For the second time in as many meets, the Waconia boys’ track and field team picked up a team win. Competing at Litchfield on April 22, the Wildcats scored 96 points to narrowly defeat second place Delano at 90 points. Holy Family Catholic was third (57), followed by Litchfield (28). Junior Austin Sim and senior Tim Gray kicked things off for WHS with third and fifth place finishes in the 100 meter dash. Eighth grader Nolan Hoehn and junior Jon Lostetter were 3-4 in the 200, before four Wildcats placed in the 400. Junior Tim Widmer won the 400 in 56.07 seconds, followed by junior Truen Breeggemann in third, junior Neil Heldt in fourth, and freshman Jack Kappel in fifth. In the 800, sophomore Parker Roehl picked up six points with his event-winning time of 2:18. Freshman Eric Bruellman also ran the race, finishing fourth. Sophomore Alex Carrabre kicked off the distance races with a second place finish in the 1600 meter run, before finishing third in the 3200. Seventh grader Kal McDonough also ran the 3200, and finished fifth. Sophomore Ryan Kruchten continued to be a force in the hurdles, finishing second in the 110s and third in the 300s, where junior Royce Marker also finished fifth. Waconia’s ‘A’ relays won the 4×100 and 4×200 and were second in the 4×400 and 4×800. In the field, junior Kevin Logelin won the high jump at 5 feet, 8 inches. Marker finished fourth. Sophomore Zachary Olsem was third in the boys’ pole vault over teammate and junior Nick Fettig in fifth. Waconia athletes were 2-4-5 in the long jump, led by senior Cody Ellis in second. Hoehn finished fourth and senior David Hughes was fifth. Coming off his fifth place finish in the 100, Gray placed second in the triple jump. Sophomore Ben Hedtke picked up points in the throws for WHS, finishing fourth in the shot put and a solid 117 feet, 5 inch throw in the discus, good enough for second place. Junior Parker Aschenbrenner also competed in the discus and finished fifth. The Wildcats went on to a third place finish at Delano’s invitational on April 25, scoring 113.33 points behind team champion St. Michael-Albertville. “Last week was a screwy week with the weather and line ups,” coach Christian Gilbert said of both the boys’ and girls’ teams. “Both teams got third, but it was basically our JV teams in the varsity invitational, so not a true reflection of our varsity squad … a ton of personal records within our future talent.” Waconia turned in a handful of top five finishes, including senior Mason Tuttle, who was fifth in the 100 and third in the 200. Sophomore Jack Larson ran to a event win in the 400 meter dash in 53.25 seconds, before Kruchten picked up points in the hurdles, where he was fourth in the 110s and fifth in the 300s. Logelin was second in the high jump, before Olsem and Ellis dominated the pole vault and long jump, picking up event wins in both. Ellis went on to finish fifth in the triple jump, before junior Zach Christians was fourth in the discus. The relay teams all finished in the top five, including a win in the 4×100, second in the 4×400, and fifth in both the 4×200 and 4×800. With the sloppy weather last week, the ‘Cats Monday triangular and Thursday invitational were both cancelled. The home invitational was rescheduled for next week on Thursday, May 15. Also next week, the Wildcats will face off against the teams of the Wright County Conference at Annandale on Tuesday, May 13.