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Packers roll in inaugural meet

Both the West Fargo boys and girls track teams enjoyed golden debuts on their new home field, cruising to first place team finishes at the West Fargo Triangular Meet last Thursday.

On the boys side, the Packers clipped Fargo North by three points, as both teams outlasted Wahpeton in the meet. West Fargo was led by a host of first-place finishers, including hurdler Robb Gibson, who took a pair of gold medals home by taking first overall in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles on his home track.

Josh Jones continued his solid start, taking first in the long jump, edging Wahpetons Nathan Roland. His fellow leaper Jon Reznecheck cleared five and a half feet for a ribbon. And distance runners Travis Stadum (1,600) and Ryan Salter also brought in first place finishes.

On the girls side, sprinter Sara Denne continued her speedy early season run with first place in both of the days sprints, the 100 and 200 meters. She was complemented by teammate Krista Weiszhaar, who picked up top four finishes in both of those events, as well.

West Fargos distance runners also had a solid day, sweeping spots 2-4 in the mile run and taking a ribbon sweep in the two-mile, as freshman Jenna Kolb placed first, followed by Cassandra Sayler and Angie Evanson.

I think on both sides of the coin, were going to have some good, young distance runners that are going to get us some points if they can continue to perform the way they have at the indoor meets and some of these early outdoor events, Darin McKinnnon, head coach of the Packer track team, said. Theyre really deep, so there are a handful of kids that are capable of stepping it up each time out.

As for the first meet on the new surface, McKinnon said the entire squad had been itching to battle against other teams on its home track. After kicking away the ice and slush during the first few days of practice and then honing skills at the complex under the warm April sun for the first time last week, having two teams to compete with was a welcome sight.

The kids are really excited about (the new facility), McKinnon said. I think that has shown in our numbers. Theres more interest. It almost makes it more legitimate in a way because you can compete in front of your friends and family a couple times a year.

The complex isnt entirely finished. Field events were held at other sites, as the grass continues to emerge after the complex was seeded last fall. Field events probably wont be held at the new West Fargo High School venue until 2007.

Well make it work, McKinnon said. Were just happy to have a home again.