Track: Red Wing gears up for True Team with home win
In a final tune-up before Tuesday’s Section 1AA True Team meet, Red Wing’s track and field teams pieced together a strong effort in a dual meet with Hastings Friday at Red Wing High School. The Winger boys pulled away with an 81-65 victory, and the girls were able to beat their Raider counterparts 74.5-64.5.
More importantly, the meet gave the Red Wing coaches a better idea on their optimal lineup for next week’s meet at Winona.
“This meet was crucial for us in putting together that (True Team) lineup,” said girls track coach Jesse Nelson. “It was really important to get some times for our kids. A True Team title can be a 5-10-point difference. A couple seconds here and there, a couple inches here and there. Having a better idea was important tonight.”
Boys coach Tony Casci added, “We really wanted to get this one in and get everyone where we needed to get them to for Tuesday. The kids knew that coming in.”
Before True Team, Casci was looking for a boost in the team’s field events. And thanks to strong outputs from the triple jump, high jump and shot put, Red Wing was able to get some extra points on Friday.
Tony Poss came up with a win in the triple jump with a distance of 39 feet, 4 inches. And in the high jump, Jon Sevlie finished tied for first with a height of 5-8.
“Sevlie got a PR (personal record) in the high jump, and we haven’t had anyone come up with a jump that high in a while,” Casci said.
The Wingers’ throwers scored 17 of 18 points in the circles, led by a sweep in the shot put. Nick Connelly (50-2 ½), Grahm Johnson (41-8) and Zahvier Acosta (41-2 ½) finished 1-2-3 in the shot put, and Connelly (130-11) and Johnson (122 3 ¼) went 1-2 in the discus.
Another 1-2-3 finish came in the 400-meter dash thanks to Darrick Jackson (52.70 seconds), Aiden Winn (53.95) and Kaden Erie (56.73).
The Wingers had individuals wins from Omonte Bowens in the 100 (11.76), George Nemanich in the 1,600 (4:51.01), Meyer Beckner in the 3,200 (11:12.66) and Lucas Knowlton in the 300 hurdles (42.56). Red Wing’s 4x100 and 4x800 relays were also victories at 45.51 and 9:15.93, respectively.
Winning three individual events and anchoring the winning 4x100 relay, senior Emily Stegora had a hand in 20 of the team’s points on Friday.
Stegora came away at the victor in the 100 hurdles (16.21), the 300 hurdles (48.83) and the long jump (14-11 ¼). The 4x100 came away with first place with a time of 56.47.
“That was pretty awesome, and pretty typical for Emily,” Nelson said.
A pleasant surprise for the Winger girls came in the high jump, where Adriene Hicks (4-6), Taylor Quandt (4-6) and Airiauna Bethal (4-4) finished 1-2-3 in the standings.
“That was great to see. High jump is an event we’re still trying to develop,” Nelson said. “It’s a developmental year for our field events like the high jump, triple jump and pole vault. It was nice for those three to do well today.”
On the track, Red Wing’s middle- and long-distance runners continued to flex their muscles. Kianna Stewart was the winner in the 400 (1:05.09), and Adelle DeSutter took top honors in the 800 (2:40.18). Jasmyn Armstrong placed first in the 1,600 (5:37.53) and 3,200 (11:58.01), and Lindsay Scribner placed second in the 1,600 (5:51.91).
The Wingers also pieced together a pair of relay victories in the 4x100 (56.47) and the 4x800 (10:31.98).