BY DAVE PEDERSEN
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
It could not have been a better first meet on the new Rockford track when Rockford welcomed four boys teams to the school’s first outdoor home meet since 2007.
Rockford had planned to have the time trial meet in the field house, but the outdoor track facility was dry enough and weather warm enough for the five teams and 400 athletes to head out Tuesday, April 8.
New head coach Chad Robran said the new facility performed so well with all the new equipment working perfectly and the meet went without a hitch.
“The best part was around 9:15 p.m. at night with the lights shining on the new track and 400-plus standing around the outside of the track to cheer on the last event, the boys 4×400 relay,” said Robran. “The crowd was on their feet and excitement was everywhere.”
The Rockford relay team consisting of Nick Klonne, Brock Deering, Hayden Roehl and Jordan O’Reilly edged out Washburn down the stretch.
Teams competing in the non-scoring meet besides Rockford and Washburn were Dassel-Cokato, Maple Lake and Cloquet, where there was still two feet of snow on its track up north.
Other first place winners for Rockford included Erik Olson in the pole vault, O’Reilly in the 300 hurdles and the 4×100 relay with Beyers, Roehl, Ken Gilbs and O’Reilly. Deering, who also starts for the baseball team this spring, finished second in the high jump.
Rockford’s girls went to Princeton Friday to run in a special just meet to honor a Princeton runner who passed away a few years ago. The Rockets finished fifth out of nine schools with 79 points.
Jordan Weeding won the high jump, plus placed third and fourth in the two hurdle events. Mariah Givens won the 100-meter dash and Abby Botten took top honors in the 800, followed by seventh-grader Jade Ellis in third.
Rockford will conduct a home Junior High meet Thursday, April 17. The Maple Lake Invite is Tuesday, April 22 and the Maple Lake Relays are Thursday, April 24.