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The Pequot Lakes Patriots track and field team opened its outdoor schedule with three meets last week. The Patriots finished first in the boys’ standings and placed third in the girls’ competition at Park Rapids on Friday, April 26.

Also that day, a handful of Patriots were invited to compete in the Hamline Elite Meet, including senior Tyler Tappe who set a school record with a 15-foot leap in the pole vault.

The Patriots opened the outdoor season at Pillager on Thursday, April 25, as the girls finished first behind Vanessa Lane’s meet-record time in winning the 100 dash while the boys were third.

Pequot Lakes is scheduled to compete at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Detroit Lakes, and then return to Detroit Lakes for the Section 8AA True Team meet at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7.

Hamline Elite Meet

Tappe paced the Patriots with his runner-up finish in the pole vault at the Elite Meet at Hamline University in St. Paul. One other Pequot Lakes’ boy, Travis Jacobsen, placed seventh in shot put with a toss of 49-9.5.

“Tyler (Tappe) keeps amazing us with his vaulting progression,” said Pequot Lakes’ boys’ coach Dave Guenther. “Travis (Jacobson) also did so well at his first really big meet.”

Guenther added that his squad is off to a nice start to the season.

“It has been exciting to see the kids have a lot of success in just a few meets,” he said. “It just shows that hard work at practice does pay off, and we have had plenty of time for that (with the late spring).”

Also at Hamline, the Pequot Lakes’ 4x100 girls’ relay team of Rachel Allen, Chloe Bermel, Abby Palmer and Vanessa Lane finished fifth in 50.70 seconds while Lane also placed sixth in the 100 dash in 12.63.

“Hamline was a good meet after our girls all ran at least three events on Thursday (at Pillager),” said Pequot Lakes girls’ coach Brian Kazmierczak. “Doing well in back-to-back days is very positive, especially for only working on handoffs in the parking lot on Wednesday (due to outside weather conditions).”

Park Rapids Invitational

Also on April 26, Pequot Lakes competed at the Park Rapids Invitational as the boys placed first and the girls were third.

The Patriots won all four boys' relay events while


Team scores: 1-Pequot Lakes 120, 2-Staples-Motley 78, 3-Wadena-Deer Creek 63, 4-Park Rapids 52, 5-Nevis 23

4x800-meter relay: 1-Pequot Lakes (Eric Olson, Dalton Engholm, Sean Murray, Michael Ryan) 9:43.44

110 hurdles: 2-Kale Wurdman (PL) 18.79; 3-Chase Blaeser (PL) 19.7; 4-Cole Funk (PL) 19.83

100: 2-Issac Allen (PL) 11.98; 4-Funk (PL) 12.14; 5-Chris Haman (PL) 12.17; 9-CJ Borleis (PL) 13.12; 10-Devon Anderson (PL) 13:44

4x200 relay: 1-Pequot Lakes (Hunter Goerges, Borleis, Allen, Funk) 1:42.6

1,600: 4-Murray (PL) 5:24.28; 7-Levi Palmer (PL) 5:37.6

4x100 relay: 1-Pequot Lakes (Blaeser, Cole Funk, C J Borleis, Isaac Allen) 49.38

400: 4-Karl Brine-Doyle (PL) 1:00.87

300 hurdles: 2-Wurdman (PL) 45.99; 4-Blaeser (PL) 53.4

800: 4-Olson (PL) 2:22.53; 7-Engholm (PL) 2:29.14

200: 2-Allen (PL) 24.67; 4-Haman (PL) 26.12; 8-Goerges (PL) 27.78; 9-Trent Midthun (PL) 29.95

3,200: 2-Ryan (PL) 12:09.10; 4-Palmer (PL) 12:43.48

4x400 relay: 1-Pequot Lakes (Dillon Nichols, Ryan, Wurdeman, Haman ) 3:53.43


Team scores: 1-Park Rapids 156, 2-Staples-Motley 94, 3-Pequot Lakes 37, 4-Wadena-Deer Creek 34, 5-Nevis 31

4x800: 2-Pequot Lakes (Carley Hoffman, Macy Dotty, Jackie Brine-Doyle, Catie Ryan) 11:36.81

100 hurdles: 10-Colleen Tschida (PL) 19:99; 13-Ashley Kosloski (PL) 21:07

100 dash: 3-Brittny Bzdok (PL) 13.15; 20-Candyce Spielman (PL 14.97; 21-Carly Hoffman (PL) 15:12; 23-Josie Nistler (PL) 15:23

4x200: 3-Pequot Lakes (Nistler, Colleen Tschida, Ryan, Hoffman) 2:05.66

1,600: 4-Brine-Doyle (PL) 6:08.6; 9-Alyssa Young (PL) 6:53.17

400: 9-Young (PL) 1:15.48

300 hurdles: 8-Tschida (PL) 56.34

800: 10-Alyssa Golden (PL) 3:10.3

200: 1-Bzdok (PL) 27.5

3,200: 5-Macy Dotty (PL) 17:14.66; 6-Ryan (PL) 18:29.73; 7-Hoffman (PL) 18:30.86; 8-Nistler (PL) 18:31.91; 9-Debra Mitchell 18:32.48; 10-Tschida (PL) 18:33.20

Pillager Invitational

On Thursday, April 25, Lane won the 100-meter dash in a meet record-breaking time and participated in three other first-place finishes to lead the Pequot Lakes girls to the team title at the John Reimer Invitational in Pillager.

