Ty's Take: Boys track and field takes first, girls place second at Packer Relays
On Friday, with a beautiful, bluebird sky overhead only intermittently interrupted by powder-puff clouds, the West Fargo track and field team hosted the Packer Relays.
A strong south breeze may have played havoc with hurling events, but athletes and fans otherwise seemed to be enjoying the pleasant weather.
On the outside, all was smiles and laughter. But teams didn't travel from far and wide for frivolities; they came to compete.
The Packers put on a good show, too. By day's end, the West Fargo boys team took first place with 193 points, and the girls placed second with 114.75 points. Bismarck Century took a commanding first, 76.25 points ahead of the Packers.
Those in attendance were able to watch some excitement unfold during the 4x200 girls relay. West Fargo led for most of the race, but Fargo North's Kira Larson caught up with Alissa Mears shortly after the final handoff. For an instant, the two were neck-and-neck, but Mears managed to pull away in the final stretch to beat the Spartans by more than a second with a time of 1 minute, 48.31 seconds. The first three West Fargo legs were run by Brooke Grooters, Amanda Levin and Jaeden Metcalf.
Mears also was the lead leg in the first-place winning 4x800 relay. Christine Baltezore, Keana Karnopp and Grooters combined for a time of 9:53.49 and 2.5 seconds in front of second-place Grand Forks Red River.
While the Packers girls picked up some critical points in the relays, they also have Levin to thank in the sprints. The freshman took first in the 100, 200 and 400 meters with times of 12.49 seconds, 25.83 and 58.82, respectively.
West Fargo's sprinting strength also was on display on the boys side. Shane Siverson placed first in both the 100 and 200 meters with times off 11.06 and 22.91 seconds, respectively. Teammate Chaz Gunderson was just over a tenth of a second back in the 100 meters to give the Packers a 1-2 finish.
Siverson also ran legs in two first-place finishing relays. In the 4x100 relay, he teamed up with Hillen, Gunderson and James Heinen-Lugert for a time of 43.79 seconds, then switched out Heinen-Lugert for Schulz in the 4x200 and finished in 1:31.34.
Heinen-Lugert and Nicholas Williams were back-to-back placers in the long jump and triple jump. Heinen-Lugert placed first in both, intially with a jump of 21 feet, 9.25 inches, and the latter in 43 feet, 6 inches. Williams jumped 21-5 and 43-6, respectively.
The Packers were slated to compete in the Fargo Rotary on Monday, but results were not available by press time. Their next competition is 5 p.m. Friday at the East/West Classic at Fargo South high School.
Girls soccer: The Packers (3-4) host Grand Forks Central (1-6) at 7 p.m. Thursday, then head to Grand Forks on Saturday for a 2 p.m. match against Red River (2-5).
Girls tennis: West Fargo (4-1 EDC, 4-2) hosts North (5-1) at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The Packers then host the West Fargo Invitational on Friday-Saturday, with matches set Friday for 1:30 p.m. against Williston, and 3:30 p.m. against Dickinson.
Softball: The Packers (9-0) are at Shanley (6-0) at 6 p.m. Thursday, then head to Thief River Falls on Friday for a doubleheader that kicks off at 4:30 p.m.
Boys golf: West Fargo will be at Wildflower Golf Course on Thursday for a 1 p.m. invitational. They then head to the Detroit Lakes Invitational on Friday-Saturday, with start times of 1 p.m. and 9 a.m., respectively.
Tyler Shoberg is Sports Editor of the Pioneer, and can be reached at 701-451-5717 or email@example.com.