The Wildcat track team finally got the season going last Thursday, April 10 with a triangular at Chisago Lakes High School. First year head coach Mike Holmquist said, “We were originally scheduled to compete at Buffalo on Tuesday, but because their facilities were still not ready, they cancelled. Ken Orwoll, with all his years of experience, was able to piece together a triangular for us to host on Thursday instead. The weather couldn't have been better, for early April, and the triangular with Cambridge-Isanti and Grand Rapids was a success.”
Girls The Wildcat girls had four first place finishes on the day. Sarah Greene placed first in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:03.06 and the triple jump with a distance of 32’2.5”. Freshman phenom Isabel Hindt won the 200 meter dash with a time of 28.38 seconds and Emma Leah Trandahl came in first in the high jump with a leap of 4’10”. Greene also finished second in the 200 meter dash and the high jump. The versatile Hindt took second in the 100 meter dash, fourth in the long jump, and sixth in the 400 meter dash. Trandahl took third in the 200 meter dash. Holmquist said, “Going one, two and three in the 200 meters shows the speed and versatility of our girls.” Rounding off the top three finishers for girls are Natalie Sandstrom and Katie Christy, who took second and third in the 800.
Boys Quinton Lee had a great day for the boys. He won the 400 meter dash with a time of 53.40 seconds and also won the 800 meter run with a time of 2:13.18. Andy Magnuson was the only other event winner for the Wildcat boys, winning the 1600 meter run in a time of 4:38.05, nearly 11 seconds better than the second place finisher. Zachary West finished second in the 3200 meter run with a time of 10.56.70, just 0.15 seconds behind winner Henry Boettcher of Cambridge-Isanti. Lee placed third in the 110 meter high hurdles. Magnuson took third in the triple jump. Sophomore Nick Bartz ran his first race of the year and took second in the 800 meter dash. Kenny Gustafson came in second in the discus and Joe Olinger got third in the 400.