The Holy Family Catholic Fire track and field teams were finally able to begin their spring season with their return to an outdoor venue at Delano on April 25.
“It was just great to be outside competing again,” Fire head coach Ian Parzyck said.
The Holy Family girls, who finished in fourth place with 90.5 points to team champion St. Michael Albertville, wasted no time in getting started, as sophomore Erin Brown won the 100 meter hurdles in a Minnesota Class AA Honor Roll standard clocking of 16.44 seconds. Brown then reset her own school record with her 33 feet, 4 inch effort in the triple jump. The leap was also a Minnesota Class AA Honor Roll standard for Brown, her first ever in this event.
Emily Reddan had a busy day as well, contributing valuable points for the Fire by placing sixth in the 100 meter dash and seventh in the 200 meters, while Ali Ryan-Mosely scored points as part of the 4×400. Junior sprinter Eileen Curran, was third in the 400 meter dash.
The Holy Family 4×800 team was third. Each one of the legs of that relay also contributed points in their individual events with freshman Allie Bodin and junior Hannah Skoblik placing fifth and eighth in the 1600 meter run. The duo of sisters Molly and Maria Eastman held things together in the 3200 meter run, with Maria coasting to a second place finish, ahead of Molly in fifth.
Senior thrower Victoria Anderson led Holy Family in points scored on the day. Anderson won the discus with a throw of 104 feet, 8 inches. Junior thrower Maggie Green ably supported Anderson with her fifth place spin in this event. Anderson capped her day with a runner-up toss in the shot put competition, throwing 30-05.50.
The Holy Family boys had a seventh place team finish, behind team champion St. Michael-Albertville. Fire senior thrower Tom Green led the way at this meet. Green claimed his second shot put win of the season with a 46 foot, 1 inch throw.
Rounding out the boys’ throwers, senior AJ Eskew was seventh in the discus with a throw of 102-06.50.
Outside of Green’s win, points were a precious commodity for the young Holy Family track and field squad.
Holy Family distance added points in the form of a sixth place clocking in the 4×800 meter relay which crossed the line in a time of 9:07.50. Half of that team, senior Matt Helmerichs and sophomore Danny Mahota, went on to each score points by placing seventh and eighth in the 1600 meter run.
Holy Family sophomore Chazz Johnson qualified for the Hamline Elite Meet, coming in as the top-ranked jumper in the long jump. He didn’t disappoint, winning the event with a jumnp of 22 feet, four inches, becoming the first Holy Family boy in school history to win an event at the Elite Meet.
“We were excited for Chazz when he qualified for his first ever Hamline Elite Meet,” Parzyck said.
The Holy Family teams return to action at Orono on April 29 and Totino-Grace April 30, before the Catholic School Invite at St. Thomas May 3.