4×100 crew victorious at prestigious event
A thrilling relay win highlighted a busy day for the Ranger boys at the Hamline Elite Meet last Friday.
Forest Lake stood in fourth place when anchor Rich Carr got the baton in the 4×100. One by one, the junior picked off his opponents down the stretch and he leaned past the Wayzata anchor in the final meters. The Rangers won with a time of 43.75, just a hundredth of a second ahead of the Trojans. Winona and Minnetonka each finished less than a fifth of a second out of first.
“Literally with 5 meters to go, I thought maybe we would get second,” said coach Paul Kendrick. “His anchor leg was just huge.”
Junior Matt Eiden, senior Tommy Tyson and senior Pat Moran ran the first three legs.
Despite a tight hamstring, Carr also reached the finals of the 100-meter dash and placed fifth in 11.53 seconds. Tyson timed out in 11.67, narrowly missing a spot in the finals.
Cody Walton placed seventh out of nine in the 300 hurdles. Kendrick was impressed to see the junior essentially match his best time of 40.52 in the event because Walton had missed time recently with an injury.
Senior Bennen Bierman topped his previous best effort in the shot put. His throws were consistent and his best distance of 52-9 1/2 was good for sixth place out of 12.
In the 800, senior Joe Jackson placed ninth out of 12 with a time of 2:00.05. He also anchored the 4×800 relay which took ninth out of 13 in 8:11. Other members include seniors Collin McGrath, Eric Herbert and Ben Long. Kendrick feels that crew has potential to improve as it is still experimenting with the running order.
Overall, it was important for the participants to get experience at a large competition.
“It’s a very good meet and there are some outstanding times there,” Kendrick said. “It has a flavor of state because you are going to get some of the top competitors.”
The rest of the team took part in a meet in Cottage Grove that featured a true-team format. Forest Lake took fifth out of eight teams, while Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village placed first.
The Rangers scored the most points in the 400, as junior Andrew Montean (53.71) and senior Andrew Mansmith (53.79) took the top two spots.
Forest Lake is part of the field for Saturday’s Rochester Mayo Invite. Most of the lineup is a go, but the Rangers will tune their efforts to peak at next Tuesday’s True Team Section meet in White Bear Lake.