This time the Pequot Lakes girls’ track team didn’t have to share the Subsection 3, Section 6AA track and field title.
Last spring, the Patriots tied for the subsection title, but this spring Pequot Lakes easily captured the title alone at Sebeka on Thursday, May 23. The Patriots had 140 points while Staples-Motley was second with 113.
Pequot Lakes’ Vanessa Lane won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and joined Abby Palmer, Chloe Bermel and Rachel Allen in winning the 4x100 relay. Bermel also won the 400 dash while Jackie Brine-Doyle captured the 3,200. Pequot Lakes’ 4x400 relay of Brittny Bzdok, Palmer, Bermel and Grace McGuire and also triumphed.
“I’m proud of our girls that we won the title outright this year, especially since this is my last year coaching these kids,” said Pequot Lakes’ girls’ coach Brian Kazmierczak. “We saw our sprinters really control the points, including 19 points in the 200, and 16 points in both the 100 and 400 dashes. Those are the kinds of points that win championships.”
Kazmierczak added that a key was scoring 15 points in the long jump and 10 more in the triple jump.
“Our distance kids also ran strong in the 800 and 3,200,” he said. “Catie (Ryan) is still learning how to run track. Jackie (Brine-Doyle) has improved leaps and bounds this season. It has just been awesome watch those two grow. But the turning point for me, when I finally breathed easy was when Jana Hall and Madi McMonigal finish fifth and sixth in the 800. Jackie (Brine-Doyle) winning the 3,200 was the icing on the cake. Those points meant a ton for our squad.”
The added that Lane had “another strong day” for his squad.
“I’m excited to see how the section will play out for Vanessa and our relay,” he said. “She leads us on the track, and she joins Abby (Palmer), Josie (Nistler), Ellie (Erholtz) and Carley (Hoffman) as leaders of our team off the track. They all deserve so much praise.”
The Patriot boys had 115 points and were second behind Pillager’s 140. Pequot Lakes’ Tyler Tappe won the pole vault and was second in both the 100 and 200 dashes. Pequot Lakes’ 4x100 relay of Cole Funk, Isaac Allen, Chris Haman and Tappe; and the 4x800 with Nate McDonald, Eric Olson, Sean Murray and Michael Ryan both triumphed.
“Overall, we had a good meet, and we will be sending 15 athletes on to the section,” said Pequot Lakes boys’ coach Dave Guenther. “Pillager was the team that we had to go after, and we led the team score for a while. But (Pillager) has a good group of athletes which helps make for an interesting meet.”
The top five individuals and top two relays will advance to the Section 6A finals on Thursday, May 23, at Minnesota State University in Moorhead.
“We’re looking forward to the section meet,” Guenther said. “I’m proud of our guys and they have such a positive attitude.”
Boys team scores: 1-Pillager 140, 2-Pequot Lakes 115, 3-Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 103, 4-Staples-Motley 85, 5-Wadena-Deer Creek 33, 6-Browerville 27, 7-Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 22, 8-Pine River-Backus 20, 9-United North Central 12, 10-Prairie Valley 1
110 hurdles: 15-Chase Blaser 19.17, 7-Alex Tangen 21.37
300 hurdles: 2-Kale Wurdman 44.45; 8-Chase Blaeser 47.35; 17-Levi Palmer 53.50
100 dash: 2-Tyler Tappe 11.94; 3-Issac Allen 12.09; 7-John Craig (PL) 12.63
200 dash: 2-Tappe 23.72; 4-Isaac Allen (PL) 24.29; 6-CJ Borleis 25.51
400 dash: 5-Christopher Haman 55.78; 6-Dillon Nichols 56.56; 12-Reid Pierzinski 1:01.23
800 run: 5-Sean Murray 2:12.37, 7-Eric Oson 2:13.94; 11-Daulton Engholm 2:19.71
1600 run: 4-Michael Ryan 4:48.13; Karl Brine-Doyle 5:21.45; 14-Jacob Tschida 5:25.17
3200 run: 7-Anthony Fitzer 11:23.13; 8-Nate McDonald 11:33.02
4x100 relay: 1-Pequot Lakes (Cole Funk, Isaac Allen, Chris Haman, Tyler Tappe) 45.80
4x400 relay: 3-Pequot Lakes (Dillon Nichols, Michael Ryan, Kale Wurdeman, Haman) 3:43.53
4x800 relay: 1-Pequot Lakes (Nathan McDonald, Eric Olson, Sean Murray, Michael Ryan) 8:59.60
Shot put: 2-Travis Jacobsen 48-4; 11-Jon Bocklund 34-0.25
Discus: 3-Travis Jacobsen 120-1; 16-Grant Moe 88-1
Long jump: 7-Cole Funk 17-6; 14-Hunter Goerges 15-5
Triple jump: 9-Goerges 33-4.5; 15-Alex Tangen 29-7.5
High jump: 6-Cole Funk 5-6, 7-Isaac Allen 5-4; 12-Hunter Goerges 5-0
Pole vault: 1-Tappe 14-9, 2-John Craig 12-0, 4-Kale Wurdman 10-6
Girls team scores: 1-Pequot Lakes 140.6, 2-Staples-Motley 113, 3-Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 108, 4-United North Central 49.3, 5-Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 43, 6-Pillager 38, 7-Wadena-Deer Creek 32, 8-Prairie Valley 14, 9-Pine River-Backus 10, 10-Browerville 10
100 hurdles: 12-Ashley Kosloski 19.56; 16-Karli Skog 20.52
300 hurdles: 6-Samantha Littman 52.50; 11-Colleen Tschida 55.0; 16-Karli Skog 57.72
100 dash: 1-Vanessa Lane 12.77, 2-Rachel Allen 13.62
200 dash: 1-Lane 26.49, 2-Brittny Bzdok (PL) 27.52, 6-Sarah Rudlang 28.44
400 dash: 1-Chloe Bermel 1:01.49, 3-Grace McGuire 1:03.83; 8-Corina Ruud 1:06.79
800 run: 2-Catie Ryan 2:32.84, 5-Jannah Hall 2:38.37, 6-Madilyn McMonigal (PL) 2:40.01
1600: 8-Elsa Headlee 6:06.1; 12-Alysa Young 6:20.53; 13-Madison Rupp 6:36.96
3200 run: 1-Jackie Brine-Doyle 12:18.63; 8-Macy Dotty 14:04.82
4x100 relay: 1-Pequot Lakes (Allen, Chloe Bermel, Abby Palmer, Lane) 50.26
4x200 relay: 3-Pequot Lakes (McGuire, Palmer, Rudlang, Bzdok) 1:48.55
4x400 relay: 1-Pequot Lakes (Bzdok, Palmer, McGuire, Bermel) 4:13.43
4x800 relay4-Pequot Lakes (Carley Hoffman, Elsa Headlee, Brine-Doyle, Ryan) 10:47
Shot put: 2-Ellie Erholtz 31-9.75; 6-Debra Mitchell 28-5; 12-Brianna Anick 26-0.25
Discus: 6-Erholtz 86-0; 10-Anick 80-7
Long jump: 2-Bzdok 15-11.5, 3-Lane 15-3.5, 6-Rudlang 13-11.5
Triple jump: 2-Abby Palmer 32-10.25, 5-Josie Nistler 31-6.5
High jump: 6 (tie)-Lyndsey Johnson and Littman 4-4; 7-Ruud 4-4
Pole vault: 8 (tie) Ashley Abear, Bermel 7-0; 13-Anick 6-0