By Rob LaPlante
Crow River News Sports
If the indoor results are a foreshadow of what’s to come, then expect big things from both the boys and girls track and field teams this outdoor season.
A week after both teams defeated Little Falls, the Knights finished indoor play with a pair of first-place finishes over Buffalo and Big Lake on April 2 in the STMA Triangular.
The girl’s team finished with 61 points. Big Lake was second with 36.50 and Buffalo finished with 25.50.
STMA broke five indoor records. Senior distance runners Maddi Sjelin, Rachel King and eighth-grader Lizzy Heil each finished with record times. Although King broke two old school records, her times on both occasions fell second to her own teammate.
Both Sjelin and King broke Lauri Grambart’s old record of 2:26.90 in the 800 meter. King finished with a time of 2:26.75 and Sjelin topped that with a record-setting time of 2:24.50.
King again finished ahead of the previous record time in the 1600 meter of 5:38.65 – set two years ago when Sjelin was a sophomore. King’s time of 5:18.54 was good for third as Heil barely crossed the finish line ahead of her in a time of 5:18.36.
Also setting a record was the 4×200 relay team (names not available), breaking an old school record that lasted since 1997 with a time of 1:55.84.
Junior Erin Autio also had a big day. Her first-place finishes in both the triple and long jump were record setting. A long jump of 16-06.0 and triple jump of 36-04-00 both set indoor records.
“We got a little smaller team this year on the girl’s side,” said STMA girls’ head coach Jason Massmann. “But we have some really good athletes and they’re doing a nice job in filling in all the events and making us a strong team so far.”
Freshman Whitney Perry also posted first-place times in both the 55 meter (7.72) and 200 meter (28.70).
“Perry’s a good sprinter for us,” Massmann said. “She got to varsity last year as an eighth grader and got some good experience up here. She’s started the season off well and we look for more good things out of her.”
Boys top Bison, Hornets
The boy’s team won their second consecutive indoor meet, finishing ahead of both Buffalo and Big Lake with 74 points. The Bison finished second with 33 and Big Lake with 16.
Seniors Tony Bork, Cole Krutzig, Winn Nyanseor and junior Tyler Zahler set a new indoor record in the 4×200 relay. Their time of 1:40.00 barely nipped the old record of 1:40.3 set in 2006 by Sam Clark, Theo Rothstein and Tony and Pete Lefebvre.
Despite a record-setting relay performance, boys’ head coach Curt Hahn said he’s still looking for the right mix when it comes to his relay teams.
“They had a good run, but I’m still not 100-percent sure if those four guys will be there all year,” Hahn said. “We have a lot of kids competing in the relays and we are still looking for that fastest combination.”
The Knights had nine first-place finishes. The 4×400 relay nearly set an indoor record with a time of 3:39.12. Sophomore Josh Tracy finished first in the 400 meter (53.98). Senior Brendan Sage in the 1600 meter (4:36.14); senior Brian Ferry in both the 55-meter hurdles (7.90) and high jump (5-10.00); senior Tyler Berhow in the long jump (20-04.00); Zahler in the triple jump (39-11.00) and senior Bennie Wilson edged fellow senior Sean Scharlau in the shot put at 46-09.50.
The Knights meet on Tuesday with Cambridge-Isanti and Rogers at the C-I Triangular (unavailable at deadline) was supposed to be the team’s first outdoor meet of the season. Their next scheduled meet is April 16 at the Rogers Triangular. Both Rogers and Monticello will participate with the meet scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
“It will be nice to finally get outside,” Hahn said.
“We’re just going to cross our fingers for some good weather here in the next couple weeks,” Massmann said.