Jacket boys 3rd, girls 6th amid tough field
The Bluejacket track & field squads hosted their annual True Team meet on April 5, with the Cambridge-Isanti boys finishing 3rd and the girls 6th.
“This was a very good finish considering the competitiveness of the meet,” said C-I boys coach Kent Viesselman. “We had high-quality track athletes and track programs at the meet, including Stillwater who won the Class AA State boys title last spring.”
Jordan Kalk cleared 6-02 to win the high jump for Coach Viessleman’s team. Fellow senior Aaron Kordiak also rocked with a pair of 2nds in the 100 (11.7) and 400 (51.8). Kordiak also teamed with Travis Holt, Sam Thomas and Justin Rud to place 2nd in the 4×200.
Trevor Galligan added more big running points by running a 2:02 in the 800, good for 3rd. The senior joined Dan Kropidlowski, Kyle Willette and Rud for a runner-up finish in the 4×400 (3:36). The C-I throwers were led by Adam Muehlhauser (2nd in shot) and Jeremy Ham (4th in discus).
• The girls had their own strong performances while finishing behind Section 7AA partners Elk River, Anoka and St. Francis. Adelle Nelson cleared 9-0 to win the pole vault, and Emily Santiago-Holboy stayed hot with a 36-07 shot put throw to place 2nd behind defending State champ Maggie Ewen of St. Francis.
“Adelle Nelson continues to excel in the pole vault, and Emily Santiago-Holboy made her best throw of the season. The competition was strong at the True Team, so the fact that they both placed so well is pretty exciting,” noted C-I girls coach Linda Droubie. “Erica Young is another consistent big point-earner for us, taking 6th place in the 200 (27.39). Her goal is to be in the 26’s this season and with her work ethic and desire, she is likely to reach this goal. Melyssa Varsoke also performed well at the True Team in the hurdles, placing 5th in the 300 hurdles and 10th in the 100 hurdles. Melyssa is a freshman with a great deal of talent and potential.
“The coaching staff find this to be a fun group to coach this year. They are a talented, motivated and a great group of ladies.”
More Bluejacket girls highlights included Lily Porta placing 6th in the long jump (15-01), along with Kylie Baas going 6th (4-08) and Katie Beauto 8th (4-08) in the high jump. The 4×800 relay of Emily Moore, Paige Muehlhauser, Hannah Prigge and Bree Erickson combined for a 10:58 time, good for 4th place.
C-I True Team
BOYS: Stillwater 850, Anoka 782.5, Cambridge-Isanti 712, Elk River 683,5, St. Francis 559.5, Faribault 467, Grand Rapids 427, Hibbing 261.
GIRLS: Elk River 807, Anoka 731, Grand Rapids 721.5, Roseville 719.5, St. Francis 656, Cambridge-Isanti 592.5, Hibbing 278.5, Faribault 253.