Jacket tracksters off to great start
The Perham track teams are off to a solid start and are placing high in nearly every event.
Distance running has been a staple of the team and as hosts of the Perham Invitational, the boys 1600m runners allowed only one competitor from out of town to place.
"We have exceptional depth, especially in our distance runners," Head Coach Mike Peterson said.
Senior Sam Stoll took the 1600m with a time of 4:45.27. Three juniors: Brandon Karels 4:47.98; Keith Schornack 4:52.84; Klaus Weber 4:55.56 and freshman Nick Carignan 4:57.66 took third through sixth place,
Schornack also took first in the 3200m run at 10:38.38. Isaac Werner finished third with a time of 10:59.60.
Other first place finishers were Matt Winkels in the 110m hurdles, 16.17 and the Perham A 4x100m relay team, 46.08.
Chris Scheidecker and Ben Waldon took the top two spots in the long jump with jumps of 18-03 and 18-01 respectively.
"We have had a great start to our season and are very pleased with the work ethic of our entire team and are anxious for more meets," Peterson said.
The girls' distance runners are also taking top spots.
Shayla Fulford and Cassie Beseman took first and third in the 3200m run with times of 12:37.95 and 13:04.40.
The Perham A 4x800m relay team ran away from the competition finishing over a minute faster than second place Breckenridge with a time of 9:48.63. Breckenridge crossed the line at 11:09.51.
Senior Abby Anderson took the 1600m run at 5:37.37, finishing a half-minute in front of New York Mills Mariah Novak, 6:04.99.
It was no surprise in the discus throw, where Elisa Moenkedick took top honors with a throw of 134-08.50. Moenkedick and Britney Lockhard placed behind NY Mills Eagle Brittnie Menze in the shot put. Menze outdistanced all comers at 38-05.00.
Perham took a split squad to the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Invitational. Not all athletes were in attendance as part of the team attended the state speech competition, while other team leaders were at the Hamline Elite Meet, at Hamline University.
"We had a great meet considering we were missing many athletes," Peterson said. "It was a lot of fun to see some of our younger athletes get a chance to compete and do well."
The boys team took first place in 18 cumulative events with a score of 175, 50 points above their nearest rivals, the hometown DGF Rebels.
The girls placed fourth with 77 points.
Highlighting the meet were: Scheidecker, 200m dash first place 24.56; Schornack 1600m run winner 4:54.07; Karels, Weber and Carignan blew away competition in the 3200m run taking the top three spots.
Winkels was the 110m hurdles winner: 16.57; while the boys' 400x100m and 4x200m relay teams took firsts at 45.95 and 1:35.39.
At the Hamline Elite Meet: Maddie McClellan finished fourth in the 3200m run with a time of 11:06.
The 4x800 relay team of Abby Anderson-Holly Sheets-Kelsey Kratzke-Maddie McClellan finished eighth and Moenkedick took fifth in discus: 120-02.
According to Peterson, the Hamline Elite Meet is run at the state track meet site of Hamline University. Athletes must qualify into the meet each year and there is only one class, unlike the state meet where there are two classes.
"Our athlete's did very well," he said.