The Pirates brought home seven individual golds between the boys and the girls.
The spring sports season officially got underway with the Crookston track team competing in the Heart of Lakes meet at Concordia College in Moorhead. The girls team led the field of seven with 134 points to take first and the boys finished tied for fourth with 64.
Emma Borowicz, Aleece Durbin, Katherine Geist, Hayden Winjum and Amelia Overgaard headlined the Pirates’ day each winning an event.
Durbin won the 200m and the 55m hurdles, Borowicz took first in the 400m, Geist won the 1600m by 22 seconds, Winjum outlasted the second place finisher in the 800m by five seconds and Overgaard crossed first in the 3200m.
Along with Durbin in the 200m, Borowicz and Breanna Kressin took fourth and fifth to combine for nine team points. Kressin also took second in the 55m hurdles and Katelyn Wagner placed seventh to earn two team points.
Luisa Bernia added to the team total with a fifth place finish in the 400m.
In the 800m, Crookston also had a third place finisher in Thea Oman and Amanda Schultz took fifth in the 3200m.
Out of the three relays, the Pirates won the 3200m relay with Borowicz, Geist, Oman and Winjum and finished second in the 1600m relay consisting of Hailey Spivey, Durbin, Bernia and Geist. Finally, the 800m relay of Spivey, Kressin, Kaylee Bergquist and Rylee Solheim placed sixth.
In field events, Bergquist placed sixth in the high jump, Borowicz came six inches short of first and Durbin came in fourth for long jump.
Head Coach Amy Boll commended her squad in their first meet.
“I was a very pleased with how they did,” Boll said. “Our times were really good. I was really happy with Aleece in the hurdles and Katherine Geist in the mile. Overall, the kids did very good and worked well together.”
On the boys’ side, Mason Wang took the only gold for the Pirates by winning the 55m. Noah Kiel placed second in the 400m and added four more team points with a fifth place finish in the 200m as did Ben Brantner in the 1600m.
Ben Andringa continued Crookston’s showing in the long distance events and ran his 3200m in under 11 minutes and came in third place.
Jaden Lubarski rounded out the top eight finishes in individual running events by placing fourth in the 55m hurdles.
The Pirates 800m relay of Kiel, Josh Bernia, Lukas Meier and Wang took third along with the 3200m relay of Brantner, Cameron Weiland, Karsten Isaacson and Andringa. The 1600m relay consisting of Lubarski, Andrew MacGregor, Gabe Montieth and Ty Hamre finished in fifth.
Meier led the Pirates in field events with a third place finish in pole vault and seventh place in long jump. Isaiah Barlow added the last two points for field events by placing seventh in triple jump.
In their inaugural competition, Head Coach Wayne Folkers saw it as an appropriate way to integrate the new kids with the experienced ones.
“I was pleased with the way the boys performed throughout the meet,” Folkers said. “I have quite a few new athletes and the veterans showed them around and how a meet works. It was a good way to start the year.”
The teams will next compete at Bemidji State University for another indoor meet on Tuesday, April 3. The meet begins at 11 a.m.