Central Minnesota Track and Field: Power trios push Pierz boys to first, girls second at home

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Pierz senior Tyler Millner, left, put Crosby-Ironton senior Riley Jacobs and the rest of the 200-meter field well behind him down the stretch in a home meet, April 25. Millner took first in the 200 (23.93) as well as the 100 (11.67).

Pierz senior Tyler Millner, left, put Crosby-Ironton senior Riley Jacobs and the rest of the 200-meter field well behind him down the stretch in a home meet, April 25. Millner took first in the 200 (23.93) as well as the 100 (11.67).

The Pierz boys and girls each rode the strength of a trio of multi-event winners at a home meet, April 25, with the boys claiming first place and the girls finishing second.

The Upsala-Swanville Area boys and girls each finished fourth overall.

In the boys competition, junior Robbie Skiba swept both hurdles events and added a win in the field to lead Pierz, winning the 110-meter hurdles in 16.78 seconds, the 300 hurdles (43.59) and the long jump (19-feet, 7.25-inches).

Senior Tyler Millner cruised to first in the 100 (11.67) and the 200 (23.93) and sophomore Karl Kohler won the 400 (53.97) and the triple jump (39-feet, 1.25-inches).

That trio also teamed up with junior Kyle Becker to take the top spot in the 4×400 relay (3:48.76).

Millner was also the runner-up in the triple jump (37-feet, 3-inches), as were Kyle Becker in the 800 (2:11.83), sophomore Matt Janson in the 3,200 (12:12.43), sophomore Jonny Kasper in the high jump (5-feet, 10-inches) and senior Chris Ortman and freshman Brandon Ortman in a tie in the pole vault (7-feet).

Also earning points for the Pioneers were, in third place: senior Curtis Brisk in the shot put (39-feet, 10-inches), junior Daniel Poegel in the discus (97-feet, 11-inches), sophomore Hunter Bednar in the 110 hurdles (21.36) and Kyle Becker in the 1,600 (5:07.66); in fourth place: sophomore Jackson Michaels in the shot put (37-feet, 4.5-inches), Jonny Kasper in the triple jump (34-feet, 2.5-inches) and Hunter Bednar in the 300 hurdles (54.98); and in fifth place: sophomore Caleb Welle in the 300 hurdles (55.53), sophomore Johordan Cain in the discus (92-feet, 5-inches) and Jonny Kasper in the 100 (12.18).

Upsala-Swanville senior Dylan Zimmerman led the Patriots with a first-place finish in the high jump (6-feet), while freshman Cody Rahn took second in the 110 hurdles (20.19) and the 300 hurdles (48.65).

Upsala-Swanville Area senior Amanda Rieffer glides through the air during the triple jump at a meet in Pierz, April 25. Rieffer placed fourth in the event (29-feet, 8-inches), as well as fourth in the high jump (4-feet, 8-inches).

Upsala-Swanville Area senior Amanda Rieffer glides through the air during the triple jump at a meet in Pierz, April 25. Rieffer placed fourth in the event (29-feet, 8-inches), as well as fourth in the high jump (4-feet, 8-inches).

Earning fourth place were sophomore Sam Mettler in the high jump (5-feet, 2-inches) and eighth-grader Lawrence Mettler in the 1,600 (5:10.11), with fifth-place finishes turned in by sophomore Dunkin Westrich in the 200 (25.82) and sophomore Tim Valencia-Louden in the high jump (5-feet, 2-inches).

In the relays, the 4×100 team of Zimmerman, freshman Amando Perales, Valencia-Louden and junior Dylan Wudinich (49.97), the 4×200 relay team of Zimmerman, Wudinich, Westrich and sophomore Ethan McCoy (1:41.92) and the 4×800 team of Sam Mettler, sophomore Carter Loven, seventh-grader John Muhlenkamp and Lawrence Mettler (9:52.25) all took second place.

In the girls competition, Pierz senior Bridget Bednar captured three events to guide Pierz, winning the 100 hurdles (18.53), the high jump (5-feet, 2-inches) and the long jump (14-feet, 6-inches).

Junior Raychel Virnig swept the throws with first-place finishes in the shot put (32-feet, 1-inch) and the discus (85-feet, 7-inches), while eighth-grader Chelsie Kurtz took a pair of sprints by winning the 100 (13.51) and the 200 (28.2).

Runners-up for Pierz included senior Gabriella Kroska in the long jump (14-feet, 4-inches), sophomore Hannah Kroska in the shot put (27-feet, 8.5-inches) and eighth-grader Beth-el Algarin in the discus (82-feet, 1-inch), with third-place finishes delivered by junior Arre Langer in the 1,600 (6:26.39) and the 3,200 (14:58.96) and junior Macy Hennen in the pole vault (6-feet).

