Bulldogs advance 18 athletes to sections; two Bulldog records fall
On a cool, sunny May day in Walker, the Bulldogs put together a very solid track performances by both the girls and the boys. The Bulldogs participated in the Subsection 29A Track and Field meet on May 26. Both squads represented themselves very well both as individuals and as teams.
The girls team finished in fifth place just five points out of fourth, while the boys finished in third place just three points out of second.
The day started well for the Bulldogs as both the boys and the girls 4x800 m relay teams opened the meet with second place finishes. The girls team of senior Roxie Kallroos, seventh grader Megan Hudec, freshman Kristi Mills and eighth grader Jeanette Frenzel blazed their way to a season best 10:41.2. The team dropped their time by 20 seconds.
The boys team ran next. The team of junior Butch Strand, eighth graders Kyle Michalek and Cody Rankin and sophomore Caleb Schneider fell behind on lap three and then began to close the gap but could not quite make it back as they dropped there time by 7 seconds to finish in 9:04.06.
The first Bulldog subsection champion was crowned next. Sophomore Tyler Dobmeier ran his best race of the year as he leaped his way to first place in a Bulldog record time of 19.35 in the 110 m hurdles. He beat the old record of 19.36 set by Thomas Bechtold in 1999. Sophomore Brandon Schmid also earned a trip to sections by placing fifth in the 110 hurdles with his best time of 21.66. Senior James Campbell-Eckdahl also placed in the hurdle race taking seventh with a 24.81.
The boys added two more qualifiers in the 1600 m run. Senior Charles Biberg and Butch Strand raced to the finish line to place third and fourth respectively to move on. Biberg finished with a 4:58.89 while Strand crossed the line at 5:00.19.
Meanwhile, over at the long jump pit, senior Zeke Burtard had a person best 18' .25" leap that placed him third. Jeanette Frenzel then jumped into fourth place with a 14' 1.5" effort.
Back at the track, the Bulldogs qualified two more in the 400 m run. Sophomore Keith Shaughnessy sprinted in at 53.78 to take third while freshman Mark Geerdes finished close behind at 56.85 taking fifth. Campbell-Eckdahl also placed in the 400 with a 59.08 to take eighth.
The Bulldogs then qualified two more the 800 m run. Jeanette Frenzel ran a 2:34.3 to take fourth. Schneider claimed the second first place finish for the boys as he ran a personal best 2:07.84 for the win. Cody Rankin also placed with a 2:24.28. Rankin took sixth.
Out in the fields, the Bulldogs third champion of the day was crowned as Sophomore Carrie Carrigan threw her season's best in the shot put. Carrigan thew a 31' 11" for the win.
Meanwhile, back on the track, Burtard sprinted to a third place finish in the 200 m to advance. Burtard's 24.89 second effort was his second best this year.
In the 3200, Biberg earned his second trip as he ran a solid race to take third overall with an 11:22.16. Seventh grader Matthew Jourdan broke the 12 minute mark with an 11:58.12 to place eighth.
As the running events came to a close, the boys 4x400 relay team of Strand, Rankin, Shaughnessy and Schneider combined for a season best 3:48.10 to take second an advance.
The final athlete to advance was Schmid. He earned his second trip in the triple jump. Schmid hopped, skipped and jumped to a 35' 2.5" mark that landed him fifth.
Good news came the next morning as the boys 4x200 relay team learned that they had run fast enough to qualify as a wild card relay.
The team of Sophomore Matthew Jedlica, Shaughnessy, Burtard and sophomore Travis Olafson had finished third but were fast enough to be the top wild card team.
In order to advance to the Section 8A meet on June 4 in Park Rapids, athletes needed to finish in the top five in an individual event or be part of first or second place relay team. In addition, a third place relay team could advance as a wild card if they were one of the top two times in the entire section of the teams that did not automatically qualify.
The Bulldogs place many other times during the meet. Medalling for the Bulldogs but not advancing were the girls 4x200 team of Cathy Frenzel, Justine Frenzel, Teresa Weidenborner and Rachel Fahey that took sixth. The girls 4x100 and 4x400 both took fifth but ran their best times of the year. Cathy Frenzel, Justine Frenzel, Teresa Weidenborner and Tonya Weidenborner combined for a 58.0 second run in the 4x100. Kallroos, Hudec, Mills and Frenzel recombined to run a 4:39.9 in the 4x400.
Mills broke the Bulldog record for the 400 m dash as she sprinted to a sixth place medal in 65.1. She beat the record of 66.5 held by both Olga Boinitch from 2001 and Jeanette Frenzel in 2010.
Cathy Frenzel added two sixth place medals for the long jump and triple jump while Tonya Weidenborner added a sixth place in the 3200.
For the boys, the 4x100 team of Jedlicka, Schmid, Burtard and Olafson sprinted to a third place finish in 49.58.
Adding points for the Bulldogs were Fahey (eighth in discus), senior Cody Graupmann (eighth in shot put), Shaughnessy (eighth in high jump), Hudec (eighth in the 1600), Dobmeier (eighth in the 300 hurdles) and Olafson (seventh in the 100).
Those advancing will compete in Park Rapid June 4 with the hope of advancing to the State Meet the next weekend.
Park Rapids 165
Trek North 12
Park Rapids 223.3
Trek North 8