Pfeifle qualifies in four individual events at Sub-Section 10 track & field meet
SLAYTON -- For Southwest Christian's Jordan Spronk, the obstacles this season have been more than just the other competitors.
After pulling his hamstring earlier this season, Spronk will be one of many runners advancing from Thursday's Sub-Section 10 track & field meet.
"(The hamstring) doing fantastic, and I think it's healed up again," Spronk said. "I'm running about close to 100 percent now, and I have to tell you, I pretty much consider it a miracle."
If the senior wasn't 100 percent Thursday, his opponents couldn't tell.
With the top three finishers advancing automatically to next week's section meet in Redwood Falls, Spronk edged teammate Nicholas Pfeifle in the 100 meter dash in a time of 11.19 seconds before Pfeifle edged Spronk in the 200 meter dash.
"I love that race, it was an exciting race," Spronk said of the 100. "It's good to have my teammate run with me, too. It helps me get going a little faster, but I love that race a lot."
Pfeifle was making a charge at the end of the 100, but came up short in a time of 11.36, while Colin Cooper (Pipestone Area) took third in 11.73.
"Jordan is a quick guy now, he's building his strength up every day after pulling his hamstring a few weeks back," Pfeifle said. "It's nice to see him up there."
In one of the closest races of the day, Adrian's 4x200 team defeated SWC by less than a half of a second. The Dragons ran a time of 1:37.28, while SWC finished in 1:37.47.
SWC faced a huge deficit in the final handoff, but Spronk was able to make up a lot of distance for a photo finish.
"It was a close one," Spronk said. "I didn't think I'd get him right away, but right at the last little back stretch, I was like 'I'm going to catch that guy.' It was close."
While Spronk edged Pfeifle in the 100, Pfeifle will be advancing in four events.
Pfeifle finished third in the triple jump and second in the 100 in his first two events of the day.
"I'm starting quick, which is nice," Pfeifle said. "I can gain what I have and build on that and see where I can go from there."
From there, Pfeifle finished first after a slow start in the 400 meter dash (51.38), and also finished first in the 200 (22.35), just ahead of Spronk.
"(The 400) was a little slower than I normally go out, but I wasn't feeling it right at first," Pfeifle said. I saw (Adrian's Derik Everett) in front of me, and I knew I had to get him right away because he's a good runner. I knew that if he kicks it home I had really no shot at all. I figured if I go early then he'd go with me and maybe we'd have a photo finish."
The finish in the 400 was not close as Everett finished second in a time of 53.13. PA's Griffin Veldhuizen finished third.
While Pfeifle finished third in the triple jump, it was Murray County Central's Cole Hegstad that stole the show.
He finished first with a distance of 42-5.5.
"I haven't jumped for two or three weeks because I hurt my hip flexor doing that, so I wanted to do it at subsections because I think it's my best shot of going to state," Hegstad said of his triple jump. "I improved by a foot every jump and it was my second-best jump I've had all year."
In the long jump, it was Hills-Beaver Creek/Edgerton/Ellsworth's Terence Reid that came away victorious.
With a jump of 21-1.5, he edged Fulda's Devin Kuehne (second in triple jump) and Hegstad -- both of which will advance to sections.
"I'm pretty excited, this is the first year that I've jumped," Reid said. "My first jump was my best one, but I scratched on it. I was getting close to being out of the pit; it was the farthest I've ever jumped."
Hegstad finished third with a distance of 20-5.5, but had to recover after running the anchor in the 4x100.
"It wasn't my best (jump) of the day, because I'm a little tired from the 4x100," Hegstad said after his first attempt. "But I'm hoping to jump further on my next couple of ones."
With MCC trailing in the 4x100 relay, the final two legs were able to make up the distance and pull out a close victory.
"We were trailing a little bit in the third leg, and we had a bad handoff, so I had to make up some ground," Hegstad said. "But I finally passed him at the end."
The Rebel team of Hegstad, Buddy Diekmann, Matt Van Meveren (first in 300 hurdles) and Matt Blomgren finished in a time of 46.48, just ahead of Fulda in a time of 46.68.
In the 4x800 meter relay, the Adrian team of Jarod Boltjes, Ajuda Alwal, Nate Reyne (third in the 800 meter run) and Chris Reisdorfer (first in the 800) had an early lead and continued out in front to finish in a time of 8:33.71, 27 seconds ahead of SWC (9:00.76)
"We just came in with the mental focus of running well and hopefully getting a good place for sections because it's going to be pretty tough to make it to state," Alwal said. "All four of us guys wanted it real bad. We have four seniors, so it's pretty much do or die."
After the 4x800, it was time for the 110 meter high hurdles.
MCC's Tyler Wasberg edged SWC's Brooks Knutson (second in the 300 hurdles), while Luverne's Greg Muller (third in 300 hurdles) finished third.
"It was a good race for me, I tied my personal best from the first meet of the year in Tracy," Wasberg said. "I got out of the blocks a little slow, so I think I can still run a little faster time. About the second hurdle, I started getting into a groove and it felt good down the stretch."
Wasberg also finished first in the high jump with a height of 6 feet, while Fulda's Chris Dardis and Tyler Goedtke (third in the 200) finished second and third, respectively.
Adrian's Jordan Pater also qualified in two events. His time of 4:54.22 placed him second in the 1,600 meter run behind H-BC/E/E's Halden Van Wyhe. In the 3,200 meter run, Pater finished ahead of SWC's Corey Vis for the victory.
Luverne's Sam Dooyema will also move on in two events. He won the shot put with a distance of 47-7.5, ahead of SWC's Tyler Mouw (45-9) and PA's Taylor Pals (45-8). Dooyema finished second in the discus (130) behind PA's Eric Stark (135-9). Arrow teammate Derek Sumption finished third.