Class 1A Track and Field: BHV's Moore, S-M's Giza capture state titles
ST. PAUL—Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale senior Sam Moore repeated as champion in shot put and Max Giza from Staples-Motley won pole vault during finals in the Class 1A state meet Friday at Hamline University.
Moore tossed the shot 62-3.50 surpassing his winning throw of 59-11.75 last year.
Giza, also a senior, finally stood at the top of the podium in boys pole vault clearing 14-6 after finishing third last year (14-3) and seventh in 2016 (13-9).
The top nine finishers in each final event stand on the podium.
In boys triple jump finals, Pequot Lakes senior Reid Pierzinski finished seventh and Pierz sophomore Matthias Algarin also made the podium placing eighth.
Three area girls reached the podium in each of the high jump and discus finals.
Derera Engholm (Pequot Lakes) was fourth in the discus (124-11) followed by Beth-el Algarin (Pierz) in sixth (122-9) and Ellie Miron (Wadena-Deer Creek) ninth (116-4).
In girls high jump finals, Julia Johnson (Pillager) tied for fifth while Chelsie Kurtz (Pierz) and Britt Kratochvil (PL) tied for eighth, all with jumps of 5-2.
Preliminaries were also held Friday in several running events. The top two in each heat and the next five best times advance to Saturday's finals.
Pierzinski took a major stride forward in defending his titles in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles as he turned in the fastest prelim time in both. He also moved up from fifth to first in the 200 dash.
Giza is sitting second behind Pierzinski 16/100ths of a second in the 110 hurdles and is seventh in the 300 hurdles.
BHV's Brett Jansen is in seventh heading into the 400 dash finals.
The W-DC Wolverines have three relays moving on to Saturday's finals. Last year the Wolverines were second in the 4x200 and this year's relay (Jonathan Pantages, Bereket Loer, Chase Domier, Hunter Hawkins) is first following preliminaries. The same four runners have the W-DC 4x400 in second and Pantages, Loer and Domier join Isaac Hale on the 4x100 which is third.
The Pierz 4x100 (Matthias Algarin, Benjamin Herold, Carter Moulzolf, Alex Gross) made the cut to the finals and sits ninth.
Pequot Lakes girls are poised to defend their titles in the 4x400 and 4x200 relays. The 4x400 (Grace McGuire, Kristin Skog, Lydia Hubbard, Cassidy Chaney) is in first place following the prelims. The 4x200 (Mirjana Ganley, Skog, Chaney, McGuire) is in second, six-tenths of a second behind Grand Meadow.
Area girls advancing in individual events are McGuire, sixth in the 400 dash, and W-DC eighth-grader Mikaela Malone, eighth in the 100 dash.
Field event finals will also be held Saturday in boys high and long jumps and discus along with girls triple jump, pole vault and shot put.
Friday, June 8
110 hurdles: Prelims: 1-Reid Pierzinski (PL) 15.00, 2-Max Giza (SM) 15.16
300 hurdles: Prelims: 1-Reid Pierzinski (PL) 38.24, 7-Max Giza (SM) 40.59
200 dash: Prelims: 1-Reid Pierzinski (PL) 22.19
400 dash: Prelims: 1-Cal Wright (Mora) 49.37, 7-Brett Jansen (BHV) 50.48
3200 run: Finals: 1-Matt Steiger (La Crescent) 9:21.87, 13-Emmet Anderson (SM) 10:01.85
4x100 relay: 1-St. Croix Lutheran 43.06; 3-Wadena-Deer Creek (Jonathan Pantages, Bereket Loer, Isaac Hale, Chase Domier) 43.63; 9-Pierz (Matthias Algarin, Benjamin Herold, Carter Moulzolf, Alex Gross) 44.52
4x200 relay: 1-Wadena-Deer Creek (Jonathan Pantages, Bereket Loer, Chase Domier, Hunter Hawkins) 1:30.44; 12-Pierz (Matthias Algarin, Benjamin Herold, Carter Moulzolf, Alex Gross) 1:33.22
4x400 relay: 1-Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball 3:24.26; 2-Wadena-Deer Creek (Jonathan Pantages, Hunter Hawkins, Chase Domier, Bereket Loer) 3:24.59
Shot put: Finals: 1-Samuel Moore (BHV) 62-3.50
Discus: (Saturday) Samuel Moore (BHV)
Long jump: (Saturday) Matthias Algarin (Prz)
Triple jump: Finals: 1-Jake Marzinske (St. Croix Lutheran) 46-10.50, 7-Reid Pierzinski (PL) 44-4.50, 8-Matthias Algarin (Prz) 44-3.50
High jump: (Saturday) Jonathan Pantages (WDC)
Pole vault: Finals: 1-Max Giza (SM) 14-6
100 hurdles: Prelims: 1-Michelle Neece (Pipestone) 15.26, 13-Adelaide Hubbard (PL) 16.28, 16-Julia Johnson (Pil) 21.16
300 hurdles: Prelims: 1-Karley Motschebach (Park Christian) 45.00, 12-Adelaide Hubbard (PL) 47.73
100 dash: Prelims: 1-T'Nia Riley (Mpls North) 11.84, 8-Mikaela Malone (WDC) 12.95
200 dash: Prelims: 1-T'Nia Rile ((Mpls North) 24.76, 13-Jordyn VanVickle (Pil) 27.40
400 dash: Prelims: 1-Robbie Grace (Blake) 56.60, 6-Grace McGuire (PL) 56.63, DQ-Brenna Andres (Prz) 59.50
800 run: Prelims: 1-Ava Hill (Mesabi East) 2:12.11, 17-Lily Peterson (C-I) 2:28.71
3200 run: Finals: 1-Lauren Ping (Cotter) 10:29.77, 16-Kennedy Gravelle (WDC) 11:56.37
4x200 relay: Prelims: 1-Grand Meadow 1:45.12; 2-Pequot Lakes (Mirjana Ganley, Kristin Skog, Cassidy Chaney, Grace McGuire) 1:45.72; 13-Pierz (Brenna Andres, Kylie Porter, Avy Lease, Chelsie Kurtz) 1:48.32
4x400 relay: Prelims: 1-Pequot Lakes (Grace McGuire, Kristin Skog, Lydia Hubbard, Cassidy Chaney)
4x800 relay: (Saturday) Pequot Lakes (Cassidy Chaney, Kristin Skog, Carly Chaney, Lydia Hubbard)
Shot put: (Saturday) Beth-el Algarin (Prz), Desera Engholm (PL)
Discus: Finals: 1-Julie Overton (Lac qui Parle Va) 130-08, 4-Derera Engholm (PL) 124.11, 6-Beth-el Algarin (Prz) 122-9, 9-Ellie Miron (WDC) 116-04
Long jump: Finals: 1-Robbie Grace (Blake) 18-03.00, 12-Jordyn Van Vickle (Pil) 16-03.00
Triple jump: (Saturday) Adelaide Hubbard (PL), Kylie Monson (C-I)
High jump: Finals: 1-Jok Nyalaam (Annandale) 5-09, 5(t)-Julia Johnson 5-02, 8(t) Britt Kratochvil (PL) 5-02, Chelsie Kurtz (Prz) 5-02, 22-Kathryn Ireland (C-I)
Pole Vault: (Saturday) Brooklyn Jones (C-I)