Tracking Track


[Little did we realize when we awoke on May 14 . . .]


[That the state would be setting record high temperatures that day, a mere couple days after lake ice-out!  Alex would hit 93 degrees – many places in southern Minnesota went over 100!  Once again, it’s time to consider that move to Pickle Lake.]


[After the requisite hour and a half jaunt around the track with the Fat Boys, it was off to the golf course.  It was starting to green up nicely as we played down No. 6 . . . and Lake Darling now greeted us with blue water instead of white ice.]


[Checking on the progress of No. 7 – the sprinklers are out, with the year in and year out anomaly of drought conditions minutes after the last flake of snow melts away.]


[The Minnesota green is starting to look like Minnesota – which, after all, is the idea.]


[And they’ve moved us back to the new, but similarly placed, No. 8 tee boxes.  So, this is Minnesota as viewed from Canada, back to its tee boxes up the hill.]



[Golf round completed, I decided I had not yet been sufficiently abused by the temperature and so it was off to . . .]


[Wake up, Tom!]


[Oh yeah, the one home track meet of the season.  By stopping to chat with my fellow Education Foundation ex-board member, I missed a school record tying high jump, 5’6″, by Briquelle Bowden, putting her in the top 5 in the state.]


[The temperature was now 93 and the winds were howling.  Card tracksters of the future hugged the fence for the beginning heat of the 100-meter hurdles, which would include Becca Illies of Cardinal hockey fame.]


[And they’re off – athletes from Sartell (blue) and Willmar (red) flanked a Cardinal in black.]


[Apologies, I do not know our Cardinal.]


[As the inner lanes come into view, we spot Ms. Illies for the first time (in black, on the left).]


[Becca appears to have an early lead.]


[. . . and down the track they speed.]


[Our Cardinals are in the hunt.]


[A closer-upper.]


[. . . down to the wire.]



[It’s gonna be close!]


[Becca hit a hurdle late and finished 2nd, but with a PR.  I learned all this in a bit as I sauntered down to the stands where I joined hockey parents Illies and Herd for the rest of the festivities.]


[And now from the other end of the track I caught the next 100-meter hurdle heat with Jaylen Rodel-Olson, of Cardinal basketball fame.]


[I once noted that Jaylen, as a roundballer, had good hops.  I guess it was natural fit then that in track she would jump over things.]


[Looks like her and the Sabre.]


[Yup, a dead heat here.]


[Willmar’s making a move on the inside.]


[Looks like a battle of the Cardinals.]

5-14-13-25-1[At this point Jaylen was experiencing “visibility” issues as a result of the strong tailing wind and finished 2nd (as I recall).]


[I believe this was either the 400 or 800.  The Sabre in the lead was impressive in other races as well.]




[Highlighting one of our Cardinals.  This was a meet where many of our athletes competed in events other than their specialties.  Both for fun, experience, cross-training, and speed work – OK, that’s twice as many as “both.”]


[Here’s Becca on the lead-off leg of the 4 x 200.  Did I mention I used up about half my “film” just on the two heats of the 300-meter hurdles?  Well, I tend to focus on the athletes I know from other sports.  And that’s why there are no boys in this report – besides, it’s mainly about just giving the ladies their due.]


[Staggered lanes around the turn.]


[Coming down the back stretch, Becca’s closing.]


[Really stretching it out now.]


[Closing in on the relay part.]


[I think we had a little problem on the pass . . .]


[Need help re our Cardinal here?]


[Another relay race.  It seems I should know our Cardinal here, but then I didn’t know the Aral Sea had dried up either!]


[Madi Urman, senior sprinter.  This is her gig – I don’t know her from other sports, but she’s been pretty good at this for a while.]


[Some people just look their part – Madi looks like a sprinter.]


[Another relay and Ms. Illies is entering the traffic jam that is the baton pass.]


[Go, Becca!]


[And we have to admit to helping “raise” Shanee’ Herd from a pup.  Varsity hockey player for 6 years, almost as long in volleyball.  She’ll be matriculating to that little school in St. Paul . . . that one across the street from Cecil’s.  😉 ]


[Shanee’ was having knee issues but gave it a shot in a couple races.]


[Senior middle distance runner Julia Sieling.]


[. . . finishing kick.]


[Noted for making her grandparents, Carol and Dave Dittberner, internationally famous.]


[Karly Betterman, of Cardinal basketball fame, leading the pack of 3 on the right in the 300-meter hurdles.]


[Shanee’ was also in that race.]


[And around the bend they come . . .]


[Go, Karly!]


[Go, Shanee’!  But she was struggling at this point.  I left after this race because the supervisor and I had a date with Uncle Willie’s Gut Bucket Blues Band at SAWA.]

Just Strummin’ With:


“Harvest Moon”:

Softball soon to be published . . .

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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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