Rangers impress at SEC Relays

Girls move up to third place

In the Suburban East Conference, third place is not a bad spot to be when it comes to girls’ track and field. The Rangers found themselves in that position after a strong performance in the SEC Relays in Roseville last Tuesday.

The finish is an improvement of two spots from last spring. Stillwater defended its title by outscoring Mounds View 166-136. Forest Lake scored 112 points at the nine-team meet. Hastings was the lone SEC school not in attendance.

The Rangers took first place twice, both times in distance events. The 4×800 relay team of ninth-grader Rocci Wohlk, senior Cassie Thobe, senior Holly Winberg and seventh-grader Maria Valentin finished over eight seconds clear of the competition. Their time of 9:54 qualifies for the state honor roll.

In the 4×1600, eighth-grader Kallie Liston, ninth-grader Abbie Van Bergen, seventh-grader Miranda Overland and seventh-grader Allie Bartlett cruised to a 17-second win with a time of 23:07. Bartlett’s split of 5:18 is the fourth-fastest mile in school history.

Stillwater took second in each of those relays, and clipped the Rangers by two seconds in the 4×3200. Ninth-grader Jacqi Pothen, eighth-grader Emma Benner, senior Mackenzie Galleberg and Wohlk combined for a time of 50:09.

Forest Lake scored five third-place efforts out of the six field events:

• Senior Sam Anderson, sophomore Bailey Norby, junior Alex Howard and junior Sam Motz combined for a shot put total of 132-9 1/4.

• Anderson, Norby, eighth-grader Gena Baklund and senior Tori Plaisance combined to throw the discus 379-7.

• The pole-vaulting crew of sophomore Katie Dison, ninth-grader Cassidy Baker, junior Jessica Dhaene and junior Cassie Giesner combined to clear 32-6.

• The long-jumping team of senior Kayla Suess, senior Krista Kirchner, eighth-grader Abby Jungwirth and seventh-grader Tia Mosticalli combined to reach 59-0.

• In the triple jump, Jungwirth, sophomore Caitlin Freer, junior Rachel Shumaker and junior Merina Lenz combined to cover 127-4.

“I felt we competed well and are still looking for a few events to improve as we move through the season,” said coach Eric Kaluza. “I am pleased with our senior leadership and how they have conducted themselves as advocates for our sport…It’s been a fun year thus far and we’re looking for bigger and better things in the next few weeks.”

The Rangers have two varsity meets this week. They compete at White Bear Lake on Thursday and at St. Francis on Saturday.