The Pirates took advantage of their first outdoor meet of the season.
Since the Pirates were unable to host their invitational scheduled for April 24, Crookston traveled to Thief River Falls for the Quentin Jones Invite and their first outdoor meet of the season. With eight schools in the boys and girls standings, the Crookston girls placed second, edging out West Marshall Fusion by half a point, and the boys placed fourth.
The Pirate girls saw three different relays place in the top three. The 3200m relay of Luisa Bernia, Hailey Spivey, Thea Oman and Hayden Winjum led the attack and grabbed first place with a time of 10:29.33. Bernia an Oman later joined up with Aleece Durbin and Emma Borowicz to take third in the 1600m relay in 4:27.09. Borowicz earned her second top three finish in a relay alongside Teagen Carlstrom, Rachel Hefta and Rylee Solheim who finished in 1:57.65 in the 800m relay.
Durbin and Katherine Geist each tallied two individual first place finishes for running events. Durbin won the 100m hurdles in 16.53 and the 300m hurdles with a time of 50.30. Geist earned her golds in the 800m and the 1600m in 2:30.90 and 5:38.72 respectively. Oman finished close behind in the 800m crossing at 2:33.50. Winjum tied for sixth in the 1600m in 6:01.71.
Four different Pirates placed in the top eight for the 400m. Hefta placed second in 1:05.68, Borowicz finished fourth with a time of 1:06.76, Bernia took seventh in 1:08.46 and Kailee Magsam rounded out the placings in eighth doing so in 1:08.50.
Hefta also earned a top eight finish in her first meet of the season in the 200m finishing seventh with a time of 29.21.
“Rachel Hefta had her first meet of the year,” Head Coach Amy Boll said. “We waited to have her run until the outdoor season. She placed very well in the 400m and 200m. She was very excited and had a lot of fun.”
In the field events, Jada Dillabough placed second and eighth in the shot put and discus respectively. Dillabough’s throws went as far as 36-01.5 in shot and 84-00 in discus.
“Jada Dillabough had a huge PR in the shot put,” Boll said. “It was an increase of over two feet.”
Winjum got in on the field action with a bronze for jumping 14-03.25. Durbin added to her hardware with a third place finish in triple jump with a 32-03.25 jump.
On the boys side, they contributed to a strong relay showing with three teams placing in the top three. The 3200m relay of Ben Brantner, Karsten Isaacson, Andrew MacGregor and Ben Andringa took second with a time of 9:34. The 400m relay with Noah Kiel, Josh Bernia, Isaiah Barlow and Mason Wang also grabbed a silver finishing in 47.52. Kiel, Bernia and Barlow added Brady Wisk to their 800m relay team and proceeded to place third with a time of 1:42.26.
“I think our handoffs are getting better,” Head Coach Wayne Folkers said on the relay’s improvement. “We have a rotation of five guys on the relays so that makes it a little tougher to get into sync, but it will happen.”
Wang ran in the 100m where he earned the boys’ only gold medal finish of the meet. Wang beat the second place opponent by .01 seconds with a time of 11.7.
Even with the win, Folkers still looks for improvement from the state-qualifier.
“Mason can still drop his time,” Folkers said. “He will be working on getting out of the blocks.”
A week after a high finish in the 800m, Jaden Lubarski took third in the 110m hurdles and fifth in the 300m hurdles. Lubarski’s 110m hurdles time was 18.35 and he finished the 300m hurdles in 49.70. Noah Kiel rounded out the sprints with a sixth place finish and a time of 58.10 in the 400m.
In middle distance, MacGregor came in eighth for the 800m with a time of 2:28.39.
Ben Brantner and Ben Andringa led the long distance side with Brantner placing fifth in the 1600m (4:58.93) and Andringa taking second in the 3200m (10:28.91).
Five different athletes placed in the top eight for field events.
Wisk placed the highest with his third place in the triple jump and a jump of 33-01. Wang took fifth in the high jump with 5-02 and Bernia was two inches behind in sixth. Kiel placed seventh in the long jump with a jump of 16-06 and Samuel Sanchez came in eighth for shot put with a throw of 37-02.
Given the number of teams at the meet, Folkers feels he possesses a better understanding of where his team stands.
“This is a good indication of where we are, but we didn't have our full team so it will be fun to see them on Thursday at East Grand Forks,” Folkers said.
The Pirates will next compete on Thursday, April 26 in East Grand Forks starting at 4 p.m.