Small town individuals compete well on the state’s biggest stageEsko wasn’t the only Carlton County town represented at the state track and field meet last weekend. Other Northlanders were there, too. Half a dozen individuals competed well at Hamline University in St. Paul Friday and Saturday, as the northern part of the state was well- represented in the lanes, pits and field events amongst the state’s most select company.
By: Tyler Korby, Pine Journal
Esko wasn’t the only Carlton County town represented at the state track and field meet last weekend. Other Northlanders were there, too.
Half a dozen individuals competed well at Hamline University in St. Paul Friday and Saturday, as the northern part of the state was well-
represented in the lanes, pits and field events amongst the state’s most select company.
Three girls and three boys represented Carlton County schools last weekend, including Carlton’s Lindsey Dahl-Holm, Cloquet’s Halee Peterson and Cromwell-Wright’s Allie Cahoon. Leading the boys was Barnum’s Andrew Youngren, Cloquet’s Jared Anderson and Moose Lake-Willow River’s Ben Moonen.
Anderson ran the 400-meter dash. Cahoon and Moonen both competed in the 800-meter run, while Peterson ran the 1,600, Dahl-Holm the 3,200 and Youngren threw the discus.
Of the bunch, Youngren was the top local finisher (outside of Esko) placing sixth in the discus. It was the first-ever state appearance for the senior. He said he enjoyed it.
“It was nerve racking, but a lot of fun,” said Youngren, who threw a first-flight heave of 148 feet, 7 inches in the preliminaries, followed by a 148-foot, 2-inch toss in the finals to medal. “I could have thrown it a lot farther. But I was just happy to get to the finals. It was fun down there. There were a lot more people there than at a Barnum meet!”
Peterson also enjoyed her time in St. Paul. Like Youngren, competing in her first state meet of her career, the senior was in awe of the buzz going around the campus.
“It was really exciting and just crazy at times,” Peterson said. “It was packed.”
Peterson finished 12th of 16 competitors in the 1,600-meter run, but set a personal record in the mile with her time of 5 minutes, 14.25 seconds. To her, that was worth the two-hour trip down south.
“I was real happy,” Peterson said. “Those were the fastest girls I’ve ever been around. So to set a personal record made me proud. It was real fun.”
Moonen finished 10th in the 800 preliminaries – missing finals by only one slot – with his 2:00.69 finishing time, while Anderson placed 14th in the 400 prelims at 51.74 seconds. Both Cahoon and Dahl-Holm pulled in last, as Cahoon posted a 2:30.55 time in the 800 prelims, while Dahl-Holm crossed the finish line at 12:14.37 in the 3,200.