Strong finish leads to True Team second place for Irish boys

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by Rachel Latour Intern On Saturday, May 18, the girls and boys teams were on the road at 7:30 a.m. to Stillwater to compete in the True Team State meet. Although the weather wasn’t ideal with the downpouring of rain for the first part of the meet, the Irish still battled through and had a fun-filled day, with the boys taking second and the girls placing sixth. The boys team just fell short to being back-to-back state champs as they lost to the Cotter team by 14.5 points. Coming in third place was Esko with 368, then Holdingford with 362.5, Luverne with 338.5, Blue Earth Area with 301, Pine Island with 277.5, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton with 241, and Crookston with 195. The 4x800 relay team, who took second to a tough Cotter team, broke the school record. Ryan Kalinowski had one of the best set of races as he dueled one of the top 800 runners in that race, had a solid open 800, then passed two other teams' anchor runners to win the 4x400 relay at the end. Senior Drew Hanson had three great races, too, and Matt Mooney and Ben Winkelman went 2-3 each with a p.r. in the 300 hurdles. Mooney also won the 110 hurdles. Also, D.J. Cranston won the pole vault with the whole team watching after the final race. This year at the True Team State meet, the girls ended up getting sixth overall with 309 points. First place went to Esko who had 414.5 points, then Luverne with 403.5, Osakis with 383; Lake City with 350; Blue Earth Area with 336.5, Trinity School River Ridge 288.5; West Marshall with 234.5, and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton with 213.5. “Courtney Pribyl got the lone win for the girls in the 100 hurdles, and Jordan Sifferle was not far behind her,” coach Ben Youngs said. “Our pole vaulters were solid today, too.” “We tried to get past the cold and rain in the morning at True Team State, but our high jumpers and throwers had an uphill battle,” said Youngs. “It's just hard to grip the shot and discus, and hard to get the muscles going. Still, it's no real excuse. All other teams had to battle the same issues. Overall we held our own, but it did keep us from getting good marks. “ Youngs also added that he’s very proud of the kids. They all tried hard and competed for their teammates and themselves. They went up against the best in the state which was no easy task. May 14 was a big day for the Irish track athletes. The conference meet this year was held in Pierz. It was a great day for both teams as they each won themselves yet again another conference title. For the conference meet, in individual races, the top three are considered All-Conference and the top relay. Boys For the boys, it was the fourth straight year winning the CMC title. Like always, they competed with all they had, which in return had great results. In the end, the Maple Lake boys were in first place with 204 points. Following them were Holdingford with 142.5, Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball with 134.5, Pierz with 65, Rockford with 58, HLWW with 47, and BBE with 19. The boys set four school records at this meet. Cody Bakka bested Kent Pawelk's 100 meter dash record with 11.42. Nick Feikema beat Joey Mooney's triple jump record in going 41' 10.5. Isaac Kotila beat his record from earlier this year by putting the shot 49' 9". D.J. Cranston's 13' pole vault was a huge accomplishment and beat Nat Arneson's record from 2008. This was the girls’ third straight year winning the CMC. Knowing they were going to have to work a little bit harder than the boys team to get what they want, each girl competed her heart out. The Maple Lake girls were in first place with 184.5 points, then Holdingford with 136.5, Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball with 123.5, BBE with 66.5, HLWW with 56, Pierz with 54, and Rockford with 45. “Jordan Sifferle had a great day, earning all-conference in the hurdles and a p.b. in triple jump,” said Coach Youngs. 
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