Both Cambridge-Isanti track & field squads won their divisions at their own Norm Ayen Invite which was postponed a week to April 25 due to the prior week’s weather. The meet began with a nice tribute to the “Bluejackets No. 1 Fan,” Phil Becklin, who passed away April 15. A 1949 Bluejacket graduate, Phil helped at hundreds of athletic events over the years and was often seen in the infield working at track meets.
With a little chill in the CIHS air, the Bluejacket boys ran away with their meet title by racking up 172.25 points.
The C-I field contingent posted impressive results to gather points. Patrick Jones won the pole vault at 12-06, with teammates Bryan Nelson and Cody Hemmelgarn tying for 2nd at 11-0. In the long jump, Romuald Singleton cleared 20-07 and Justin Rud marked 19-02 to sweep the top two spots.
Darren DeBaere won the discus at 123-10 and was 2nd in the shot put at 45-08. Hunter Vavra (38-03), Rud (37-10) and Travis Holt (36-06) placed 3rd, 4th & 5th in the triple jump. Ryan Coop added a 3rd place in the high jump (5-08), and Clinton Treichel was 6th in the discus (109-04).
The Bluejackets also earned a 1st place in the 4×400 when Dan Kropidlowski, Matt Kuehn, John Solberg and Holt teamed for a 3:38.0 time. C-I had two relays place 2nd: the 4×100 (Kuehn, Kyle Willette, Sam Thomas & Solberg – 46.9) and the 4×200 (Rud, Kropidlowski, Holt & Willette – 1:36.4).
More running highlights for the C-I boys came from: Justin Gordon (2nd in the 110 hurdles); Solberg (3rd in the 100); Holt (5th in 200); Kropidlowski (2nd) and Kuehn (3rd) in the 400; Banks (5th) and Andrew Fosse (6th) in the 800; and Henry Boettcher (3rd in the 3200).
“I thought we had an excellent showing in several events. I was particularly pleased with the field events, the 110 high hurdles and the relays. It was a good showing for our first outdoor meet of the year,” commented C-I Coach Kent Viesselman. “I am really pleased with the veteran leadership of this team, but also some of the young guys have really stepped up, as well. It’s been a very encouraging start to our season.”
C-I Girls hold off Vikings
The Bluejacket girls also defended their Ayen title by holding off Section 7AA partner North Branch by 12 points.
“Once again, we excelled in the field events. We had several personal-bests Thursday night and are looking forward to warm weather and more outdoor meets,” noted C-I Coach Linda Droubie.
Her Jacket jumpers were instrumental to a strong night in the field competition. Kylie Baas tied for 1st in the high jump (4-10), Greta Holt won the long jump (16-01), and Jordan Galeazzi was 1st in the triple jump (33-06). Emily Baker won the shot put crown at 30-04.
More notable field performances for C-I: Laura Meier (4th) and Anna Nelson (6th) in the pole vault; Carlynn Galeazzi (5th in the long jump); Lily Porta (5th in the triple jump); Madeline Krueger (6th in the shot, 6th in discus); and Allison Krueger (5th in discus).
Paige Muehlhauser led the running contingent by winning the 400 at 1:02.3. The Bluejackets had two 2nd-place relays: the 4×200 (Holt, Porta, Thessa Daniels, J. Galeazzi– 54.3) and the 4×800 (Emily Moore, Bree Erickson, Maddie Oullette, Muehlhauser– 10:33.9). More running points came from: J. Galeazzi (3rd in the 100); Oullette (3rd in the 800); and Melyssa Varsoke (6th in the 300 hurdles).
Braham track highlights
The Braham squads also competed at the Ayen Invite. Jaclyn Hollenkamp posted the Bomber girls’ top finish with a 2nd in the 100 (13.5). Jenna Winter was 7th in the pole vault (7-06).
Zach Dahlman placed 4th in the 400 (54.4) for the Braham boys and was 6th in the triple jump (35-05). Thomas Warner ran to the 4th-place time in the 1600 (5:05.4).
CIHS Norm Ayen Invite
Boys: Cambridge-Isanti 172.25, North Branch 123.25, Cloquet 101, Duluth East 87, Proctor 84, Chisago Lakes 60, Annandale 52, Braham 19.25.
Girls: Cambridge-Isanti 132, North Branch 120, Annandale 109.5, Cloquet 95, Chisago Lakes 94, Duluth East 93, Proctor 44.5, Braham 11.