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Esko teams lead the way in subsection

Esko teams dominated the Section 7A south subsection meet last Thursday in Crosby-Ironton as 12 boys teams and 11 girls teams hit the track with hopes of moving athletes on to the Section 7A finals Thursday in Duluth.

Esko won the boys title with 135 points while Barnum and Crosby-Ironton tied for second with 92 points. Moose Lake/Willow River was fourth and Carlton/Wrenshall placed fifth.

The Esko girls had 141 points and took top honors. Crosby-Ironton and Two Harbors tied for second with 97 points, and ML/WR scored 77 points for fourth place. Cromwell-Wright was fifth with 53 points.

Esko secured 19 boys event entries and 23 girls entries into the section finals. Makoi Perich won both the 100- and 200-meter dashes for Esko and competed in the long jump and was on the runner-up 4x200 meter relay team. Gwen Lilly finished first in the 100-meter hurdles for Esko and was on the runner-up 4x100 relay team.

There were plenty of highlights to go around.

The ML/WR girls 4x400 meter relay team broke a 42-year-old school record on their way to a second-place finish. The team of Tyler Orvedahl, Maddie Volk, Ava Menten and Khloey Schmidt ran a time of 4:15.56, surpassing the previous mark of 4:18.20 set back in 1982.

The Rebels girls 4x100 meter relay team broke a school record set last season, running a time of 52.07. The team of Maddie Volk, Tyler Orvedahl, Jorja Jusczak, and Jocelyn Mundell ran a time of 51.64, which was good for third place.

The ML/WR boys 4x100 meter relay team of Layne Radzak, Chase Clausen, Jaxsyn Schmidt and Kaden Robbins lowered its school record time from 43.98 to 43.84 in taking first. Those same four boys broke a record in the 4x200 meter relay, when they also took first place. The previous record of 1:31.61 was set in 2012. The new record is now 1:31.01.

Carlton/Wrenshall had seven boys and five girls qualify for the section meet. The boys are led by Dante' Thompson, who finished third in the triple jump, long jump and the 300-hurdles. Jack Riley won the 3,200-meter run. Julia Peterson took third in the discus and fourth in the shot put.

Cromwell-Wright will send seven boys and five girls to the sectionals. The girls are led by Emaleigh Olesiak, who won both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs in impressive fashion. The boys 4x800 relay team of Braham Jordan, Phoenix Anderson, Lane Gervais and Dylan Nyberg took first.

The Barnum girls have a double subsection champion in Annaka Bogenholm, who won both the shot put and the discus. Bogenholm's throw in the shot tied her school record. On the boys side, Spencer Strohm won both the boys 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles. He also was second in the high jump. Barnum also got a 1-2 finish in the boys shot put with Jacob Liimatainen and Mark Hall taking the top two slots, while Hall will also go to sections in the discus. In all, the Bombers will send 10 boys and three girls to the section meet.

Find more results at http://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/562062/results.

The Section 7A meet was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 30, at the University of Minnesota Duluth track.

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