The Crookston Pirates boys and girls track and field teams had seven individuals compete at the Minnesota State High School League State meet at Hamline University in St. Paul Friday and Saturday.

    “Overall, I was happy with the team,” girls head coach Amy Boll said. “I think the girls did up to their ability. They worked really hard. I’m pleased with each and every one of them that went out there.”

    Junior Aleece Durbin advanced to the finals in the 300-meter hurdles on Saturday, but had a difficult beginning to her run.

    Durbin tripped and fell over the first hurdle of the final event. Durbin recovered and completed the race for an eighth-place state finish with a time of 48.56.

    “It’s actually only three seconds slower than what she normally runs,” Boll said.  “After hitting a hurdle, falling down, getting up as fast as she can and with scrapes and bruises everywhere and finishing the race in eighth place is pretty impressive about her character, who she is and her desire and will.

    “Unfortunately you don’t want that to happen, but it did. But she recovered from it and I’m very proud of her for that.”

    The 4x800-meter relay team of freshman Katherine Geist, eighth-grader Emma Borowicz, sophomore Thea Oman and seventh-grader Hayden Winjum finished in 12th place in Saturday’s finals with a time of 10:04.78.

    “They went out and they did their job,” Boll said. “They did what they needed to do.”

    Team spirits were high following the race with determination to improve for next year already in place.

    “After the race was done, they were talking to Wes Knutson and they said ‘Now, we just have to train harder and get ready for next year. We’re ready to go,’” Boll said. “They said they only have to move up a few places and they were going to do that so I thought that was really cool.”

Salentine, Wang pariticpate in State meet
    Crookston juniors Cade Salentine and Mason Wang represented the boys’ squad at state in three events.

    “They worked hard in the offseason and participating in other sports,” boys head coach Wayne Folkers said. “They came into track and worked hard and they made it to state so I’m proud that they accomplished that.”

    Wang competed in the 100- and 200-meter dashes while Salentine competed in the 300-meter hurdles.

    “Cade finished a couple spots ahead of where he was supposed to,” Folkers said. “Actually a very good meet even though he didn’t get on the podium.

    “Mason was just one place out of the 200 to be on the podium. Both of them race well and I’m proud of both of them for making it there and competing. It was just a fun weekend for us.”

    Prelims Notes: Durbin finished 15th in the 100-meter hurdles (16.26); Geist finished 19th in the 800-meter run (2:30.45); Wang finished 19th in the 100-meter dash (11.76) and 10th in the 200-meter dash (23.52); Salentine finished 14th in the 300-meter hurdles (42.81). None were able to advance to the final race of their events.
    Seniors: Each team said goodbye to some seniors to graduation (Anthony Borges, Roshan Rai, Ryan Swenson, Brita Fagerlund, Harley Barlow, Jenna Porter, Kayla Stahlecker and Sami Learn).