A moment of silence was observed before the National Anthem, and blue-ribbon pins were passed out to all 12 teams to be worn during the competition to honor fallen Conservation Officer Eugene Wynn prior to the 62nd annual Chengwatana Track Invitational on Friday, April 26.

“Both the Dragon girls and boys teams did very well, and they had some great performances. Unfortunately, they had a few holes in the lineup as a few of our kids were sick. As we get healthy, we will accomplish even greater things,” said coach Jared Clementson.


The Pine City girls team scored 162 points and placed second out of 11 teams. Mora won with 173.5 points. Rush City was third with 86.67 points.

Sophie Lahti was the Dragons’ top scorer with 24 points. Alaina Steele scored 19 points, Lydia Adams scored 15, and Dorothy Miller, Kelsey Erickson and Ellaina Johnson each scored 14 points. In all, Pine City had 20 girls score points in the meet.

Pine City won four events. The most exciting race of the day was the girls 4x400m relay. The team of Grace Grubbs, Lydia Adams, Sophie Lahti and Alaina Steele came from behind to win by 0.86 seconds with a time of 4:27.69.

Alaina Steele won the 800m by five seconds with a time of 2:28.63. Dorothy Miller won the triple jump by over two feet as she jumped 33’ 4”. Teammate Kelsey Erickson was second with a jump of 31’ 0”. Erickson also placed third in the long jump: 14’ 5.5”. The 4x800m relay of Arissa Rydberg, Grace Grubbs, Sophie Lahti and Lydia Adams won by 13 seconds with a time of 11:29.11.

Pine City’s 4x200m relay team of Ellaina Johnson, Alaina Steele, Emily Carpenter and Summer Thieman placed second in a time of 1:55.25, and the 4x100m relay team of Ellaina Johnson, Ainsley Vinaja, Kensi Tayerle and Emma Johnson placed second with a time of 54.86. Arissa Rydberg ran her personal best 1600m to place second in a time of 6:03.94.

In the high jump, Sophie Lahti and Kensi Tayerle both jumped 4’ 8” to place second and third.

Cara Kuhn placed third in both the shot put (29’ 6”) and discus (82’ 7”). In the 100m dash Ellaina Johnson (13.57) and Emily Carpenter (13.85) placed third and fourth. Sophie Lahti placed third in the 300m hurdles (54.50), and in the 200m dash, Ainsley Vinaja placed third (28.94).


The Dragons boys team won with a total of 160.5 points, finishing 7.5 points ahead of Mora. Hinckley-Finlayson placed third with 95.5 points.

Tucker Dalen was Pine City’s top scorer with 26 points. Dawson Clifford scored 25, TJ Rank scored 22, Logan Vinaja scored 21 and JJ Preston scored 16 points. The Dragons had a total of 17 boys score in the meet and won five of the 18 events.

The Dragons’ 4x400m relay team of Tryston West, Caleb Fromm, Tommy Ryan and Logan Vinaja won by five seconds in a time of 3:42.72. Logan Vinaja came from behind to win the 1600m in a time of 4:53.74. Teammate Tommy Ryan finished fourth in a time of 5:03.71.

TJ Rank won the 300m hurdles with a time of 44.74. Teammate Tucker Dalen (47.29) placed fifth. Dawson Clifford won the pole vault with a vault of 10’ 0”. Teammate TJ Rank placed fifth with a height of 8’6”. JJ Preston won the shot put with a toss of 42’ 8” and took third in the discus with a throw of 108’ 0”.

The Dragon 4x200m relay team of Jason Thieman, Caleb Fromm, Hunter Peacock and Dawson Clifford placed second in a time of 1:41.29. In the long jump, Tucker Dalen (18’ 6”) and Dawson Clifford (18’ 5.5”) placed second and third. Dalen also placed second in the triple jump (39’ 10”). In the 200m dash, Tryston West placed second with a time of 24.65. Logan Vinaja placed third in the 800m with a time of 2:09.34.

TJ Rank earned a spot on Pine City High School’s top ten list with a time of 17.57 in the 110m hurdles.

The Dragons will now head north to Esko on Tuesday, May 7 for the Section True Team meet.

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