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Athletes overcome conditions at Groton Invitational

Frederick Area’s Laura Sumption, far right, battles for the lead with teammate Sofia Losure, center, during their heat of the 100 meter hurdles Tuesday at the Groton Invitational track meet. From the left are Warner’s Ava Nilsson, Lauren Marcuson, Groton Area’s Jayla Jones, Losure, Ipswich’s Ashlyn Weig and Sumption. Photo by John Davis taken 4/27/2021

GROTON – Area athletes battled the elements and each other during the Groton Invitational track and field meet on Tuesday.

Despite a steady drizzle for most of the meet, athletes turned in solid performances.

“It’s hard to compete in the cold and in the rain, but just it’s one of those things. It’s a part of track, you’re outside. You have to deal with those kind of things,” said Langford Area’s Kade Larson, who won the triple jump and also ran on two winning relays. “The wind is part of it, too. Sometimes you get the wind at your back, sometimes you get it at you. You learn to compete with it.”

Larson said there’s a bit of a difference competing in a relay with three other teammates compared to individual events.

“They both have their pressures,” Larson said, “but I think when you’re running a relay you have three people who are right there competing with you so it’s on all four of your shoulders.”

Larson said goals were met during the meet, despite the conditions.

“The goal was just to compete and kind of get ready for Howard Wood this weekend,” he said. “I think we met that goal. Our 4X2 did pretty good. I think we met our goal on that one.”

The dreary weather didn’t hinder Laura Sumption, either. The Frederick freshman won both hurdles races on the day.

“I’m out for cross country in the fall and so we’re used to running in snow,” she said. “I think it’s all just what you think of it mentally. If you think the weather is going to affect you running, it’s going to make you slower, but if your like, ‘Ah, I can do it,’ you’re going to get a PR.”

Sumption defeated teammate Sofia Losure to earn a win in the 100-meter hurdles. She said it helps to have a teammate to train with at practice.

“At practice we just get after it. I don’t want to lose to her and she doesn’t want to lose to me,” Sumption said. “It’s always a race and it comes down to the final seconds in the race.”

Sumption said she likes the 300 hurdles better than the 100 set.

“I like 300s a lot more,” Sumption said. “I like running distance a lot more, so I think in the 300s you have time to really settle into the race where the 100s you have to get out there and go, otherwise it’s over.”

When asked about the pace of the 300 hurdles, Sumption responded, “From cross country, you learn that 300 is not a pace anymore. It’s a dead sprint. It gets hard, but having someone push you, like Sofie, it’s just all out. It’s what you have left.”

Morgan Fiedler of Aberdeen Roncalli had a stellar day, winning the long jump, the triple jump and also running on two winning relay squads.

Other multiple individual winners included Vanessa Klein of Tri-State in the 100, 200 and 400, Katelyn Geditz of Ipswich in the shot put and discus, Landon Leidholt of Warner in the 110 and 300 hurdles, and Isaac Sumption of Frederick in the 100 and 200.

Roncalli’s Sarah Schmidt won the 800-meter run.

The Cavaliers also won the 3,200-meter relay thanks to a strong efforts from Sara and Paige Schmidt to overcome a solid performance by Aberdeen Christian.

“They made a lot of ground up,” said Roncalli coach Mark Stone. “They did a good job today in that relay, for sure.”

That comeback thwarted a nice showing by the Knights.

“All four of those girls that we had in the 800 ran a good race. There’s no shame in what they did,” said Christian assistant coach Noah Aderhold. “Those Schmidt girls are fast. They’re just tough competition.”

Stone noted the performances of several other athletes.

“The Livermont brothers, Ben and Brendan, had a really nice day in the throws, particularly in the disc,” Stone said.

Stone also pointed out senior William Gosicki.

“He’s kind of quietly had a really good start to the season,” Stone said. “He does a very nice job for us. He’s one of our good senior leaders.”

Christian’s Hailey Moeller won the 3,200-meter run and keeps lowering her time.

The Knights also had strong showings in three boys relays events.

“We have around seven boys that we move between those three races,” Aderhold said. “We’ve kind of got a relatively deep sprinting group. It’s a fun group of boys and they like to work hard.”

Christian will take seven boys and four girls to Howard Wood this weekend. Ben Rohl will be the only athlete competing in an individual event.

Roncalli is heading to Webster for a meet on Friday. It will be the first meet at the track since it was resurfaced a couple of years ago.

“We’re kind of excited about that. Webster has a really nice facility,” Stone said. “We’re expecting that will be a pretty competitive meet.”

