By PATRICK SLACK
The Little Falls boys and girls track and field teams combined to win nine events as they swept Tuesday’s Granite Ridge Conference (GRC) championships at Albany.
It was the second-consecutive title for the Flyers boys and the first-ever for the Flyers girls.
The first-place relay and top two individuals earned All-GRC honors.
GRC boys results
Three of the four GRC champions came in the field for the Flyers boys, including senior Travis Spillum in the long jump (19-feet, 2.5-inches), junior Dan Mushel in the pole vault (12-feet, 6-inches) and junior Trysten Ross in the shot put (48-feet, 2-inches), with junior Tim Infinger seizing the top spot in the 400-meter dash in 52.54 seconds.
Also earning All-GRC honors with runner-up efforts were senior Austin Bjorge in the pole vault (12-feet, 6-inches), senior Garrett Horejsi in the 300 hurdles (41.98), Spillum in the high jump (6-feet, 2-inches), Ross in the discus (143-feet, 5-inches), the 4×200 relay team of sophomore Brighton Goodrich, freshman Jon Mathews, junior Blake Toso and Infinger (1:37.73) and the 4×800 relay team of junior Cameron Smith and seniors John Brezinka, Robert Reller and Alexander Kresha (8:46.0).
Also finishing in the top five were, in third place: senior Seth Wester in the discus (131-feet, 1-inch), senior Isaiah Korver in the long jump (18-feet, 6.5-inches) and triple jump (39-feet, 2.5-inches), Toso in the 400 (53.97) and junior Sebastian Sowada in the 1,600 (4:37.0); in fourth place: junior Mathew Massmann in the 3,200 (10:30.91), Reller in the high jump (5-feet, 10-inches) and Spillum in the triple jump (39-feet, 0.75-inches); and in fifth place: Korver in the high jump (5-feet, 8-inches), Massmann in the 1,600 (4:39.17), Infinger in the 200 (24.32), Goodrich in the long jump (18-feet, 4.75-inches) and the 4×400 relay team of Toso, Horejsi, senior Jordan Petrone and Goodrich (3:39.6).
GRC girls results
Little Falls eclipsed runner-up Princeton 126-119.5, led by junior Maria Hauer taking first in the 800 (2:26.06) and 1,600 (5:35.56) and leading off the first-place 4×400 relay team finished by seniors Noelle Kurowski and Chelsea Rutz and freshman Melanie Dorn (4:17.2).
Leading off the meet with a first-place finish was the 4×800 relay team of junior Laura Moe, sophomore Heidi Moe, freshman Amelia Kresha and senior Mattia Hendrickson (10:17.42), with junior Rachelle LeBlanc easily soaring past the field to first in the pole vault (11-feet, 3-inches).
Earning runner-up finishes were senior Amber Hines in the discus (120-feet, 11-inches) and Hendrickson in the 3,200 (12:06.27).
Other top performances included, in third place: senior Emily Stark in the discus (114-feet, 1-inch), Hines in the shot put (34-feet, 7-inches), senior Kallie Baumgartner in the 200 (28.58) and Dorn in the 400 (1:04.07); in fourth place: Stark in the shot put (32-feet, 8-inches), Rutz in the 300 hurdles (50.21) and the 4×100 relay team of senior Trista Saulter, sophomore Jaclyn Scepurek, Rutz and Stark (53.53); and in fifth place: sophomore Hailey Claseman in the triple jump (31-feet, 7-inches) and the 4×200 relay team of Kurowski, Baumgartner, Saulter and LeBlanc (1:55.24).
Flyers boys take first,
girls second at Albany
The Little Falls boys sailed past runner-up Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball Area 145-113 to win the Dave Sieben Invitational at Albany, May 9, with the Flyers girls placing second in the 16-team meet.
Mushel posted the lone individual win for the Flyers at the meet, taking first in the pole vault (12-feet, 0.25-inches), with the 4×200 relay team (1:36.58) and the 4×400 relay team (3:39.06) also earning first.
Finishing as runners-up were Infinger in the 400 (53.03), Sowada in the 800 (2:09.99), Spillum in the long jump (20-feet, 3-inches), the 4×800 relay team (8:51.06) and the 4×100 relay team (46.82).
On the girls side, the Flyers were paced by one-two finishes in the 1,600 from Hauer (5:38.34) and Hendrickson (5:41.39) and in the discus from Stark (120-feet, 3-inches) and Hines (117-feet, 1-inch).
Taking second place were Stark in the shot put (33-feet, 4-inches), Hauer in the 800 (2:31.52) and the 4×100 relay team (54.09).