Esko girls dominate at section track and field meetDuring Tim Lindquist’s lengthy tenure of coaching track and field, the longtime Esko girls head man has witnessed countless team titles, school records and personal bests with his Eskomos. But nothing like last Friday. At last week’s Section 7A track and field championships at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Lindquist’s girls posted 175 points en route to their sixth consecutive section crown. That mark was good for 120 more points than their nearest competitor.
By: Tyler Korby, Pine Journal
During Tim Lindquist’s lengthy tenure of coaching track and field, the longtime Esko girls head man has witnessed countless team titles, school records and personal bests with his Eskomos. But nothing like last Friday.
At last week’s Section 7A track and field championships at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Lindquist’s girls posted 175 points en route to their sixth consecutive section crown. That mark was good for 120 more points than their nearest competitor.
“I don’t know if anybody has ever scored that many, I know we haven’t,” Lindquist said. “And that’s a credit to all of our girls. Everyone was running personal bests. To score that many points at the section meet was pretty outstanding.”
Esko qualified eight individuals for this weekend’s state meet at Hamline University in St. Paul, while they swept all four relay titles for the fifth straight year in a row. Their 800-meter relay team of Erika Shady, Caitlyn Lilly, Olivia Rengo and Alyson Glumac even set a school record last week.
“That’s a unique accomplishment,” Lindquist said about their string of section relay wins. “But then again, that just shows the depth that we have. All of the girls came through.”
Most notably, Glumac.
The Esko senior speedster not only legged parts of Esko’s winning 400 and 800-meter relay squads, she also won the triple jump with a 34-foot combined leap and set the section 100-meter dash record at 12.6 seconds.
Yes, you can call her the fastest girl in her section – ever.
“I never really thought about it like that,” Glumac laughed. “That’s pretty cool. I don’t think I’ve lost this year in the 100, but setting the section record — I wasn’t expecting that.”
As for her team’s success, well, Glumac wasn’t surprised. After all, the Esko girls already won the Polar League, section and state True Team titles this year.
“This year has been great and a lot of fun,” she said. “We’re all excited for state.”
Joining Glumac in St. Paul this weekend will be individual champs Kailee Kiminski (1,600), Kallyn Knutson (3,200) and Lilly (300 hurdles), as well as runner-ups Marisa Shady (400), Brooke Schramm (300 hurdles) and Janae Beaudot (High jump).
Lindquist says his team will be ready to go.
“We’re at the point now where we’re just not happy with getting to state,” he said. “We want to go down there and perform. A lot of these girls have been there before and know what it’s all about.”
Lindquist said his relay teams have the best shot at winning all the marbles.
“There are no prelims, it’s just one race,” Lindquist said. “I don’t think we have run our best times this year yet. But I think we just could.”
The Esko boys also earned their second Section 7A title last Friday at UMD, as their 72.5 points barely squeaked past Polar League rival Two Harbors’ 66.
Max Reinertsen, Jackson Lindquist and Jake Stainbrook were the only individual Eskomo qualifiers for the state meet but, according to coach Gary Beaudot, their second straight team title was quite
“We haven’t won the section many times, so hopefully it’s a tradition that we can keep rolling; it’s a nice honor to have,” he said. “We kind of had kids come out of nowhere to score points. We had so many best times of the season. It was exciting.”
Reinertsen won the triple jump, while Lindquist finished runner-up in the 3,200 and Stainbrook’s 6-foot jump placed him second in the high jump. His clutch leap advanced him to his first state event in any sport in his high school career.
“I’m pumped,” Stainbrook said. “I’ve never practiced my approach before, but I’ve been working on it in Cloquet lately.”
Beaudot said Stainbrook needs to set a personal-record to place this weekend, but both Reinertsen and Lindquist have decent shots in their respective events. Away from the boys, his daughter Janae will compete in the high jump.
“It’s her fourth year she’s gone to state,” said Beaudot, the team’s jumping coach. “I’ll be nervous in a different way than [she will be], but it should be fun. I think the girls have a chance. I know our boys are excited for them.”
Other Section 7A state qualifiers included Cromwell-Wright’s Allie Cahoon (800), Carlton’s Lindsey Dahl-Holm (3,200), Moose Lake-Willow River’s Ben Moonen (800) and Barnum’s Andrew Youngren (Discus).
In the Section 7AA championships Saturday in Grand Rapids, Cloquet seniors Jared Anderson (400) and Halee Peterson (1,600) also ran their way into the state bunch. According to Cloquet coach Tim Prosen, the pair is well-deserving.
“I’m proud of them, those two have definitely put in their time and done their homework,” Prosen said. “They’re both great role models for the kids in this program, and it’ll be good to see them out there running with the big schools around the state.”
Anderson has had injured shins all spring, yet his second place finish Saturday was the only time he hasn’t won the 400. He’s trained on a bike all year, Prosen said.
“He hasn’t practiced since April,” Prosen said, “but you know he’s dedicated when you send him in on a bike and he comes out dripping with sweat.”
Peterson, who also qualified for last fall’s state cross country meet, won the mile run Saturday. Aided by the coaching of Arne Maijala, Prosen said, Peterson has become confident in her ability to compete in a new event.
“I never considered running the mile until this year, now I’m confident,” Peterson said. “I have no idea how state works. I’ve never been there. But I’m really excited.”