LF sends top runners to Husky Classic indoor meet

The Little Falls Flyers boys and girls track teams opened their 2004 season at the Husky Classic, March 27.

The first of two indoor meets in as many weeks offered strong finishes by both teams on the Saint Cloud State University campus. Fifteen boys teams gathered with six from the Central Lakes Conference while 13 girls teams with five from the CLC converged on the Halenbeck Hall track.

“This was an excellent season-opening performance by the Flyer girls against some very tough competition,” said Flyer Head Coach Brad Swanson.

Megan Meyer was the top performer for the Flyers as she won the 1600 meter run (one mile) with a time of five-minutes, 46 seconds. Meyer also placed fifth in the shot put with a distance of 32 feet, one inch and anchored the 4 x 400m relay team to a seventh place finish with a time of 4:56. Other members of the 4×400 team were; Katie Feia, Kayla Atkinson and Kristy Schwientek.

Lindsey Pierce took home a pair of second place finishes as she completed the 55 meter dash in 7.84 seconds and then guided the 4 x 100m relay team to a run of 55.9 second, on which she was the lead leg. Others on the 4×100 team included Amanda Dunlap, Michelle Nieman and Ashley Erpelding. Kayla Atkinson stopped the clock at 10.31 to take fourth in the 55m hurdles. Amanda Dunlap rounded out the Flyers with an eighth-place performance of 4’6” in the high jump.

Boys enjoy solid effort
On the boys’ side, the sprint relay and distance runners performed the best, gathering fourth place finishes.

Senior Jonathan Stoltman placed fourth in the 1600m run with a time of 4:35.93, which was seven seconds better than last year’s meet. “It was the most highly competitive race of the meet which included some of the best runners of the state,” said Boys Head Coach Brad Swanson.

The sprint relay team recorded a time of 1:45.40 for a fourth place finish. Team members included Travis Fedor, Kody Olson, Ryan DeZurik and Sean Frietag. Coach Swanson commented that the relay team ran well for their first meet of the season and that handoffs were off, but that is to be expected for the early meets.

Jumpers came away with seventh and eighth places.

Fedor, who is also a high jumper, placed seventh with a clearance of 5’08”. “He had difficulty with his approach. Travis was getting good height over the bar, but the inconsistent approach prevented him from going very high,” Swanson explained.

A stronger and faster Shef Goodrich had a good first meet as he placed eighth in the triple jump with a distance of 36’ 5.25”. Coach Swanson commented, “Shef has gotten stronger and faster over the last year which should help him get the bigger jumps this year.”

Swanson was also pleased by the freshman group. “It’s a big change going from a middle school meet to a high school varsity meet and the athletes met the challenge.”

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