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Stephenson prevails at North Dickinson Invitational

(Rand Hruska photo) North Dickinson’s Ashton Hord, right, edges past Florence-Niagara’s Morgan Borchardt in a sprint race Monday at Felch. Hord won the 100, 200, and 400 meters at the North Dickinson Invitational, while Borchardt edged out Hord in the long jump.

FELCH TOWNSHIP — Area track and field teams finished well behind the leaders in the North Dickinson Invitational here Monday.

The Stephenson girls were crowned champions with 180.9 points. They were followed by North Dickinson 102, Florence-Niagara, Wis. 84 and Carney-Nadeau 31.2.

“I thought our girls performed great,” said Stephenson coach Kate Kuntze. “We have a big team (in numbers). We have depth in the field events and a lot of younger sprinters.”

The Stephenson boys also won with 139 points, followed by Florence-Niagara 112 and Norway 95. North Central paced area teams in fifth at 43.

“This was our first look at many of our regional teams,” said Eagles’ coach Logan Carlson. “I thought we looked real well.”

Stephenson senior Paige Cappaert won shot put at 30 feet, 6 1/2 inches and discus (87-8) and helped the winning 1600 and 3200 relays.

Classmate Kylie Kuntze, also a part of the 3200 relay, added firsts in the 1600 at six minutes, 18.7 seconds and 3200 (13:56.4) and Sophomore Daisy Grinsteiner captured pole vault (7-9).

Junior Ashton Hord led North Dickinson, winning the 100 (13.8), 200 (28.94) and 400 (1:06.5) and placing second in long jump (13-6 1/2) with classmate Vanessa Lindholm taking the 800 (2:49.8).

“It felt pretty good to get under 29 in the 200,” said Hord. “The wind on the back stretch didn’t help at all. It usually goes against you. I need to work on my starts, although I’m definitely somebody who catches up in the end. In the 400, I just try to catch the people who are in front of me.”

Florence-Niagara junior Audrey Selden won the 100 hurdles (17.2) and 300s (54.3) and helped the winning 400 relay.

F-N senior Alyssa Cretton added a first in high jump (4-10), and sophomore Morgan Borchardt copped long jump (13-9) with both also part of the 400 relay.

Stephenson sophomore Spencer Coldren captured boys’ pole vault with a personal-best leap of 11-6 and the 400 (57.0) and helped the winning 1600 relay.

“I was hoping to get 12, although the wind was blowing with us which gave us an advantage pushing off,” he said. “That gave us more speed. The meet officials were helping everybody. They told me what I needed to do to get better. In the 400, I like to conserve energy until the final 100, then take off.”

The Eagles also swept the relays.

Florence-Niagara sophomore Blake Smith took the 110 hurdles (16.5) and 300s (44.3) and long jump (18-6 3/4). Junior Patrick Milan added firsts in the 100 (11.4) and 200 (23.8), and classmate Evan Bruemmer captured shot put (36-0).

Junior Aidan Richards provided Norway with a victory in discus (95-5), and senior Zach Seat won high jump (5-6).

Forest Park senior Mason Rintala won the 3200 in a personal-best 10:42.2, 1600 (4:47.3) and 800 (2:10.7).

“Going into the wind in the back stretch was a little challenging, although we had perfect conditions for distance running,” said Rintala. “I like the mile (1600) the best. My grandpa likes to see me run the mile, and I enjoy doing it.”

North Central junior Wyatt Raab placed second in shot (33-8), and senior Daniel Dani was runner-up in pole vault (9-0) and third in the 800 (2:28.8).

Junior Trent Naser provided the Jets with a third in the 300 hurdles (45.0) and tied for third with Norway senior Gabe Hautamaki (12.0) in the 100.

Boys

Stephenson 139.5

Florence-Niagara 112

Norway 95

Forest Park 51.5

North Central 43

North Dickinson 30

Carney-Nadeau 18

Superior Central 9

Girls

Stephenson 180.9

North Dickinson 102

Florence-Niagara 84

Carney-Nadeau 31.2

North Central 29.2

Norway 29

Superior Central 22.7

Forest Park 14

Boys

110 hurdles — Smith, F-N, 16.5; 100 — Milan, F-N, 11.4; 3200 relay –Stephenson, 10:09.9; 800 relay –Stephenson, 1:40.3; 1600 — M. Rintala, FP, 4:47.3; 400 relay –Stephenson, 47.5; 400 — Coldren, Steph., 57.; 300 hurdles — Smith, F-N, 44.3; 800 — M. Rintala, FP, 2:10.7; 200 –Milan, F-N, 23.8; 3200 –M. Rintala, FP, 10:42.2; 1600 relay –Stephenson, 3:50.8; High jump — Seat, N, 5-6; Long jump –Smith, F-N, 18-6.75; Pole vault — Coldren, Steph., 11-6; Shot put — Bruemmer, F-N, 36-0; Discus — Richards, N, 95-5.

Girls

100 hurdles — A. Selden, F-N, 17.2; 100 — Hord, ND, 13.8; 3200 relay — Stephenson, 11:59.9; 800 relay –Stephenson, 2:02.7; 1600 — Kuntze, Steph. 6:18.7; 400 relay — Florence-Niagara, 57.3; 400 — Hord, ND, 1:06.5; 300 hurdles — A. Selden, F-N, 54.3; 800 — V. Lindholm, ND, 2:49.8; 200 — Hord, ND, 29.0; 3200 –Kuntze, Steph. 13:56.4; 1600 relay –Stephenson, 4:52.1; High jump — Cretton, F-N, 4-10; Long jump — Borchardt, F-N, 13-9; Pole vault — Grinsteiner, Steph. 7-9; Shot put — P. Cappaert, Steph. 30-6.5; Discus — P. Cappaert, Steph. 87-8.

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