With one event remaining the Moose Lake-Willow River boys trailed Esko by 3.5 points in the chase for the team title at the Section 7A championships held at UMD on Fri., June 1. The 4 X 400-meter team of Jake Disterhaupt, Isaac Coil, Ben Moonen and Josh Cisar took care of the task at hand in grand style, not only winning the event but doing so with a new school record of 3:30.96. The previous record dated back to 1980 and was held by Craig Peterson, Robert Filipiak, Gary Carlson and Dean Kuhlman at 3:31.2.
The final first-place 10 points pushed the Rebels past the Eskomos by 6.5 points with ML-WR taking the title with 87.50 points compared to Esko’s second-place 81 points. Furthermore, Rebels head boys coach Tony Andres, in his second year at the helm, was named Section 7A Track and Field Coach of the Year..
With Andres planning balancing the attack and the boys responding by agreeing to unselfishly take the events assigned for the team and performing in an amazing manner, ML-WR will be sending two relays and four individuals to the State Track and Field Class A Meet to be held at Hamline University in St. Paul on Fri., June 8 and Sat., June 9.
A check of the trophy case in Moose Lake revealed a Section 7A Champ trophy from 1999, a Sub-section 25 second place from 1997 and a District 25 Runner-up from 1982. There is now a large Section 7 Championship trophy to display and be very proud of.
Hinckley-Finlayson did quite well with a third place boys team score of 78 points. The Jaguars will be sending a total of one relay team and seven individuals between their boys and girls athletes. Cromwell was able to send one male athlete to the State Meet. (NOTE: * denotes state qualifier) Cromwell was 17th among 23 teams with 11 points. East Central was 22nd with three points and Barnum was 23rd with two points.
The following represents those boys individuals, relays and field events for Moose Lake-Willow River, Hinckley-Finlayson, Cromwell, East Central and Barnum that scored points by placing among the top eight at the meet: 100-meter dash - *David Paynotta, H-F, 1st, 11.13. 200-meter dash - *Jake Disterhaupt, ML-WR, 1st, 22.43; *Paynotta, 2nd, 22.60. 400-meter dash - *Josh Cisar, 1st, 49.87 (new personal and new school record). *Ben Moonen, ML-WR, 1st, 1:58.38 (broke school record and set new p.r.). 1,600-meter run - Jeremiah LeTourneau, H-F, 4th, 4:42.16. 110-meter high hurdles - *Michael Pender, ML-WR, 1st, 16.11; *Mikey Scott, (5th in finals but qualified by standard by running 16.57 in prelims to beat the standard of 15.63), Steven Gunderson, East Central, 6th, 17.67. 300-meter hurdles - *Chase Rueger, H-F, 2nd, 41.61; Pender, 3rd, 42.19. 4 X 100-meter relay - *H-F, 1st, 45.07; ML-WR, 6th, 46.62. 4 X 200-meter relay - *ML-WR, 1st, 1:31.61 (lowered school-record); Cromwell, 8th, 1:40.22. 4 X 400-meter relay - *ML-WR, 1st, 3:30.96 (lowered school record). 4 X 800-meter relay - Cromwell, 5th, 9:00.56. High Jump - *Rueger, H-F, 6-1; Disterhaupt, ML-WR, 3rd, 5-11. Pole Vault - Michael Lenz, H-F, 4th, 11-6. Long Jump - *Paynotta, H-F, 2nd, 20-11; Jon Evenson, ML-WR, 4th, 19-2. Triple Jump - Josh Cisar, ML-WR, 3rd, 41-4; Isaac Coil, ML-WR, 7th, 39-5.50. Discus - *Austin Johnson, Cromwell, 1st, 141-1. Shot Put - *Chris Carlstrom, H-F, 1st, 48-7.75; Brady Youngberg, Barnum, 7th, 121-5.
The Hinckley- Finlayson girls team finished 9th among the 27 teams with 22.33 points. Cromwell was 10th with 20 points. ML-WR was 15th with nine points. East Central was 18th with seven points and Barnum was 23rd with three points. The following represents those girls individuals, relays and field events for ML-WR, H-F, Cromwell, EC and Barnum that scored points by placing among the top eight at the meet. (NOTE: * denotes state qualifier). 400-meter dash - Hayley Johnson, ML-WR, 6th, 1:03.87. 800-meter run - *Brianna Schultz, H-F, 2nd, 2:22.67; Lizzy Swanson, EC, 4th, 2:26.86; Allie Cahoon, Cromwell, 5th, 2:27.54. 4 X 100-meter relay - Cromwell, 5th, 53.05. 4 X 100-meter relay - ML-WR, 6th, 46.62. 4 X200-meter relay - Cromwell, 6th, 1:54.82; H-F, 8th, 1:56.70. 4 X 400-meter relay - Cromwell, 5th, 4:27.55. 4 X 800-meter relay, ML-WR, 3rd, 10:16.52; Cromwell, 6th, 10:31.89; East Central, 7th, 10:45.21. High Jump - Madison Hlavka, Barnum, 6th, 4-9. Pole Vault - *Cassidy Duncan, H-F, 2nd, 8-6; Olivia Erickson, H-F, tie for 8th, 7-6. Discus - Lanae Nelson, H-F, 4th, 102-6; Samantha Suhonen, Cromwell, 7th, 98-10.