Prep Track: Results from 21st Annual Mega Meet

Prep Track: Results from 21st Annual Mega Meet

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Prep Track: Results from 21st Annual Mega Meet

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SAUK RAPIDS

Sam Sundstrom ran the 1,600 meters Saturday like she was late for a date. That’s because the Sauk Rapids senior nearly was.

Sunstrom won the 1,600 in 5 minutes, 20.72 seconds on a dreary, frigid Saturday at Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School.

Her victory was one of the highlights for Sauk Rapids at the 21st Annual Mega Meet, which concluded shortly before an evening of prom activities at the high school.

“We’ve got a lot of people leaving shortly,” Sauk Rapids head coach Loren Finlayson said during the meet.

Sunstrom, bound for St. Cloud State on a cross country/track scholarship, then ran the open 400 because the 3,200 was run too late in the day. Run that race, the second to last of the day, and she might miss prom.

“I hadn’t run the mile since the CLC indoor, so it was good,” said Sunstrom, who seemed to dismiss temperatures in the high 30s by wearing her regular uniform. Most runners wore Under Armour clothing under the uniforms to keep warm.

“It makes me feel claustrophobic,” Sunstrom said. “I had a bad race once with them on, so now I think they’re bad luck.”

She beat her friend, St. Cloud Christian junior McKenzie Holt, who ran a 5:32.70. Holt then won the 3,200. She was headed to Sauk Rapids’ prom to watch Sunstrom and her date, Jared Krebs, do the grand march.

“She has been training hard all winter,” Holt said. “We’ve been running together a lot.”

There was discussion about Sunstrom running the 1,600, having her hair done, then finishing up with the 3,200. Finlayson decided that runners going to prom could leave early.

“That’s important, too”,” he said.

Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village won the boys’ team competition with 105 points. Sartell took second with 89.5 points.

Blaine’s girls had a 136.5. Sartell (85.5) was second.

The Sabres, who are headed to their section true team meet Thursday at defending state champion Totino-Grace, got first-place finishes from Kelsey Mohlenkamp in the high jump (5-0), Anthoni Morrow in the 800 (2:07.73) and Josh Lieberg in the boys’ high jump (6-5).

There was one area double-winner, Foley’s Charlie Lawrence. Lawrence won the 1,600 (4:29.70) and the 3,200 (9.44.06). Both races were won with a tactical style that saw the future Minnesota Gopher beat St. Cloud Cathedral junior Nick Golebiowski, who took second.

“I haven’t bee”n feeling too good lately,” Lawrence said. “I’m getting over bronchitis and it’s been dragging me down.

“I don’t have my legs under me. This spring hasn’t been fund. Training has been quite different … It’s not about my time, just trying to win races.”

Golebiowski called his times of 4:30.07 in the 1,600 and 9:44.93 in the 3,200 “bad.”

“It was not a good race,” Golebiowski said. “My leg speed just isn’t there right now. I have endurance. I just can’t sprint now.””

No area team has been outside much. It’s showing up in times that are slower than at the same time last year.

It’s why Mitchell Kollodge’s school-record time of 40.97 seconds in the 300 hurdles was remarkable. It was faster than the Albany junior ran at the state meet last June and good for third Saturday behind Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village’s C.J. Janu (39.28 seconds) and Sauk Rapids’ Jake Lynch (40.53).

“He’s a beast,” Albany head coach Kathy Conrad said. “”I’m quite found of him. He takes his workouts quite seriously. He’s a student of the sport.”

Foley head coach Dave Dahlstrom, whose boys took sixth and whose girls were 10th, called it a good meet for a simple reason.

“Nobody got hurt; that was good,” he said. “In this weather, that’s a concern.”

Now, it’s time for prom.

Boys team scores – 1. Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village 105; 2. Sartell 89.5; 3. Coon Rapids 72; 4. Monticello 61.5; 5. North St. Paul 52; 6. Foley 51; 7. Albany 46; 8. Centennial 40; 9. Little Falls 32; 10. St. Cloud Apollo 29.5; 11. Rocori 22.5; 12. Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball 22; 13. Sauk Rapids 21; 14. (tie) Litchfield and St. Cloud Cathedral 20; 16. St. Cloud Tech 18.

3,200-meter relay – 1. Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village 8:39.55; 110 hurdles – 1. C.J. Janu (SLPSA) 14.90; 100 – 1. Grant Walter (SLPSA) 11.36; 800 relay – 1. SLPSAV 1:33.80; 1,600 – 1. Charlie Lawrence (Foley) 4:29.70; 400 relay – 1. North St. Paul 45.73; 400 – 1. Sam Johnson (Monticello) 51.64; 300 hurdles – 1. Janu (SLPSAV) 39.28; 800 – 1. Anthoni Morrow (Sartell) 2:07.73; 200 – 1. Akeem Sirleaf (NSP) 22.15; 3,200 – 1. Lawrence (F) 9:44.06; 1,600 relay – 1. Coon Rapids 3:32.74; high jump – 1. Josh Lieberg (Sar) 6-5; pole vault – 1. Ryan Thibaudeau (NSP) 13-3; long jump – 1. Jason Lilja (Coon Rapids) 21-4; triple jump – 1. Ejiya Ejodamen (SLPSAV) 42-6.25; discus – 1. Sam Udermann (Foley) 167-0; shot put – 1. Daulton Olinger (SLPSAV) 49-9.75.

Girls team scores – 1. Blaine 136.5; 2. Sartell 85.5; 3. Centennial 84.5; 4. Coon Rapids 66.5; 5. Monticello 56; 6. St. Cloud Tech 54.5; 7. Rocori 42; 8.Litchfield; 9. Little Falls 31; 10. Foley 27.5; 11. St. Cloud Cathedral 27; 12. St. Cloud Christian 16; 13. St. Cloud Apollo 12.5; 14. Sauk Rapids 10; 15. Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village and Albany 5; 17. Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball 3.5.

3,200 relay – 1. Monticello 10:20.44; 100 hurdles – 1. Alex Williams (Blaine) 15.61; 100 – 1. Courtney Purcell (B) 12.85; 800 relay – 1. Blaine 1:48.91; 1,600 – 1. Sam Sunstrom (SR) 5:20.72; 400 relay – 1. Blaine 50.79; 400 – 1. Justice Callahan (Tech) 1:01.74; 300 hurdles – 1. Erin Huls (Rocori) 46.98; 800 – 1. Krista Steele (Monticello) 2:29.45; 100 – 1. Jedah Caldwell (Centennial) 23.51; 3,200 – 1. McKenzie Holt (SCC) 11:26.40; 800 relay – 1. Tech 4:16.20; high jump – 1. Kelsey Mohlenkamp (Sar) 5-0; pole vault – 1. Alisha Semper (Foley) 9-6; long jump – 1. Molly McGrath (Blaine) 15-10.5; triple jump – 1. Greta Walsh (Litch) 33-7.5; discus – 1. Erica Oawster (Cent) 122-5; shot put – 1. Courtney Pasiowitz (CR) 42-2.5.

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