buysse (MAR) 30-5, 5. Ginny Pederson (L) 29-11.