Irish runners win NYA meet


Facing eight other teams, the Maple Lake boys and girls track teams won the Norwood Young America meet on Thursday, April 10.            
Kicking off the meet, Blair Stewig, Jessie Wohlrabe, Kayla Hoistad and Sommer Carlson ran as a team, racing in the 4×800 meter relay and turning in the Irish’s first win of the night with a time of 11:00.2. 
Following after the girls, Andrew Schonnesen, Jackson Willard, Scott Jordan and Ryan Kalinowski also ran the 4×800 meter relay, finishing first with a remarkable time of 8:54.3. 
First out of the blocks for the Irish was Jordan Sifferle, running the 100-meter hurdles and also crossing the finish line taking first. Sifferle finished in 17.1. 
“I feel like it was a good starting point for the season and, although the win was challenging running into the wind, I was still happy with my time,” Sifferle said. 
Also competing in the 100-meter hurdles, Grace Thiele took first in her heat but finished fifth overall with a time of 19.7. 
Moving the hurdles up a couple inches, the boys competed next in the 110-meter hurdles. Running from Maple Lake was Charlie Stejskal, placing second with a time of 18.2 followed by Austin Stuefen in fifth with a time of 19.4. 
Chase Olsen sprinted the 100-meter dash in 12.8, placing fourth. 
Coming in hot, McKenna Brown, Megan Webb, Brynn Paumen and Brielle Paumen completed the 4×200 meter relay first in 1:57.8. 
In a close race, Trevor Borell, Olsen, Trevor Paumen, and Dusty Strub had sharp handoffs in the boys 4×200 meter relay, placing just behind the first-place Royals with a time of 1:42.1. 
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