Track and field: Pipestone Area boys second in True Team
LES KNUTSONDaily Globe STILLWATER -- Having fun and racking up a bundle of personal records Saturday afternoon, the talented Pipestone Area Arrows finished an impressive second at the Class A State True Team high school track and field meet.Scori...
STILLWATER - Having fun and racking up a bundle of personal records Saturday afternoon, the talented Pipestone Area Arrows finished an impressive second at the Class A State True Team high school track and field meet.
Scoring especially well on the track, the Arrows accumulated a total of 384 points, winning a highly-competitive three-way battle for runner-up honors.
Montevideo, the Section 5A champion, was a clear winner with 460.5 points.
Pipestone, which won two closely-contested relays and had four first-place individual performances, finished 13 points ahead of defending state champion Holdingford (371) and 15 in front of fourth-place Pine Island (369).
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted was fifth with 325.5 points, followed by Norman County (280), Minnesota Valley Lutheran (264), Moose Lake-Willow River (247) and Frazee (225).
“We had a fantastic day,” summed up PA head coach Todd Tinklenberg. “It was kind of fun. Montevideo had by far the best team up there. After that, it was a dogfight for second, third and fourth. We slipped down to fourth a couple of times, but by the end - especially after winning the 4x400-meter relay (worth 27 points) - we were in second place and the whole team got silver medals.”
Going into the 4x400, the Arrows had a mere four-point lead on Holdingford and were seven points up on Pine Island. A first-place finish by the team of Tyl Woelber, Carl Haag, Carter Nesvold and Devin Tinklenberg (3:33.93) clinched the team’s second-place position in the final team standings.
Montevideo (3:34.52), Pine Island (3:37.20) and Holdingford (3:39.52) came across two through four.
“The kids knew, and so did our fans, what needed to be done,” Coach Tinklenberg said. “Each of our four young guys really gutted it out and our crowd was going nuts, which was kind of cool.”
Woelber is a sophomore, while Nesvold and Devin Tinklenberg are just freshmen, and Haag is only an eighth-grader.
The Arrows started out the day with a similar victory --- even closer at the finish - in the meet-opening 4x800, clocking a first-place time of 8:28.28 as PA freshman anchor Cole Zephier held off a hard charge by Pine Island (8:32.29).
“That was a great way to start the meet,” said Tinklenberg. “It kind of got us going and helped boost our confidence.”
Juniors Lucas Griebel and Matthew Kennedy ran the first two legs before Devin Tinklenberg stretched the lead on the third split.
Woelber, Stevens, Kooiman,
Suda, Nesvold produce
Individually, Woelber and senior Eli Stevens combined to produce 107.75 of PA’s points.
Woelber scored 49 points in three individual events, along with his 6.75 share in the 4x400, for a team-leading total of 55.75. He won the high jump (6-0) and the triple jump (42-11), coming up with 36 field event points. Woelber was sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles (13 points) with a time of 16.09.
Stevens scored 52 points by winning the 400 (50.32) and finishing second in both the 100 (11.31) and 200 (22.62).
Junior hurdler Justin Kooiman (34.5) and sophomore distance runner Michael Suda (33) were also big scorers for the Arrows.
Kooiman was third in the highs (15.84), fifth in the 300-meter intermediates (43.18) and ran the leadoff leg on PA’s fourth-place 4x100-meter relay team (46.55). Sophomore Isaac Clipper, senior Carson Onken and senior Jake Evans completed the one-lap race for the Arrows.
Haag, Clipper, Onken and Evans had earlier finished fourth in the 4x200, clocked at 1:36.91.
“All four of our relays ran hard and improved their time significantly from the Section 3A Meet, 11 days before,” declared Tinklenberg. “It was fun seeing those kids all run that well.”
Suda won the 3,200 (10:19.74) and finished fourth in the 1,600 (4:37.41).
Nesvold placed high in both the 200 (fifth, 23.62) and 400 (seventh, 53.79) for a total of 26 points in those two dashes.
Griebel and Devin Tinklenberg gave the Arrows 29 points with a 4-5 finish in the 800-meter run with respective times of 2:06.51 and 2:07.30.
“Both Lucas (a PR) and Devin ran two strong half miles for us,” praised Coach Tinklenberg. “And Matthew Kennedy ran a great 800 and then came back with a PR in the 1,600.”
Kennedy clocked an eighth-place time of 4:47.91, contributing 11 points in that event.
Onken displayed his versatility with an impressive fifth-place leap (19-4) in the long jump and placed 15th in the discus (98-8) to account for 19 individual points.
Zephier placed eighth in the high jump (5-6) and junior Emerson Winter finished eighth in the 3,200 with a PR time of 11:03.02.
In addition to running two strong relay legs, Haag scored seven points with a 12th-place finish in the 300 intermediate hurdles (45.47).
Evans was 14th in two events (100, 11.98 and shot put, 38-0.5), Clipper placed 16th in the long jump (17-1)and sophomore Jamison Vander Wal was 17th in the discus (83-2) and 18th in the shot (33-9.25). Senior Luis Martinze contributed an 18th-place point in the triple jump (33-2.5).
“The whole experience was a great thing,” concluded Coach Tinklenberg. “To get to a chance compete at that level and exceed our previous best performances in so many events made for a tremendous day. We approached it with the idea of having fun and several of the kids commented that it was the ‘best experience they’ve ever had.’”