By Jake Schroer
Crow River News Sports
The initial track meet of the 2014 season against Anoka was many things for the STMA girls and boys track teams. For many athletes, it served as a chance to test their skills and find out some things about themselves.
For Chase Cayo, it meant an opportunity to break a record held by his former teammate Brendan Sage. The STMA junior runner finished with a time of 9:58 in the 3200 meter run; a performance that placed him over a full minute ahead of his fellow runners.
Cayo said he felt nervous and hurt before the race, but he was able to persevere.
“After the race, I felt way better than when I started. I just felt good. I mean, going into the race, I just wanted that record, and it just felt good to get that and break it,” he said.
Josh Tracy, a returning state competitor, won the 400 meter race with a time of 52.12 seconds. Senior distance runner Dominic Shovelain won the 800 and 1600 meter events, with junior Jacob Monseth finishing directly behind him in each race.
It was also a good day for Isaiah Weston, a sophomore who cleared just over six feet in the high jump and cleared 20 feet, 10 inches in the long jump. Senior sprinter Tyler Zahler won the 200 meter race and placed second in the 55 meter dash.
Head coach Curt Hahn said the meet felt like a success overall, even if it was a bit hard to tell.
“Just kind of got to sit down and look at times and see where kids can fit in.”
On the girls’ side, Anoka bested the Knights in several events. This included the long jump, where freshman Anna Keefer finished second to Anoka senior Steph Nielson (17 feet). The Knights competed without returning state participants Erin Autio and Lizzy Heil, who had only recently finished the basketball season.
One event the Knights took was the 1600 meter run, won by junior distance runner Rachel King with a time of 5:29.40. King felt her performance was adequate.
“Definitely not my best timing, but I felt good. It wasn’t too bad. It went by pretty fast.”
Coach Jason Massmann saw the meet as a good test for the rest of the season.
“It’s the first meet of the season, and nobody’s getting too worked up about times or marks. It’s just a matter of going out there and making sure that you’re doing things technically correct and just getting a starting point, basically, from which we can work for the rest of the season.”
The Knights track teams host Little Falls in another indoor dual meet on Thursday at 4 p.m.