Boys track and field: Stillwater places fourth in SEC

By STUART GROSKREUTZ
stuart.groskreutz@ecm-inc.com

WOODBURY – Stillwater wasn’t involved in any of the six meet records set, but there were some noteworthy performances for the Ponies while placing fourth at Friday’s Suburban East Conference boys’ track and field meet at East Ridge High School.

The Ponies finished with seven all-conference performances (top four individuals in each event, top three relays) and bumped a few athletes out of the program’s all-time top-10 list in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter events.

Forest Lake captured the conference title with 174.5 points while Roseville (154) and White Bear Lake (122.5) followed in second and third. Stillwater was next in line with 112 points.

"If I thought we could put together a team capable of winning, I would have, but we’re just not good enough," said Ponies coach Scott Christensen, who limited the number of events for many of his top performers. "We’re a great cross country team that’s having a fine track season and that’s where we are. The rest of the team is young and inconsistent and their skill level is developing."

Eric Colvin ran to victory in the 3,200 for Stillwater with a time of 9:16.67 and teammate Tom Linner followed in second at 9:25.30 – both times place them among the top 10 on the school’s all-time list in the event. The Ponies also showed off their depth while placing a total of five runners among the top nine finishers, including Matt Chu (9:59.57) and Edoardo Tagliaferri (10:01.69) in sixth and seventh and Ethan Anderson (10:06.74) in ninth.

Less than three seconds separated the top four finishers in the 1,600, with Stillwater’s Wayde Hall prevailing in a time of 4:17.14 and Sean Bjork finished fourth in 4:18.68 – which also cracked the team’s all-time list in the event. Stillwater’s list of fastest milers is more impressive when you consider four of its current members went on to eclipse the four-minute mark.

The Ponies placed five in the top 11, with eighth-grader Eli Krahn finishing in 4:26.84 to finish sixth. Eric Corcoran (4:32.40) and ninth-grader Bailey Hesse-Withroe (4:38.24) followed in ninth and 11th.

"Next to the 1998 state track meet, it was the best single day we have ever had for distance here at Stillwater," Christensen said. "Both Hall and Bjork cracked the top 10 all-time in the mile and Colvin and Tom in the two mile – and Krahn, what can be said about him that hasn’t been said. I’m sure he’s one of the top 10 young distance runners in the country.

"It was a great night, fantastic. I was thrilled. They ran aggressively, they hit their splits and they allowed their fitness to control their head rather than their head control their fitness and come out of it with two conference champions, a runner-up and a fourth."

Stillwater received third-place finishes from Nate Bird in the discus (138-11) and Connor O’Neill in the pole vault (13-0) while Josh Choe, Zach Bigaouette, Ethan Anderson and Evan Johnson combined to place third in the 4×800 relay with a time of 8:12.55.

There were a total of six meet records broken, including Park’s RJ Alowonle running the fastest 300 hurdles ever recorded in the state at 36.38 to go along with his other meet record in the 110 hurdles (14.32).

White Bear Lake’s Eric Gebeke broke former Pony Jake Watson’s meet record while crossing the line in 1:53.76 to win the 800 meters. Roseville’s Elvis Barcley (200) and DeAntre Smith (high jump) also set meet records, along with Park’s first-place 4×100 relay team.

Team standings

1. Forest Lake 174.5; 2. Roseville 154; 3. White Bear Lake 122.5; 4. Stillwater 112; 5. Woodbury 110; 6. Mounds View 90; 7. Park 89; 8. East Ridge 63; 9. Cretin-Derham Hall 38; 10. Hastings 36.

Individual results

100 – 1. D’Monte Farley (Par) 10.97; 16. Erroll Williams (St) 12.22; 22. Jackson Thiets (St) 12.54; 30. Caleb Fick (St) 12.84; 31. Michael Liddell (St) 12.91.

200 – *1. Elvis Barclay (Ros) 21.84; 11. Zack Smith (St) 24.26; 15. Jordan Phelps (St) 24.48; 17. Erroll Williams (St) 24.74; 27. Nic Wanovich (St) 25.41.

