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Michael Rough, right, runs the 1,600 meter run during a meet last week in Cottage Grove. He placed second in the event. He won the 800-meter run.

Boys Track: Tune-up goes well for Raiders

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In what was treated as a tune-up for this week's Suburban East Conference track and field championships, the Hastings High School boys team finished third out of five teams. The Raiders competed at Park Thursday.

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This week, they're back in Cottage Grove for the conference meet. It began Tuesday and continues with finals Thursday.

The Raiders finished last week's meet with 210.5 points. Park won the meet with 285, and Woodbury was second with 274.5. Also competing were Cretin-Derham Hall and Somerset.

"We had some kids in weird events, just working on a few different things before the conference meet," Hastings coach Jason Koch said.

That said, Kyle Francis was in a familiar event, and he finished in a familiar spot - first.

The Hastings senior won the pole vault again, this time going 12-6.

"He has been winning the pole vault pretty much every meet we have been to this year," Koch said. "He's been working hard. He's been focused and has been getting on some bigger poles."

Dan Guelle won the 400, continuing a strong season with wins at multiple events.

"He has impressed me a lot this year," Koch said. "He has gotten faster. He has gotten stronger. I'm probably going to put him in the 400 for the conference and the section meet. He has really been coming around."

Michael Rough won the 800. He took second in the 1,600. Neither, though, is his best event. He's best known as a two-miler, but Koch wanted him to work on some speed, so that's why Rough ended up in the 800 and the 1,600.

"The 800 was a solid time for him, but the two-mile is his best event," Koch said. "In the one-mile, we just wanted to give him an opportunity to get in there and race with some people."

Hastings won two relays as well, taking the title in the 4x200 and the 4x400.

Guelle, Josh Gagne, Darius Wilkerson and Pat Swanson made up the winning 4x200 team.

Eric Zimmerman, Derek Gahimer, Tim O'Brien and Michael Schutt made up the winning 4x400 team.

Koch said he "just threw some guys together" for the 4x400 team and was pleasantly surprised by the result.

"That gives me some more guys to look at when it comes down to crunch time," he said.

The season, as most seasons go, has been a busy one for the Raiders. Through it all, Koch has seen steady improvement.

"Overall, we have been improving," he said. "We're getting after it. Some of the results haven't been too friendly for us, but we've been training through some meets. Conference and sections - that's what really matters."

Results from the meet went like this:

• High jump -- Darius Wilkerson, fourth, 6-0; Patrick Swanson, eighth, 5-10; Mitchell Hoffman, 10th, 5-3;

• Pole vault -- Kyle Francis, first, 12-6; Trevor Lucking, sixth, 10-6; Zackery Chapeau, ninth, 9-0; Daniel Gove, 11th, 9-0;

• Long jump -- Matthew Boettcher, eighth, 15-9; Cleshawn Hendrickson, ninth, 15-3 3/4; Ellis Williams, 10th, 15-3; Derek Gahimer, 11th, 15-3; Mitchell Hoffman, 12th, 15-0 1/4; Dustin Blesi, 13th, 13-3;

• Triple jump -- Dan Guelle, fourth, 38-2; Boettcher, seventh, 37-3 1/2; Williams, 11th, 36-7 1/2; Josh Gagne, 12th, 35-9; Isaac Johnson, 15th, 32-11 1/2;

• Shot put -- Blake Reynolds, seventh, 38-9; Peter Schultz, 13th, 36-3; Theo Schroeder, 15th, 36-0; Mitchell Barron, 25th, 32-2; Jon Sindt, 26th, 31-11; Dylan Myers, 27th, 31-10; Holt Hakseth, 36th, 23-11; Blake Gerold, 37th, 23-9;

• Discus -- Myers, fifth, 126-11; Barron, sixth, 125-8; Reynolds, 18th, 95-0; Sindt, 19th, 88-9; Schroeder, 28th, 83-5; Peter Schultz, 33rd, 77-0; Gerold, 61-4; Hakseth, 55-2;

• 110 hurdles -- Francis, sixth, 17.84; John Osberg, 15th, 22.49;

• 100 -- Guelle, sixth, 12.13; Eric Laine, 23rd, 13.43; Hendrickson, 32nd, 14.19;

• 4x200 relay -- team of Guelle, Gagne, Wilkerson and Swanson, first;

• 1,600 -- Michael Rough, second, 4:39.59; Chase Keilers, third, 4:44.85; Wyatt Behrends, fifth, 4:58.90; Dylon Helsper, seventh, 5:05.62; Tom Shingledecker, ninth, 5:12.61; Rick Sindt, 10th, 5:16.29; Jacob Rachuy, 14th, 5:20.51; Tim Zapa, 16th, 5:23.69; Jon Erickson, 19th, 5:40.68; Michael Stricker, 21st, 5:43.19; Peter Dancer, 22nd, 5:43.72; Mohamed Osman, 29th, 6:00.53;

• 400 -- Guelle, first, 51.61; Eric Zimmerman, eighth, 56.09; Isaac Johnson, 16th, 61.91; Jake Koenig, 17th, 62.18; Tim O'Brien, 18th, 62.33;

• 800 -- Rough, first, 2:08.13; O'Brien, second, 2:13.23; Domingo Yandrasits, sixth, 2:16.82; Austin Thom, seventh, 2:18.89;

• 200 -- Helsper, ninth, 25.60;

• 3,200 -- Behrends, second, 10:55.75; Dancer, 12:01.37; and

• 4x400 relay -- team of Zimmerman, Gahimer, O'Brien and Schutt, first, 3:39.19.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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