The track and field athletes are making the most of the indoor portion of the season.
For the second time in the young season, the track and field teams competed in Bemidji. This time in the Beaver Relays with the largest competition field of the season yet. The girls team saw four athletes place in the top three on their way to a second runner-up finish out of 29 teams. On the boys side, Mason Wang and Lukas Meier both placed in the top eight in their respective events and the boys took 24th out of 28.
Even with the large field and a few missing due to injuries, the girls team performed well which does not surprise Head Coach Amy Boll.
“We’ve always had a strong track program,” Boll said. “We’ve had good athletes over the years. We usually finish in the top, but it just depends on the teams that are there. We’re still training indoors so we have to be very creative to make sure they’re getting a good workout.”
Two relays took third place for the girls. The two mile relay team of Luisa Bernia, Hailey Spivey, Olivia Huck and Thea Oman ran a time of 10:56.59 only five seconds behind first place. The mile relay consisting of Emma Borowicz, Katherine Geist, Aleece Durbin and Hayden Winjum also placed third with a time of 4:28.47.
Borowicz went on to take seventh in the 400m doing so in 1:05.34.
Geist and Winjum both competed in the 1600m with Geist taking second in 5:34.96 and Winjum in sixth with a time of 5:53.95.
Geist continued to add to the team total placing fourth in the 800m in 2:32.63. Winjum then ran 29.11 in the 200m taking 12th.
Another high finish in long distance came from Abby Borowicz who placed 10th in the 3200m with a time of 13:47.14
Durbin won the only gold for the Pirates and earned it with 9.98 in the 60m hurdles beating the second place finisher by half a second.
“She just likes the hurdles,” Boll said. “She can clear them nice and fast and get her feet down to move to the next one. She’s been going to state for a few years too so that helps with confidence.”
Katelyn Wagner also ran in the same race and finished in 11.03 to place eighth.
Durbin tacked on more team points coming in sixth for the 60m and finished in 8.43.
Jada Dillabough delivered the best performance in the field events. Dillabough took 11th in shot put measuring 33-04.00.
Boll is enjoying the early success of the team and does not see them reaching a plateau any time soon.
“I think they’re self-motivated,” Boll said. “They always want to beat their personal best. After they get done running, they always go to see what their time was. They’re always competing against themselves.”
The boys team tied for 24th out of 28 teams and received their points from Mason Wang and Lukas Meier.
“I think with the number of teams, it imitates what it will be like at a Section meet,” Head Coach Wayne Folkers said. “Mainly because we were limited in the number of athletes we could put in each event. It was a good gauge of where we are and where we need to go.”
Wang earned the highest placing for the boys with his fifth place finish in the 200m and a time of 24.25. Meier led the field events team taking eighth in pole vault going as high as 11-00.00.
Wang also ran in the 60m where he placed 11th in 7.51.
Jaden Lubarski placed the second-highest for the boys in a running event with his ninth place finish in the 800m and a time of 2:14.77.
“The 800 for Jaden has been his strongest race in the past,” Folkers said. “I think it was a very good start for him and we will keep him there.”
The 800m relay of Noah Kiel, Josh Bernia, Meier and Wang served as the only boys relay to place in the top 10. The team took ninth with a time of 1:41.55.
Folkers hopes to see the time decrease once the team can compete outdoors.
“It wasn't too bad of a race for us,” Folkers said. “I would like to see us drop that time for sure, but after we get outdoors. We seem to do that quickly. We will be competitive in the relays.”
The Pirates were next scheduled to compete at the Park Rapids Invitational on Tuesday, April 17, but the meet has been cancelled.
The next meet on the schedule is the Crookston Pirates Invitational on Tuesday, April 24 at 4 p.m at UMC.