By PATRICK SLACK
Junior Tyler Millner and sophomore Robbie Skiba earned a trio of top-five finishes to lead the Pierz boys to fourth place at Tuesday’s Central Minnesota Conference (CMC) meet in Pierz.
Junior Bridget Bednar won the high jump to guide the Pioneers girls to sixth, with the Holdingford boys and girls squads each placing second.
The first-place relay and top three individuals in each event earned All-CMC distinction in the meet.
Millner leaned across the line first in the 100-meter dash to claim the CMC championship in 11.31 seconds and also took third in the 300 hurdles (43.81) and fourth in the 200 (24.01).
Senior T.J. Hoheisel also attained All-CMC honors in the pole vault, clearing 10-feet.
Placing fourth for Pierz were senior Jon Fuhrman in the 3,200 (11:05.21), sophomore Robbie Skiba in the 300 hurdles (44.82) and the 4×400 relay team of senior Josh Lanners, sophomore Dan Tautges, Skiba and Becker (3:43.73); earning fifth were Skiba in the 110 hurdles (16.98) and long jump (19-feet, 6.5-inches), sophomore Kyle Becker in the 1,600 (4:56.39) and the 4×800 relay team of junior Chris Ortman and seniors Will Corbett, Elias Schomer and Furhman (9:16.13).
Sophomore Abraham Skwira was the leader for Holdingford on the day, claiming CMC championships in the 1,600 (4:47.38) and 3,200 (10:38.68).
Posting runner-up performances for the Huskers were senior Kyle Kolstad in the pole vault (12-feet), junior Brody Davidson in the 800 (2:07.32), sophomore Grant Bullert in the long jump (20-feet, 10.5-inches) and the 4×800 relay team of junior Zach Juaire, freshman Marcus Rick, junior Nick Hiltner and Davidson (8:54.95).
Earning third place were senior Ben Burzlaff-Meyer in the discus (127-feet), sophomore Matt Messman in the shot put (42-feet, 2-inches), sophomore Andrew Zachman in the 3,200 (10:42.12), Bullert in the 110 hurdles (16.77) and the 4×100 relay team of junior Kolja Bazan, eighth-graders Nolan Prokott and Blake Patrick and junior Chris Burg (47.39).
The Pierz girls were led by their field athletes, with Bednar posting the top performance by winning the high jump with a height of 5-feet.
Claiming All-CMC honors with third-place finishes were sophomore Raychel Virnig in the shot put (31-feet, 3.5-inches) and seventh-grader Beth-el Algarin in the discus (96-feet, 5-inches).
Virnig also took fourth in the discus (91-feet, 10-inches), with fifth-place efforts added by senior Alyssa Boser in the shot put (30-feet, 9-inches), sophomore Maggie Gruber in the 1,600 (6:12.61) and the 4×200 relay team of eighth-grader Becca Athman, sophomore Tyler Dembouski, seventh-grader Chelsie Kurtz and Bednar (2:00.83).
The Holdingford girls wrapped up the day with five event-winners, including senior Kaitlin Preusser in the 800 (2:34.34), freshman Alli Ruprecht in the 3,200 (13:00.47), freshman McKenzie Schulte in the 100 (13.19), the 4×100 relay team of sophomore Amanda Grebinoski, eighth-grader Kailee Heinen, senior Kara Fiedler and Schulte (54.2) and the 4×400 relay team of freshmen Summer Storm and Rachael Preusser, Grebinoski and senior Kaitlin Preusser (4:23.22).
Earning second place were Schulte in the 200 (27.9), Alli Ruprecht in the 1,600 (5:47.63), the 4×800 relay team of Kaitlin Preusser, eighth-graders Angel Rick and Amanda Douvier and seventh-grader Olivia Mokhtary (10:49.41) and the 4×200 relay team of Grebinoski, freshmen Emily Ruprecht and Meghan Mokhtary and sophomore Hannah Warzecha (1:56.36); and taking third place were Warzecha in the pole vault (7-feet, 6-inches), Rachael Preusser in the 400 (66.07) and Storm in the 300 hurdles (51.13).