Wave seniors finish strong
ST. PAUL—Only three seniors are on the roster of the East Grand Forks Senior High boys track team. All three were big contributors here Saturday as the Minnesota Class A state track meet concluded.
Senior High's best showing of the meet was a third-place finish in the 4x200 relay. The quartet of seniors Bryce Kuznia, Casey Kallock and anchor Felix Zuniga and freshman Blake Moen ran a school-record time of 1:31.70.
"With all three of the seniors on the relay that placed, that was kind of cool,'' Green Wave coach Kirk Misialek said. "It's a nice way for them to go out. They came through for us all year.
"That's been the event all year that we figured was our best chance to get on the podium at state. And they probably exceeded expectations as far as their place. It's been awhile since we've had a relay place that high.''
Hubbard top area placer
Clearbrook-Gonvick junior Josiah Hubbard was the top area open placer Saturday in an event he only started running this season. The junior finished third in the 300 hurdles.
"Josiah high jumped and ran relays in the past,'' Bears coach Casey Kroulik said. "He wanted to give (the hurdles) a try this year and we felt he could be successful in them. And it turned out that way.
"He dropped his time by quite a bit at state. He had guys who were running a faster pace than he's seen, so that pushed him. We knew he could run better times at state. But third place, I don't know if we expected that.''
Goulet moves up
After finishing sixth in the 400 each of the past two seasons, Warroad senior Kelby Goulet placed fourth Saturday. She did it with a time of 57.96 seconds, breaking her own school record.
"Kelby was disappointed with placing sixth last year,'' Warroad coach John Larson said. "She didn't run her best. This year, to get a PR and move up, she's happy with that.
"It was a good end to her high school career.''
Pirates go 2-for-2
Crookston had two qualifiers in the girls state meet. Both Katherine Geist and Aleece Durbin qualified in two open events. And both earned top-nine places in both events.
Geist, after setting a school record Friday and finishing sixth in the 3,200, set a school record while placing seventh (5:06.44) in the 1,600. Durbin finished fifth in the 100 hurdles and seventh in the triple jump.
"You couldn't ask for much more than what Katherine did,'' Pirates coach Amy Boll said. "She performed really well.
"I was hoping they'd get podium finishes in both events. They've competed well against tough competition all year. They stepped up to the challenge.''
Other area placers
Roseau's Sophie Helgeson was seventh in girls' 200.
West Marshall's Abi McGlynn was sixth in girls' triple jump.