Waconia track dominates week of home meets

Junior Samantha Paulson competes in the pole vault on April 29. She won the event.
Junior Samantha Paulson competes in the pole vault on April 29. She won the event.

It was no contest for the Waconia track and field teams last week, as the Wildcats hosted two home meets, dominating a Wright County Conference triangular on April 29. On May 2, the girls won their home invitational, while the boys finished sixth.

The Wildcats faced off against the Whitehawks of Mound-Westonka and the Chargers of Dassel-Cokato on April 29, easily defeating the competition in both the boys’ and girls’ events.

“Two dominating first place finishes by both gals and guys,” head coach Christian Gilbert said.

Nearly every running event went to the ‘Cats, beginning with senior William Schultz’ 11.23 second 100 meter dash. Juniors Mason Tuttle and Tim Gray were third and fourth.

Junior Marcel Montiel topped the 200 meter dash in 23.62 before senior Jacob Fettig took the 400 meter dash in 55.03. Sophomore Miles Trujillo won the 800 meter run in 2:15.76, while seniors Ian Manske and Adam Kirsch were second and fourth in the 1600. In the longest run of the day, senior Ben Vaske won the 3200 meter run in 10:52.28.

In the 110 meter hurdles, senior Tyler Thomas was second in 16.85; Fettig was fourth.

The Wildcats also won all four relay events.

Simultaneously, the ‘Cats were also capturing victories in the field events. Waconia athletes swept the top three spots in both the pole vault and the long jump. Senior Mark Brose won the pole vault at 12 feet, 6 inches, followed by freshman Zachary Olsem and sophomore Nick Fettig. It was three juniors that took the top places in the long jump, led by David Hughes at 18-06.00. Alex Tyron-Tasson was one inch back at 18-05.00, and Tim Gray was third.

Gray finished second in the triple jump at 37-09.00, with sophomore Kevin Logelin in fourth and Hughes in fifth. In the high jump, senior Alex Herman was third at 5-04.00. Senior Brian Porter and freshman Ryan Kruchten tied for fifth at 5-00.00.

While Mound-Westonka’s Jordan Taylor won the shot put and the discus, Wildcat athletes were 2-3-4 in both events. Freshman Benjamin Hedtke led the Wildcat shot puts with a throw of 39-06.50, followed by junior Jesse Vogelgsang at 38-03.00 and Brose (37-11.50). Sophomore Matt Thom was second in the discus throw at 105-01, followed by sophomore Zach Christians (102-00) and Vogelgsang (97-02).

It was the same story for the Wildcat girls, as Waconia commanded the podium, winning all but two events on April 29. WHS tallied 172 points over Dassel-Cokato (73) and Mound-Westonka (23).

Senior Brian Porter runs the 100 meter dash on April 29.
Senior Brian Porter runs the 100 meter dash on April 29.

Junior Miranda Schultz (12.66), senior Karlie Vallasfskey, and freshman Allyson Marrs went 1-2-3 in the 100 meter dash, while Schultz also won the 200 meters in 26.66. Marrs was fifth in the event.

Senior Anna Pioske took home top honors in the 400 meters at 1:03.09, with junior Anna Kiedel and freshman McKenna Turner finishing 3-4.

Wildcats were 2-3-4 in the 800 yard run, led by senior Rhi McNulty in 2:39.20, trailed by freshman Maddie Olhsen and sophomore Elle Swanson.

Junior Lexi Willems and sophomore Alora Rands captured the top two spots in both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs. Freshman Carissa Dock also finished fifth in the 3200.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Schuler won the 100 meter hurdles in 17.50, while sophomore Emily Zempel and junior Nicole Hennen were third and fourth. Hennen and Schuler also competed in the 300 yard hurdles, finishing third and fifth, respectively.

Like the WHS boys, the Wildcat girls also won all four relay events.

Junior Samantha Paulson won the pole vault at 8-06.00, while freshman Paige Notch and sophomore Abbie Cafferelle were locked in a three-way tie for second place with Mound-Westonka’s Molly Wollner.

In the long jump, junior Kirsten Wagener outjumped D-C’s Kaitlyn Sterner by nearly two feet for first place (15-10.00). Marrs and sophomore Courtnie Stoddard were 3-4. Wagener also finished second in the triple jump, behind Pioske (36-07.00). Stoddard was third.

Freshman Makayla Williams was first in the shot put at 30-01.50, while senior Alana Kiel finished second and senior Jennifer Schuette was fifth. Schuette went on to win the discus at 83-11, followed by Williams and senior Samantha Heldt in second and third.

The girls went on to win their invitational on May 2 with 203 points over Orono (163), Watertown-Mayer, Glencoe-Silver Lake, Marshall, Southwest Christian, and Mound-Westonka.

Schultz, Vallasfskey, and seventh grader Danielle Pioske went 1-2-3 in the 100 meter dash.

Willems won the 3200 meter run by over ten seconds, while Rands was third. In the hurdles, Zempel was second in the 100, and Hennen was third in the 300.

In the field, Wagener won the high jump and the long jump, also finishing third in the triple jump to Anna Pioske’s second place finish in the event.

In the pole vault, Notch set a new school record with her event-winning height of 9-02.00. Paulson was third at 7-06.

Williams finished second in the discus at 93-04.

The Wildcat boys finished sixth of eight teams at their home invitational, scoring 86 points.

Montiel posted strong times in his second place 200 meter and 400 meter finishes, and was the only Waconia sprinter to finish in the top five.

Vaske claimed second place in the 3200 meter run, just six seconds shy of first.

In the relays, the 4×100 Wildcat team won in 46.08 seconds, while the 4×800 team was second.

Brose again won the pole vault competition with a height of 11-06, while Olsem was locked in a four-way tie for third place at 10-06.

Despite a chilly afternoon, Gilbert was pleased with the stamina of the Wildcat teams.

“Kids did amazing overall,” he said. “Cold as heck, but they powered through!”

The Wildcats’ next two meets are at Hutchinson on May 16 and 20.


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