Granite Ridge Track and Field: Little Falls cruises to sweep at Staples Motley

Seniors Maria Hauer and Sebastian Sowada each won a pair of events and six other Flyers captured one win as the Little Falls boys and girls swept the top spots at the Staples Motley Cardinal Invite, April 25.

In the girls competition, Hauer seized first place in the 800 (2:30.0) and the 1,600 (5:38.0), as did senior Katie Yorek in the shot put (34-feet, 7-inches), senior Rachelle LeBlanc in the pole vault (10-feet, 6-inches), freshman Kacy Steinmetz in the 3,200 (13:10.0) and freshman Julia Noyes in the long jump (15-feet, 5-inches).

Sophomore Hannah Veillette was the runner-up in the 300 hurdles (53.04), as was freshman Melissa Geisenhof in the 3,200 (13:37.0).

Also earning points for the Flyers girls were, in third place: freshman Kendal Hendrickson in the 1,600 (6:01.0), Noyes in the 100 hurdles (17.7) and freshman MiKel Vacek in the high jump (4-feet, 6-inches); in fourth place: senior Taylor Kunkel in the shot put (29-feet, 8-inches), sophomore Clair Gammon-Deering in the 3,200 (13:56.0), sophomore Elizabeth Becker in the pole vault (7-feet, 6-inches) and Veillette in the 100 hurdles (18.06); in fifth place: sophomore Amelia Kresha in the 1,600 (6:09.0), freshman Layne Udy in the high jump (4-feet, 4-inches),

Yorek in the discus (74-feet, 1-inch) and Hendrickson and Geisenhof in a tie in the pole vault (7-feet); and coming in sixth place: sophomore AnnMarie Vetter in the discus (71-feet, 11-inches), freshman Morgan St. Onge in the shot put (26-feet, 10-inches) and LeBlanc in the 100 (13.65) and 200 (28.86).

In the relays, the Flyers picked up second-place finishes from the 4×200 team of sophomore Autumn Zupko, freshman Erica Kurowski, sophomore Melanie Dorn and Yorek (2:00.0) and the 4×800 team of Kresha, Geisenhof, Steinmetz and freshman Nica Gammon-Deering (11:10.0), while receiving third-place times from the 4×100 (56.19) and 4×400 (4:41.0) teams.

On the boys side, Sowada sped to first place in the 400 (54.31) and the 800 (2:04.0), with wins in the field coming from senior Tom Tabatt in the shot put (45-feet, 5-inches) and senior Dan Mushel in the pole vault (11-feet, 6-inches).

Runners-up included senior Mathew Massmann in the 400 (55.08) and the 800 (2:05.0), junior Connor Jorgensen in the pole vault (11-feet, 6-inches), freshman Tyler Moore in the 1,600 (4:47.0), freshman Nick Maslowski in the shot put (44-feet, 8-inches) and the discus (120-feet, 7-inches) and Mushel in the 110 hurdles (16.67).

Adding top-six finishes individually as well were, in third place: senior Tucker Brastad in the triple jump (37-feet, 9-inches), junior Josh Kapsner in the 3,200 (11:10.0), junior Brighton Goodrich in the long jump (18-feet, 5-inches) and sophomore Gunner Kleinschmidt in the 800 (2:09.0) and the 1,600 (4:47.1); in fourth place: senior Noah Eliason in the pole vault (10-feet), sophomore Jacob Massmann in the 1,600 (4:56.0), sophomore Zane Pahl in the high jump (5-feet, 2-inches) and Tabatt in the discus (114-feet); in fifth place: sophomore Daniel Palmer in the 1,600 (5:06.0) and the 3,200 (11:50.0), sophomore Wyatt Nelson in the 110 hurdles (18.98), sophomore Riley Loukinen in the long jump (17-feet, 2-inches), freshman William Winkelman in the shot put (40-feet) and Goodrich in the triple jump (37-feet, 5-inches); and in sixth place: senior Seth Kaiser in the discus (100-feet, 7-inches), senior Jake Loukinen in the long jump (17-feet, 1-inch) and the triple jump (36-feet, 6-inches), freshman Dominic Sunder in the 110 hurdles (20.4), freshman Brett Zawatzke in the high jump (5-feet) and Pahl in the 300 hurdles (48.32).

In relay competition, the Flyers had second-place finishes from the 4×400 team of Sowada, eighth-grader Hunter Zupko, Moore and Mathew Massmann (3:45.0) and the 4×800 team of Kapsner, sophomore Adam Nienaber, freshman Wyatt Lillemoe and freshman Tyler Schlattman (10:03.9), with third-place finishes from the 4×100 (48.98) and the 4×200  (1:42.0) teams.

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