Participating teams: Aberdeen Central JV, Aberdeen Christian, Aberdeen Roncalli, Frederick, Groton, Ipswich, Langford Area, Sisseton, Tri-State, Warner.

GIRLS’ DIVISION

100-Meter Hurdles: 1, Laura Sumption, Frederick, :18.84; 2, Sofia Losure, Frederick, : 19.06; 3, Ashlyn Weig, Ipswich, :19.53; 4, Lauren Marcuson, Warner, :19.70; 5, Ava Nilsson, Warner, :20.23; 6, Maddi Aldridge, Aberdeen Central JV, :20.79; 7, Jayla Jones, Groton, :21.21; 8, Emily Flood, Aberdeen Central JV, :21.29.

300-Meter Intermediate Hurdles: 1, Laura Sumption, Frederick, :52.04; 2, Olivia Ulmer, Aberdeen Roncalli, :52.98; 3, Ava Nilsson, Warner, :54.20; 4, Marley Guthmiller, Ipswich, :55.52; 5, Jazmine Hart-Crissman, Aberdeen Roncalli, :59.30; 6, Taylor Laurence, Tri-State, 1:00.69; 7, Ashlyn Weig, Ipswich, 1:02.14; 8, Jayla Jones, Groton, 1:02.25.

100-Meter Dash: 1, Vanessa Klein, Tri-State, :13.24; 2, Melissa Sandquist, Aberdeen Central JV, :13.48; 3, Emma Patton, Aberdeen Central JV, :13.55; 4, Ayrlie Waldo, Aberdeen Central JV, :13.76; 5, Ashley Ptacek, Ipswich, :13.86; 6, Ella Ulmer, Aberdeen Roncalli, :13.96; 7, Maggie Fites, Aberdeen Central JV, :14.10; 8, Karsyn Jangula, Groton, :14.24.

200-Meter Dash: 1, Vanessa Klein, Tri-State, :28.60; 2, Briana Altmaier, Aberdeen Central JV, :28.90; 3, Ayrlie Waldo, Aberdeen Central JV, :29.23; 4, Melissa Sandquist, Aberdeen Central JV, :29.25; 5, Shawnteah La Croix, Aberdeen Christian, :29.26; 6, Rose Gutenkauf, Aberdeen Roncalli, :30.38; 7, Morgan Sumption, Frederick, :30.72; 8, Kendyl Anderson, Warner, :31.16.

400-Meter Dash: 1, Vanessa Klein, Tri-State, 1:03.92; 2, Morgan Navratil, Tri-State, 1:07.97; 3, Sienna Klein, Tri-State, 1:08.21; 4, Sarah Schmidt, Aberdeen Roncallil, 1:08.98; 5, Faith Traphagen, Groton, 1:09.43; 6, Emma Kraft, Britton-Hecla, 1:09.68; 7, Alana Hansen, Aberdeen Central JV, 1:09.86; 8, Hailey Bierman, Ipswich, 1:10.65.

800-Meter Run: 1, Sarah Schmidt, Aberdeen Roncalli, 2:40.08; 2, Faith Traphagen, Groton, 2:41.34; 3, Madisen Martin, Aberdeen Roncalli, 2:53.19; 4, Macy Fritz, Tri-State, 2:55.99; 5, Madisyn Gellhaus, Ipswich, 2:57.61; 6, Sienna Klein, Tri-State, 2:57.98; 7, Anna Schmidt, Aberdeen Roncalli, 2:59.14; 8, Jordyn Jensen, Warner, 3:01.38.

1,600-Meter Run: 1, Morgan Sumption, Frederick, 5:49.68; 2, Kira Goldade, Aberdeen Christian, 5:56.02; 3, Kathryn Steger, Aberdeen Christian, 6:05.82; 4, Madisen Martin, Aberdeen Roncalli, 6:15.89; 5, Grace Steger, Aberdeen Christian, 6:23.09; 6, Baylee Kulesa, Ipswich, 6:23.91; 7, Sofia Losure, Frederick, 6:23.64; 8, Ashlinn Hartwell, Ipswich, 6:33.59.

3,200-Meter Run: 1, Hailey Moeller, Aberdeen Christian, 13:01.58; 2, Kira Goldade, Aberdeen Christian, 13:27.33.

Shot Put: 1, Katelyn Geditz, Ipswich, 31-10; 2, Maddie Bjerke, Groton, 31-2; 3, Sophia Madsen, Aberdeen Roncalli, 30-4.5; 4, Taryn Nieman, Aberdeen Central JV, 29-9.5; 5, Hannah Masters, Aberdeen Central JV, 29-7; 6, Chloe Daly, Groton, 29-6; 7, Katie Witte, Aberdeen Central JV, 29-4; 8, Chloe Langager, Sisseton, 28-5.

