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BOYS TRACK AND FIELD Warriors jump to True Team triumph

An early nod for assistant track and field coach of the year should go to Brainerd’s Kris Smith.

The jumping coach watched as her triple jumpers swept the field and her long jumpers grabbed three of the top four positions in helping the Brainerd Warriors win the Section 8-3A True Team meet Thursday at Adamson Field.

Nate Parsons won the triple jump with a leap of 41-11. Reggie Turner finished second with a 41-10.5 and Cole Smith was third with a 41-10.

“It’s huge,” said Parsons. “Reggie had his personal best by more than a foot so that’s pretty big. It’s always great to be able to jump well on big stages. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my best jump. Since it was still good enough to get first, that’s big. This is all about points and not personal best so I’m proud to get that.”

The triple jumpers’ sweep gained Brainerd 69 points. That was more than enough to hold off second-place Buffalo, which finished with 725.50 points. Brainerd tallied 795.5 points for the team victory.

“Coming in we kind of thought we would take the top three spots,” Parsons said of the triple jump. “Cole is a freshman and both he and Reggie have been improving so much from week to week. We expected to get the top three spots. I haven’t jumped in almost a month so I didn’t know what to expect from me, but they did really good. It’s good to perform like that.”

In the long jump, Parsons again scored first with a 20-3.5. He was again followed by Turner with a second-place effort of 20-2.5. Joe Nelson finished fourth to help Brainerd gain 68 more points.

Nelson was part of two more near sweeps in the 100 and 200 dashes. He finished third in the 100 with an 11.19. He was just behind Jordan Hayes’ second-place time of 11.14 and ahead of Dan Lauer’s  fourth-place time of 11.21. That event scored Brainerd 66 points.

Nelson finished third in the 200 as well. Lauer placed second and Hayes fourth.

“We are really good in almost everything,” said Parsons. “We’re young in the distance, but we’re still good in that. We’re solid in sprints, jumps, relays. In the 100 we finished second, third and fourth in that.”

Nelson also anchored the second-place 4x100 team.

Jacob Kassulker grabbed thirds in the shot put and discus. He was followed by Charles Kassulker, who finished fourth in the discus and fifth in the shot.

Boys team scores: 1-Brainerd 795.5, 2-Buffalo 725.5, 3-Moorhead 691.5 , 4-Alexandria 686.5, 5-Monticello 638.5, 6-Bemidji 513, 7-Sauk Rapids 449, 8-St. Cloud Apollo 267.5

110 hurdles: 1-Jerome Begin (Buf) 14.27, 4-Jackson Walters (Brd) 15.09, 6-Dakota Swenson (Brd) 15.75, 11-Jesse Zahn (Brd) 16.36

300 hurdles: 1-Begin (Buf) 38.97, 4-Jackson Walters (Brd) 42.17, 8-Jesse Zahn (Brd) 42.72, 9-Jeff Fiebelkorn (Brd) 43.07

100 dash: 1-Ben Vickstrom (Alex) 10.98, 2-Jordan Hayes (Brd) 11.14, 3-Joe Nelson (Brd) 11.19, 3-Dan Lauer (Brd) 11.21

200 dash: 1-Begin (Buf) 22.38, 2-Lauer (Brd) 22.74, 3-Nelson (Brd) 22.76, 4-Hayes (Brd) 23.04

400 dash: 1-Cyrus Mason (Mont) 50.50, 7-Dan Lauer (Brd), 11-Isaiah Smith (Brd) 54.13, 16-Logan Dais (Brd) 55.49

800 run: 1-Alex Schoneberger (Alex) 1:59.69, 13-Justin Warling (Brd) 2:16.07, 16-Garberich (Brd) 2:16.99, 18-Nick Schwen (Brd) 2:19.17

1600 run: 1-Schoneberger (Bem) 4:27.55, 14-Gerrit Garberich (Brd) 4:55.2, 15-Riley Nelsen (Brd) 4:55.7, 16-Zean Baker (Brd) 4:59.7

3200 run: 1-Glen Ellingson (Moor) 10:00.09, 13-Nelsen (Brd), 16-Baker (Brd) 11:07.26, 22-Joshua Wasniewski (Brd) 12:01.10

4x100 relay: 1-Alexandria 43.95, 2-Brainerd (Grant Reuer, Jack Luke, Jordan Hayes, Joe Nelson) 44.18

4x200 relay: 1-Alexandria 1:33.45, 3-Brainerd (Isaac Johnson, Logan Davis, Andrew Olson, Jack Luke)

4x400 relay: 1-Alexandria 3:33.23, 7-Brainerd (Swenson, Logan Davis, Isaac Johnson, I. Smith) 3:45.62

4x800 relay: 1-Monticello 8:15.90, 7-Brainerd (Justin Warling, Nick Schwen, Taylor Huber, Staford Thompson) 9:06.36

Shot put: 1-Jesse Hacker (Alex) 49-10.5, 3-Jacob Kassulker (Brd) 47-10.5, 5-Charles Kassulker (Brd) 43-9.5, 7-Sam Lastovich (Brd) 41-1

Discus: 1-Nick Moran (Mont) 152-3, 3-J. Kassulker (Brd) 138-11, 4-C. Kassulker (Brd) 128-10, 9-Zach Taylor (Brd) 120-0

Long jump: 1-Nate Parsons (Brd) 20-3.5, 2-Reggie Turner (Brd) 20-2.5, 4-Nelson (Brd) 19-9.5

Triple jump: 1-Parsons (Brd) 41-11, 2-Turner (Brd) 41-10.5, 3-Cole Smith (Brd) 40-10

High jump: 1-Bryce Balfanz (Mont) 6-0, 4-Walters (Brd) 5-8, 5-Marcus Comstock (Brd) 5-6, 6-Isaiah Smith (Brd) 5-6

Pole vault: 1-Charlie Patch (Mont) 13-0, 6-Jackson Dols (Brd) 11-6, 7-Josh Murrey (Brd) 11-6, 13-Miles Pearson (Brd) 10-6

JEREMY MILLSOP may be reached at or 855-5856.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.