Keeping TRACK II

Time for the annual report from track and field.  I had certain events in mind as I sped from the softball game back to the high school [see previous post] for a tri-meet with Sartell and Willmar.  I had checked with running coach Mark Nelsen to get starting times and realized I could stay for the entire softball game and still catch Jamie Piepenburg (above) in the 800 and Megan Hasz in the 3,200 – and throw in some of our hockey girls, Shanee’ Herd and Melissa Drown, in their events, and possibly Jamie in the 4 x 400 relay.  I knew I would miss Bethany Hasz in the 1,600.

[First things first – find out where the photographers are hanging out!]

[Coach Nelsen with clipboard.]

[Jamie warming up, which is pretty much non-stop during the entire meet.]

This was Jamie’s last home meet before heading off to the U on a track scholarship.  She holds the school record for both the 1,600 and the 3,200 (she has won state in both), and generally just runs the 800 for speed work.  But she hoped to get the school record in the 800 as well.  She gave it a good shot – setting a personal best – 2:17:39, but missing the school record by about a second.  It was not a good day for record attempts as you can hear on the following video of her race, it was a tad too breezy!!

Regarding the “tease” from the previous post.  I ran into one of my “stringers” at the meet.  She reported I had missed a school record run in the 100!  Not only that, it was also the fastest time in the state this year – 11:79!  By an 8th-grader!  Her first time running the race at a high school meet!  That was my reference to a historic race.  But by dilly-dallying around for a couple of days, I let the Echo Press scoop me on the Wensia Johnson story:

[Echo photo.]

[Wensia on the field.  My “stringer” thought I might be able to see her run in the 200, but alas, she wasn’t entered.]

[Card sprinter Madi Urman continued her very good year by winning the 200.]

[A between event musical interlude produced spontaneous group dancing among the contestants in the high jump area.  And it also includes “The Peeper” just walking!  😉 ]

[My last event was the girls 3,200.  I decided I couldn’t hang in there for the girls 4 x 400, the final race of the meet, without a large injection of caffeine.  But I got to see Megan Hasz, above.  Megan won her event handily – as did her twin sister, Bethany, in the 1,600 earlier.  And like the aforementioned Ms. Johnson, they are also only 8th-graders!  😮 ]

[I had hoped to video the last two laps of Megan’s race.  But I lost “track” of where we were in the race while visiting with a fellow Super Fan.  The video only captures her down the stretch on the last lap.  😦  ]

[Nap time!]

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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