Taking fourth were junior Dana Hennen in the 800 (2:56.94), freshman Taryn Becker in the 100 hurdles (19.4) and the 300 hurdles (56.7), freshman Kacy Broschofsky in the 3,200 (15:13.75) and seventh-grader Shauna Obowa in the 1,600 (6:29.64).

Earning fifth place were senior Sarah Stangl in the pole vault (6-feet), junior Bailey Boser in the 100 hurdles (19.69) and the triple jump (29-feet), freshman Magen Langer in the 800 (3:50.76), Algarin in the shot put (22-feet, 11-inches), Gabriella Kroska in the 400 (1:11.77) and Kurtz in the high jump (4-feet, 4-inches).

All four of Pierz’ relay teams were runners-up, including the 4×100 team of freshman Rebecca Athman, Macy Hennen, Taryn Becker and seventh-grader Kaitlyn Lanners (57.76), the 4×200 team of Bridget Bednar, sophomore Marissa Bauer, Macy Hennen and Kurtz (2:00.23), the 4×400 team of Obowa, freshman Tori Fleischhacker, junior Tyler Dembouski and Gabriella Kroska (4:57.71) and the 4×800 relay team of Obowa, sophomore Bex Staneslow, Dana Hennen and Gabriella Kroska (12:09.18).

The Upsala-Swanville girls were led by a first-place finish from the 4×200 relay team of junior Brooke Westrich, eighth-grader Crystal Kaun, freshman Kendra Lange and junior Danica Cheney (1:59.05), with Cheney producing the top individual finish by earning second in the 300 hurdles (55.59).

Upsala-Swanville Area sophomore Tim Valencia-Louden sprints around the far corner of the track during the 4x100-meter relay at Pierz, April 25. The Patriots took second in the event in 49.97 seconds.

Upsala-Swanville Area sophomore Tim Valencia-Louden sprints around the far corner of the track during the 4×100-meter relay at Pierz, April 25. The Patriots took second in the event in 49.97 seconds.

Fourth-place finishers for the Patriots were senior Amanda Rieffer in the triple jump (29-feet, 8-inches) and the high jump (4-feet, 8-inches), Westrich in the 100 (14.22), eighth-grader Khrystyna LeBrun in the shot put (23-feet, 3-inches) and Cheney in the discus (74-feet, 8-inches), with fifth-place finishes delivered by senior Savanna Johnson in the discus (72-feet, 11-inches) and Westrich in the 200 (29.42).

 

Huskers boys first, girls fourth at Holdingford Invite

The Holdingford boys ran away with first place and the Huskers girls took fourth at the eight-team Chet Blascziek Invite in Holdingford, April 25.

The Huskers boys were led by firsts from five individuals and a pair of relays, including senior Chris Burg in the 100 (11.19), senior Zachary Juaire in the 800 (2:15.21), senior Mitch Messman in the shot put (45-feet), junior Grant Bullert in the 110 hurdles (16.34), junior Logan Smith in the 400 (53.67), the 4×400 relay team of junior Abe Skwira, Smith, junior Matt Vasilj and senior Brody Davidson (3:38.93) and the distance medley relay team of Davidson, sophomore Marcus Rick, Juaire and Skwira (11:25.68).

Runners-up were junior Matt Messman in the discus (120-feet, 9-inches), freshman Joseph Meier in the shot put (44-feet, 4-inches), Bullert in the long jump (18-feet, 3.75-inches) and the triple jump (38-feet, 7-inches), Vasilj in the 110 hurdles (17.13) and the 300 hurdles (45.84) and the 4×200 relay team of Matt Messman, Smith, senior Nick Catton and Burg (1:37.64).

Event-winners for the Holdingford girls were junior Gabby Langerud in the shot put (32-feet, 10-inches), junior Haily Koopmeiners in the triple jump (32-feet, 8-inches) and the distance medley relay team of junior Emily Wolter, sophomore Rachael Preusser, freshman Jo Merten and sophomore Alli Ruprecht (13:32.17), with second-place times turned in by sophomore Summer Storm in the 300 hurdles (50.15) and the 4×400 relay team of Preusser, Wolter, freshman Arianna Vasilj and Merten (4:22.33).

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Pierz junior Raychel Virnig unleashes a powerful throw during a home meet, April 25. Virnig swept the throws, winning the shot put (32-feet, 1-inch) and discus (85-feet, 7-inches).

Pierz junior Raychel Virnig unleashes a powerful throw during a home meet, April 25. Virnig swept the throws, winning the shot put (32-feet, 1-inch) and discus (85-feet, 7-inches).

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