The junior high track squads attended their first meet of the season April 23 at the top of the state. So far, all the 7 - 9 graders have been competing well at the varsity level. This meet put them up against athletes of the same age instead of competing against the senior high athletes.
Three teams participated in the meet: International Falls, Lake of the Woods and the Bulldogs.
The teams were divided into two divisions -- grades eight and nine were in the A division while grades seven and eight were in the B division. Coaches could decide if they wanted their athletes to compete up at the higher level.
The boys started the meet out well as they went head-to-head with I-Falls in the 4x800. The Bulldogs opened up a lead as seventh grader Cody Rankin and freshman Keith Shaughnessy both ran strong legs to move into the lead. The Falls' third runner was able to take the lead just before the last hand-off but freshman Brandon Schmid was able to keep it close. Freshman Caleb Schneider took the baton and pulled even at the end of lap one and then took the lead and never looked back. The Bulldogs won by five seconds.
Freshmen Jacob Wiley ran the 100 hurdles for the first time and ended up taking second. Later he then placed fourth in the 300 hurdles. Finally, he tried high jump for the first time also. After a few adjustments he was able to clear several more heights and ended up clearing 4'10 and placed third.
Freshman Travis Olafson had a great day sprinting. He won the 100 m in 12.21, anchored the first place 4x200 relay and second place 4x100.
Freshman Tristan Williams also had a several strong performances. Williams started the 4x200 relay, ran the second leg of the 4x400, won the long jump with a 16' 4" leap and took second in the triple jump by surpassing 33'.
Seventh grader Eli Raiher helped out the A squad by filling a spot in the 4x200.
The rest of his races were run in the B division. There he won both the 100 and 200m dashes and leaped to third place in the long jump.
Eighth grader Brody Grundmeier finished the meet with a first in the 4x200 and three second places. He took second in the shot put, discus and 200m dash.
Schmid returned for the 1600 where he took second and the 300 hurdles where he placed third. In the triple jump, he was able to place fourth.
Freshman Andre Bell started the meet with a fifth place in the 100m dash. He then placed second in the 4x100. After jumping to fourth in the long jump, he place fifth in the 200.
Freshman Garret Naughton split his time between throwing and running.
Throwing brought Naughton fourth place in both the shot and discus. He also was part of the second place 4x100 and then sprinted to a fourth place in the 200.
Shaughnessy possibly had the best day of all. He finished with four first places. Shaughnessy was part of both the 4x800 and 4x400 relays. He also won the 400m and the high jump.
Rankin continued to perform well up on the A squad by adding a third place in the 400m and a second place in the long jump. He then ran the third leg of the winning 4x400 to finish the day.
Freshman Cyril Weidenborner also split his day between throwing and running.
In the field, he placed sixth in the shot and fifth in the discus. For his running, he started the second place 4x100 and then placed fourth in the 400 m.
Schneider followed his 4x800 with a third place triple jump effort.
He then went back on the oval and won the 800m by 20 seconds and anchored the winning 4x400.
Freshman Tim Jourdan rounded out the placers for the day with a fifth place jump in the long jump.
The girls teams also scored well during the meet. Freshman Carrie Carrigan started the Bulldogs off with a first place in the shot put. Freshman Katey Lutz followed with a first place in the high jump and in the 1600 m. Seventh grader Jeanette Frenzel added a first place run in the 400m.
Carrigan added a second place in the discus and ran a strong leg in the second place 4x200 relay. Also placing second were Lutz in the 800m and as part of the 4x400 relay. Freshman Justine Frenzel took second in the 1600m and as part of the 4x400m relay. Jeanette Frenzel and eighth grader Tanyssa Olafson both ran legs of the 4x400 as well.
Olafson also placed second as part of the 4x200m relay, and took third in the 400m dash.
Eighth grader Jenna Nestberg placed second in the 4x200, third in the 100m dash and fifth in the 200m dash.
Seventh grader Kelsie Murray finished out the scoring with a second in the 4x200 and third in the 800m.
Overall both the boys and the girls had very good days. Many personal bests and team best were set.