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Lake City's Elijah Kroll leans towards the finish line in the 100-meter dash Thursday in Lake City. Kroll won the event in 11.91 seconds. (Republican Eagle photo by Kyle Stevens)

Track and Field: Tigers hold off Bombers, Cougars

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LAKE CITY – A little mist, a little cold, and a lot of wind greeted five Hiawatha Valley League track teams Thursday in Lake City. Hundreds of athletes pushed through another of Mother Nature’s hissy fits, but the host Tigers managed the wintry spring the best, winning both the boys and girls team competition.

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The Lake City boys scored 98 points, holding off Cannon Falls, which finished with 92 points. Kenyon-Wanamingo (75), Wabasha-Kellogg (60) and Zumbrota-Mazeppa (49) rounded out the field.

The Tigers won five events, three more than the Bombers were able to manage. Tiger Elijah Kroll won the 100-meter dash in 11.91 seconds while Carl Kozlowski obliterated the field at the other end of the spectrum, taking the 3,200 in 10:40.09, more than 28 seconds better than second place.

Levi Norman, Matt Kjos, Elijah Hodgell and Kroll cruised to a victory in the 4x100 relay in 46.79. In the field, Tristan Creeley was the only thrower to pass the 100-foot mark in the discus, settling at 127-9, while also doubling up with another first-place showing in the shot put. Creeley’s toss of 40-5 was four inches better than second place.

Cannon Falls’ two victories came in the triple jump, with Beau Rueger’s best of 38-4, and in the pole vault, with Chase Jacobsen’s 11-foot mark.

The Cougars did not win an event.

On the girls’ side, The Tigers had little issue with the other squads, rolling to 147 points, far ahead of Cannon Falls (96.66), Z-M (55.33), K-W (52) and W-K (23).

Lake City was led by Brandy White and Bailey Cronin in the sprints with White taking the 200 in 28.37 while Cronin captured the 400 in 1:03.99. Sidney Renelt gave the Tigers a sweep in the 3,200 with a 12:46.01.

Victoria Corey, Grayce Adler, Shannon Ting and White won the 4x100 relay in a time of 53.22 seconds, while Ting, White, Cronin and Braeden McElmury won the 4x200 in 1:51.78. Cronin, Madi Green, Morgan Dammann and McElmury continued the trend in the 4x400 (4:18.76) and Taylor Heitman, Liv Kozlowski, Green and Dammann completed the relay sweep with a 10:24.10 in the 4x800.

Green (4-11) and White (7-0) continued Lake City’s domination in the high jump and pole vault, respectively.

The Bombers lone victory was from Emma Thomley (14.2) in the 100.

The Cougars had four victories split between two girls as Maddie Lindhart had the long shot put at 40-1, as well as the furthest discus throw at 118-9. Skyler Jacobson won the 1,600 in 5:41.45, and the 800 in 2:35.36.

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