Sixth of 18 at All-American Invite for FL track

Valentin takes second in 800-meter, Dhaene third in hurdles


Kat Ladwig
Sports Editor

The All-American Invite at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls proved a strong showing for the Forest Lake track girls as the squad earned sixth place out of 18 teams with 44.5 points. Eastview took first with 71 points, followed by Hudson (60) and Farmington (52).

In the track events, ninth-grader Emma Benner and sophomore Rocci Wohlk took fourth and sixth in the 1,600-meter run. Benner was just over a second away from a second-place finish with a time of 5:24.58 while Wohlk came in four seconds later to earn three points for the Rangers.

Senior Jessica Dhaene captured third in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.88, just 0.2 seconds away from a meet record set in 2003.

Maria Valentin recorded the highest placement of the meet with a second-place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:23.76. The eighth-grader nearly captured first from Eastview senior Erica Bestul, who won by just over a tenth of a second.

Taking fifth in the 4×200-meter relay for the Rangers were seniors Dhaene, Olivia Norman, Liz Thordson and Rachel Shumaker with a time of 1:54.06.

Eighth-grader Allison Bartlett took sixth in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11:56.78.

In the field events, junior Bailey Norby picked up some points and a sixth-place finish in the shot put with a final throw of 33-3.5 after throwing 35-6 in the preliminary round.

Junior Caitlin Freer took fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 34-9 in the finals. Freer’s prelim jump of 36-4 was one of four leaps on the day that would have broken the meet record set last season.

Ninth-grader Abby Jungwirth earned points in the high jump with a sixth-place finish by clearing 4-10 while sophomore Cassidy Baker added to the team total with fifth place in the pole vault. Baker cleared 9-6.

Head coach Eric Kaluza said the River Falls Invite allowed his team to preview some of the Suburban East Conference competition, and that his athletes need to continue pushing themselves in practice.

“All areas need to be improved upon, yet many are achieving standards that were performed near the region meet last year,” Kaluza said. “I sense we are ahead of teams, yet to improve upon these marks will take time and diligence.”

Due to the weather, Forest Lake was unable to compete in the meet scheduled for Tuesday at Roseville. For updates on upcoming meets, visit or