Allison Baumgartner puts the shot at the Hayfield Invitational.
Freshman Leif Bungum topped the field in a pair of individual events at Blooming Prairies True Team track meet this past Thursday. Despite the cool temperatures, Bungum easily outdistanced the field in the 110 meter high hurdles topping Sean Thomez of Loyola/Cleveland by .75 seconds and finishing in a time of 16.81. Bungum duplicated his win in the highs with a close finish over fellow Cobra Hector Bugarin in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles nipping Bugarin at the finish line with a time of 43.88 seconds. Sandwiched between the hurdle events, Bungum teamed up with Bugarin, Deric Melder and Jax Bryngelson to win the 4 x 100 meter relay by nearly five seconds after Mankato Loyola/Cleveland dropped the stick on the second exchange. Loyola/Cleveland was running neck and neck with the Cobras at the time. Bungum nearly picked up his fourth win in the triple jump but finished 1.75 inches behind winner Cole Sunde of Blooming Prairie. Bungum jumped a 39' 3.25" personal best in the event.
Triton's 4 x 200 relay team of Melder, Garrett Dahms, John Tate and Braedon Dostal placed a close third in that event in a time of 1:44.36. Junior Colton Chicos picked up a fourth place finish in the boys 1600 meter event with a time of 5:29.11 and 800 meter run with a 2:33.47 time. Freshman Nick Simonette finished fourth in the 400 meter dash in a time of 1:01.42. Bryngelson picked up an individual fourth place finish in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.99.
Piper Yankowiak picked up the lone individual title for the girls with her win in the 100 meter high hurdles. Her 17.38 time was nearly a half second faster than runner-up Hailey Schuller of NRHEG and just over a half second faster than teammate Courtney Dohrman's third place finish. Yankowiak ran the third leg of the winning girls 4 x 100 meter relay with Katy Erdmann, Greta Rhodes and McKenna Rubin. Triton's winning time of 55.35 seconds easily outpaced NRHEG's time of 57.04 seconds.
The girls 4 x 200 meter relay team of Erdmann, Rhodes, Dohrmann and Rubin finished a distance second to winning NHEG's relay.
Yankowiak held the early lead in the 300 meter hurdle event but faded at the end to finish third again just ahead of teammate Dohrmann who finished fourth. Rubin, coming off a groin injury, picked up a third place finish in the 200 meter dash in a time of 29.81. Freshman Mariah Lang picked up a third place finish in the high jump with a personal best tying jump of 4'10".
Erdmann picked up an individual fourth place finish in the 100 meter dash with a time of 14.17 seconds.
Both Triton's boys and girls teams finished fourth in the team competition behind the winning girls team from Blooming Prairie and winning boys team from Mankato Loyola/Cleveland.
Yankowiak, West and Stuve pick up Individual Titles
Kiley Yankowiak topped the seven team field of individuals in the girls 100 meter hurdle race in a season best time of 18.86 while Courtney West easily out-distanced the field in the 1600 meter run (6:07.63) winning by nine seconds and Chaz Stuve picked up his title in the 200 meter dash with a winning time of 25.42 seconds besting runner-up Peter Osman of Hayfield's time of 36.72.
Triton boys 4 x 200 relay team made up of Dylan Maas, Johnny Simonette, Kaleb Strom and DJ Lyke finished in second place behind champion Kasson Mantorville in that event. Eighth grader Hunter Yankowiak placed second in the 400 meter dash (1:04.49) and Fernando Bugarin picked up a runner-up finish in the 200 meter hurdle event in a time of 33.66 seconds. Triton's 4 x 400 relay (Todd Nuss, Ferber, Yankowiak and Stuve) came within one quarter second of champion GMLOS and were just off the junior high school record (4:20.23). The boys 4 x 100 meter relay team picked up a third place finish in a time of 55.27 seconds (Mass, Justin Ness, Nolan Ferber and Stuve).
Yankowiak placed fourth in the high jump with a jump of 4'4" for Triton's best field event finish.
Kiley Yankowiak placed third behind two GMLOS athletes in the 200 meter hurdles race was part of the runner-up 4 x 400 meter relay along with Nell Graham, Carissa Kleinwort and West) that ran a time of 4:50.28. Graham gutted out a fourth place finish in the 1600 meter run just nipping teammate Kleinwort by one tenth of a second in the race (6:27.50).
The girls finished in sixth place in the seven team meet behind champion GMLOS while the boys finished fourth behind champion Kasson Mantorville. The junior high teams end their season this coming Thursday with a meet at Byron.