FL wins big at Osceola track meet

Walton wins three events as boys defend title with ease

The Ranger boys’ track and field team is off and running.

Forest Lake opened the 2012 season with a pair of meets last week. The team won the Osceola (WI) Invitational last Tuesday and placed fifth out of seven teams at the White Bear Lake Relays last Thursday.

From a strategy standpoint, the Rangers employed a full squad at the Wisconsin meet and used the relay meet to tinker with the lineup a bit.

They flexed their muscles in defending their title in Osceola, outscoring runner-up Hudson (WI) by 40 points.

Junior Cody Walton won three events: the 110-meter hurdles (15.74), the 300-meter hurdles (40.45) and the high jump (6-2).

Junior Jacob Jankowski outpaced the field in the 3200-meter run. He gained a narrow victory with a time of 10:14.

Senior Tommy Tyson won the long jump competition with ease. His jump of 20-0 was 27 inches longer than the second-best distance.

Senior Bennen Bierman threw the shot nearly 18 inches farther than the next-closest competitor. He reached 49-11 3/4.

Junior Rich Carr enjoyed a breakout day in the sprint events. He won the 100-meter dash with a career-best time of 11.05 seconds and took second place in the 200 with a career-best time of 22.97.

Two Forest Lake relays won first place. The 4×100 group of Tyson, Carr, junior Matt Eiden and junior David Poyard finished in 44.56. The 4×800 team of Jankowski and seniors Ben Long, Eric Herbert and Collin McGrath timed out in 8:47.

Two days later, Forest Lake won three events in White Bear Lake. Under the relay format, individual field distances are added together with those of teammates to form one combined mark. The Rangers won both the shot put and discus relays. Shot put entrants included Bierman, sophomore Leighton Bierman, junior Glen Miron and junior Zack Reyes. The discus throwers were Bennen Bierman, junior Anthony Tyler, senior Andrew Pollard and junior David Moris. Forest Lake also won the weightmen 4×100 relay.

The 110-meter hurdle relay group of Walton and seniors Aaron Egelkraut, Andrew Mansmith and Mike Urban placed second.

The host Bears won the meet by 23 points over Mounds View. Stillwater and Roseville also topped the Rangers.

Forest Lake will roll out a full lineup for Saturday’s Pony Classic in Stillwater.