Ranger boys race to third in Rochester

Mayo Invite produces several season-best efforts

Like last spring, the Section 7AA track and field title may come down to Forest Lake and Andover. The Huskies topped the Rangers for the trophy in 2011 and have had the upper hand when they have faced off so far this year.

Andover won Saturday’s Rochester Mayo Invite and Forest Lake placed third, but Ranger head coach Paul Kendrick came away optimistic. His squad was down several contributors due to injuries and absences. With a full lineup, Kendrick felt the Rangers would have won the meet going away.

Those who did compete had good showings in general. In particular, the sprint crew continued to impress. Running into a slight headwind, Rich Carr (11.33 seconds), Tommy Tyson (11.54) and Pat Moran (11.59) took second, third and fourth in the 100-meter dash.

Those three combined with David Poyerd to place second in the 4×100 relay with a time of 43.59. That time beat the mark Forest Lake set in winning the Hamline Elite Meet – and in fact was a season best – but it was not fast enough to catch Park, which set a meet record in 43.15.

Tyson also won the long jump and placed fourth in the 200. His jump of 21-3 3/4 and dash of 22.85 were both season bests. Poyerd came in third in the long jump with a leap of 20-6 3/4.

Cody Walton performed well in his first full meet in some time. He set a personal best time of 39.77 in the 300 hurdles, finishing second to reigning state champion RJ Alowonle of Park, who set a meet record with a time of 38.69. Walton took fourth in the 110 hurdles (15.95) and fifth in the high jump (6-0).

The 4×400 relay added a second-place finish. Ben Long, Eric Herbert, Colin McGrath and Joe Jackson finished in 3:30.14. Jackson raced to fourth in the 1600 with a time of 4:34.24.

Andrew Pollard highlighted the field events by placing fifth in the discus with a toss of 134-10, a season best by nearly 10 feet. Bennen Bierman came in fourth in the shot put with an effort of 50-1 1/2.

Forest Lake return to action this Wednesday, May 9, with the True Team Section meet at White Bear Lake. The meet was moved back a day due to forecasted rain. The Rangers placed fourth last season.

“If we can fill out the lineup, we can make a competitive run at it,” said Kendrick, noting that defending champion Blaine and North St. Paul will be among the other teams to beat.

The boys are then off until a meet in Stillwater next Wednesday.