Track and Field: Red Wing boys and girls second at 1AA True Team
Red Wing boys and girls are left waiting patiently as the rest of the state sorts out its True Team Sections.
In Tuesday’s Section 1AA True Team meet in Winona, both the Winger boys and girls track and field teams took second place, missing the chance to get an outright bid into the State True Team Championship meet, set for May 16-17 at Stillwater.
But by finishing in second, the two teams will be put in a “wildcard” meet, where all the second-place teams at sections will be put in a paper meet. The winner of the paper meet will head to the True Team championship.
Led by a record performance by senior Emily Stegora, the Red Wing girls track team finished with 442.5 points. Plainview-Elgin-Millville was the True Team section title with a score of 547. Byron placed third with 411.
Stegora set a Red Wing school record in the 300-meter hurdles, placing second with a time of 47.37 seconds. She also took third in the 100 hurdles in 16.79. In the long jump, Stegora placed fifth with a distance of 15 feet, 3 ½ inches. In the 4x100 relay, Paige Patterson, Ashley Elford, McKayla Muelken and Stegora took third place with a time of 53.86.
The Wingers’ lone win came in the 4x800 relay where the team of Kianna Stewart, McKenzie Muelken, Adelle DeSutter and Elise Leise won in 10:21.91. Red Wing’s relays proved to be a strength throughout the day as the 4x400 took second (4:20.61) and the 4x200 placed third (1:55.12).
Jasmyn Armstrong and Lindsay Scribner provided big points for the Wingers in the distance events. Armstrong placed second in the 1,600 (5:27.98) and third in the 3,200 (11:56.78), while Scribner was sixth in the 1,600 (5:37.13) and fourth in the 3,200 (12:08.94). In shot put, Jennifer Salter and Caitie Turcotte went 4-5 with throws of 32-5 and 32-0 1/2, respectively.
“Overall, I was very happy with our team’s performance. We overachieved in some areas and got some personal bests,” said Red Wing head girls coach Jesse Nelson. “Our inexperienced kids did great and our leaders and seniors did a great job as always.”
Nelson continued, “As far as the wild card goes, I think we’ll match up well with the other teams on the track. Some of the field events, we’ll match up OK but there are some events we are still developing in.”
Throughout the track events, Red Wing held a slim lead over P-E-M and looked as though it could sneak its way to a True Team section title. But P-E-M’s field events were too strong as the Bulldogs won the section title with 499, compared to the Wingers’ 459.
On the track, Darrick Jackson won the 400 with a time of 51.31, beating Rochester Lourdes’ Nick Steinmetz by .03 seconds. Jackson, along with Joppa Olone, Joe Partington and Ryan Schnaith, placed second in the 4x800 relay at 8:46.57. In that race, the Wingers relay was in fifth place at the final handoff before Jackson turned on the jets and got the team into second place.
Red Wing’s 4x100 relay team of Lucas Knowlton, Frankie Drazkowski, Jack Barlow and Omonte Bowens ran their fastest time of the year with a winning time of 45.24. The 4x400 relay team finished third with a time of 3:37.01.
In the field, Nick Connelly provided big points in the thrower’s circles, placing first in the shot put (49-4 ¾) and third in the discus (131-5). At the long jump, Lucas Knowlton (19-3) and Tony Poss (18-0 ½) set personal bests while taking third and 10th place, respectively.
“Coming in, I would have been thrilled if we were in the top three, and then with about four events to go, we were in the lead,” said Red Wing head boys coach Tony Casci. “It was a really long, tense battle and it was great to be a part of it. … The team really exceeded my expectations. They were better than I thought they were and that’s a good sign going the rest of the way.”