By PATRICK SLACK
Little Falls dominated in the field at Tuesday’s Pierz Invite, winning six of 12 events to sweep the team competition.
The Holdingford boys and girls each finished in the top four, the Pierz boys took fourth and girls earned sixth and the Royalton girls placed seventh while the boys placed eighth.
The Little Falls boys had five event-winners on the evening, including seniors Garrett Horejsi in the 300-meter hurdles in 42.68 seconds, Robert Reller in the high jump (6-feet) and Travis Spillum in the long jump (20-feet, 11.25-inches), along with juniors Tim Infinger in the 400 (53.31) and Trysten Ross in the shot put (45-feet, 2-inches).
Turning in runner-up performances were Spillum in the high jump (6-feet), juniors Sebastian Sowada in the 3,200 (10:20.83), Dan Mushel in the pole vault (11-feet, 6-inches) and Trysten Ross in the discus (139-feet, 10-inches), sophomore Brighton Goodrich in the triple jump (40-feet), the 4×400 relay team of junior Blake Toso, Spillum, Horejsi and Infinger (3:41.83) and the 4×800 relay team of juniors Cameron Smith, and Mathew Massmann, freshman Riley Loukinen and Sebastian Sowada (8:46.37).
On the girls side, junior Rachelle LeBlanc delivered a pair of individual event wins to guide the Flyers, winning the pole vault (10-feet, 6-inches) and long jump (15-feet).
Senior Mattia Hendrickson won the 3,200 (12:16.66) and teamed up with junior Laura Moe, sophomore Heidi Moe and freshman Amelia Kresha to win the 4×800 relay (10:35.38), senior Amber Hines topped the field in the discus (116-feet, 1-inch) and junior Maria Hauer won the 1,600 (5:32.01).
Adding second-place finishes were seniors Emily Stark in the discus (100-feet, 3-inches), Chelsea Rutz in the 300 hurdles (51.9) and Hines in the shot put (32-feet, 11-inches), the 4×200 relay team of senior Noelle Kurowski, LeBlanc, senior Kallie Baumgartner and freshman Melanie Dorn (1:54.42) and the 4×400 relay team of Kurowski, Hauer, Rutz and Dorn (4:25.65).
Senior Kyle Kolstad soared to first in the pole vault (12-feet), sophomore Grant Bullert took first in the triple jump (40-feet, 11.75-inches) and the 4×200 relay team took first (1:40.04) to lead the Holdingford boys.
For the Huskers girls, freshman Alli Ruprecht won the 800 (2:31.18), freshman Summer Storm won the 300 hurdles (50.32) and the quartet of Storm, freshman Rachael Preusser, eighth-grader Arianna Vasilj and senior Kaitlin Preusser took first in the 4×400 relay (4:17.72).
Junior Tyler Millner was the top point-earner for the Pierz boys, taking first in the 200 (24.35) and second in the 100 (11.78) and 300 hurdles (43.07), while sophomore Kyle Becker crossed the line first in the 1,600 (4:44.8).
Senior Alyssa Boser led the Pioneers girls by winning the shot put (34-feet, 3-inches), with junior Bridget Bednar taking second in the high jump (4-feet, 10-inches) and junior Gabriella Kroska placing second in the long jump (14-feet, 5.75-inches).
Sophomore Abby Duevel led the Royalton girls with a first-place finish in the 400 (103.99), while sophomore Zach Carlson paced the Royals boys by taking second in the 1,600 (4:52.21).