Six make school's top 10

The Dragons track and field team traveled to Foley on Thursday, April 18 for the Foley Invite. Pine City tested themselves against some very strong competition and had six performances that made it into the top 10 list in Pine City School History.


The Dragon girls placed fifth out of 10 teams with 65.5 points. Foley won with 161 points. Pine City had a total of 17 girls score points in the meet.

Alaina Steele was the Dragon top scorer with 10.5 points. Sophie Lahti scored 9, Dorothy Miller scored 8, Kelsey Erickson scored 6.5, and Eva Johnson scored 6 points. Pine City did not have any event winners; however, the team had strong top five placements.

Alaina Steele placed second in the 800m run with a great early season time of 2:25.61.

Dorothy Miller placed second in the triple jump with a personal best of 32’ 9.75” and Kelsey Erickson placed third with a jump of 31’ 3.75”.

Emma Schmidt placed fourth in the discus with a throw of 90’ 7”. The Dragon 4x100m relay team of Ellaina Johnson, Ainsley Vinaja, Kensi Tayerle and Summer Thieman placed fourth with a time of 55.67. The 4x400m relay team of Alexis Thieman, Grace Grubbs, Lydia Adams and Alaina Steele placed fourth in a time of 4:30.89.

Sophie Lahti placed fifth in the 300m hurdles with a time of 53.55. The 4x200m relay team of Ellaina Johnson, Ainsley Vinaja, Emily Carpenter and Summer Thieman placed fifth in a time of 1:55.23. The 4x800m relay team of Sophie Lahti, Lydia Adams, Arissa Rydberg and Grace Grubbs also placed fifth in a time of 10:54.


The Pine City boys placed fourth out of 10 teams with 78.5 points, only 2.5 points out of third place. Pierz won with 116.5 points. The Dragons had a total of 16 boys score in the meet.

Tommy Ryan was the Dragons’ top scorer with 22 points. Logan Vinaja scored 14 points, Tucker Dalen scored 13.5, Tryston West scored 8, and both Dawson Clifford and Caleb Fromm scored 7.5 points each.

The Dragons had two event winners, Tommy Ryan and Logan Vinaja. Tommy Ryan won the 1600m in a time of 4:48.71 and Logan Vinaja won the 800m with a time of 2:09.83. Ryan finished second behind Vinaja in the 800m, in a time of 2:10.85.

The Pine City 4x400m relay of Tryston West, Caleb Fromm, Tommy Ryan and Logan Vinaja placed second in a time of 3:40.00.

“It was a thrilling race where Logan almost caught the first place team after being a ways behind,” said coach Jared Clementson.

Tucker Dalen placed third in the triple jump (40’ 3.5”), fifth in the long jump (19’ 1”) and tied for fifth in the high jump (5’ 4”). Dawson Clifford placed fifth in the pole vault (10’ 0”). Tryston West placed fifth in the 200m dash in a time of 24.80.

Top ten

Alaina Steele’s second place finish in the 800m run, Dorothy Miller’s second place in the triple jump, Tucker Dalen’s third place triple jump leap, Eva Johnson’s sixth place 3200m run of 12:47.47, T J Rank’s sixth place 300m run of 44.80, and JJ Preston’s seventh place shot put throw of 42’3” were the team’s individual performances that made it into the top 10 list in Pine City School history.

Pine City will be hosting the Chengwatana on Friday, April 26 starting at 3:45 p.m.

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