Waconia track and field takes third

The Waconia track and field team traveled to the “Knights Under the Lights” 14 Team invite meet this past Friday evening and posted some great times.

“We decided to take our varsity and most of our JV to this event – a chance to give both our JV and varsity athletes a shot to get some real action,” coach Christian Gilbert said. “Although the event went into the wee hours of the night, our kids had some great times/distances to post.”

The Wildcats won four events on the day, two for the boys and two for the girls. Caden Turner turned in the top times in the 110 meter hurdles and the 300 hurdles, racing to times of 15.37 and 42.35 seconds. Jamie Sorenson won the 3200 with a time of 12:02.71 and the girls 4×200 team won with a time of 1:50.38.

Waconia had seven second place finishers in all – Kaleesa Houston in the 1600 (5:27.16), Taylor Lange in the 300 hurdles (50.25), Sam Hedtke in the shot put (34 feet, 10 inches), the boys 4×100 team (45.38), the boys 4×400 team (3:39.62), the boys sprint medley (4:05.87) and the girls sprint medley (4:47.20).

The ‘Cats also had four third place finishes – Danielle Pioske in the 200 (26.39), Jim Burroughs in the pole vault (10-6), Morgan Ryskowski in the triple jump (38-9 3/4) and Hedtke in the discus (103-11 1/2).

Four Wildcats took fourth on Friday – Sawyer Aleckson in the 1600 (4:59.18), Shea McCabe in the 800 (2:30.20), Nolan Hoehn in the long jump (19-1 3/4) and Pioske in the long jump (14-7 1/2).

A pair of ‘Cats placed fifth, as Maddie Voigt took fifth in the 100 (13.50) and Karl Welbes was fifth in the 800 (2:07.15).

Waconia had three sixth-place finishes – Ben Cravens in the pole vault (9-0), Voigt in the 200 (27.80) and the girls 4×100 relay (55.41).

The Wildcats also had three seventh-finishes and an eighth-place finish. Jackson Pfeilsticker took seventh in the 400 (56.35), Acelyn Harried finished seventh in the triple jump (31-3), Carter Kienholz placed seventh in the high jump (5-8) and Hoehn was eighth in the 100 (11.79).