Discus: 1, Katelyn Geditz, Ipswich, 102-3; 2, Lexi Olson, Aberdeen Central JV, 99-4.5; 3, Keilani Mielke, Aberdeen Central JV, 94-0; 4, Ashley Cadwell, Langford Area, 93-5; 5, Malona Cox, Frederick, 91-2; 6, Sophia Madsen, Aberdeen Roncalli, 91-1; 7, Chloe Daly, Groton, 88-8; 8, Shanda Cox, Frederick, 85-8.

High Jump: 1, Maddi Struble, Aberdeen Central JV, 4-9; 2 Paige Mehlberg, Ipswich, 4-7; 3, Sofia Losure, Frederick, 4-7; 4, Kyra Marcuson, Warner, 4-5; 5, Jennifer Aman, Warner, 4-5; 6, Kenzie McInerney, Groton, 4-5; 7, Emily Flood, Aberdeen Central JV, 4-3; 8, Anna Schmidt, Aberdeen Roncalli, 4-3.

Long Jump: 1, Morgan Fiedler, Aberdeen Roncalli, 15-7.5; 2, Kenzie McInerney, Groton, 14-11; 3, Olyvia Dwight, Langford Area, 14-7; 4, Olivia Ulmer, Aberdeen Roncalli, 14-5; 5, Maggie Fites, Aberdeen Central JV, 14-4.5; 6, Sterling Mertens, Britton-Hecla, 14-3.5; 7, Aspen Johnson, Groton, 14-1; 8, Emma Patton, Aberdeen Central JV, 14-1.

Triple Jump: 1, Morgan Fiedler, Aberdeen Roncalli, 33-10; 2, Kenzie McInerney, Groton, 32-3; 3, Emmalee Nielsen, Sisseton, 31-5; 4, Morgan Navratil, Tri-State, 29-9.5; 5, Aspen Johnson, Groton, 29-1; 6, Jennifer Aman, Warner, 28-9.5; 7, Alison Serfling, Aberdeen Central JV, 28-7.5; 8, Jocelyn Orr, Aberdeen Central JV, 28-6.5.

Pole Vault: 1, Ashlyn Beyer, Aberdeen Central JV, 8-0; 2, Quincy Olivier, Ipswich, 8-0; 3, Madi Weig, Ipswich, 7-6; 4, Kaylin Warrey, Aberdeen Central JV, 7-6; 5, Lillian Jensen, Aberdeen Roncalli, 7-0.

400-Meter Relay: 1, Aberdeen Roncalli (McKenna Weekly, Morgan Fiedler, Olivia Ulmer, Ella Ulmer), :54.61; 2, Ipswich, :54.98; 3, Aberdeen Central JV, :55.65; 4, Groton, :57.21; 5, Aberdeen Christian, :58.03; 6, Britton-Hecla, :58.59; 7, Warner, :59.96; 8, Warner II, 1:00.77.

800-Meter Relay: 1, Ipswich (Hallie Heinz, Paige Mehlberg, Emily DeRaad, Vanesa Diaz), 1:59.48; 2, Groton, 1:59.54; 3, Aberdeen Central JV, 2:00.67; 4, Aberdeen Christian, 2:01.12; 5, Britton-Hecla, 2:02.78; 6, Warner, 2:02.89; 7, Aberdeen Roncalli, 2:06.16.

1,600-Meter Relay: 1, Ipswich (Ashley Ptacek, Emily DeRaad, Paige Mehlberg, Vanesa Diaz), 4:28.72; 2, Aberdeen Roncalli, 4:36.32; 3, Aberdeen Central JV, 4:36.82; 4, Tri-State, 4:39.52; 5, Groton, 4:45.75; 6, Frederick, 4:53.03.

Sprint Medley Relay: 1, Aberdeen Roncalli (Rose Gutenkauf, Ella Ulmer, Morgan Fiedler, Paige Schmidt), 4:42.43; 2, Aberdeen Christian, 4:59.82; 3, Warner, 5:34.48; 4, Groton, 5:46.24.

3,200-Meter Relay: 1, Aberdeen Roncalli (Anna Schmidt, Bella Martinez, Sarah Schmidt, Paige Schmidt), 10:55.76; 2, Aberdeen Christian, 11:00.27; 3, Ipswich, 11:38.28; 4, Groton, 11:54.37; 5, Aberdeen Central JV, 12:05.96.

