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McGregor track runners

Twenty-two area athletes advance
Cromwell boys are subsection 25A champions
by John Grones  |  May 27, 2003

According to Cromwell head coach, Dave Foster, he had no intention on winning the meet.

Well, surprise.

Cromwell edged the host Crosby-Ironton Rangers by a single point. The Cardinals had 132 points, the Rangers 131. Coach Foster decided not to spread the team too thin, and concentrated on advancing kids to the section meet. This goal was also accomplished as eleven boys and four girls all placed 3rd or higher to advance to the Section 7A meet which will be held Fri., May 30 at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Coach Foster was also proud of the fact that in addition to the boys team championship, there were five individual subsection champions, Trace Mowers, Craig Johnson, Robert Dahl, Samantha Smith and Kylee Smith.

Trace placed first in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 44.94. His time edged out his twin brother, Trent, by three hudreths of a second. Trent came in at 44.97. Trace and Trent also advanced to the section meet in the 100 meter hurdles. They placed second and third in that event.

Senior Craig Johnson won the boys 1600 meter run with a time of 4:52.63. This will be Craig’s first trip to the Section meet.

Robert Dahl, a favorite in the discus throw, lived up to the expectation. He threw 142’ 1” to win the event. He then surprised everybody in the shot put, placing third with a distance of 41’ 1/4”.

There were two double winners on the girls side. Cromwell’s Samantha Smith and Palisade’s, Trisha Spolarich. Samantha placed first in both the 1600 meter run and 3200 meter run. Trista was the champion in the 110 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles. Both athletes have some of the top times in the area and have a good shot at making the state meet.

The Cromwell girls had one more subsection champion. Freshman, Kylee Smith, won the shot put with a distance of 31’. This is Kylee’s first year in track, thus her first trip to the Section meet.

Four girls and two boys from the McGregor team qualified for the section meet. Erin Jerde placed 2nd in the 400 meter dash and eighth grader, Lacey Sprague, made it in the high jump. One girls relay team advanced. The 1600 meter relay team consisting of Lacey Sprague, Stephanie Roth, Shaila Butler and Erin Jerde advance with a second place finish.

Andy Hadrich was the only athlete to advance in three events. Andy placed third in the 800 meter run, the long jump and the triple jump. Danny Shofner placed third in the 400 meter dash.

Other Cromwell athletes with second and third place finishes included: Trent Mowers (2nd - 110 meter hurdles, 3rd - 300 meter hurdles), Scott Maki (2nd - shot put), Kyle Smith (2nd - 3200 meter run), Evan Anderson (2nd - high jump), Alexa Grones (2nd - 1600 meter run, 3rd - 3200 meter run) and the boys 400 meter relay team of Bucky Richards, Buck Bergstedt, Russel Johnson an Luke Swenson placed 2nd.

This article first appeared in the May 27, 2003 issue of the Voyageur Press.