The Cambridge-Isanti track & field squads hosted their depth-testing True Team Invitational on April 22, holding their own when the Bluejacket boys placed 3rd and the girls were 4th on a decent spring day.
The true team format scores the top three entrants for each squad, and the Bluejacket boys pole vaulters swept the top three spots when James Moyer cleared 13-0 and both Bryant Nelson and Cody Hemmelgarn flew over 12-06. The long jump saw C-I’s John Solberg win with a 20-03, Moyer place 6th at 18-09, and Chase Hicks go 8th at 18-06.
Darren DeBaere continued his strong throwing season when he placed 3rd in the discus (128-09) and was 7th in the shot put (42-11). Calvin Thompson led the triple jumpers with a 4th-place 38-11. Moyer (5-08) and Devin Malik (5-06) placed top-10 in the high jump.
Justin Gordon ran a 15.5 to place 2nd in the 110 hurdles– an event he was invited to compete in at Friday’s Hamline Elite meet. Cole Crocker was 5th in the 300 hurdles (44.2) and 6th in the 110s (16.4), with Karl Sternquist (44.9) and Geoffery Slaughter (45.7) adding solid placings in the 300s.
Solberg paced the sprinters by taking 2nd in the 100m dash (11.2) and 4th in the 200 (23.5). Gabe Smisson’s 54.9 led C-I’s 400 entries. Nick Marshall ran an 8th-place 2:05 in the 800 and was 5th in the 1600 (4:43). Paden Hallman (4:46 in the 1600, 7th) and Henry Boettcher (4:47, 8th in 1600 & 10:38, 9th in 3200) added distance points.
“I think we have a pretty balanced team. John Solberg has looked good in the sprints. Our hurdlers have been really solid, as well. In the 110s, Justin Gordon and Cole Crocker have done a fantastic job this season. In the 300s we have some young hurdlers that I am excited about. Nick Marshall ran personal-bests in the 1600, 800 and on the 4th-place 4×400 relay,” said C-I Coach Kent Viesselman.
He continued, “We have always tried to do well in the field, and we have good balance there. We went 1st-3rd in the pole vault which is pretty unusual in a meet with that many big teams. We finished in 3rd place but it was to two very large schools in Anoka and Stillwater who are traditional powers in our state.”
Field points lead C-I Girls
The Bluejacket girls pole vaulters also scored well at the True Team when Anna D. Nelson, Laura Meier and Michaela Pasch all went over 8-06 for 2nd – 4th place. The jumpers also produced when Greta Holt (15-08) and Carlynn Galleazzi (15-05) placed 4th and 5th in the long. In the triple, Jordyn Galleazzi led with a 4th-place 32-10, followed by C. Galleazzi (32-03, 6th) and Kayli Knighton-Johnson (31-01, 9th). In the high jump, Holt (4-6) and Taylor Glotzbach (4-04) placed in the top 10.
Scoring higher throwing points for C-I in the shot were Emily Baker (31-05, 4th) and Madeline Krueger (31-0, 7th). In the discus, Allison Krueger (97-08) led with a 3rd-place, and M. Krueger (95-07) placed 5th.
J. Galleazzi paced the sprinters by taking 6th in the 100 (13.4) and 7th in the 200 (28.4), with Holt adding an 8th in the 200 (28.6). Bree Erickson was the top distance runner when she finished 6th in the 3200 (12:59) and 9th in the 1600 (5:53).
“We will be hosting the Section True Team meet here Tuesday, May 6 which we are very excited about. It’s a huge meet made up of Blaine, Centennial, Chisago Lakes, Duluth East, Mahtomedi, White Bear Lake, St. Francis, Forest Lake and us,” said Coach Viesselman. “It’s the first time in the history of True Team (started in 1987) that this meet has not been at White Bear Lake. We are hoping to have a good showing.”
C-I True Team Invite: BOYS: Anoka 866, Stillwater 865, Cambridge-Isanti 767.5, St. Francis 570.5, Grand Rapids 495.5, Esko 450.5, Hibbing 357, Mesabi East 286. GIRLS: Anoka 798, St. Francis 667.5, Grand Rapids 543, Cambridge-Isanti 541, Esko 371, Mesabi East 361, Hibbing 336.5.