June 25, 2022

Grant County Herald

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Bright, the bright spot for the Knights in track

WCA senior Lexi Bright finished second in the 1600 meter race at Section to qualify for the State Meet.

Senior Lexi Bright is the lone trackster from West Central Area to qualify for state out of Section 6A Thursday, June 2, in Pelican Rapids. She took second place in the 1600-meter run and will compete at the Class A State Girls Track and Field Meet Friday, June 10, at St. Michael-Albertville High School in St. Michael.

“Lexi ran one of the hardest mile races I’ve seen in a long time to take second and a trip to state,” Knight coach Dave Schleicher said. “I believe her 800m suffered a bit from that but going to the state meet was the ultimate goal for her.”

The Knights had 14 advance to the Section 6A meet from the Subsection 21 meet Thursday, May 26, in Wheaton.

Bright also competed in the 800-meter run, finishing eighth overall with a time of 2:34.73.

Terina Blascyk finished seventh overall in the high jump, clearing 4-11 for a season best.

“Terina Blascyk had a personal best jump Thursday and missed auto qualifying on her next height,” Schleicher said. “She took some fantastic jumps at 5-01 and for someone that’s only been high jumping for two seasons, that’s amazing!  She will be a name to look for next year.”

Jayden Styba competed in both the triple jump and shot put for the Lady Knights. She had a best jump of 30-06.75, good for 13th overall, and a best throw of 30-09, which was good for 11th at sections.

Alexa Blume ran a 1:06.75 in the 400-meter dash. There are high expectations for this sophomore next season as a junior.

“Alexa ran a very solid 400 and we expect her to be in the thick of things next year,” Schleicher said.

Senior Kaitlyn Hansen ran a 14.03 for 13th in the 100-meter dash and jumped a 13-10.25 for 15th in the long jump.

“Kaitlyn ran and jumped well for her last meet of her career,” Schleicher said. “She’s been fighting an injury for awhile but she gave it what she had.”

Taylor Bennett posted a 13:35.81 in the 3200-meter run. Kiera Gehrke had a season best 13.84 in the 100-meter dash, and Kyra Beyer had a 6:09.04 in the 1600-meter run.

“Taylor Bennett had a strong run in a tough field in the 3200 as did Kyra in the 1600,” Schleicher said. “Kiera had a good 100 dash, but didn’t make finals. She continues to improve and we’re excited to see her in the future.”

The Knight boys were led by a fourth place finish in the discus by Tyler Stone. He had a best throw of 133-0 in the event and also added a sixth place finish in the shot put with a best throw of 41-03.

“Tyler threw well, but it just wasn’t in the cards for him Thursday,” Schleicher said. “He will come back next season ready to take the next step.”

Shad Swanson ran against a tough field of 3200-meter runners. He finished ninth overall with an 11:05.12.

Ben Nyreen had his third consecutive personal bests in the discus event with a best throw of 109-02. The mark was good for 13th at sections. Isaac Kreft took 15th in the shot put with a mark of 34-10.

Roman Mihailovschi competed in the high jump and 800-meter run. He finished 15th in the running event with a 2:23.34 and cleared a personal best 5-11 in the high jump, which was good for fifth overall.

“Roman set a personal best in high jump and his jumps at 6-01 were so very close to auto qualify him as well,” Schleicher said. “Next year he will be a legit 6-04 or 6-06 jumper.”

Anthony Sykora competed in three events for the Knights and made the finals in the 100-meter dash. He placed sixth in the 100-meter dash with a finals time of 11.86 and sprinted an 11.72 in the preliminary race. Outside of Staples-Motley’s Remington Converse, who ran an 11.21, the top five runners were all clocking around 11.5.

In the 200-meter dash, Sykora posted a 24.29, which was good for seventh overall. Converse won that event as well with a 23.02, but runner-up and third-place was clocked at 23.43 and 23.46, respectively.

Sykora clocked a 55.04 in the 400-meter dash. The time was good for seventh place overall. He was one of two juniors in the top seven as the rest were seniors.

“Anthony had a great day as well. His times in the 100-200-400 weren’t that far off the rest of the field,” Schleicher said. “Considering this is his first full year of track, he’s been phenomenal!”

The Knights graduated Bright, Hansen, Victoria Junker, Elizabeth Rustan, Swanson, and Tyler Idso from their rosters this spring.