Walton qualifies in three events, Jankowski breaks school record
The Ranger boys track team took the section title last week in the 16-team section meet at the University of Minnesota-Duluth by beating out the previous back-to-back champion Andover, 134 to 128.5.
Eight Ranger athletes will compete in nine events at the state track meet at Hamline University starting June 7, including: seniors Jacob Jankowski, Cody Walton, Anthony Tyler, Andrew Wright, Zach Freer, Rich Carr and juniors Preston Huddleston and Pat Murphy.
Jankowski dominated the distance events with first place and a personal best of 4:28 in the 1600-meter run and first place in the 3200-meter run with a time of 9:32.97. Jankowski’s two-mile time set a new record for Forest Lake, which was previously set by Rob Thompson in 1987 with a time of 9:36.01.
Carr and Wright both qualified in the 100-meter dash, with Carr winning at 11.18 and Wright squeaking out the qualification by one-hundredth of a second at 11.38. Wright just missed another qualification in the 200-meter dash, taking third by another one-hundredth of a second at 23.10. Freer was also in the final and finished fourth at 11.45.
Walton qualified for state in three events. The hurdler took first in the 110-meter hurdles after putting up a time of 14.96, then beat the qualifying time with a second-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 39.39. Walton also qualified in the high jump by clearing 6-0.
The 4×100-meter relay team of Wright, Freer, Murphy and Carr took second with a time of 43.41 to earn a trip to state, while Huddleston took second in the long jump with a distance of 19-08.
Other Rangers to make the top-10 finishers in finals included:
• Lane, Murphy and ninth-grader Jon Eiden and Cole Barcroft in the 4×200-meter relay with a time of 1:32.14 (third place)
• Senior Glen Miron in the shot put with a distance of 49-3 (third place)
• Senior Andrew Montean in the 400-meter dash in 52.79 (eighth place)
• Senior Tanner Lane in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.31 (sixth place)
• Junior Paul Litecky, sophomore Sam Finch, ninth-grader Davis Long in the 4×800-meter relay with a time of 8:30.14 (sixth place)
• Ninth-grader Peyton Zeidler in the high jump by clearing 5-10 (fifth place) and Lane in a tie for ninth place (5-06)
• Ninth-grader Alex Jackomino in the pole vault with a height of 11-0 (eighth place) and Litecky in a tie for 10th place (10-6)
• Murphy in a tie for 10th place in the long jump (18-5.75) and a fifth-place finish in the triple jump (40-11.25)
• Senior Zack Reyes in the discus with a distance of 127-3 (sixth place)
The eight state-bound Rangers begin the preliminary rounds tomorrow at Hamline, with the finals taking place on Saturday, June 8.