MLHS runners heading to True Team State


From day one, the Maple Lake Irish track athletes practiced through all conditions to prepare themselves for Tuesday, May 6, the True Team Sub-Section Meet. Hosting 20 teams, the Maple Lake runners put all their hard work into their events, and in return, both the boys and girls teams earned themselves a trip back to the True Team State Meet for the third year in a row.
Filled with anxiousness for the first race of the night, Jessie Wohlrabe, Blair Stewig, Katelyn Kramer and Kayla Hoisted ran the 4×800  relay. The girls finished third (10:58).
Running against new competition brought no obstacles to the boys 4×800 relay.  Evan Hertwig, Scott Jordan, Devin Deringer, and Ryan Kalinowski ran their race smoothly, winning the race in 8:44 and putting the team in first place, where they stayed the rest of the night.
Running partially into the wind, Jordan Sifferle ran strong in the 100-meter hurdles and placed fourth (17.5).
Also placing fourth, Charlie Stejskal competed in the 110-meter hurdles and crossed the finish line in 17.5. Aaron Reese was also top 10, placing ninth (19.1).
Out of 35 runners, Brielle Paumen placed fifth in the 100-meter dash (13.9).
Sprinting the boys 100-meter dash, Cody Bakka placed fourth (11.8) and Dusty Strub placed eighth (12.0).
Throughout most of the night, the Maple Lake girls battled, continuously switching team places, with Trinity and Concordia Academy.
Mackenna Brown, Megan Webb, Rayne Coughlin, and Jordan Sifferle sprinted the 4×200  relay and came in just behind Concordia with a time of 1:58.
Coming out on top, Bakka, Chase Olsen, Trevor Paumen, and Strub secured first place in the boys 4×200 relay (1:36).
With four heats total of the girls and boys mile, many runners flooded the lanes. Sommer Carlson ran in the front pack and finished fourth overall (5:37). Keeping her eyes on the Trinity girls, Halle Geyen was able to pass the blue jerseys and finish eighth (5:42).
Running against 40 other guys in the 1600-meter race, Jackson Willard ran an outstanding 4:53 and finished sixth.
Moving on to the 4×100 meter dash, Brown, Brynn Paumen, Hoistad, and Caitlin Weege placed fourth (55.1).
Strub, Paumen, Trevor Borell, and Zach Johnson placed second (47.0), just behind Concordia.
Maddie Gagnon sprinted the 400-meter race and placed seventh (1:06.4). Finishing in eighth, Hoistad completed the 400-meter dash in 1:07 flat.
"Running the 400 meter dash is intense but knowing I was able to add points to the team score was awesome," Hoistad said. 
In the boys 400-meter dash, Andrew Schonnesen placed third (53.8), and placing sixth was Hertwig (54.8).
Brielle Paumen won the 300-meter hurdles (52.3) for the girls.
Taking third in the boys 300-meter hurdles was Aaron Reese (44.3), and placing fifth was Austin Stuefen (45.4).
Carlson placed sixth in the 800-meter run (2:36.4), just ahead of Trinity’s runner. 
Competing in the boys 800-meter run and placing third (2:05.3), was Kalinowski. Also placing in the boys 800 was Willard in seventh (2:07.3).
Bakka and Johnson placed second (23.4), and sixth (24.5), respectively, in the boys 200-meter dash.
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