by Dave Pedersen
Sun PRESS Newspapers
Rockford and Delano may not have had the strong depth as other teams in their track and field conference meets, but the local schools had some standout efforts.
Both schools took home some first place honors as well as other top 10 finishes last week. Delano went to Hutchinson for the Wright County Conference meet and Rockford was at Pierz for the Central Minnesota Conference meet.
The highlight for Delano may have been the come from behind win by the 4×100-meter boys relay team. Coach Mitch Rue said senior Aaron Klaers caught Shaun Schindler of Hutchinson on the final stretch to come away with the win. The relay includes Justin Elstad, Nathaniel Hood and Adam Kraft, a track newcomer.
Adam Armbruster placed second in the 1600, breaking the school record he set a week earlier by six seconds. The sophomore also broke the conference record, as did the winner from Hutchinson.
Delano’s Sam Thomas challenged for the title in the 3200, placing second. Seth Norling finished third in the 400 and Sam Haley tied a career best of 11-6 to place third in the pole vault.
The boys 4×200 relay claimed third with Elstad, Hood, Kraft and Max Ramstad. Klaers also took fifth in the 100 and ninth in the discus throw. Elstad won another medal when placing sixth in the open 200. Daniel Clark took eighth in the 800, Mikey Pool was fifth in the 110 high hurdles and Matt Ditty placed eighth in the 300 hurdles.
In the high jump, Kraft was sixth and Zach Checkal seventh. Checkal also took eighth in the long jump and Wyatt Russek was ninth in the shot put.
The Tiger boys finished fifth as a team while the girls were ninth.
Leading Delano’s girls was Alex Wittinger, placing first in the 300 hurdles and second in the 100 hurdles. Andi Joe Shrode placed eighth in the 100 hurdles and was sixth in the discus.
Also cracking the top 10 in a big meet was Hanna Olstad, 10th in the 400, Nicole Bressler, fifth in the 3200, Gabby Cordes, fourth in the pole vault and Grace Baumann, eighth in the discus. In the 1600, Sarah Trocke was eighth and Emily Hartman ninth.
Rockets on top
Rockford came away from the CMC meet with four gold medals. For the girls, Jordan Weeding won the 100 hurdles and Abby Botten claimed the crown in the 1600.
Jordan O’Reilly won the boys 300 hurdles and was part of the winning 4×400 relay that had Thomas Hayden, Zach Guthrie and Sasha Galka.
Two other Rocket relays claimed second place awards. The 4×100 included Nick Suardi, Kenny Gilb, Guthrie and Galka. The runner-up 4×200 relay included Suardi, Hayden, Guthrie and Gilb. Galka also took third in the 400 and ninth in the long jump.
As a team, the boys placed fifth and girls seventh. Weeding also finished fourth in the 300 hurdles and fifth in the high jump. Two seventh graders made the top 10 when Hailey Zimmer was ninth in the 400 and Logan Henrich placed fifth in the 200.
Miriah Givens was sixth in the 100, Lydia Buffie sixth in the 1600, Cally Nielsen eighth in the long jump and Emily Eberpacher took ninth in the triple jump.
For the boys, Gilb was eighth in the 200, Guthrie sixth in the long jump, Hayden seventh in the 100 and Nick Konne was 10th in the high jump. In the pole vault, Erik Olson was fourth and Brennon Winters sixth.
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