By Brenda Erdahl Sports Editor
The Maple Lake boys and girls track teams got a taste of competition at an early season indoor meet in Monticello called the Tootsie Pop Invite, Thursday, March 29.
With many of the athletes on Spring Break and most of the running events different lengths than what they are in the regular season, coaches considered it more of a “glorified practice.”
Despite that, several athletes came home with top five finishes and many more were in the top 10. On the girls’ side, Gracie Elsenpeter won the 55-meter hurdles in a time of 9.40; she was also second in the pole vault with a height of 8-feet.
Maggie Larson won the girls triple jump with a leap of 33-feet, 9-inches, and the Maple Lake 4×600 relay team was runner-up out of seven other teams with a time of 7:40.99. Bionca Peterson was third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:13.26; Sophia Pribyl was third in the 2,000- meter run in a time of 7:37.36; Ava Mergen was third in the 800-meter run in 2:44.03; Bri Deringer was third in the shot put with a throw of 31-feet, 01- inches. Kaitlyn Murphy was fourth in the shot put with a throw of 30-feet, 07-inches. Brielle Paumen was fourth in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 10.27, and Bionca Peterson was fifth in the pole vault with a height of 7-feet, 6-inches. One of the Maple Lake girls 4×200 meter relay team was also fifth with a time of 2:09.37.
As a team, the Irish finished third out of five teams, with 58 points. Cambridge-Isanti won with 114 and Monticello was second with 94.5.
On the boys side, Jason Webb posted the highest Irish finish with a second place in the triple Jump. He jumped 39-feet, 3- inches for the honor. Mike Miller was third in the 2,000-meter run in 6:38.40, and Sean Cranston was third in the pole vault, finishing with a height of 11-feet. The boys 4×600-meter relay team was fourth out of eight teams in 6:48.60 and Daryn Strub was fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 36-feet, 10-inches. Strub was also fifth in the 55- meter hurdles with a time of 9.19.
The Irish boys team finished fourth out of five teams with 26 points. Cambridge-Isanti was first with 121, Big Lake was second with 85, and Monticello was third with 67.5 points.
The Irish’s first outdoor meet scheduled for Thursday, April 5, in Rockford has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 12 at 4 p.m. in Rockford.