The Dragons traveled to Rush City on Tuesday, April 9 to participate in the Rush City Invite. Pine City did great despite the cold and windy weather. The athletes performed well, but they will improve once the weather gets nicer. Despite the weather, both the girls and boys track and field teams came home with the victory.
The Pine City girls scored 179 points to win by 79.5 points over second place Rush City. It was a great full team effort as the Dragons had 30 different girls who contributed to the scoring of the meet and won seven out of the 18 events. Ten athletes scored 10 or more points each.
Alaina Steele was Pine City’s highest point scorer with 18 points. Summer Thieman and Kelsey Erickson both scored 14 points. Emily Carpenter, Sophie Lahti, Lydia Adams, Cara Kuhn and Ellaina Johnson all scored 12 points. Eva Johnson scored 11 points and Livia Isackson-Rod scored 10 points.
The long jump was the Dragons’ best event as Livia Isackson-Rod took first (13’ 9”), Kelsey Erickson took second (13’ 2.5”), Hailee Rydberg took third (12’ 11”) and Ainsley Vinaja took fifth (12’ 9.5”).
The 800m was another great event with Alaina Steele (2:41), Lydia Adams (2:48) and Grace Grubbs (2:54) sweeping the event 1-2-3.
The Dragons won three of the four relays. The 4x100m relay of Ellaina Johnson, Emma Johnson, Emily Carpenter and Summer Thieman, won with a time of 56.5. The 4x200m relay of Ainsley Vinaja, Allyson Chromey, Kensi Tayerle and Summer Thieman, won with a time of 1:59.5 and the 4x400m relay of Kloey Lind, Grace Grubbs, Lydia Adams and Alaina Steele, won with a time of 4:43.5.
Eva Johnson won the 3200m (13:05) with teammate Arissa Rydberg (13:10) placing second. Sophie Lahti won the 300m hurdles (53.1). Maddy Graham took second in the pole vault (6’ 6”).
The Dragons took second, third and fourth in both the 200m dash (Summer Thieman (29.1), Ellaina Johnson (29.3) and Emily Carpenter (29.3) and shot put (Cara Kuhn (27’ 7”), Emma Schmidt (25’ 6”) and Maggie Smetana (24’ 3.25”). Pine City went second, third and fifth in the 100m dash with Emily Carpenter (13.7), Ellaina Johnson (13.9) and Emma Johnson (14.2) and the high jump, Kensi Tayerle (4’ 6”), Sophie Lahti (4’ 6”) and Maddy Graham (4’ 2”).
In the discus the Dragons went second and third with Cara Kuhn (88’ 0”) and Emma Schmidt (81’ 1”). They also went second and third in the 100m hurdles with Kloey Lind (19.9) and Megan Cunnien (20.9). In the 1600m Pine City went second and fourth with Alaina Steele (6:03) and Lydia Adams (6:22). Alexis Thieman placed fourth in the 400m dash (73.5).
The Pine City boys scored 121 points to beat second place Hinckley-Finlayson by 15 points, having 15 athletes contributing to the scoring in the meet. Pine City won eight of the 18 events with six Dragons with over 10 points.
TJ Rank was the top scorer with 22 points. Tucker Dalen scored 20 points and Tommy Ryan scored 18 points. JJ Preston and Dawson Clifford each scored 14 points and Logan Vinaja scored 12 points.
Pine City won two of the four relays. The 4x200m relay of TJ Rank, Caleb Fromm, Hunter Peacock and Dawson Clifford won with a time of 1:42.9. The 4x400m relay of Timmy Johnson, TJ Rank, Caleb Fromm and Logan Vinaja won with a time of 3:48.8.
TJ Rank won the 300m hurdles with a time of 45.4. Logan Vinaja won the 800m with a time of 2:09.9. Tommy Ryan won the 3200m with a time of 11:10. Tucker Dalen won the triple jump with a jump of 37’ 8.5” and JJ Preston won the shot put with a toss of 41’ 11.5”.
In the discus Pine City went second and third with JJ Preston (110’ 11”) and Kenny Vo (96’ 0”). The Dragons also went second and third in the pole vault with TJ Rank (9’ 0”) and Dawson Clifford (9’ 0”). The Dragons finished second and fourth in the long jump with Tucker Dalen (18’ 2.75”) and Dawson Clifford (17’ 0”).
In the 200m dash Hunter Peacock (25.8) placed third and Caleb Fromm (25.9) placed fifth. Noah Miller placed third in the 3200m (12:48). Tommy Ryan placed third in the 400m dash (57.4), and Dawson Clifford also placed third in the 110m hurdles (18.2). Hunter Peacock placed fifth in the 100m dash (12.6).
Pine City will be at the Foley Invite on Thursday, April 18. This is a great meet with very good competition.