Tracksters defy the weather in first outdoor meet
Only track has been able to defy the unjust weather that's ruined the opening of the spring sports season.
As baseball coaches hit fly balls to their players on hard pavement, as they tried to get a practice outdoors, the track team pushed back at the weatherman Thursday and a very modified meet was held in Montevideo.
Without jumping events, discus and some other events, the meet looked more like a "race" than a meet — but it gave everyone a first chance to run.
"We had some kids show up in the results of events they don't compete in, so I'm not sure how that happened — but at least we got to compete," said Canby-Minneota track coach Sara Hemish.
Without team scores, and the fact times could be erratic, at least it was a chance to get outside and run.
"The times were hand-held so we know they are not 100 percent accurate," Hemish added.
Canby Junior Carter Wente had a huge hand in boosting the Canby-Minneota boys squad.
Wente won the 200-meter dash in 24.3 seconds, beating the likes of Kailen French of Lakeview, his own teammate Cameron Anderson and Miquel Pacheco Murrilo of Montevideo.
He also had his hand in the relays. Canby-Minneota won the 4x400-meter relay in 3:45; was second to Lac qui Parle Valley in the 4x800-meter relay and won the 4x200-meter relay by a second over Montevideo.
Minneota Foreign Exchange Student Yan Din Suter ran a 12-second 100-meter dash and took third behind the Lakeview duo of French and Kilynn Taylor.
The 1600-meter run (mile), was won by Mike Kvaal of LqPV-DB with Canby-Minneota's Anthony Wollum in fifth and Riley Kockelman in sixth.
The 400-meter dash was won by LqPV-DB's Bently Boike, who ran a :58.4. Canby-Minneota had two runners tied for third in 1:01 with Alex Lacek and Jared Josephson doing the honors.
Jalyn Ufkin was second in the 100-meter run in 2:19. Half-mile expert Keiser Freetly of LqPV-DB won the event in 2:05 — six seconds ahead of Ufkin.
Considering it was the first meet, was abbreviated and was cold — the Canby-Minneota boys showed well during their first outdoor competition of the year.