Ashby-Brandon-Evansville junior high track athletes finally got to see how they stacked up against kids their own age when they traveled to Perham on Tuesday, April 18.
“In junior high meets, athletes usually only compete against others in the same grade level,” stated coach Jennifer Froemming, “it gives kids a chance to see how competitive they are against their peers and also try some new events.”
Seventh grader Catherine Koefod had a successful meet and placed in all four of her events. She won the 200m dash (30.04), tied for third in the 100m hurdles (19.91), fourth in the 100m dash (14.31), and third in the long jump (10 feet 10 inches). Abby Kangas placed second in the high jump (4 feet 2 inches) and sixth in the long jump (10 feet 5 inches). “Both Catherine and Abby tried long jump and hurdles today. I’m proud of them for trying something new and then seeing some success as a result,” commented Froemming. Katrina Buccholz placed third in the discus (49 feet 2 inches) and fourth in the shot put (21 feet 8 inches). She also tried the 100m dash (15.00) and was eighth overall.
Seventh grader Derick Novotny sprinted his way into first in the 100m dash (13.09) and a second in the 200m dash (26.63), along with a second in the high jump (4 feet 4 inches). Abram Fossel placed fifth in the 300m hurdles (50.35).
Eighth grader Cade Carlson had a pair of wins in the 100m (12.02) and 300m dash (42.34). In the long jump he placed second (15-10) and was also a leg in the 400m relay that placed second (53.35) along with classmates Nathan Baumann, Nolan Bitzan, and Kobe Reiland. Baumann also brought home a sixth in his debut 100m hurdle race (19.38) and sixth in the 300m dash (45.34). Reiland also high jumped and tied for fourth with teammate Morgan Storey (4 feet 4 inches) Jake Rein tied for first in the high jump (5 feet), fourth in the 300m dash (44.60) and was fifth in the 100m dash (13.00). Deklin Goeden was fifth in the 300m dash (44.84) and sixth in shot put (28 feet 9 inches). Michael Cochran found some success in the throws with a pair of seconds in the shot put (32 feet 4.5 inches) and discus (90 feet 5 inches).
“It was a cold, windy meet,” said Froemming, “but it went fast. All of the kids competed in at least two events, so they kept moving, competed hard, and in most cases tried a new event. It was a successful day for everyone in junior high.”