Dragons ready to compete after 11 days of workouts

Pine City faced a lot of heavy competition, as most of the competing schools are from the larger Class AA, during the True Team Meet in Esko on Tuesday, May 7. The Dragons were ready to compete, after 11 days of workouts due to a canceled Tigerama Meet in Rush City.


The Pine City girls team placed fifth out of 11 teams with 421 points. Cloquet won with 597 points. This was the highest ever finish at this meet for the Dragon girls and they were the highest placing team from Class A.

Dorothy Miller was Pine City’s top scorer with 49 points. Sophie Lahti was close behind with 47.5 points. Alaina Steele scored 43 points and was the Dragons’ lone event winner, repeating her 800m victory from last year (2:26.85). Steele also anchored the 4x800m relay with teammates Grace Grubbs, Sophie Lahti and Ella Sell placed third in a season’s best time of 10:30.18. Dorothy Miller was runner up in the triple jump where she tied her personal best of 33’ 4”. She also placed seventh in the long jump (14’ 5”).

Pine City’s highest scoring event was the girls 3200m where seventh graders Arissa Rydberg (12:47.31) and Eva Johnson (12:47.34) raced to the finish to place third and fourth. This race was so close the photo finish had to be reviewed to help determine their places.

Ellaina Johnson placed fifth in the 100m dash with a personal best time of 13.49. Emma Schmidt placed sixth in the discus (92’ 10”). Sophie Lahti placed eighth in the 300m hurdles (53.60). The Dragon girls placed sixth in the 4x200m relay (1:55.67) consisting of Ellaina Johnson, Ainsley Vinaja, Emily Carpenter and Kensi Tayerle.

The 4x100m relay, consisting of Ellaina Johnson, Ainsley Vinaja, Emma Johnson and Summer Thieman, placed seventh (55.26) and the 4x400m relay, consisting of Ella Sell, Grace Grubbs, Sophi Lahti and Alaina Steele also placed seventh (4:35.52).


The Pine City boys team placed seventh out of 11 teams with 310.5 points. Grand Rapids won with 573 points. Mora was the only class A school that placed ahead of the Dragons, in fifth with 405 points.

TJ Rank was Pine City’s top scorer with 45 points. Logan Vinaja and Tucker Dalen each scored 39.5 points. Tommy Ryan scored 37.5 points and Dawson Clifford scored 37 points.

The Dragons’ best place finish of the day was Dawson Clifford’s third place finish in the pole vault where he vaulted 11’ 0”. TJ Rank placed eight with a height of 10’ 0”.

Tommy Ryan (4:44.58) and Logan Vinaja (4:45.19) ran personal best times in the 1600m to place fifth and sixth. Vinaja also placed eighth in the 800m with a time of 2:09.93. JJ Preston threw the shot put 41’ 6.5”, good for sixth place. Caleb Fromm placed seventh in the 400m dash in a personal best time of 55.19. Tucker Dalen tied for seventh in the high jump (4’ 8”) and placed eighth in the triple jump (37’ 9”).

The Dragons placed seventh in the 4x400m relay (3:44.15), which consisted of George Ausmus, Caleb Fromm, Tommy Ryan and Logan Vinaja.

 The Sub-Section meet will be held on Tuesday, May 21 in Pine City.

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