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Park finishes fourth at its own invite

He didn't look like he belonged in the third heat.

One hundred meters into the race, Park High School's Ryan Lindsey was so far ahead of his competition on Saturday in Cottage Grove that his teammates in the stands began yelling, "Slow down!" and "He knows he's running the 800, doesn't he?"

Lindsey, however, didn't seem to slow his pace.

The Wolfpack senior beat his heat's runner-up by six seconds in the 800-meter run, taking fifth-place overall and finishing as one of Park's 12 individuals to finish in the top-five of their respective events in Saturday's 10-team field.

"My goal this race was to run a really hard first lap," Lindsey said after the race. "I got my goal, but I need to work up my endurance a little bit. I knew I'd die out my second lap, but I just wanted to see how it felt and coach thought it was a good idea, too."

Park finished in fourth place overall with 892.5 team points behind champion Roseville (1,055 points), runner up Shakopee (945.5) and Forest Lake (894).

Though Lindsey took fifth overall in the 800, Park's Ken Thompson and Jason Badger each walked away with victories in the 100-meter dash and high jump, respectively.

Thompson won the 100 in 11.26 seconds and took second-place in the 200 in 23.06 behind Shakopee senior Calvin Simon, who won the 30-man field in 22.93.

The speedy senior also anchored Park's 4x100 team, which finished in second place with 45.47 behind first-place Roseville, which won in 45.45.

Returning state-qualifier Badger, who is also a senior, won the high jump with a leap of 6-2.

"We're not winners today, but we are with trying," Lindsey said of the team's overall finish. "We really threaten in two events -- the high jump with Badger, and our pole vault team is ridiculous. We have two guys that are easily state qualifiers."

Both of Park's pole-vaulters capped top-five finishes. Junior Matt Masloski took second-place after clearing 13 feet and senior Eric Morrell took fourth with 11-6. Senior Chris Kotlarek also took second place in the triple jump with 40-6 1/2 and Steven Marich came in fourth at 40-2 1/2.

Saturday was the Wolfpack's third outdoor meet of the season, but after shifting athletes around from position to position, it was also Park's first meet with what Wolfpack coach Mike Moran said he'd call his varsity lineup.

"Our objective is to have all our kids as ready as possible for the conference and section meets in late May," Moran said. "So we, through various combinations, various kids run this or that. Some kids run two races, some run three, some run one. We have, I'd estimate, at least 25 new boys that I didn't have last year that are trying new events.

"This is going to be our first real meet where we'd run with what we'd recognize as our regular varsity lineup."

Park will be back on the road this week with an invitational at Roseville on Tuesday, a meet at Mounds View on Thursday and a trip to Rogers on Saturday.

"The whole team is pushing everyone," Lindsey said. "It's a good experience, especially in my senior year -- seeing everyone growing and expanding so much."

Saturday at Park Invitational

Team Results

1, Roseville 1,055 points; 2, Shakopee 945.5; 3, Forest Lake 894; 4, Park 892.5; 5, Woodbury 767; 6, St Thomas Academy 682.5; 7, Hudson 643.5; 8, Rosemount 503; 9, Concordia Academy 440; 10, John Marshall 419

Park Results

Pole vault -- 2, Matt Masloski 13 feet; 4, Eric Morrell 11-6

High jump -- 1, Jason Badger 6-2; 5 (tie) Ken Thompson, Nick Koethe 5-10

Shot put -- 3, Pat Schwartz 48-8 1/2; 9, Nick Levang 45-0; 13, Tim Juba 42-10

Discus -- 8, Nick Levang 124-2; 10, Nik Hawley 120-10

Long jump -- 4, Steven Marich 18-11 1/2; 13, Nick Alverson 17-11 1/2; 27, Andrew Thomas 15-4 1/2

Triple jump -- 2, Chris Kotlarek 40-6 1/2; 4, Steven Marich 40-2 3/4

4x800 meter relay -- 3, Park 8 minutes, 41.99 seconds

110 high hurdles -- 6, Jason Badger 16.64; 18, Nick Alverson 18.56; 23, T.J. Domagala 20.76

100 -- 1 Ken Thompson 11.26; 15, Sheka Mansaray 12.20; 16, Andrew Thomas 12.27

4x200 -- 3, Park 98.01

1600 -- 6, Mike Callan 4:51.51; 21, Justin Banach 5:18.85; 25, Jake Hunter 5:56.27

4x100 -- 2, Park 45.47; 400 -- 9, Andy Meier 55.03; 14, Tony Schmidt 55.42; 24, Devan King 60.09

300 hurdles -- 11, Nick Alverson 44.22; 19; Jeff Cadry 46.85; 25, T.J. Domagala 49.43

800 -- 5, Ryan Lindsey 2:07.91; 8, Kurt Wilms 2:08.78; 19, Joe Snyder 2:18.46

200 -- 2, Ken Thompson 23.06; 11, Matt Ewy 25.00; 15, Sheka Mansaray 25.12; 3200 -- 9, Jon Burks 10:31.92; 11, Mike Callan 10:46.25; 20, Justin Banach 11:13.79

4x400 -- 4, Park 3:37.32