The teams performed at their highest level so far in this last competition of April.
The Pirates track and field teams had arguably their best showing of the season in East Grand Forks. The girls team won in a field of 12 schools and the boys edged out Thompson by one point for second place.
In all but one individual running event, the Pirate girls saw at least two competitors place in the top eight. Three different Pirates placed in the 400m with Hayden Winjum earning a bronze in a time of 1:03.24, Rachel Hefta taking fifth in 1:04.72 and Kailee Magsam finishing close behind in sixth at 1:05.44.
Three more Pirates swept third, fourth and fifth in the 800m. Emma Borowicz finished in the top of the group with 2:43.88, Hailey Spivey came in one second later and Anke Weirsma ran a time of 2:46.35.
Crookston also fared well in long distance events. Thea Oman and Amelia Overgaard took second and fifth in the 1600m with times of 5:54.73 and 6:15.21 respectively.
Katherine Geist continued her domination in the 3200m placing second with a time of 11:48.09. Abby Borowicz also ran the event placing eighth in 13:46.40.
Aleece Durbin took her only gold of the day in the 100 hurdles in 15.76 and Breanna Kressin came in just over a second later in third place.
Durbin placed second in the 100m with a time of 13.02 and took second in the 300 hurdles in 50.06.
The mile and two mile relays each won their race. The 4x400 consisting of Borowicz, Luisa Bernia, Oman and Winjum combined for a time of 4:20.95.
Borowicz, Bernia and Winjum added Geist to their 4x800 and finished in 10:27.86.
Four different Pirates place in field events with Durbin and Jada Dillabough placing the highest at second. Durbin took second in the triple jump with a jump of 33-03 and Dillabough threw a 34-06 in shot put.
Winjum jumped 14-06 in long jump for fifth place and Mallorie Sundeen placed seventh in high jump going as high as 4-06.
The Pirate boys saw a plentiful contribution from their relay teams. The 4x100 (Noah Kiel, Josh Bernia, Lukas Meier and Mason Wang) took second in 47.38. The 4x200 (Kiel, Bernia, Meier and Brady Wisk) came in third with 1:39.57 as did the 4x400 (Wisk, Andrew MacGregor, Jacob Brunelle and Jaden Lubarski) at 3:57.68 and the 4x800 (Ben Andringa, Cameron Weiland, Karsten Isaacson and MacGregor) with a time of 9:25.91.
Wang, Kiel and Bernia also took first, fifth and eight respectively in the 100m. Wang ran in 11.17, Kiel in 11.64 and Bernia finished with 12.10.
Ty Hamre gave Crookston their only top runner in the 400m finishing eighth in 59.60.
Ben Brantner placed third in the 800m with a time of 2:15.98 and Weiland took eighth in 2:22.88. Brantner also earned a top finish in the 1600m where he placed sixth in 4:54.92. Ben Andringa added to the long distance points taking third in the 3200m with a time of 10:34.51.
Lubarski did well in the hurdles taking third in the 110 hurdles (18.69) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (45.39).
For field events, Wang led the pack placing second in the high jump with 5-05. Kiel took sixth (17-05) in the long jump and Tai Baig (35-04) and Isaiah Barlow (34-06) placed sixth and seventh respectively in the triple jump.
For Head Coach Wayne Folkers, the meet was about improving as individuals and he did not pay attention to the team score.
“I had all of my kids competing today so it was a big meet for the team as a whole,” Folkers said. “We have a young team so our goal is not to catch EGF but rather improve ourselves.”
The Pirates will head back to East Grand Forks on Tuesday, May 1 for another meet. The meet was originally supposed to be held in Crookston, but was moved to EGF.