Boys track and field
The Bluejacket boys continued their team dominance in meets this season, picking up another pair of first-place finishes, first at the Centennial Invite and then at their own 10-team True Team meet.
The team’s depth was on full display during the home meet as only four events were won by Cambridge-Isanti. Blaze Krueger took first in both the discus and the shot put. Joseph Stauffer added a first in the pole vault to lead a 1-2-3 Bluejacket finish in that event. In addition, Joshua Anderla took first in the long jump.
What made the difference was 10 additional Jackets placed either second or third in their events, which besides the sweep in pole vault, also included placing third, fifth, sixth and seventh in the high jump.
On Friday, three boys took part in the illustrious Hamline Elite Meet. Blaze Krueger competed in both throwing events, coming in fifth in the discus and ninth in the shot put. Levi Wilson placed seventh in the 110 hurdles and Gaven Ziebarth finished 13th in the 100 dash.
Girls track and field
While not quite as consistently dominant as the boys, the C-I girls also came away with a first-place team finish at home.
Kylee Clement and AnnaGrace Nelson were both double winners for the Jackets, with Clement taking first in the 100 and 200 dashes and Nelson winning the 100 hurdles and high jump. Char Morke took the other first, again winning the pole vault. The 4x100 relay team also captured gold in the meet.
Chloe Nelson (200), Jessica Illg (400), Ashley Lawrence (pole vault) and Victoria Skiba (discus) each added second-place finishes for C-I.
The next day, Morke again competed in the Hamline Elite Meet, placing third in the pole vault. She was joined by teammate Kaylee Clement, who finished 14th in the 100 dash.
C-I also finished second out of four teams at the Centennial Invite on Tuesday, April 23.
Courses are finally drying out enough to have some consistent action on them, with the Jacket girls playing in three meets in three days.
The hectic week started with a second-place finish out of five teams in a conference meet at Chisago Lakes with a team score of 374. MollyAnn Harvey had a great round, scoring an even 80, followed by Jasmyn Sibell’s 89, which included a 39 on the front nine.
The next day, C-I finished third out of 15 teams in a meet that featured teams of two playing in three different formats (best ball, alternate shot and scramble). Harvey and Sibell took second place in the meet by shooting an 83.
The week concluded on what coach Steve Hanson called the “most difficult course we play all year” at North Branch. Despite struggling, with Sibell’s 89 being the low score for the Jackets, the team still finished second out of five teams.
The Bluejackets fought hard, but wound up falling twice last week by scores of 4-3 to Chisago Lakes and 5-2 to Monticello.
In the meet against the Wildcats, C-I got wins from Jacob Zacharias (first singles), Carter Slothouber (second singles) and the team of Erik Kindem and Alex Magnuson (second doubles).
Against the Magic, the Jackets had to shuffle their lineup due to missing their normal second singles player. The result was two three-set losses that could have resulted in a team win. Zacharias again won his first singles match, with the other win coming from the third doubles team of Magnuson and Kindem.
Baseball and softball
The Jackets baseball and softball suffered the dubious distinction of being no-hit at the same time last week. Both teams were completely shut down by Buffalo, with the softball team falling 9-0 and the baseball team losing 10-0.
Both teams also gave up identical 15 runs to STMA, with the softball team losing 15-4 and the baseball team losing 15-3.
The baseball team finished the rough week out with a 10-0 loss to Spring Lake Park.
In their lone competition of the week, the Jackets placed fifth out of five teams in a conference meet hosted by North Branch held at Rush City.