The Waconia track and field teams are two meets into the season, competing at indoor stadiums. Most recently, the Wildcats finished second to Hutchinson at St. Michael-Albertville April 1.
The Wildcat girls were second to Hutchinson by just one-third of a point, 57.33-57.0. Holy Family was third at 41.33, followed by Orono (34.33) and Delano (27).
“Our gals team did well with a strong second finish,” said head coach Christian Gilbert, “obviously trying to figure out the new team and make adjustments … we should do very well once again in the conference.”
The ‘Cats had at least one top five finisher in each event, beginning with the 55-meter dash where junior Miranda Schultz (7.40 seconds), senior Karlie Vallasfskey (7.60), and senior Kayla Christensen (7.70) finished 2-3-4 behind Holy Family’s Claire Oberle.
Schultz (26.90) also finished second to Oberle in the 200-meter dash and was fourth in the 400-meters at 1:09.50. Junior Anna Kiedel was fifth in the 200-meters at (29.00).
Sophomore Alora Rands placed second in both the 800-yard and 1600-meter races.
Juniors Kirsten Wagener and Nicole Hennen were 2-3 in the high jump, with jumps of four feet, eight inches. Junior Samanatha Paulson was second in the pole vault (8-00.00) while junior Karley Ortloff was fourth (6-06.00). Wagener won the long jump at 15-09.50, while sophomore Courtney Stoddard finished fifth (13-10.00). Stoddard also finished second in the triple jump at 30.08.50. Freshman Makayla Williams placed second in the shot put with a throw of 30-09.00.
“Vaulters did awesome,” Gilbert said. “No surprises there!”
As predicted by the coaches at the start of the season, the boys are already off to a much more successful start than in 2012. Although Hutchinson won the boys’ side with 76.08 points, the ‘Cats closed in with 67.17 points, followed by Orono (29), Delano (26.75), and Holy Family (24).
Junior Cody Ellis and senior William Schultz joined a four-way tie for fourth place in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.70 seconds.
Junior Marcel Montiel won both the 200- and 400-meter dashes with times of 24.20 and 56.60 seconds, respectively. Seniors Ryan Christensen and Adam Kirsch were 2-3 in the 800-meter run, just two seconds apart in times of 2:18.80 and 2:21.00.
Senior Jacob Fettig tied for first in the 55-meter hurdles with Hutchinson’s Adam Elliott in 9.20 seconds. Orono sophomore Garrett Savoie and Waconia senior Tyler Thomas also finished in 9.20 seconds, but were awarded third and fourth places, respectively.
Thomas was also fourth in the high jump at 5-06.00, after tying for third with Delano’s Adam Kraft. Seniors Brian Porter and Alex Herman finished in a three-way tie for fifth with Hutchinson’s Sam Pasco at 5-02.00.
Senior Mark Brose won the pole vault at 10-00.00, while freshman Zachary Olsem and sophomore Nick Fettig were third and fourth at 9-00.00. Ellis was fourth in the long jump at 18-01.00.
Sophomore Lucas Zimmer won the triple jump at 38-10.00, and senior Brandon Benson and sophomore Kevin Logelin were 4-5.
Freshman Ben Hedtke finished second in the shot put with a throw of 42-01.50.
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