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Track: Johnson off to fast start

Two Harbors senior Ian Johnson got off to a strong start in his campaign to repeat as Section 7A champion in both the 110 meter and 300 meter events at meets in Pine City and Esko.

At the Cool Dragon Invite April 7 in Pine City, Johnson won the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 16.34 seconds, more than a second ahead of second place, Mikael Overby, also from Two Harbors. Johnson also won the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 43.76 seconds, nearly two seconds ahead of Overby, who finished second again.

Junior Jake Paron won the 1600 meter run with a time of 4 minutes, 42.07 seconds.

The Agate girls 3200 meter relay won with a time of 10:35.49 and the boys 3200 meter relay was second in 9:20.61.

Other top finishers for Two Harbors in Pine City included: eighth-grader Isabel Schottenbauer finished second in the girls 1600 meters with a time of 6:02.39; the girls 400 meter relay team was second with a time of 55.8 seconds and the boys 400 meter relay team was also second with a time of 48.16 seconds; Mary Libby was second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:40.15; eighth-grader Cedar Gordon was second in the 3200 meters with a time of 13:07.65; the girls 1600 meter relay team was third with a time of 4:46.66; and sophomore Andrew Hulst was third in the discus with a top throw of 104 feet, 9 inches.

As a team, the Two Harbors boys finished third behind Pine City and McGregor and the girls finished fourth.

On Tuesday at the Esko Time Trial Johnson faced off against his closest competitor in the Section 7A hurdle events, Silver Bay senior Gunnar Frahm. In the 110 meter hurdles Johnson edged Frahm with a time of 15.42 seconds, with Frahm finishing about a second off Johnson's pace. In the 300 meters, Johnson cut more than two seconds off his time from Pine City and won the event with a time of 41.59 seconds, with Frahm finishing about 2.5 seconds later. Overby finished third in both races.

Two Harbors swept the three top spots in the 1600 meters with Sydney Haugan finishing first with a time of 5:53.51 and Autumn Smith coming in less than a third of second later. Mary Libby finished third with a time of 6:02.58.

Ryan Darsow won the long jump with a top leap of 17 feet, 1 inch and Chloe Hietala won the high jump with a height of 4 feet, 6 inches. Christian Beamer won the boys high jump with a height of 6 feet

The girls 800 meter relay team won with a time of 2:06.97 and the boys 1600 meter race in 3:45.08 and Silver Bay finishing second about seven seconds later. In addition, the Agate girls 400 meter relay team won its race in 54.92 seconds.

Other top finishers for Two Harbors included: Amanda Smitke finished second in the discus with a top throw of 77 feet, 5 inches; Hietala was third in the girls triple jump with a distance of 25 feet, 4.5 inches; Taylor Peppenger was third in the girls shot put with a top throw of 25 feet 9.5 inches; Hulst was third in the boys 100 meter with a time of 11.62 seconds; Katarina Hanson was third in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 55.71 seconds; Hayden Johnson was second for the Agates in the 800 meters with a time of 2:06.78 and Brandon Dugger was third two seconds later; Emily Seipke was second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:42.68; Sami Szendrey was third in the 200 meters in 29.39 seconds; Schottenbauer was second in the 3200 meters with at time of 13:36.86 and Calista Bergerson was third less than 50 seconds later; and Noah Smith was second in the boys 3200 meters with a time of 10:52.55.

Other top finishers for Silver Bay included: Alexxa DeQuevedo finished second in the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.53 seconds, just edging out Two Harbors' Szendrey by a quarter of a second; Jackson Braun was third in the discus with a top throw of 107 feet, 4 inches; and the Silver Bay 400 meter relay team was third with a time of 50.6 seconds.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle in August 2015. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and previously worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. He is the beat writer for the Lake County Board of Commissioners, Lake Superior School District board of education and high school sports in Lake County. 

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