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Geist breaks school record, places sixth in 3,200

ST. PAUL—Good competition brought out the best in Katherine Geist.

The Crookston sophomore finished sixth in the 3,200 on Friday in the opening day of the Minnesota Class A high school track meet.

Geist ran a time of 11:13.55. That not only broke a school record set in 1985 by Heather Aubol, but surpassed Geist's personal record by about 24 seconds.

"That's pretty spectacular,'' Pirates girls track coach Amy Boll said. "You don't see that happening every meet. The weather was good and she had a great race.

"Today she had people pushing her. That helped her. Kat is a competitor.''

Geist didn't lose to a Section 8A opponent in the 3,200 this season, and her winning margins usually were substantial.

Boll said three runners were in a pack leading the race, while Geist stayed as part of a trio in a second pack.

"That definitely helped me,'' Geist said. "It was extremely fun. I really don't like running by myself. I don't get the times I want. Today, I was running with girls I knew would push me. I stuck with them and it really helped my time.''

Vonesh places ninth

East Grand Forks Senior High's Luke Vonesh placed ninth in the Class A boys shot put.

The junior placed with a throw of 49-2.25. Vonesh was coming off a Section 8A meet in which he reached the 50-foot mark for the first time.

"Luke did what he's done all year long,'' Green Wave coach Kirk Misialek said. "He's been around 49 feet pretty consistently.

"His third throw in the prelims was a 49-footer that got him into the finals. He came up clutch there.''

Senior High's 4x200 relay team of Bryce Kuznia, Casey Kallock, Blake Moen and Felix Zuniga ran a 1:31.77 to set a school record. They finished fourth in the prelims to advance to today's finals.

McGlynn finishes eighth

West Marshall junior Abi McGlynn finished ninth in the triple jump last season and is the No. 8 seed in today's competition. On Friday, however, McGlynn finished eighth in the long jump with a distance of 16-5.

"The triple jump is her main event,'' West Marshall co-coach Garry Kotts said. "She didn't start doing the long jump this season until about three weeks ago, so this was kind of a bonus qualifying event for her. To place in it was a big bonus. She's just so athletic.''

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