Cloquet Relays may be unconventional, but they earn high ratingsDuring the final race of the Cloquet Relays, an annual track and field meet with the most unusual and quirky events offered, it was only fitting that Cloquet Coach Tim Prosen participated. In khaki pants.
By: Tyler Korby, Pine Journal
During the final race of the Cloquet Relays, an annual track and field meet with the most unusual and quirky events offered, it was only fitting that Cloquet Coach Tim Prosen participated.
In khaki pants.
Prosen, in his ninth year with the Lumberjacks, was perhaps the highlight of the day, as the Cloquet Social Studies teacher led off the 400-meter coaches relay last Friday at Bromberg Field.
Filling in for assistant coach Jeff Leno, who was sidelined with a foot injury, Prosen didn’t use the available starting blocks and chose to be the first in line to run.
“I had to work at the finish line, and I didn’t want any farther to walk after,” Prosen said with a laugh. “And it was one less exchange with the baton for an inexperienced runner like me.
“I was a high school and college wrestler, I never ran track and field,” Prosen continued. “I was tight, cold and sore, but I did what I could for our team. I had a lot of fun with it.”
Fun is the name of the game at the relays, an event Prosen helped put together for the first time four years ago. Last week, Cloquet, Esko, Moose Lake-Willow River and Wrenshall all competed at the atypical event. No official results were recorded, but all winners earned a prized T-shirt.
“Every school took home shirts — that’s what I wanted,” Prosen said, noting some of the odder events included a pole vault relay, throwers relay, a steeple chase over hay bales and plenty of medleys and co-ed pairings. “There are so many traditional meets. This is just fun. It mixes it up a little bit. The teams I talked to after said it was the most fun meet of the year.”
Cloquet senior Tanner Robideaux won a pair of team relay titles, including the 400-meter co-ed race, along with the unusual 2-2-4-8 relay, where runners sprint 200, 200, 400 and 800 meters. Robideaux said both events were his favorite.
Maija Doran, a member of Cloquet’s 800-meter school-record relay team this year, said she won a couple of T-shirts for the first time at last week’s relays. The Cloquet junior liked the medleys most, reminding her father of the events he ran in track.
“It’s fun to switch things up a bit,” Doran said. “And of course it was fun watching Coach Prosen run in his khakis.”
Thomas Udenberg agreed, as the 6-foot-3, 275-pound Cloquet senior thrower said he was just sitting down in the bleachers — with his new T-shirt — when he noticed Prosen.
“All of a sudden he threw off his jacket and walked toward the lane,” Udenberg said. “A lot of the other coaches got on to the blocks, but Coach Prosen just went up there in his khakis.”