Lane broke the 100 dash meet record with a time of 12.34, topping the previous mark of 12.85 set in 2009. She also won the 200 dash and long jump and was on the winning 4x100 with Allen, Bermel and Palmer, who also set a school record.

Also registering first-place finishes for the Patriots were Bermel in the 400 dash, Brine-Doyle in the 3200 run and Elanor Erholtz in the shot put. Pequot also won the 200 and 400 relays.

“I was very happy,” Kazmierczak said of the meet. “Scoring 182 points is very good for a nine or 10- team meet. I think we got outside and were excited just to be running on a track.”

First-place finishers for the Pequot Lakes boys were Wurdeman in the 300 hurdles, Ryan in the 3,200 run and John Craig in the pole vault. The Patriots finished third in the boys’ standings.

It was the first outside meet for the Patriots.

“We made the most of it as our team was ready to run,” Guenther said. “Some of the performances that are being turned in at this point in the season have been remarkable.”

Boys team scores: 1-Ottertail Central 167.50, 2-Pillager 106, 3-Pequot Lakes 79, 4-Becker 66.50, 5-Ashby/Brandon/Evansville 51, 6-Crosby-Ironton, 7-Wadena-Deer Creek, 8-Browerville 13, 9-Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 12, 10-Uspsala/Swanville 1

300 hurdles: 1-Wurdman (PL) 42.06

100 dash: 1-Keith Steuve (OTC) 11.43, 4-Allen (PL) 11.97

1600 run: 1-Matt Neururer (Pil) 4:46.05, 2-Ryan (PL) 4:59.46

3200 run: 1-Ryan (PL) 10:34.01, 4-Eliason (WDC) 11:09.15

4x100 relay: 1-Ashby/Brandon-Evansville 46.84, 3-Pillager 49.04, 5-Pequot Lakes (John Craig, Funk, Blaeser, Borleis) 49.78

4x800 relay: 1-Crosby-Ironton 10:12.03, 4-Pequot Lakes (Olson, Enghom, Nathan McDonald, Murray) 10:51.99

4x200 relay: 8-Pequot Lakes (Goerges, Dustin Foster, Borleis, Alex Tangen) 1:51.02

Shot put: 3-Jacobsen (PL) 46-08.5

Discus: 1-Steffan Stroh (OTC) 151-01, 3-Ramsey (Pil) 120-10, 6-Keegan Johnson (PL) 106-04

Pole vault: 1-Craig (PL) 10-00, 2-Wurdman (PL) J10-00

Girls team scores: 1-Pequot Lakes 182, 2-Ashby/Brandon-Evansville 93, 3-Becker 76, 4-Ottertail Central 61, 5-Pillager 44, 6-Upsala-Swanville 31, 7-Wadena-Deer Creek 29, 8-Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale 12, 9-Crosby-Ironton 10, 10-Browerville 3

300 hurdles: 2-Bzdok (PL) 51.40

100 dash: 1-Lane (PL) 12.49, 2-Allen (PL) 13.24

200 dash: 1-Lane (PL) 26.33, 3-Palmer (PL) 28.46

400 dash: 1-Bermel (PL) 1:02.05, 5-Grace McGuire (PL) 1:05.78

800 run: 2-Ryan (PL) 2:40.63

1600 run: 2-Elsa Headlee (PL) 6:16.15, 4-Jannah Hall (PL) 6:18.86

3200 run: 1-Brine-Doyle (PL) 12:33.79

4x100 relay: 1-Pequot Lakes (Allen, Bermel, Palmer, Lane) 50.69

4x200 relay: 1-Pequot Lakes (Rudlang, Kiersten Olson, Corina Ruud, McGuire) 1:56.84

4x400 relay: 1-Pequot Lakes (Rudlang, Bzdock, McGuire, Bermel) 4:29.16; 5-Pequot Lakes (Ryan, Olsen, Karli Skog, Hall) 4:48.9

4x800 relay: 1-Pillager 10:57.90, 3-Pequot Lakes (Hoffman, Hall, Ryan, Headlee) 11:16.21

Shot put: 1-Ellie Erholtz (PL) 33-04, 3-Rosie Mitchell (PL) 31-02

Discus: 2-Mitchell (PL) 85-08, 4-Erholtz (PL) 81-09

Long jump: 1-Lane (PL) 16-07, 2-Palmer (PL) 15-05.75

Triple jump: 2-Palmer (PL) 33-10

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