BOYS’ DIVISION

110-Meter High Hurdles: 1, Landon Leidholt, Warner, :15.40; 2, Josh McQuarie, Ipswich, :16.03; 3, Braxton Kusler, Aberdeen Central JV, :17.43; 4, Hunter Cramer, Warner, :18.65; 5, Clayton Dulaney, Warner, :19.64; 6, Lincoln Fortin, Warner, :19.70; 7, Brayden Sumption, Frederick, :20.03; 8, Preston Martin, Ipswich, :20.42.

300-Meter Intermediate Hurdles: 1, Landon Leidholt, Warner, :42.47; 2, Josh McQuarie, Ipswich, :45.33; 3, Hunter Cramer, Warner, :48.44; 4, Bodhi Miller, Aberdeen Central JV, :48.75; 5, Braxton Kusler, Aberdeen Central JV, :49.09; 6, Jackson Cogley, Groton, :49.47; 7, Brayden Sumption, Frederick, :49.95; 8, Cody Rohrbach, Aberdeen Central JV, :51.38.

100-Meter Dash: 1, Isaac Sumption, Frederick, :10.80; 2, Zander Widener, Langford Area, :11.21; 3, Ty Kadlec, Ipswich, :11.23; 4, Andrew Marzahn, Groton, :11.41; 5, Ben Rohl, Aberdeen Christian, :11.62; 6, Matthew Hettich, Ipswich, :11.66; 7, Colby Carlson, Britton-Hecla, :11.67; 8, Ben Gustafson, Langford Area, :11.74.

200-Meter Dash: 1, Isaac Sumption, Frederick, :23.16; 2, Zander Widener, Langford Area, :23.71; 3, Mason Hinz, Frederick, :24.52; 4, Andrew Kranhold, Sisseton, :24.89; 5, Andrew Marzahn, Groton, :24.98; 6, Colby Carlson, Britton-Hecla, :24.98; 7, Jericho King, Frederick, :24.98; 8, Ben Rohl, Aberdeen Christian, :25.28.

400-Meter Dash: 1, Grayson Madsen, Tri-State, :56.15; 2, Jericho King, Frederick, :56.8; 3, Kaleb Foltz, Tri-State, :57.05; 4, Walker Larson, Aberdeen Christian, :58.59; 5, Will Heinert, Aberdeen Central JV, :59.03; 6, Cole Simon, Groton, :59.46; 7, Jesse Keough, Langford Area, :59.80; 8, Sam Vetter, Frederick, 1:01.02.

800-Meter Run: 1, Cody Larson, Warner, 2:06.40; 2, Benjamin Wirth, Warner, 2:15.90; 3, Xavier Donnell, Sisseton, 2:16.64; 4, Grayson Madsen, Tri-State, 2:22.33; 5, Parker Hanson, Sisseton, 2:25.43; 6, Wyatt Tosse, Britton-Hecla, 2:26.79; 7, Xavior Kadlec, Ipswich, 2:31.00; 8, Anthony Miller, Aberdeen Central JV, 2:32.29.

1,600-Meter Run: 1, Kaleb Foltz, Tri-State, 4:59.32; 2, Isaac Smith, Groton, 5:11.38; 3, Tino Lopez, Aberdeen Central JV, 5:11.72; 4, Levi Little, Frederick, 5:21.27; 5, Jacob Lewandowski, Groton, 5:21.78; 6, Rylan Johnson, Aberdeen Central JV, 5:24.61; 7, Alex Heimann, Aberdeen Central JV, 5:32.65; 8, Dylan Wald, Ipswich, 5:35.80.

3,200-Meter Run: 1, Dillon Browning, Warner, 11:05.72; 2, Isaac Smith, Groton, 11:41.92 3, Tino Lopez, Aberdeen Central JV, 11:56.08.

Shot Put: 1, Jackson McNeil, Warner, 45-4; 2, Wyatt Bray, Britton-Hecla, 42-4; 3, Hayden Reints, Langford Area, 39-1; 4, Lucas Rowland, Ipswich, 39-0; 5, Zach Geditz, Ipswich, 38-11; 6, Jordan Nierman, Ipswich, 37-11.5; 7, Levi Greseth, Sisseton, 37-11; 8, Brian Johnson, Aberdeen Central JV, 37-3.

