Armbruster tops brother’s Delano 3200-meter track record



 When Delano sophomore Adam Armbruster set a new school record in winning the 3200-meter run last week in Orono, his brother Ethan was there to cheer him on despite the fact it was his record that was broken.

The Tiger boys finished third behind Hutchinson and Orono and in front of Holy Family. Orono won the girls meet, followed by Hutchinson, Delano and Holy Family.

Armbruster has finished at or near the top in the 3200 at all meets this season. At Orono he went 9:46.54, breaking the school record by a second that was set by his brother in 2009. Ethan now runs track at St. Thomas University.

Sophomore Ben LaQua has been one of the top pole vaulters for Delano. (Photo by Bill Nord)
Sophomore Ben LaQua has been one of the top pole vaulters for Delano. (Photo by Bill Nord)

“I started running when I saw Ethan’s success and wanted to be better,” joked Adam. “I looked up to him a lot and wanted to be like him. It always helps me when I know my brother is there to cheer me on. He was glad that it was me who broke his record.”

Armbruster is relatively inexperienced as a runner, but has been training hard to catch up fast. He had success in track as a ninth-grader last year, so he went out for cross country this year and ranked among team leaders along with his friend Sam Thomas, who was fourth at Orono in the 3200.

“Sam and I spent hours in the gym or on the track every day after school during the winter,” said Armbruster. “We made up some workouts and used others were heard from other people.”

Armbruster said he had the record in his mind, but did not set out to get it last week. When he got to the last lap and heard his time, “I knew I would get it.” He cut 30 seconds off his previous best time in the event.

The sophomore likes to set goals high, so he is not leaving out the possibility of going to state this year and even win it one day.

In other boys events at Orono, junior Seth Norling captured first place in the 400, fifth in the 800 and was eighth in the long jump. Sophomore Sam Haley won the pole vault at 10-foot-6, with Ben LaQua fourth and Brannon Immamura fifth.

Mickey Pool was second in the 110 hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles. Matt Ditty took second in the 300 and sixth in the 110 hurdles.

Zach Checkal claimed second in the high jump with Chris Stone fourth. Checkal also was fourth in the long jump. Justin Elstad was second in the triple jump, Aaron Klaers was fourth in the 100, Danial Clark was third in the 800 and Ben Jacobs was fourth in both the shot put and discus.

The Tiger girls captured event titles when Andi Jo Shrode won the discus and Alex Wittinger won the 100 hurdles. Wittinger was second in the 400 and Shrode was fifth in the 100 hurdles.

Placing second was Kristina Tormannen in the high jump. Katelyn Elstad took third in the 400 and fifth in the 100. Olivia Jacobs was fifth in the 1600 with Allison Warne sixth. Nicole Bressler was third in the 3200 and Stone was fifth in the 200.

Kristen Peterson was fourth in the triple jump with Alex Schreyer fifth. Grace Bauman took fifth in the discus and seventh in the shot put. Gabby Cordes finished third in the pole vault.

Delano also competed at the seven-team Ed Bourelle Invitational at St. Michael-Albertville Thursday. Wittinger won both hurdle events to pace the girls while Shrode took second in the discus throw.

Norling claimed second place in the boys 400. In the 800, Armbruster took third with Thomas fifth. Pool was fifth in the 110 hurdles. Clark was third in the pole vault with Haley fourth. Checkal placed fifth in the high jump and was seventh in the triple jump.

The True Team section meet was Wednesday in Orono after this issue went to press. The conference meet is 1 p.m. Thursday, May 16 in Glencoe-Silver Lake.


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