Bulldogs send 15 athletes to sections
The NKB Bulldogs extended their season one more week. Fifteen athletes advanced in 13 events. To advance to the Section 8A meet in Crookston June 5, athletes had to place in the top five individually or be part of a relay that placed first or second. This year, the Bulldogs are sending a large contingent to the section meet.
The only relay to qualify for sections was the girls 4x800. Sophomore Danielle Nistler, seventh grader Jeanette Frenzel, freshman Katey Lutz and sophomore Kayla Olson combined to run a sub 11:00 and take second place. Going on to sections are the four that ran the race plus alternates junior Samantha Hendrickson and junior Roxie Kallroos.
In the individual events, three of the four section participants are returning. Olson returns in the 1600. She moved on with her season best run of 5:48.8 as she pulled away down the last straight away to earn her a second place finish.
Freshman Carrie Carrigan returned in the shot put. Carrigan heaved a 30'1.5" throw to take second.
The boys only had one participant, freshman Caleb Schneider. He returned in the 800. Schneider improved his time and placing this year. Schneider made an extremely strong move with 300m left that propelled him to a 2:14.31 effort and brought him to within a half second of first place.
Schneider added a second event for the section meet. He ran at the front for most of the first lap and then cruised on in the second spot through the finish with his season best 4:53.25.
First year senior Josh RedDay also earned two trips to the section meet in both of the hurdle races. RedDay took third in both the 110m hurdles and the 300m hurdles. In the 110m hurdles, he sprinted to a 20.71 second finish. Then later in the meet, he again placed third as he recorded his season best time of 49.73.
The Bulldogs also sent two other hurdlers. In the 110m hurdles, sophomore Tyler Hughes overcame a hit hurdle to take fourth place in 21.63 seconds. In the 300m hurdles, freshman Tyler Dobmeier ran his best of the season, 50.34 seconds, and placed fifth to move on.
Back on the girls side, the Frenzel sisters continued to qualify for sections as both older sisters earned trips to Crookston as well. Junior Cathy Frenzel increased her triple jump by two feet and cleared the thirty foot mark to move on. Frenzel's 30'6" effort earned her fifth place.
Freshman Justine Frenzel battled with Park Rapid's Charity Ridlon for the last three laps. Frenzel used a very strong kick to pull away and take fourth place with a 14.54.29.
Junior Samantha Hendrickson also earned her own trip in the 3200 as she ran a strong race to take third with a 14:39.63 run.
In the jumping events for the boys, freshman Keith Shaughnessy overcame a head laceration to tie for third place at 5'4". Shaughnessy had gone head first into one of the standards which left a one inch cut on the side of his head.
In the triple jump, freshman Tristan Williams soared out over 35 feet again to claim fourth. His best recorded effort on the day was a 35'4.25".
He did have at least one better jump but unfortunately scratched on that attempt.
The Bulldogs had several others that were very close to making the trip as well. Freshman Travis Olafson just missed a trip in the 100m as he took sixth in 12.71 missing fifth by 0.45 seconds, but still was able to bring home a medal.
There were four other field event people that made finals and placed but did not qualify for sections. Cathy Frenzel also made the long jump finals. She ended up seventh with a 13'4" effort.
Dobmeier had his best triple jump ever to make finals. He finished in seventh with a 34'5".
Junior Zeke Burtard also made finals in the long jump. His 16'8" leap was good enough to place eighth.
In the boys shot put, sophomore Scott Pierson made finals and threw well enough to reach the podium in sixth place with a 35'6" toss.
Other medalists for the Bulldogs were the boys 4x800m relay. The team of sophomore Butch Strand, seventh grader Cody Rankin, freshman Brandon Schmid and Shaughnessy ran a 9:43 to take the fourth place medals.
The 4x200m relay team of WIlliams, freshman Matthew Jedlicka, Burtard and Olafson sprinted to fifth place in 1:46.96 seconds.
The boys 4x100m relay team of Williams, Hughes, Burtard and Olafson again earned more medals by taking fourth with a 49.71 as they came even closer to the Bulldog record. This time they missed by three tenths of a second.
The boys 4x400m relay team also reached the podium and received fifth place medals for their efforts. The team of Strand, RedDay, Shaughnessy and Schneider finished with a 4:04.35.
The girls 4x200m relay also medalled as Cathy Frenzel, seventh grader Teresa Weidenborner, Justine Frenzel and junior Tonya Weidenborner combined for a fifth place run. The double sister team ran a 2:04.6. The same foursome ran again in the 4x100m relay but this time took seventh place with a season best 59.74.
Lutz had a tough start as she got boxed in and came out of the first corner in sixth place. She was not able to make up any more places and stayed in sixth ending with a 2:48.
The girls 4x400m realy ended the meet with sixth place medals as Kallroos, Lutz, Olson and Jeanette Frenzel combined for a 4:44.9 that earned them the sixth place medals.
On top of all those places, the Bulldogs had even more people place and earn points for the team but not earn a medal. The meet scored to eighth place but only gave medals out to sixth.
For the girls, Jeanette Frenzel sprinted to a seventh place finish in the 400m with a 69.2 second effort. Lutz also placed in the high jump. She cleared 4' 6" to tie for seventh place.
Other placers for the boys included freshman Jacob Wiley in the 110m hurdles. Despite falling, Wiley got up and finished the race and took eighth. Strand started strong but was not able to hold his place in the 1600 and finished in seventh with a 5:17.38. Shaughnessy sprinted well in the 400m and took eighth place with a 57.66. Burtard had a strong run in the 200m and was able to finish in eighth place with a 25.10. Schmid had his best run in the 3200 as he ran a 12:36.4 that earned him seventh place.
The 15 athletes is the largest number that the Bulldogs have ever sent to the section meet. Coach Schneider said the efforts of the athletes really paid off with so many making it to sections.
Coach Mike Lorenzen said, "We have never had to send a bus. We usually only send a couple of suburbans. This is great."
"This is just awesome," stated Coach Barb Moon. "That is a lot of qualifiers."
As a team, both the boys and the girls teams took fifth place out the nine teams. Ironically, both the boys and the girls missed fourth place by 1.5 points.
Park Rapids 134
Bug School 0
Cass Lake-Bena 0
Park Rapids 242.5
Bug School 0
Cass Lake-Bena 0