New Life track and field: Otto, Schreiner shine at invitesThe New Life Academy track and field team competed in a pair of invitational meets last week, producing several outstanding performances.
By: Patrick Johnson, Sports Editor, South Washington County Bulletin
The New Life Academy track and field team competed in a pair of invitational meets last week, producing several outstanding performances.
At the St. Croix Lutheran Invitational on Thursday, April 19, the New Life Academy boys earned third place with 70.50 points and the New Life girls placed fifth with 31 points. St. Croix Lutheran took first in both the boys and girls meets place with 245 and 260 points, respectively.
For the New Life Academy boys, Dan Otto and Mark Schreiner finished in first place and second place, respectively, in the 300-meter hurdles. Otto, a senior, had a time of 42 seconds. Schreiner, a sophomore, finished with a time of 42.30 seconds. Otto also won the 110-meter hurdles, too, with a time of 15.80.
NLA sophomore Sam Hagen also turned in an impressive result, finishing in third place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes 14.10 seconds, just four seconds behind first place and less than a second back of second place. NLA junior Ryan Peterfeso finished 10th in the 800 with a time of 2:24.60 as well. In the 200-meter dash, NLA junior Sam Dufault sprinted to a fifth-place finish in 24.70. NLA freshman Sung Woo Kim wasn’t far back, taking ninth in 25.20.
In the 400-meter run, NLA sophomore Dan Neimeir and eighth grader Eby Ketema tied for 12th place with a time of 59.90 and NLA senior Dan Sleper also turned in a 12th place finish in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:06.50.
In field events, NLA senior Dan Lemay earned seventh place in the shot put with a heave of 34 feet, 11 inches and sophomore Dan Neimeir placed eighth in the discus with a toss of 93 feet, 11 inches. Also, sophomore Kyle Linton earned 11th place in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 3.25 inches.
In the girls meet, NLA eighth grader Tori Rogness stole the show, winning the 800-meter run in a time of 2:38.20. In addition, Eagles’ freshman Amy Maslonka took fourth place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.50, seventh grader Aliseabella Murphy placed 11th in the 200 with a 31.00 time and eighth grader Abby Gorter earned sixth place in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 3 inches.
Following the meet at SCL, New Life traveled to Cannon Falls for an invitational meet on Saturday, April 21. At the meet, the Eagles boys finished in fourth place out of eight teams with 63 points and the Eagles girls took seventh place out of seven teams with 18 points. St. Croix Lutheran won the girls meet with 214.33 points. St. Thomas Academy won the boys meet with 198 points.
For the boys, Otto and Schreiner took first and second in the 300-meter hurdles, respectively with times of 42.20 and 42.50 and also placed first and third in the 110-meter hurdles. Otto won the race with a time of 15.70. Schreiner was third in 16.67.
NLA also looked good in the long jump. Linton, Dufault and Ty Frazier placed sixth, seventh and eighth in the event with distances of 18-05.25, 18-02.75 and 17-10.75, respectively.
Also, Hagen placed second in the 800 with a time of 2:09.63 in the finals, while Dufault earned fifth and Linton took ninth in the 200-meter dash, with times of 25.19 and 25.63, respectively. Linton also took ninth in the 100 with a 12.38 time. In addition, Peterfeso took ninth in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:15.01 and Neimeir took 11th in the discus with a toss of 87-05.5 and earned 14th in the shot put with a heave of 31-02.50.
For the girls, Rogness earned second place in the 800 with a time of 2:41.00 and Maslonka took sixth place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.90 and 10th in the 200 with a time of 28.79. In addition, NLA’s Julia Olfelt earned fourth place with a time of 5:51.0 in the 1600-meter run and the Eagles’ Emily Sovine placed sixth in the pole vault, clearing 7 feet, 6 inches.