Eagles Track Team Update
The East Central Eagles Track team sent 9 athletes to Section 7A competition last Friday, June 3rd. Brad Klingsheim (Sr) was the first to compete in the long jump. Klingsheim jumped 18 ft. 7 in. to advance from sub-sections, but was only able to jump 17 ft. 11 in. on this day, placing him 12th in the field. Steven Gunderson (10th) was up next with the 110m high hurdles. Gunderson started off strong but hit a few hurdles which slowed him down. He placed 11th in the prelims.
The girls 4x800m relay team was next up. The week before they ran and placed 4th in the sub-section, and qualifying by more than 10 seconds to advance. At the section meet, they ran their fastest time of the season, placed 3rd in the Section, and broke the East Central school record by 5 seconds. The team was Charity Carlson (Jr), Avery VanErp (8th), Bailey Beckman (9th), and Lizzy Swanson (9th). This same team was also the Great River Conference champions in the 4x800m relay.
VanErp also qualified in the 1600m by placing 3rd at sub-sections. She was boxed in early in the race and placed 9th overall. Gunderson also advanced in the 300m hurdles. In this race, he placed 10th. Klingsheim (GRC champion in the 800m and 4x800m relay) advanced in the 800m run. He ran his fastest time of the season, but finished 4th behind champion Ben Moonen from Moose Lake/Willow River. Hinckley-Finlayson’s Jeremiah LeTourneau finished just behind Klingsheim. Zach McCulloch (10th) qualified the week before in the high jump, but was unable to clear anything past 5 ft. 4 in. and ended in a four way tie for 11th.
Beckman, who ran in the state cross country meet as an 8th grader, was set to run the 3200m run. Like Klingsheim, she ran her fastest time of the season, and she finished 7th. Swanson qualified in the triple jump, but she had pulled her quad in the sub-section and was trying to jump off her other leg. She wasn’t able to get her steps down and scratched all three jumps.
Coach Groskreutz is looking forward to next season with only a few seniors graduating this year and a team that has grown from 34 athletes to 65 in just two years. However up next for him is Cross Country.