Salentine, Wang, Oman, Durbin, Geist, Winjum and Borowicz headed to state.
Cade Salentine and Mason Wang have been saving their best for last.
With personal-best times in three different events, the Crookston Pirates boys track and field juniors led their team to a fouth-place overall finish Saturday at the Section 8A meet in Bagley.
“I’m excited about the fourth-place finish,” Pirates boys head coach Wayne Folkers said. “It means we had several people or several teams scoring points for us.”
Crookston accumulated 48 points throughout the section meet to finish behind Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (126.5), Ada-Borup/Norman County West (89) and Roseau (56).
Despite falling short in qualifying for state as a team, the Pirates will be represented by Salentine and Wang in the state’s biggest track and field event.
Wang competed in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes in Saturday’s meet and posted personal-best times of 11.18 and 22.84 seconds, respectively, to finish first in both events.
“I think Mason is confident in his running ability,” Folkers said. “He told me he was nervous (before the race) but he can overcome that and he does as soon as he starts running. That’s kind of a natural thing for him after that.”
So natural, in fact, that Wang has not lost a 100- or 200-meter dash event once this year.
“I hadn’t thought about it until we were talking about it,” Folkers said. “That was kind of strange to think about.
“I don’t think I’ve had anyone who’s won every race they’ve competed in. Kind of special that he’s done that and is moving on (to state).”
Wang’s success throughout the year has increased Folkers’ confidence in possibly seeing him among the best following the events’ finals.
“You gotta get down there and you gotta run it and see what happens,” Folkers said. “But I think his chances of being on the podium are pretty good.”
Salentine has also been setting personal-best times as of late.
Competing in the 300-meter hurdles, Salentine posted a personal-best 42.62 seconds en route to a second-place finish at Saturday’s sections.
“This was the best race he’s had all year,” Folkers said. “For whatever reason, everything seemed to click for him, everything looked good with him running on the track.
“He’s coming along really nice. It’s a nice time of the year to be running your best.”
Salentine and Wang have competed at state the previous two years on relay teams. This will be the first time they will be competing as individuals.
“A little bit different as an individual,” Folkers said. “You’re on the big stage and you’re running by yourself. Everything comes down to you.”
Wtih a week to prepare, Folkers intends to focus primarily on working on coming out of the block for a better start.
“With a week to go to the meet, we’re not looking to improve their speed,” Folkers said, “but we’ll work on things like coming out of the block faster. They’ve got the speed. That’s already there.”
Boys Track & Field Results
1. Dilworth-G-F 126.5
2. Ada-Borup/NCW 89
3. Roseau 56
4. Crookston 48
5. East Grand Forks 47
6. West Marshall 42
7. Hawley 38
8. Pelican Rapids 29
9. Clearbrook-Gonvick 27.5
10. Park Rapids Area 26
11. Nevis 25
12. Park Christian 24
13. Northome/K/B 20
14. Frazee 18
15. Walker-H-A 17
16. Fisher 13
17. Fertile-Beltrami 12
17. Bagley 12
19. Mahnomen/Waubun 8
20. BGMR/Freeze 7
21. Warroad 6
21. Lake Park-Audobon 6
23. Barnesville 3
24. TrekNorth 1
Pirates Boys Results
3200-meter run – 7th (11:11.97)
1600-meter run – 6th (4:58.62)
800-meter run – 15th (2:27.57)
Pole Vault – 3rd (11 ft., 9 in.)
300-meter hurdles – 2nd (42.62)
100-meter dash – 1st (11.18)
200-meter dash – 1st (22.84)
4x100-meter relay (Kiel, Salentine, Meier, Borges)
4x200-meter relay (Keil, Salentine, Meier, Wang)
4x800-meter relay (Lubarski, Weiland, Swenson, Andringa)
4th (8:38. 40)
Girls finish fourth in sections
The Crookston girls track and field team will be sending five athletes in four events to the MSHSL Class A State Meet next weekend.
“I thought overall the girls did very good,” Pirates girls head coach Amy Boll said. “I was proud of each and every one of them.”
Pirate junior Aleece Durbin qualified for state in the 100-meter hurdles Saturday with a second-place time of 15.60. She’ll also be competing at state in the 300-meter hurdles after posting a state-qualifying time of 45.64 for third place in the Section 8A meet.
“Aleece Durbin had an outstanding performance,” Boll said. “I know she wanted it. She’s been working hard with Mr. Stahlecker and Mr. Stahlecker is an amazing track coach.
“Aleece went to state last year in the 300 hurdles and she did very well. She placed down there so she’s got some experience going.”
Crookston freshman Katherine Geist will be competing at state in the 800-meter run following a second-place finish in sections Saturday with a time of 2:29.66.
She will also be competing in the 4x800-meter relay with seventh-grader Hayden Winjum, eighth-grader Emma Borowicz and sophomore Thea Oman upon finishing first at sections with a time of 9:57.14.
“I’m excited to see how they’ll do down (in St. Paul) because it’s so much fun to watch them run,” Boll said. “Katherine Geist has just been pouring it on this year and Hayden Winjum has been, too. Thea, as the season has progressed on, has been getting stronger as well as Emma.
“They wanted it. They wanted to go down to state. All of them have been working really hard. I think they were just determined and excited and just wanted to perform very well.”
The Crookston runners will perform in the Class A Minnesota State High School League State Meet Friday, June 9, and Saturday, June 10 at Hamline University in St. Paul.
A Hamline campus map and a state track site map along with time schedules for Friday and Saturday can be found online at mshsl.org and finding the boys or girls track & field tab under “Activities.”
Girls Track & Field Results
1. Pelican Rapids 82.5
2. Park Rapids Area 82
3. Frazee 68
4. Crookston 58
5. Roseau 55
6. West Marshall 48.5
7. Park Christian 41
8. Dilworth-G-F 40
9. Red Lake County 37
10. East Grand Forks 36
11. Warroad 27
12. Hawley 23
13. Fertile-Beltrami 19.5
14. Barnesville 15
15. Clearbrook-Gonvick 13
16. Kittson Central 12
17. Bagley 11.5
18. Nevis 10
19. Northome/K/B 8
20. Ada-Borup/NCW 5
21. Walker-H-A 4
22. TrekNorth 4
23. Lake Park-Audubon 1
24. Fisher 1
Pirates Girls Results
Shot Put – 4th (35 ft., 7.5 in.)
Discus – 12th (90 ft., 6 in.)
400-meter dash – 5th (1:01.56)
Pole Vault – 16th (6 ft., 4 in.)
100-meter hurdles – 2nd (15.60)
300-meter hurdles – 3rd (45.64)
Long Jump – 5th (15 ft., 8.75 in.)
Shot Put – 11th (30 ft., 5 in.)
Discus – 3rd (107 ft., 11 in.)
800-meter run – 2nd (2:29.66)
3200-meter run – 15th (14:13.17)
800-meter run – 7th (2:33.55)
4x400-meter relay (Durbin, Geist, Borowicz, Winjum)
4x800-meter relay (Geist, Borowicz, Oman, Winjum)