Jesus Fernandez throws into a stiff wind in the HVL conference discus competition. Fernandez finished 35th with a throw of 67' 4". Photo by Keith Garvens
by Ruth Hanson
The sun finally shone on the Hayfield boys track team and the boys took advantage of it.
The Vikings traveled to Rushford on May 7 for the True Team meet and finished 14th in a field of 16 teams.
"We had a good meet," Coach Vince Reynolds said. "I was pleased that we had an athlete in every event, even though some of them were out of their comfort zones."
He was especially pleased with the 4X800 relay team, who ran their best time of the year and finished sixth.
"They were just a few seconds from third," Coach Reynolds said. "It was a tight race."
The runners were Cam Stadler, Jon Fleischmann, Gabe Tempel and Chad Kruger.
"The early season weather meant that very few of the guys were performing at their peak," Coach Reynolds said. "Mostly they weren't running as well as they did last year and that was a little discouraging for them."
Others who placed at Rushford were: the 4X400 relay, 11th; Logan Adams, 19th in the high jump; Logan Monahan, 12th in the pole vault; Gabe Tempel, 22nd in the pole vault; Chad Kruger, 14th in the long jump; Elijah O'Brien, 21st, long jump; Kruger, seventh, triple jump; O'Brien, 17th, triple jump;Trey Chatman, 28th and Jesus Fernandez, 29th, shot put; Fernandez, 26th, and Chatman, 27th, discus.
The Hayfield boys team finished 14th out of 16 teams.
The Vikings traveled to Grand Meadow on April 30, but lightening forced the meet to be called before the boys low hurdles.
Coach Reymolds was pleased that the same foursome won the 4X800. And that Logan Monohan placed second in the 110 high hurdles.
"We have a good crop of hurdlers," he said. "They are working hard and their times are coming down. I'm sorry we couldn't run the low hurdles. This is my fourteenth year coaching track, since the mid 90s, and the weather is by far the worst. We are getting into shape at last and we will host the subsections on May 23. Our saving grace is that everybody has had the same problem. I don't think we will see any exceptional times at the state meet."