After a few indoor meets in the early season, the Waconia track and field teams were finally able to kick off their outdoor season at Delano on April 25, where both Wildcat squads took second to meet-winner St. Michael-Albertville.
“Fantastic!” WHS girls’ coach Christian Gilbert said. “They were rocking for being the first outdoor meet!”
Weeks of extra indoor practices indeed payed off for the Wildcat athletes, as the girls finished with 143 points (STMA scored 195), well ahead of third place St. Peter (99.5 points).
Waconia’s Miranda Schultz was second in the 100 meter dash, just two-hundredths of a second behind the first place contender from STMA. Schultz also claimed second in the 200 meters with a time of 27.40 seconds. Anna Kiedel grabbed some Waconia points by finishing seventh in the 400 meter dash.
Rhi McNulty snagged fourth in the 800 yard run, while teammmates Lexi Willems and Alora Rands were 2-4 in the 1600. Willems also finished third in the 3200 meter run wih a time of 12:22.62; Rands and Carissa Dock were 6-7 and also earned points for WHS.
Kaitlyn Schuler and Emily Zempel were 3-4 in the 100 meter hurdles, with Marya Haugland in seventh. In the 300 meter hurdles, Nicole Hennen was fifth.
Relay teams finished first in the 4×100 and second in the 4×200.
In the field, Kirsten Wagener tied for second in the high jump at four feet, 10 inches; she was also second in the long jump. Hennen was sixth in the high jump at 4-08. Paige Notch and Samantha Paulson went 1-2 in the pole vault to capture 18 points for WHS.
Anna Pioske triple jumped her way to a second place tie in the event at 35-07.00. Wagener was seventh at 33-00.00.
Makayla Williams was second in the shot put, throwing 29-07.50.
Delano was also a good meet for the Wildcat boys, pulling in 94 points for second place, trailing STMA, who dominated the meet with 267.75 points. The host team finished third.
In the 100 meter dash, Cody Ellis was seventh in 11.94 seconds in a field of 32 competitors. Mason Tuttle and Marcel Montiel were 2-3 in the 200 meters, finishing just hundredths apart at 24.22 and 24.28, respectively. Montiel was also third in the 400 meter dash at 54.41.
In the longer distances, Ryan Christensen was sixth in the 800 meter run, while teammate Ian Manske was fifth in the 1600 meters. Ben Vaske, Jacob Tereau, and Taylor Kray all scored for WHS in the 3200 meters by finishing fourth, seventh, and eighth.
Tyler Thomas was third in the 110 meter hurdles, and Jacob Fettig was sixth. Fettig also ran the 300 meter hurdles, finishing seventh.
Waconia’s 4×100 meter relay team was third. Relay teams also finished fourth in the 4×400 and 4×800.
Thomas kicked off the field events for WHS with a fourth place showing in the high jump. He was followed by Mark Brose, who won the pole vaulting event at 11 feet, 6 inches. Zachary Olsem finished sixth in the pole vault.
Alex Tyron-Tasson represented WHS in the long jump, finishing fourth. Tim Gray and Ellis were 5-6 in the triple jump.
The Wildcats will host their home invitational this afternoon, May 2, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Bayview track. Next week, they will be at Hutchinson on May 6 and True Team Sections May 8.
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