O’Reilly wins hurdle title for Rockford
BY DAVE PEDERSEN
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
For the second straight year the Delano boys track and field team won the section True Team title, advancing to the state Class AA meet Saturday, May 18, in Stillwater.
Several high place finishers resulted in a five point victory at the meet in Orono last Wednesday. The Tiger girls placed seventh and Rockford was 10th. Rockford’s boys finished 11th.
Delano’s 4×200 relay claimed the title with Justin Elstad, Max Ramstad, Nathaniel Hood and Adam Kraft. The 4×100 relay was second with Elstad, Kraft, Hood and Aaron Klaers.
Kraft, who switched from baseball to track this season, also won the high jump and was second in the 400. In the open 100, Elstad was fifth and Klaers sixth.
Adam Armbruster finished second in the 1600 and was third in the 3200. Sam Thomas was fifth in both the 1600 and 3200 events. Placing fourth was Seth Norling in the 400, Matt Ditty in the 300 hurdles, Zach Checkal in the triple jump, Sam Haley in the pole vault and Ben Jacobs in the shot put.
Mickey Pool ran to a sixth place finish in the 100 hurdles and was seventh in the 300 hurdles. Checkal was third in the high jump and Elstad placed sixth in the triple jump. Ryan Russek took seventh in the shot put and Jacobs was sixth in the discus.
Leading the Tiger girls was Jordan Wittinger, winning both hurdle events. In the discus, Grace Bauman was fourth and Andi Jo Shrode fifth. Shrode also placed fifth in the 100 hurdles.
In other events, Delano’s Nichole Bressler was fifth in the 3200 and Gabby Cordes was sixth in the pole vault.
Delano will next compete for the title in the Wright County Conference Thursday, May 16 at Hutchinson.
In the boys 300 hurdles, Jordan O’Reilly won with a personal best of 41.49 and beat the rest of a strong field by almost two seconds which is a lot for this race.
The boys 4×400 relay also had a strong showing in second place. Coach Andrew Kahler said the relay was running in a slow heat and only lost by a second with nobody to chase. The relay included O’Reilly, Zach Guthrie, Thomas Hayden and Sasha Galka, who also took third in the 400.
Kayler adds, “We had our best showing of the year with 24 season bests on the boys side and 16 season bests by the Rocket girls.”
The Rocket girls were led by Jordan Wedding, who placed third in the 300 hurdles and high jump, plus was fourth in the 100 hurdles. Abby Botten was fifth in the 1600.