Irish gear up for True Team

By Brenda Erdahl Sports Editor

The Maple Lake track teams competed in their last two practice meets last week before True Team Sections on Tuesday, May 8 at Howard Lake-Waverly Winsted. The Irish are looking for a repeat visit to True Team State, but they will have to beat 16 other teams to do it.

Irish athletes split up for last week’s competitions. Some went to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Tuesday, May 1, and the rest went to St. Johns on Thursday, May 3.

At BBE, Gracie Elsenpeter earned honor roll times in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. Bionca Peterson won long jump; Gus Demarais ran “great legs” in the 4×800 and 4×400 relays, and also won the 3,200.

On the boys’ side, Sean Cranston’s pole vault was his best of the season so far.

The girls won at St. Johns and in the process tried some kids in new events, brought some kids off injuries, and tried to avoid making some injured kids worse, coach Ben Youngs said.

Grace Heying won the 1,600 and Mary Miller won the 3,200 to sweep the distance events.

The girls showed their depth by winning three of four relays.

Henry Stecker won the 100 on the boys’ side and the Irish showed well in distance events. They also swept all four relays.

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