The Hastings boys' and girls' track and field teams competed in the Wisconsin vs. Minnesota Border Battle held at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Fieldhouse last Friday. The event included 12 girls teams and 10 boys teams from two two states. The Raider girls took 11th with 28.5 points and the boys finished sixth with 58 points.
Hastings took sixth in the girls (10 minutes, 33.73 seconds) and boys (9:14.49) 4x800 meter relays, the boys finished second in the 1,600 sprint medley with a time of 3:51.37, just two seconds behind the winners, while the girls placed seventh in 5:03.83. The boys 4x200 relay was fifth in 1:39.93 and the girls took sixth with a time of 1:53.11. In the 4x400, the Hastings girls took fifth (4:25.39) and the boys were fourth (3:38.30).
Top finishers in the field events were Matthew Myers who took fourth in the pole vault with a vault of 11 feet, 6 inches while Josie Pechous finished fifth (9-0) and Molly Vaughan was seventh (8-6). Hannah Peterson placed eighth in the long jump with a leap of 15-9 and sixth in the triple jump (33-4.75). Jack Tousignant took fifth in the shot put with a throw of 45-0 and Krystal Carlson threw 35-11 for fifth as well.
For the sprinters, Avonte Bailey finished ninth in the 200 with a time of 24.56. The Raiders did much better in the distance runs. Linnea Urban was sixth in the 1,600 with a time of 5:52.42 and Griffin Myers took fourth in 4:47.85. Linnea Hanson (2:40.09) and Emma Bratvold (2:40.18) finished back-to-back in 10th and 11th, respectively, in the 800, while Daniel Brown and Griffin Myers also placed third (2:11.02) and fourth (2:11.41). Jakub Youngstrom was 10th with a time of 2:17.00. David Nogle placed second in the 3,200 in 10:18.12, just a second off of the winner, while Jack Davison was sixth with a time of 10:51.56.
Both teams traveled to North St. Paul on Tuesday, April 24, for a triangular with the Polars and the Henry Sibley Warriors. Then Thursday they both go to Richfield for an invitational and on Friday the boys' team heads to Hamline University for the Hamline Elite Meet. Next week, Hastings host the boys and girls Metro East Conference relays on Tuesday, May 1, and then go to Simley on Friday, May 4.