Track races into competition season

Mary Wenisch receives the baton from Ashley VanHaften during the Chuck Halliday meet hosted by Central on Thursday. (Adam Gruenewald/The Times)

By Adam Gruenewald
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Central track and field started the official competition season with an invite at Jordan last Tuesday and their annual Chick Halliday meet on Thursday in NYA.

In their first official meet of the season, Central girls took fourth among five teams with 37 team points, with Waseca winning the meet with 79 points, and the boys took fifth with 15 as LeSueur-Henderson won with 89.4 team points.
On the girls side, Maria Sons won the 200 in 27.68 seconds, took second in the 100 (13.33) and third in the 300 hurdles (51.30), with Grace Strickfaden in third in the 100 (13.53) and third in the 200 (27.99). Also, Emma Klaustermeier won the shot put, throwing in 35 feet and 5 inches, and took fifth in discus (82-2)
To round out counting times, Judy Larson finished fourth in the 3200 (13:26), Addysen Farrell got fourth in the 800 (2:49), Jenna Flaata got fifth in the 400 (1:09).
For relays, the 4-by-100 squad took second in 55.88, the 4-by-800 squad got third in 11:50.
For the boys, Pisces Tek took third in the 100 (11.75), fourth in long jump (17-8.5) and fourth in triple jump (38-7.75) with Reese Eichner and Nick Forner going 3-4 in the shot put, throwing it 37-9.5 and 36-5, respectively, and Forner rounding out the scoring with a third place finish in the discus (108-11).

Chuck Halliday
Central hosted their annual Chuck Halliday Invite on Thursday, with the girls taking fifth among seven teams and the boys getting seventh among eight teams. The LeSueur-Henderson boys squad won the meet with 87.25 points while Central had nine and Maple Lake won the girls’ event with 100 team points, while Central had 45.
On the girls’ side, Grace Strickfaden won the 100 meters in 13.32 seconds and finished second in the 200 (28.16), with Maria Sons winning the 200 (28.07), securing second in the 300 hurdles (50.16) and taking third in the 200 (13.54). Also, Emma Klaustermeier took second in the shot put, throwing it 33 feet and 9.75 inches.
Other top five finishes included Courtney Carlson finishing fifth in the 400 (1:09).
In relays, the 4-by-100 squad of Strickfaden, Mary Wenisch, Frankie Mackenthun and Madison Johnson got second (56.74), the 4-by-800 squad got fifth (11:20).
For the boys, Pisces Tek took second in the 100 (12.03) and Mason Brockhoff finished fourth in the 200 (25.44) for the top five finishes.

Next Up
Central track and field will next compete with Jordan and Sibley East on April 25, before traveling to Sibley East on April 28 and May 5.
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