400 – 1. Nate Roese (ER) 48.81; 7. Mitchell Schertz (St) 52.82; 16. Larry Lorbiecki (St) 54.42; 19. Jackson Thiets (St) 54.66.

800 – *1. Eric Gebeke (WBL) 1:53.76; 7. Sean Bjork (St) 2:02.04; 10. Evan Johnson (St) 2:03.20; 12. Zach Bigaouette (St) 2:04.75; 13. Josh Choe (St) 2:05.75.

1,600 – 1. Wayde Hall (St) 4:17.14; 4. Sean Bjork (St) 4:18.68; 6. Eli Krahn (St) 4:26.84; 9. Eric Corcoran (St) 4:32.40; 11. Bailey Hesse-Withroe (St) 4:38.24; 17. Kellen Wessels (St) 4:44.93; 20. Isaac Secor (St) 4:47.41.

3,200 – 1. Eric Colvin (St) 9:16.67; 2. Tom Linner (St) 9:25.30; 6. Matt Chu (St) 9:59.57; 7. Edoardo Tagliaferri (St) 10:01.69; 9. Ethan Anderson (St) 10:06.74.

110 hurdles – *1. RJ Alowonle (Par) 14.32; 10. Kevin Meads (St) 16.68; 13. Geoff Berg (St) 17.15; 23. Charlie Farrington (St) 18.62; 33. Alex Klein (St) 20.22.

300 hurdles – *1. RJ Alowonle (Par) 36.38; 10. Kevin Meads (St) 42.78; 12. Geoff Berg (St) 43.20; 15. Alex Klein (St) 43.83; 23. Charlie Farrington (St) 45.84.

4×100 relay – *1. Park, 42.50; 6. Stillwater (Makao Day, Erroll Williams, Jordan Phelps and Michael Liddell) 44.97.

4×200 relay – 1. White Bear Lake, 1:29.69; 5. Stillwater (Makao Day, Zack Smith, Jordan Phelps ad Mitchell Schertz) 1:31.94.

4×400 relay – 1. Woodbury, 3:21.63; 6. Stillwater (Zack Smith, Makao Day, Larry Lorbiecki and Mitchell Schertz) 3:27.83.

4×800 relay – 1. Forest Lake, 8:00.70; 3. Stillwater (Josh Choe, Zach Bigaouette, Ethan Anderson and Evan Johnson) 8:12.55.

Long jump – 1. DeAntre Smith (Ros) 22- 1/2; 20. Jordan Phelps (St) 19-0; 21. Zack Smith (St) 18-9 1/4; 27. Michael Liddell (St) 18-0; 33. Caleb Fick (St) 16-5 1/2.

Triple jump – 1. RJ Alowonle (Par) 47-0; 15. Connor O’Neill (St) 40-1 1/2; 19. Michael Liddell (St) 39-2 3/4; 22. Nic Wanovich (St) 38-7 3/4; 23. Stephen Roller (St) 38-7 1/2.

Shot put – 1. Bennen Bierman (FL) 54-10 1/2; 6. Alex Burbach (St) 46-7 1/4; 14. Ricky Pearson (St) 43-7 1/2; 19. Austin Conery (St) 40-7 1/4; 29. Aaron Tipke (St) 38-11 1/2.

Discus – 1. Andrew Pollard (FL) 144-11; 3. Nate Bird (St) 138-11; 16. David Peterson (St) 118-4; 21. Kyle Kazmierczak (St) 113-11; 25. Aaron Tipke (St) 108-8.

High jump – *1. DeAntre Smith (Ros) 6-8; 7. Connor O’Neill (St) 5-10; 10. Josh Johnson (St) 5-10; 13. Isaac Hale (St) 5-6; 13. Mark Portz (St) 5-6.

Pole vault – 1. Jagger Gran (MV) 14-6; 3. Connor O’Neill (St) 13-0; 6. Sean Tompkins (St) 12-0; 17. Tony Giebel (St) 10-6; 20. Colin Eason (St) 9-6.

* Meet record

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