Photos by Rachel Brisbois
The Forest Lake track and field teams traveled to Mankato State to face a deep field of more than 30 schools, and the Rangers proved up to the challenge: The girls placed second with 43.5 points and the boys finished seventh with 28.
East Ridge girls (48) and Elk River boys (93) ran off with the overall victories.
The Rangers scored their biggest coup in the girls pole vault, coming away with 14 points and two medals. Sophomore Sofia Dodge cleared 10 feet, 6 inches to earn the silver medal, and junior Jenna Parent went over 10-3 to claim bronze.
It proved to be a double-day for those two when they each earned an additional bronze medal in the 4×200 relay. Dodge and Parent were joined by junior Alica Schurrer and sophomore Madeline Doby to complete their circuits in 1:50.89.
Relays were a consistent source of points for the Rangers. The 4×400 team (Doby, Parent, senior Allison Bartlett and junior Chloe Foster) finished fifth (4:18.94) and the 4×800 team (sophomore Regan Duffy, senior Amanda Forliti, junior Caroline Schoessow and eighth-grader Amelea Hauer) claimed fourth (10:16.50).
Foster also finished fifth in the 60 hurdles (9.74) and seventh in the high jump (5-0).
Duffy finished fourth in the 1600 (5:18.30). Hauer placed seventh in the 800 (2:29.21).
Senior Caroline Hansen leaped to a seventh-place finish in the triple jump (32-11.75).
The boys team achieved two podium finishes. Sophomore Charlie Babcock just missed out on an individual win in the 3200, running 9:59.62 behind the 9:58.97 effort of Joseph Minor (Minneapolis Washburn).
The 4×200 team of sophomore Tristan Cordie, senior Remy Brisbois, junior Eli Dodge and sophomore Corvell Wolter also claimed silvers, running 1:35.87 against the 1:35.64 of Wisconsin team River Falls.
Wolter later finished fifth in the 200 (23.84). Brisbois qualified for the B-final in the 60 dash, but ran faster than some of the A-finalists and placed seventh overall (7.35) to add two points to the Ranger ledger.
The Ranger 4×800 squad (Babcock and juniors Ryan Mead, Adam Stenning and Will Valentin) placed fourth (8:49.45). The 4×400 quartet (Valentin, junior Ian Asperheim, senior Dylan Windingstad and sophomore Dan Fagerstrom) placed eighth (3:47.61).