Track: Mariners' Russell grabs wins at two events
Silver Bay junior Jocelyn Russell scored wins in the 100 and 200 meter dashes at both the Matt Kero Memorial Invitational May 12 at Duluth Denfeld High School and the Polar League Championships Wednesday in Two Harbors.
At the Polar League championships Wednesday, Two Harbors earned its first girls team title since 1992, getting a strong performance from its distance group to edge Esko by a point. Brandon Dugger won the 800 meter run in 2:06.1 and Jake Paron won the 3200 meter run in 10:06.43. Paron was also second in the 1600 meter run in 4:36.63, about two seconds after winner Ethan Olson from Moose Lake-Willow River.
Two Harbors freshman Sydney Haugan won the 1600 meter run in 5:41.44 seconds and Autumn Smith, a seventh-grader, was second less than half a second later and Smith won the 3200 meter run in 12:29. The Agate girls 3200 meter relay team also won in 11:01.01.
Russell won the 100 meter dash in 13.32 seconds and the 200 meter dash in 27.79 second with Mariner freshman Corrina Marolt finishing third less than 2 seconds later. The Silver Bay girls 800 meter relay team won in 1:53.78 and Russell won the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 3 inches.
Two Harbors senior Ian Johnson won the 110 meter hurdles in 15.79 seconds with Mikael Overby finishing third about a second later. Johnson won the 300 meter hurdles in 41.27 seconds, with Silver Bay senior Gunnar Frahm finishing second about a second later.
Christian Beamer won the high jump with a height of 5 feet, 8 inches.
Other top finishers for Two Harbors included: Hazel Babcock in second in the 400 meter run in 1:09.84; Haugan was third in the 800 meter run in 2:38.17; the girls' 400 meter relay team was second in 55.62 seconds; the 1600 meter girls team was second in 4:41.83; Chloe Hietala was third in the triple jump with a distance of 28 feet, 7.5 inches; the boys 400 meter relay team was third in 47.42 seconds; the boys 3200 meter relay team was third in 9:16,17; and Spencer Ross was third in the long jump with a distance of 18 feet, 2 inches.
Other top finishers for Silver Bay included Alexxa DeQuevedo in third in the 300 meter hurdles in 50.79 seconds and the boys 800 meter relay team was second in 1:39.03.
At the Kero meet last week, Russell won the 100 meters in 13.48 seconds and the 200 meters in 27.46 seconds.
Haugan won the 1600 meters at the Kero meet with a time of 5 minutes, 29.01 seconds, with Smith finishing third nearly 7 seconds later.
Johnson won the 110 meter hurdles in 15.58 seconds and the 300 hurdles meters in in 40.73 seconds. Johnson was more than a second ahead of second place David Cornelius from Hermantown in the 110 meter hurdles and more than two seconds ahead Cody Fernandez from Proctor in the 300 meter hurdles. In addition, the 400 meter relay team of Andrew Hulst Johnson, Ryan Darsow and Ross won its race in 45.55 seconds.
Agate senior Christian Beamer won the high jump at the Kero meet with a height of 6 feet and he was third in the triple jump with a top leap of 39 feet, 4.25 inches.
Other top finishers for Two Harbors included: Mary Libby was third in the 800 meter run in 2:32.67; Chloe Hietala was third in the high jump with a height of 4 feet, 6 inches; Paron was second in the 1600 meters in 4:30.79; and Noah Smith was third in the 3200 meter run in 10:14.25.
Other top finishers at the Kero meet for Silver Bay included: DeQuevedo was second in the 100 meter hurdles in 17.20 seconds and in the 300 meter hurdles in 49.29 seconds; and the 800 meter relay team of Bryce Brooks, Jeff Brecht, Zach Lewis and Riley Harkness.