by Dave Pedersen
Sun PRESS Newspapers
Delano only had one first place individual finish at the Tiger Invitational track and field meet last Thursday to finally open the season, but many had a hand in the third place finish by the boys in the seven-team meet.
The girls placed sixth, missing the high-scoring Alex Wittinger in the hurdles. She saved herself to compete in the Hamline Elite meet Friday where the top rated competitors in each event are invited.
Wittinger had qualified for state in both hurdle events the past two seasons and she still is only a sophomore. At Hamline she finished third in the 300 hurdles and eighth in the 100 hurdles.
Back at the Tiger invitational, Delano was paced by a veteran senior in Andi Jo Shrode and a promising newcomer in Katelyn Elstad, an eighth-grader.
Shrode placed second in the discus, fifth in the shot put and sixth in the 100 hurdles. Elstad cruised to a fourth place finish in the 200-meter dash, was eighth in the high jump and ninth in the 100.
Coach Jake Pederson said Sarah Trocke is back from an injury and ready to be competitive in distance events. She placed seventh in the 1600 at Delano. Nicole Bressler was fourth in the 3200, just four seconds from qualifying for the Hamline meet.
In other events, Ilsa Stone was sixth in the 200, Hannah Olstad was ninth in the 400, Kristina Tormanen took fourth in the high jump, Lauren Tilbury was sixth in the pole vault, Ellie VanDenEinde placed sixth in the long jump, Grace Bauman was fourth in the discus and Madaline Eishens was seventh in the discus.
The lone individual event champion was Adam Armbruster in the 1600 for the Tiger boys. Many of the points were scored by relay teams, including a first place showing by the 4×200 relay with Justin Elstad, Nathaniel Hood, Seth Norling and Adam Kraft.
The Tiger 4×100 relay finished second with Elstad, Hood, Kraft and Aaron Klaers. Also taking second was the 4×800 relay with Norling, Dan Clark, Sam Thomas and Armbruster. Third place went to the 4×400 relay with Hood, Norling, Mikey Pool and Austin Green.
Klaers also placed fourth in the 100, eighth in the discus and 10th in the shot put. Max Ramstad was seventh in the 200 and Thomas was third in the 1600. Pool placed fifth in the 110 hurdles and ninth in the 300 hurdles. Matt Ditty did the opposite, taking fifth in the 300 hurdles and 10th in the 110 hurdles.
Clark was seventh in the pole vault and ninth in the 1600. Kraft was sixth in the high jump with Zach Checkal eighth. In the shot put, Ben Jacobs was fourth, Checkal seventh and Wyatt Russek eighth. Jacobs also was fifth in the discus.
St. Michael-Albertville won the boys event with Waconia second and Delano third. STMA also won the girls event with Waconia second and St. Peter third.
Delano heads to the STMA Invitational Thursday, May 2 and goes to face Orono Wednesday, May 8.
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