Frazee boys capture Valley Plains Invite track title
The Frazee boys track and field team placed first and the Hornet girls just miss a sweep with a runner-up finish at the United Clay-Becker Valley Plains Invitational Thursday, April 25 in Hawley.
The Frazee boys scored 173.50 points to defeat second place Ada-Borup/Norman County West 122. The host United Clay-Becker Badgers place third with 77 points.
“I am really proud of the kids and the way they have stepped up in the meets so far this season,” Hornet head coach Brian Tangen said. “We are getting some really good leadership from our upperclassmen and are young guys are really starting to make some good contributions. It’s really fun to see these guys improving each week and it makes its really exciting to see what they can do going forward. The whole crew have been working really hard in practice and pushing each other every day and it’s making a difference.”
Senior Joby Giefer had a big day. He cruised to victory in the 110m hurdles crossing in 15.68 nearly two second in front of the field. Giefer completed the hurdles sweep winning the 300m race in 42.71. UCB’s Hunter Magnusson was the runner-up in 43.42. Giefer cleared 5-07 to win the high jump.
Vincent Helmers outdistanced the field by more than six feet to win the shot put with a throw of 50-04.50. He placed second in discus (116-11).
Grady Larsen ran 11:02.43 to take first in the 3,200m run.
Cole Fleisher was the triple jump runner-up (37-10.50).
Frazee won three of four relays placing second to UCB in the 4x400.
UCB took three of the top four 400m finishes led by Jacob Vetter (53.19) in first place, followed by Nick Donovan in second (55.86). Frazee’s Caleb Wutzke was third (56.36) and UCB’s Keenan Syverson took fourth (56.48).
Top Badger field performances were third place marks by Cody Wolbeck in discus throw (108-02) and Shawn Skjold in long jump (17-11).
The Hornet girls scored 128 points to finish 16 points behind Barnesville in first place and 40 points in front of third place UCB.
“We had a lot of athletes that were willing to step up and fill in roles that they normally don't do,” Frazee girls head coach Jim Jacobson said. “This was a meet that we trained through and performed very well on tired legs. I am proud of our effort. We had 10 season-best performances and a whole bunch more that were very close.”
Frazee got strong distance finishes from Braylee Riewer, winner of the 3,200m run in a time of 13:33.88. Megan Danielson was the 1,600m runner-up crossing in 5:46.87.
The Hornets dominated hurdles taking three of the top four finishes in the 100m race led by the one-two punch of Paige Ziegler (15.57) and Jaryn Johannsen (16.16). Ziegler ran her first hurdle race of the season coming off an ACL/meniscus tear last summer and ran 0.08 seconds off of her school record time in the 100 hurdles. Rylee Moore placed fourth in 18.13.
Johannsen won the 300m hurdles with a time of 52.09.
In the field, Tiffany Lawrence picked up a victory winning the pole vault (7-09).
Frazee placed first in two relays taking the 4x100 (53.53) and 4x200 (1:53.39). UCB took first in the 4x400 (4:23.83) and 4x800 (12:09.18).
The UCB girls got a victory from Siri Danielson in the 100m dash (13.07).
Faith Rustad (2:40.18) and Lily Peterson (2:45.71) finished one-two in the 800m run. Rustad won the 1,600m run (5:44.80), Peterson placed third (5:52.03).
Maria Vetter was the 400m runner-up (1:05.57).
United Clay-Becker Valley Plains Invitational Thursday, April 25, Hawley.
Girls team: 1) Barnesville 144, 2) Frazee 128, 3) United Clay-Becker Badgers 88, 4) Park Christian 78, 5) Red Lake County 44, 6) Ada-Borup/Norman County West 27, 7) New York Mills 26, 8) NCE/UH Titans 4, 9) Mahnomen/Waubun 1.
Boys team: 1) Frazee 173.50, 2) Ada-Borup/Norman County West 122, 3) United Clay-Becker Badgers 77, 4) Barnesville 71, 5) Red Lake County 34.50, 6) New York Mills 25, 7) Park Christian 23, 8) Mahnomen/Waubun 21, 9) NCE/UH Titans 10.