Crookston Athletics compete at indoor meeting at AND – Crookston Times

Natalie Dillon sports editor

The Crookston Pirates boys and girls track and field teams participated in their third indoor meeting of the year hosted by East Grand Forks on Friday, April 22nd at the AND High Performance Center.

The Pirates had been almost three weeks since their last track meeting at Concordia College, but that didn’t stop many of them from pitching PRs, including Tanner Giese. Despite the few meeting days this season, he has found ways to stay in the zone.

“I lift weights in the morning to stay in shape,” Giese said. “I work hard during training, especially when we’re doing the sprints.”

Athletics for boys

Despite many best performances since their last meeting, the boys’ side suffered a setback, finishing nine out of thirteen with 13 points. East Grand Forks won the meeting for the boys by 133 points.

Five sprinters took part in the 60m, led by Ethan Boll with a time of 7.62 (8th). Giese and Makoti Weber were second and third place finishers for Crookston with times of 8.24 (27th) and 8.43 (32nd), respectively. Boll and Giese were again in the top three for Crookston in the 200 meter dash. They posted times of 25.39 (9th) and 27.53 (32nd), respectively. Caden Boike started the race in 17th place with a time of 26.25. Carter Coauette was the only pirate in the 400m, taking sixth place with a time of 56.77.

Peter Wiersma and Jayden Mulvey finished the 800m back-to-back with times of 2:49.41 (27th) and 2:52.22 (28th), respectively. Thor Harbott represented Crookston in both the 1500m and 3000m with times of 4:50.80 (9th) and 10:50.33 (6th).

In the 4x200m relay, Crookston’s A squad of Coauette, Bool, Weber and Boike finished in 1:44.64 (8th), followed by the B squad of Javen Lund, Nathan Johanneck, Elliot Bartrum and Giese with a time of 1:58.78 (14th).

Boike and Johanneck were the only Pirates to compete in the shot put, scoring throws of 31’2″ (27′) and 27’6″ (49′) respectively. Wiersma represented Crookston in the high jump and recorded a height of 4ft 8in (14th). Weber overcame a pole in the pole vault and recorded a height of 7′ (13th). Boll, Coauette and Giese took part in the long jump. Boll was the top finisher for Crookston with a jump of 18′ (6th), followed by Coauette with a 17′ jump (15th) and Giese with a 16′ jump (20th).

Athletics for girls

The girls team finished third with West Marshall with a total of 72 points. East Grand Forks won the meeting with a girls team victory.

Eight different pirates ran in the 60-meter dash, with the top three running side-by-side in the same run. Breanna Kressin won the group with a time of 7.85 (2nd). Behind her came Halle Winjum and Cassie Solheim with times of 8.18 (6th) and 8.39 (10th) respectively. Winjum and Solheim also competed in the 200m and finished with times of 30.72 (24th) and 28.80 (5th). Carly Thode was also one of the top three finishers for Crookston in this event with a time of 30.62 (23rd). Of the three Pirates in the 400m, Hayden Winjum led them all with a time of 1:04.17 (2nd), setting a new personal best.

She admitted that she felt a bit uncomfortable with the track being 300m instead of 400m, but that didn’t seem to bother her.

“I’ve done my races several times, so I know what I’m looking for at certain points on the track,” said Hayden Winjum. “I’ve never run a 300m, so it definitely messed me up.”

Amanda Schultz and Angelica Perala were the other two Pirates to compete, finishing with times of 1:11.84 (17th) and 1:21.19 (30th), respectively.

Isabelle Smith and Kressin competed in both the 60-meter and 300-meter hurdles. Kressin continued her hurdling and won both races with times of 9.18 and 47.26. Smith finished the race with times of 11.22 (12th) and 55.03 (7th).

Maddie Harbott and Chloe Boll represented Crookston in the distance events. M. Harbott ran the 1500m in 6:29.34 (14th) and C. Boll ran the 3000m in 13:44.29 (8th).

Crookston had one team in each season. Halle Winjum, Hayden Winjum, Solheim and Thode finished fifth in the 4x200m with a time of 1:57.25. Schultz, M. Harbott, Makayla Tahran and Mariah Overgaard finished 8th in the 4x400m with a time of 5:05.38. Schultz and M. Harbott also competed in the 4x800m with Miryah Epema and C. Boll where they even finished 8th with a time of 11:00.00.

In the field, Libby Salentine led the shot putter with a throw of 29’10” (8th). Ally Perreault and JC Larson were the second highest finishers for Crookston with throws of 29’2.5″ (10th) and 27’10” (15th). Hayden Winjum and Smith jumped over four feet in the high jump with heights of 4ft 6″ (8th) and 4ft 3″ respectively. Halle Winjum was the only pirate to pole vault, recording a height of 7 feet (5th). Solheim continued her day with a third place in the long jump, posting a jump of 15’0.5”. Thode and Tessa Weber also took part and finished 15th (12’10”) and 18th (12’6″). Hayden Winjum also took third place in the triple jump with a jump of 30’9”.

Weather permitting, the Pirates will return to action on Tuesday, April 26 at 3:30 p.m. at Thief River Falls

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