Discus: 1, Eric Severson, Ipswich, 147-1; 2, Brian Johnson, Aberdeen Central JV, 127-3; 3, Hayden Reints, Langford Area, 127-1; 4, Jackson McNeil, Warner, 127-1; 5, Alex Braun, Warner, 126-3; 6, Jordan Nierman, Ipswich, 122-2; 7, Tayden Brownson, Aberdeen Central JV, 120-6; 8, Brendan Livermont, Aberdeen Roncallil, 117-4.

High Jump: 1, Andrew Kranhold, Sisseton, 6-1; 2, Benicio Morales, Sisseton, 5-7; 3, Tyler Hettich, Ipswich, 5-7; 4, Josh McQuarie, Ipswich, 5-7; 5, Chase Braun, Warner, 5-5; 6, Nathan Kornmann, Aberdeen Roncalli, 5-3; 7, Peyton Jung, Warner, 5-3; 8, Landyn Steichen, Sisseton, 5-1.

Long Jump: 1, Carson Gohl, Ipswich, 19-9.75; 2, Benicio Morales, Sisseton, 18-9.75; 3, Abe Kretchman, Aberdeen Christian, 18-5; 4, Devon Woosley, Warner, 18-2.25; 5, Caden Shelton, Aberdeen Roncalli, 17-9.5; 6, Tyler Hettich, Ipswich, 17-9; 7, Parker Hanson, Sisseton, 17-5.25; 8, John Reynen, Aberdeen Roncalli, 17-1.5.

Triple Jump: 1, Kade Larson, Langford Area, 41-4; 2, Jayden Munroe, Aberdeen Roncalli, 39-11; 3, Blake Nielsen, Sisseton, 37-10.5; 4, Josh McQuarie, Ipswich, 36-7.5; 5, Peyton Jung, Warner, 35-2; 6, Jett Carlson, Aberdeen Central JV, 34-10; 7, Jackson Cogley, Groton, 34-4.5; 8, Caden Shelton, Aberdeen Roncalli, 34-3.5.

Pole Vault: 1, Eli Fischer, Aberdeen Central JV, 11-6; 2, Isaac Ligon, Aberdeen Central JV, 11-0; 3, Mason Carrels, Aberdeen Roncalli, 9-0; 4, Gabe Johnson, Aberdeen Central JV, 8-8; 5, Beau Price, Aberdeen Roncalli, 8-8; 6, Parker Helwig, Aberdeen Central JV, 8-8; 7, Austin Rawden, Ipswich, 8-0; 8, Andrew Brennan, Aberdeen Christian, 8-0.

400-Meter Relay: 1, Ipswich (Tyler Hettich, Colby Sylte, Matthew Hettich, Ty Kadlec), :45.7; 2, Langford Area, :45.75; 3, Aberdeen Christian, :47.36; 4, Warner, :47.96; 5, Sisseton, :48.10; 6, Groton, :49.41; 7, Aberdeen Central JV, :50.53; 8, Aberdeen Roncalli, :50.90.

800-Meter Relay: 1, Langford Area (Ben Gustafson, Kade Larson, Collin Frey, Zander Widener), 1:35.23; 2, Sisseton, 1:37.27; 3, Frederick, 1:37.61; 4, Aberdeen Christian, 1:39.25; 5, Groton, 1:41.08; 6, Britton-Hecla, 1:43.57; 7, Aberdeen Roncalli, 1:46.13; 8, Aberdeen Central JV, 1:47.42.

1,600-Meter Relay: 1, Ipswich (Carson Gohl, Ty Kadlec, Maxwell Kulesa, Matthew Hettich), 3:48.98; 2, Aberdeen Christian, 3:51.10; 3, Frederick, 3:52.21; 4, Aberdeen Roncalli, 4:01.42; 5, Tri-State, 4:03.34; 6, Aberdeen Central JV, 4:08.99; 7, Langford Area, 4:18.6.

Sprint Medley Relay: 1, Langford Area (Ben Gustafson, Collin Frey, Kade Larson, Kalen Godel), 3:56.97; 2, Frederick, 4:01.43; 3, Aberdeen Christian, 4:22.83; 4, Warner, 4:18.86; 5, Groton, 4:22.04; 6, Aberdeen Central JV, 4:22.83; 7, Aberdeen Roncalli, 4:29.06; 8, Sisseton, 4:55.07.

3,200-Meter Relay: 1, Warner (Cody Larson, Benjamin Wirth, Dillon Browning, Easton Steinbach), 9:06.98; 2, Tri-State, 9:27.76; 3, Groton, 9:31.44; 4, Ipswich, 9:40.13; 5, Aberdeen Roncalli, 10:05.76; 6, Frederick, 10:13.60; 7, Sisseton, 10:16.91.

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