FL boys nearly pull True Team upset

Season-best performance nets boys third place

Rich Carr takes the baton from Pat Moran down the stretch in the 4x100. Forest Lake finished in second place with a season-best time among the fastest in the state. (Photo by Clint Riese)

Clint Riese
Sports Editor

Everything clicked for the Forest Lake boys’ track and field team as it nearly stole the title at the Section 5AAA True Team meet in White Bear Lake last Wednesday. The Rangers led for much of the meet and even clung to a small advantage with two events to go. They finished third with 1,009 points, 26.5 behind champion White Bear Lake. Blaine finished close behind in second.

“I thought we by far had our best meet,” said coach Paul Kendrick. “We’ve had just really good improvement as the season has went on. I think Blaine and White Bear were like, ‘Whoa, where did Forest Lake come from?’”

Three individual victories carried the team. Senior Tommy Tyson uncorked a personal-best effort of 22-3 1/2 in the long jump, beating the runner-up by over 17 inches. Senior Bennen Bierman reached a personal best of 53-8 1/2 in the shot put to win that event by over 32 inches. Junior Cody Walton outran the field by over a full second and won the 300 hurdles in 39.78. He also tied for the tallest mark in the high jump, 6-0, and placed fifth. He was fourth in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.74.

Junior Anthony Tyler launched the discus 147-07 to place second.

Second-place finishes also came from the 4×100 and 4×800 relays. Tyson, junior Matt Eiden, senior Pat Moran and junior Rich Carr finished the 4×100 in a season-best 43.36. They finished second to North St. Paul, which was led by former Ranger standout Tra Griffin. In the 4×800, seniors Eric Herbert, Ben Long and Collin McGrath teamed with junior Jacob Jankowski for a time of 8:14.15.

The 100 dash saw Tyson place fourth (11.20), Carr place sixth (11.30) and Moran place eighth (11.48). Carr took second in the 200 in 22.56, with Tyson right on his hip in 22.58.

Anthony Tyler threw his way to second place in the discus. (Photo by Clint Riese)

In the mid-distances, senior Joe Jackson placed second in the 400 (4:34.60) and fourth in the 800 (2:01.11). Senior Andrew Mansmith added a fourth-place finish in the 400 (51.95).

Jankowski took fourth in the 3200 with a time of 10:02.

The varsity is now off until the Suburban East Conference meet. The prelims take place next Tuesday and the finals next Thursday at East Ridge.