It was a short, but important week, for the Waconia track and field teams last week. Competing at Hutchinson on May 16 in the Wright County Conference Championships, the Wildcat girls were unable to defend their 2012 WCC title and finished second with 124.50 points to meet-winner Orono (136.50). The Waconia boys dramatically improved over last season’s last place finish to score 70 points and finish fourth in 2013, behind team champion Hutchinson.
Boys’ head coach Tom McDonald was pleased to get over the hump of finishing low in the WCC.
“I was very happy and very excited about how the boys did,” he said. “We were only one point from third place. We had some very nice individual performances.”
Junior Mason Tuttle began the scoring for the Wildcats by placing fourth in the finals of the 100 meter dash. Tuttle also picked up a point for WHS in the 200 meter dash by finishing eighth. In the same event, junior Marcel Montiel was fourth.
Montiel went on the place second in the 400 meter dash. Senior Brian Porter finished 10th in the same event. In the 800, sophomore Miles Trujillo was ninth, while senior Ben Vaske finished seventh in the 3200 meters.
Senior Tyler Thomas ran his way to a sixth place finish in the 110 meter hurdles, before senior Jacob Fettig pulled off a third place finish in the 300 meter hurdles.
In the relay events, the 4×200 team of Porter, juniors Tim Gray and Charles Frempong-Longdon, and sophomore Lucas Zimmer finished fifth in 1:37.52.
The all-senior team of Fettig, Porter, Adam Kirsch, and Ian Manske finished fourth in the 4×400 meter relay, while third place accolades went to the 4×800 team of senior Ryan Christensen, Vaske, Kirsch, and Manske.
The boys’ sole event win of the day came from senior Mark Brose, who dominated the pole vault competition to win at 13 feet. Freshman Zach Olsem added more WHS points in the pole vault by finishing fourth.
Fettig, Gray, and Zimmer teamed up in the triple jump for a 6-7-8 Waconia finish. In the shot put, freshman Ben Hedtke was seventh, while sophomore Matt Thom finished seventh in the discus.
“Overall, we had some nice, gutty performances,” McDonald said.
The Wildcat girls collected many top 10 finishes on their way to a strong second place finish on May 16, beginning in the 100 meter dash. After qualifying from the preliminary heats, senior Karlye Vallafskey and seventh grader Danielle Pioske finished second and seventh in the finals. Vallafskey posted 13 seconds flat, while Pioske clocked at 13.31.
Junior Miranda Schultz finished second in the 200 meter finals in 26.33 seconds. Freshman Molly Reighardt finished sixth in the event at 26.94.
Senior Anna Pioske collected a slew of points for WHS, beginning in the 400 meter dash. Finishing second at 1:01.74, Pioske went on to win both the long and triple jumps.
In the 800, sophomore Alora Rands was fifth while freshman Carissa Dock was eighth. Junior Lexi Willems was sixth in both the 1600 and 3200 meter races.
In hurdles, sophomore Kaitlyn Schuler was sixth in the 100 meters, while freshman Marya Haugland was fifth in the 300.
The 4×100 meter relay team of Danielle Pioske, Reighardt, Vallafskey, and Schultz won the event in 51.66 seconds.
But the biggest event victory of the day came for Waconia’s 4×200 team of Reighard, Anna Pioske, Vallafskey, and Schultz. With a final time of 1:45.79, the Wildcats set a new Wright County Conference record, besting the 2001 record set by a Delano squad (1:46.70).
Waconia’s 4×400 team finished seventh, while the 4×800 team of Dock, sophomore Kelsey Eder, senior Rhi McNulty, and freshman Maddie Ohlsen was fourth.
Junior Kirsten Wagener continued to be a force for WHS in the field events, pulling off a second place finish in the high jump, just one inch shy of first. Wagener also finished third in the long jump, and was second to Pioske in the triple jump. Sophomore Courtnie Stoddard was fifth in the triple jump.
In the pole vault, sophomore Abbie Cafferelle and junior Samantha Paulson were sixth and eighth. Sophomore Samantha Heldt was ninth in the discus.
Coming off their second place WCC finish, the Waconia girls also competed at True Team State on May 18 in Stillwater. The Wildcats finished fifth of nine teams with multiple event victories in the 4×200 and 4×100 meter relays, as well as the triple jump.
Vallafskey was third in the 100 meter dash, while Schultz and Reighardt were 2-3 in the 200. Pioske and Wagener finished 3-4 in the long jump, with Pioske setting a new WHS school record at 17 feet, 5 inches, breaking last season’s 17-03.00 record set by Stephanie Frempong-Longdon. Wagener was just three inches behind Pioske at 17-02.
Pioske and Wagener stayed tight in the triple jump, with Pioske winning at 36-01.50, and Wagener second at 35-03.75. Wagener went on to finish third in the high jump at 5-00 after a jump off.
The Wildcats now prepare for the section meet on May 29 and 31 at Gustavus.
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