Riders Win ’22 Dual
As is tradition on the Red River Track and Field team, the first outdoor meet of the season took place on April 11th in a dual against Central. With only two teams in attendance at this meet, team depth is key in taking home as many points as possible, especially with the non-traditional scoring system of places 1-12 counting for points. The Rider’s were led by Logan Arason with his 30 point sweep in the throwing events to a massive 931-363 win over Central.
Sprinters Rake In Points
In a surprise to some considering the depth of distance runners on the team, the events that brought in the most and second most points at the Dual were the 400 and 100 meter dashes, respectively. The Riders swept all but one place in both races to bring home a combined 77 points, with an additional 29 points being brought in from the 200 meter dash. Senior Gannon Brooks won the 400 with a time of 53.57, with junior Caleb Severson having some outstanding breakout races in the 100 and 200. Severson finished 2nd in the 200 and won the 100 with a state qualifying time of 11.42, establishing himself as one of the best short sprinters that the team has seen in quite some time. Also of considerable note were Lukas Heydt and Carter Byron’s state qualifying performances in the 110 meter hurdles, proving themselves to be some of the best hurdlers in the East this early in the season.
Not to be outdone by the sprinters, the D-Krew also had multiple outstanding performances, with 2 state qualifiers in the 1600 meter run and 1 in the 3200 meter run. In the 1600, Hunter McHenry and Dameon Zenawick finished 2nd and 3rd to both qualify for the state meet, with both Dafoe brothers being mere tenths of a second off of qualifying with their 4th and 5th place finishes. In the 3200, McHenry came back once again to run a state qualifying time of 9:48.07, beating the rest of the field by a massive 1 minute and 12 seconds.
Arason Completes Triple
Junior Logan Arason got the start of his season off to a bang at the Dual. He won all three throwing events, qualifying the discus and javelin in the process. His throws of 176-06 in the javelin and 162-04 in the discus place him far ahead of all others as the state leader in both events early on in the season. The depth of Red River’s traditionally strong throws program also continued to show itself through massive PR’s from the likes of Hudson Kilgore, James Walters, and Cameron Klefstad.
Jumpers and Vaulters Abound
The Riders continued their dominance at the meet in the rest of the field events, with an athlete taking home the win in every single jump and vault event. In the high jump, senior Isaac Schall took home the victory in a massive PR of 5-08 feet, an impressive feat considering his lack of preparation or practice for the event prior to it. Carter Byron won the long jump with Lukas Heydt also taking home the title in the triple jump, with many other athletes such as Simon Haug and Ben Strand placing with impressive marks as well. Junior Hudson Flom also established himself as a dominant pole vaulter for the team with his victory and vault of 11-00.
-Recap written beautifully by Senior Captain Tanner Schiller