BY DAVE PEDERSEN
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
One of the few high school sports events to happen last Thursday despite the cold and wet conditions was the home track and field meet at Rockford.
The Rockets won the dual meet for boys and girls against Maple Lake. Coach Chad Robran says the highlight of the meet was the new track, which was dry.
“The new facility has made a huge difference, which may be overlooked,” said the first-year head coach. “You can practice every day on the new track wearing spikes. Before, you could not because of the old and hard surface. When you practice in spikes it makes a difference in strength and speed because it builds ankle and foot strength.”
One highlight of the meet was the performance by senior Jordan Weeding, who won both hurdle events and set a personal record in winning the high jump.
“Abby Botten won the mile in a personal best time of 5.29, which is pretty good for this time of the year running in the cold,” adds Robran. “She looks to be on her way to another visit to the state meet.”
Robran also was happy about the results of Anya Cady, who ran in her first track meet. She also plays for the Rocket varsity softball team, mainly as a pinch runner. Cady won the long jump, tied for first in the 100-meter dash and took second in the 200.
Robran says the sophomore may be a key piece on the sprint relay teams, giving the 4×100 relay a chance to qualify for state. Rockford won both the 4×100 and 4×400 relays against Maple Lake.
Mariah Givens took first in the 200 and tied with Cady for first in the 100. Hope Achtelik was first in the 400.
The boys were paced by three double event winners. Jordan O’Reilly who won the 300 hurdles and long jump, Nick Klonne captured first in the 800 and 1600 events and Erik Olson was first in the pole vault and tied for first in the high jump.
Other first place winners were James Monssen in the shot put, Ken Gilb in the 200 and Jack Richardt in the 3200. First place was also captured by the 4×100, 4×400 and 4×800 relays.
Rockford will compete at the re-scheduled Maple Lake co-ed relays Thursday, May 8 and at the Central Minnesota Conference meet Tuesday, May 13 also at Maple Lake.