More State Qualifiers at Dual and Shanley
Dual vs. GFC Recap
For the 11th straight Dual, the RR boys were victorious over GFC last week. The current streak started in the 2007 season. Prior to that, GFC won five of the first six Dual meets. The 2008 and 2011 meets were canceled due to inclement weather. Despite a number of talented young athletes from GFC, the senior/junior-led Rider boys were too deep for the Knights in 2019. This was especially evident in the throwing events, where the Riders placed 1-10 in the shot put, 1-9 in the discus, and 1-6 in the javelin.
Dual Team Scores
1) Red River 863.5
2) Grand Forks Central 432.5
RR vs. GFC Boys Dual Team Champions
Klefstad Puts on Clinic
Senior Brett Klefstad put on the biggest show Monday, scoring 33.5 points and leading all athletes. He placed first in the javelin (160’0), first in the shot put (46’1), first in the discus (113’9), and tied for fifth in the 200 (24.69). Most impressive was his 200 performance, as he had not competed in a running event since sparingly trying the hurdles in 9th grade. As it turns out, the football tight end/basketball forward who torched EDC defenders on the gridiron and the hardwood can also move pretty well on a track. A surprising fact only to those who had never seen him play other sports.
Arason, Simon Qualify in 1600
Seniors Jake Arason and Zach Simon worked together and both hit 1600 qualifying marks for the first time in their careers, with Jake clocking 4:31.06 and Zach 4:32.23. They placed 1-2 in the event. Arason also placed second in the 800 (2:05.46) and ran a leg on the winning 4×400 relay team. He scored 20.5 points at meet’s end.
Enerson Scores 30 in Strong Meet
Junior Bryce Enerson was the team’s second-leading scorer Monday, winning both hurdle races (110H-15.66/300H-42.88), placing third in the high jump (5’6), and fifth in the long jump (17’11). His four-event scoring total was 30 points.
Anderson Impresses on the Track
With a sore ankle and quad Monday, it was decided that junior Keandre Anderson would be limited to strictly running events Monday. Leaving out the hurdle or jumping events did not seem to affect his scoring ability, as Anderson won the 400 (54.50), placed second in the 200 (24.15), and ran legs on the winning 4×200 (1:36.47) and 4×400 (3:41.95) relay teams.
Riders Win Four Relays
The boys showed off their depth by winning all four relays Monday. Relay Splits can be found HERE.
4×100-A (1st-46.25-Topping, Oehlke, Brandvold, Dvorak)
4×100-B (2nd-49.06-Erickson, Nottestad, Kroeger, Johnson)
4×200-A (1st-1:36.47-Oehlke, Anderson, Sartwell, Hare)
4×200-B (2nd-Pathak, Pressnell, Herberg, Yahye)
4×400-A (1st-3:41.95-Yahye, Arason, Sartwell, Anderson)
4×400-B (3rd-3:53.58-Pressnell, Simon, Abdi, Zenawick)
4×800-A (1st-8:58.65-Abdi, Hugo, McHenry, Diederich)
4×800-B (3rd-10:02.82-Stokke, Narum, Reilly, Jenkins)
Shanley Invite Recap
The boys headed to the campus of Concordia College for the 50th installment of the Fargo Shanley Invite Thursday. As has become the norm in recent years, the meet was host to a large number of teams and a surplus of wind. For the first time outdoors, the Riders lost to an EDC team, as the Packers of West Fargo proved too deep to catch. The Riders ended the day in second place overall with 85.5 points.
Shanley Inv. Team Scores
1) West Fargo High School 107
2) Red River High School 85.5
3) Shanley High School 77
4) Kindred High School 61.5
5) Moorhead High School 58.5
6) Fargo South High School 58
7) Grand Forks Central High School 51
8) Fargo North High School 48
9) Hillsboro/Central Valley HS 43
10) Jamestown High School 39
11) Devils Lake High School 34
12) Oakes High School 25.5
13) Oak Grove Lutheran High School 25
14) Central Cass High School 21
Enerson Moves to #12
Leading scorer for the Riders was Bryce Enerson, who managed 17.75 points on the day. His top performance came in the 110 Hurdles, where he clocked 15.14 seconds and won the event by nearly .5 seconds. The time ties him for #12 All-Time on the RR lists and puts him #3 in the State for Class A in 2019. He also placed third in the 300 hurdles with a SB time of 42.55, seventh in the high jump (5’8), and ran a leg on the 8th place 4×400 relay team (3:46.61).
Javelin Throwers Place 1-2
Brett Klefstad won the javelin with a SB toss of 164’0. In second place was junior Cole Ogren, who hit a state qualifying mark of 162’3. This is the first career qualifying throw for Cole. His participation at the 2019 state meet will mark the fourth consecutive season an Ogren will compete in the javelin for the RR boys at the state meet. Klefstad also placed sixth in the shot put (45’8.5) to score 13 points.
McHenry Scores 10
Freshman distance phenom Hunter McHenry continued his upward climb on the All-Time 9th grade lists Thursday, clocking 10:15.38 in the 3200, despite a brutal wind. The time moves him to #2 All-Time for 9th graders. He also placed 4th in the 1600, with a time of 4:45.10, which is just off of his PR of 4:45.06. He ranks #4 in that event. Also running well in the distance events was senior Marcelles Sartwell, who placed second in the 800 (2:04.86).
Topping Qualifies Two
Senior Zack Topping took full advantage of the strong tailwind, reaching qualifying times in both the 100 and 200. He placed seventh in the 100 (11.36-SB) and sixth in the 200 (23.16-PR). This is the third consecutive season in which Topping has qualified in the 100, and the second season he qualified in the 200 after also hitting the standard as a sophomore in 2017.
EGF Invite Recap
A smaller contingent of athletes competed Friday in East Grand Forks on another windy day. Leading the way for the Riders was junior Bikash Pathak and senior Nate Tabor. Pathak placed fourth in the 300 hurdles (45.95), while Tabor placed fifth in the 400 (58.01). Both athletes teamed with juniors Michael Nottestad and Trent Herberg to place fifth in the 4×100 (49.58).
A number of other athletes achieved PR’s at EGF. They include:
|PR’s or SB’s at the EGF Invite|
Meet Results-CLICK HERE
Updated Point Totals and Top Marks-CLICK HERE
Meet Photos-CLICK HERE
Coming up this week is a unique opportunity for the team. On Friday, the RR Boys will travel to the edge of the Twin Cities for the Wayzata Relays. The Wayzata Trojans, coached by ‘98 Red River grad Aaron Berndt, are a track and field powerhouse in Minnesota. They have won 6 straight MN True Team titles and are the defending MN AA Champions. For 10 consecutive years, they have placed as a top-three team in MN AA. Berndt is a former All-American middle-distance runner at UND and litters the All-Time lists at RRHS, currently sitting #11 in the 200m, #2 in the 400m, #16 in the 800, #3 in the 200 relay split (21.5), #1 in the 400 relay split (48.3), #2 in the 800 relay split (1:56.9). On the relay lists, he is a member of the #10 4×200 team (1:31.25), #1 4×400 team (3:22.75), and #5 4×800 team (8:04.03). The meet will be a great test for the Riders, as many of the top AA teams from around the metro area are set to compete. Boys teams in the field include Wayzata, Chaska, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Mounds View, Woodbury, and Brainerd. This is believed to be the first time the RR Boys will travel to the Twin Cities area for a track and field meet.
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