Jets can’t quite catch Nordics

NORWAY – The North Central boys gave chase, but couldn’t catch defending champ North Dickinson in Monday’s Norway Invitational track meet.

North Dickinson won this meet for the fourth time in five years, scoring 151 points in its season debut. Runner-up North Central scored 115 1/2 and third-place Northwood Storm, a co-op team comprised of student-athletes from Florence and Niagara, Wis., had 93.

North Central junior Tristen Harper won the 400-meter dash in 55.15 seconds, helped the winning 800 relay and took second in the 200 (24.72).

North Dickinson junior Jordan Neumann came out of the slower heat to take the 100 (11.42) and 200 (24.6).

“I’m actually surprised,” said Neumann. “I didn’t expect my time to be that fast in either race. I was a little skeptical coming in here. I wasn’t sure where my conditioning was at.”

The Jets showed their strength in the distances. Junior Josh Granquist won the 800 (2:14.4) and sophomore Bryce Holle took the 1600 (5:00.3) on this sunny and mild day.

North Central freshman Seth Polfus was runner-up in the 3200 (12:03.32) and classmate Jon King took third (12:27.26).

Freshman Jason Whitens added a second in high jump at five feet, six inches, with Forest Park sophomore Bill Ragio winning on a tie-breaker.

North Central sophomore Brenden Gatien was runner-up in shot put (40-2 3/4).

The Norway girls also won for the fourth time in five years with 120 points, followed by defending champion Forest Park 107 and Northwood Storm 100. The Jets were fifth at 69.

“I’m pleased with our kids today,” said North Central coach Dave Granquist. “We scored quite a few points. Our speed relays did pretty well. We placed third in the 400 and 800. I can’t remember the last time we placed that high in the sprint relays over here. We didn’t break any records, but the girls competed hard.”

Junior Baylee Wells led the North Central girls by winning discus (86-8) and placing second in high jump (4-8).

“Baylee had a nice throw in disc and some of our girls dropped quite a bit of time in some events,” said coach Granquist. “The girls are showing improvement, which is all we can ask of them.”

North Central junior Kayla Arkens, edged by Forest Park’s Kendra Campbell on a lean, placed third in the 100 hurdles (17.45).

Also placing third for the Jets were junior Morgan Wells in the 200 (30.78) and sophomore Jaycee Faccio in shot put (25-1).

The Jets resume in Thursday’s Rapid River Invitational.