NYM Track: Eagles open season in Little AMIK at BSU
By Dan Schik
The New York Mills track and field team traveled to the Bemidji State University indoor track complex to open their season April 3 in the Little Amik Meet.
Showing up and seeing the big schools that were there and the number of athletes as well, the Eagles knew it was going to be a tough meet. In attendance were teams like Grand Rapids, East Grand Forks, Grand Forks Red River and several other big schools. With over 90 kids competing in the boys 55 meter dash alone, it was a very intimidating atmosphere.
However, the NY Mills athletes didn't let that get to them. In fact, they may have done some intimidating of their own.
One case in point was the girls 3200 meter race, a difficult race to run anywhere--even more so indoors due to the fact that athletes have to run a mind-numbing 16 laps. Still, Alicia Boe was up for the challenge and ran well. She lapped most of her competition, finishing 26 seconds ahead of her closest competitor, with a time of 12:15.95.
Boe also did well in the 800 meter run, finishing second and missing first by a margin of a half a second, with a time of 2:28.77.
Other place winners included: Brittnie Menze, who threw 35 feet to place 5th in the shot put; Megan Cole, who jumped 29'10'' to finish 9th in the triple jump; and Cara Bessler, who jumped 4'6" to gain 9th place in the high jump.
The boys' team was led by senior shot putter Brandon Menze, who had an exceptional day. Right after finishing the 4x200 meter relay, Brandon was still waiting to throw in the shot put.
Finally the opportunity came, and he didn't let it pass him by. Improving on each of his first three throws, Brandon launched the shot out to 46'3", shattering his personal best in the shot put by two feet. With that throw, he finished second in a field of 65 shot putters.
When it was all said and done, the girls' team finished 10th, and the boys' team took 11th. The coaches commended all of the Mills athletes on how well they supported the team. Around every turn or event there was someone there to cheer on a competing teammate. It was nice to see in such an individually based sport.
The Eagles were scheduled to compete in Sebeka on Tuesday. That meet was canceled due to track conditions and cold weather.
Next, (weather permitting), NY Mills will compete at the Hawley Invitational on April 14.