Boys track and field
In their second-straight appearance in the State True Team Meet, held last Friday, May 17, in Stillwater, the Jackets took 10th place out of the 12 strong teams competing.
While the team results were about on par with how the team was slated to finish after gaining a wildcard entry, the team did have some very promising finishes in the meet. The highlight of the meet was Cambridge-Isanti taking first and second in the pole vault. Sophomore Ethan Hintermeister took the top spot by clearing 13 feet, 6 inches. Senior Joseph Stauffer also cleared the same height, but the sophomore claimed the top spot after clearing the final height in one fewer attempts than his senior counterpart.
The Jackets also got a first-place finish from the 4x200 relay team. Blaze Krueger added a second place in the shot put. Ryley Nelson took fourth in the discus to round out the top five individual finishes for the Jackets.
Three days earlier, the Jackets competed in what equated to a warm-up meet for True Team, coming in first in a home meet against Centennial, Sauk Rapids-Rice and St. Cloud Christian School. The Jackets took first in 12 of the 18 events competed.
Girls track and field
While the girls didn’t compete in the True Team Meet, the C-I girls squad did have just as easy a time in the home meet, which for them was a triangular, as St. Cloud Christian did not field a girls team.
Like the boys team, the C-I girls finished in first place in over half of the events, with Bluejackets claiming the top place in 10 of the 18 events.
C-I is trying to cram in as much competition as possible before sections are run at the end of the month. Last week, the Jackets competed in three meets, with very satisfying results.
The week started with the Jackets taking first out of five teams in a conference meet at home. MollyAnn Harvey shot her lowest round of the season, scoring a 79. Jasmyn Sibell was close behind at an 82.
Two days later, the team took home another first place, topping nine other teams at the STMA Invite. This meet was a two-person scramble, with the team of Harvey and Sibell taking second overall with a score of 69.
The week finished with a meet at the site of sections – Grand National Golf Course. In that “warm-up” meet, C-I took fourth out of 10 teams with a score of 360. Harvey and Sibell tied for the team lead with an 87, and Brooke Hoagie and Emily Schintz tied at 93.
The Bluejackets received the #5 seed in the team section tournament and took on #12 Grand Rapids/Greenway in the first round.
C-I easily cruised to a 7-0 win over the Thunderhawks, advancing on to face #4 seed Anoka on Tuesday, May 21. There, they lost to the Tornadoes by the same 4-3 score that Anoka beat them by just a week prior.
Individually, junior Jacob Zacharias was rewarded for his stellar season by being given the #2 seed and a first-round bye. In doubles competition, the team of Wyatt Jones and Rigo Mork received the #8 seed.
The individual tournament was supposed to start on Saturday, but was delayed until Wednesday, May 22, due to the wet weather. That tournament was subsequently moved to inside the Daytona Country Club, also due to wet conditions. See next week’s edition of the Star for results.
The Jackets wrapped up their regular season collecting only one win after falling four more times last week. The Jackets played a potent St. Francis team to start off the week, losing to the Saints 6-3. The next day, the Jackets fell to North Branch 11-1. One day later, and it was Hermantown who hung a 10-0 win over the Jackets. The four games in four days concluded with an 8-5 loss to Grand Rapids.
For the Section 7AAAA playoffs, the Jackets were given the #7 seed, and they faced #2 seed Forest Lake on Wednesday, May 22. The tournament is double-elimination, so the Jackets will at least play one more game after that on Saturday, May 25, against either Blaine or Andover.
The Jackets had a rough week, losing twice by sizable margins. First, it was St. Francis that hung a 19-2 loss on C-I. That was followed up by a 11-0 loss to Blaine. The third game of the week, scheduled to be played at Siebert Field on the University of Minnesota campus, was canceled due to the weather.
The Jackets have just two games remaining on their regular season schedule, at Zimmerman and at Grand Rapids.
The Jackets played in three meets last week, all three of them against the same conference opponents. C-I finished in fifth place in all three of those meets.