Solid effort good for second at Filly Classic

Sophomore Katie Dison takes off during a pole vault attempt. (Photo by Stuart Groskreutz/Stillwater Gazette)

The Ranger girls’ track and field team finished second behind only host Stillwater at the Filly Classic on Saturday. Forest Lake scored 111 points, edging Andover by half a point. Stillwater totaled 138.

The event marked the final warm-up for the True Team Section meet, which the Rangers treat as the biggest regular-season meet of the year.

“The distance crew earned our only win yet the multitude of second- and third-place finishes generates an increase of motivation as we head into True Team…” said coach Eric Kaluza.

That lone victory came in the 4×1600 relay. Emma Benner, Miranda Overland, Maria Valentin and Jacqueline Pothen finished in 22:27 to win by 13 seconds.

There were three second-place finishes, and each came in field events. The triple/long jump relay covered 95-1 and finished one inch out of first place. Caitlin Freer (32-8) and Merina Lenz (31-10) took part in the triple jump, while Krista Kirchner (14-10) and Mariah Daninger (14-6) long jumped.

The shot put crew of Sam Anderson (36-8), Bailey Norby (36-7) and Alex Howard (36-1) took second to White Bear Lake, as did the discus relay of Anderson (124), Daninger (104) and Gena Baklund (98).

“The shot put was huge along with the disc,” said Kaluza. “[Coach Shannon Schutte’s] work is paying huge dividends and will continue to do so throughout the season.”

Forest Lake placed third in the 4×800, 4×300 hurdles, high jump and pole vault. The 4×100 and 4×200 relays placed fourth but impressed Kaluza from a technical standpoint.

“We will see a greater amount of improvement from them in the upcoming month,” he predicted.

The True Team meet was originally scheduled for this Tuesday but was pushed back a day. The Rangers took second to host White Bear Lake in 2011.