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A Mercury blowout

A Mercury blowout!
McGregor scores 140 points
by John Grones  |  May 3, 2005

A little over a week ago, the Lakeview Christian Academy (LCA) boys track team eked out a one-point victory (88-87) over the host McGregor Mercuries by winning the 1600 meter relay race by six tenths of a second. This time (LCA) won the final relay again, but it would not be enough to win the meet.

The McGregor Mercuries had a tremendous meet and easily won with a score of 140 points. The next closest team was Cromwell with 106 while LCA finished with 100. The Mercuries claimed four individual champions – Derek Bodway in the 110 Meter High Hurdles (20.27), Danny Shofner in the 400 Meter Dash (54.3), Brock Hayes in the Discus (145’ 1.5”) and Eric VanGuilder in the Shot Put (46’ 8.5”).

According to McGregor head coach Kim Staum, the big difference from last week was not the individual champions, but the points scored in events they didn’t participate in last time. “We didn’t score in the triple jump last time,” said coach Staum. “This time we entered three athletes in the event and all three scored.”

Mac Carr had the best jump of the three. He placed second with a distance of 32’ 7”. Mychal Hadrich earned fourth place with a jump of 31’ 2” and Chad Napstad was sixth with his jump of 27’ 5”. “Mac Carr looks promising,” said coach Staum. “He has improved one or two feet and he’s just learning.”

Coach Staum also recognized his two hurdlers Derek Bodway and John Eidem. Derek placed first and John placed second in the 110 Meter High Hurdles. Derek also placed fifth in the 300 Meter Intermediate Hurdles. “Derek had his best time in the high hurdles,” added coach Staum, noting that Derek is just a freshman and is still learning.

Once again, the bulk of the McGregor team points came from the weight men. Eric VanGuilder and Brock Hayes continue to dominate in that area. Eric won the shot put with a distance of 46’ 8.5”, while Brock Hayes and Danny Wyttenback placed fourth and fifth, respectively. Brock also won the discus with his 145’ 7” toss and Eric took third with a 125’ 4” throw.

Danny Shofner and Ethan Cummings dominated the 400 Meter Dash. Danny blew away his heat and won easily, while Ethan Cummings won his heat for a second place finish. Both runners are also on the 1600 meter relay team that is searching for a final runner. Danny and Ethan are both in the low 50’s (seconds),” commented relay coach Steve Frauenshuh, “Josh Napstad runs in the upper 57’s and we have three guys that run around 60.”

Derek Bodway and Mychal Hadrich have both had a couple opportunities and now coach Frauenshuh plans on trying Mac Carr in a meet.

For the Cromwell boys track team, things couldn’t have worked out better. They were scheduled to run in Deer River, but the meet was cancelled. A quick call into McGregor revealed that two teams had cancelled, so Cromwell joined the meet. According to Dave Foster, this was perfect. “We wouldn’t have had a meet all week.”

Cromwell also improved on their performance at the first McGregor meet. They placed third with 85 points and this time placed second with 104 points. Coach Foster noted that they got additional points from Kyle Smith who was absent last meet and the team had surprise performances in the long jump. “We placed first, third and fourth,” he said, “and none of them long jumped last time.”

Tom Garske was the first place finisher in the long jump with a distance of 16’ 3”, followed by Johnny Richards third place jump of 16’ 1.25” and a fourth-place jump by John Hedin of 15’ 8”.

The only other first place finish went to the 400 Meter Relay team of John Hedin, Johnny Richards, Cody Hendrickson and Russell Johnson. They won the McGregor meet for the second time in a row with a time of 49.6 seconds. Other notable finishes included: Two second place finishes in the 100 and 200 meter dash by Russell Johnson, two second place finishes in the shot put and discus by Scott Maki, and a second place finish by Kyle Smith in the 3200 Meter Run.

This article first appeared in the May 3, 2005 issue of the Voyageur Press.