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Track and field: Unconventional relays, conventional fun at Cloquet Relays

Barnum's Lexi Bonneville tosses a shotput during the Cloquet Relays on Friday, May 3, at Bromberg Field. (Dave Harwig/Pine Journal)1 / 5
CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE: Cloquet's Maddie Dostal throws the shotput during the Cloquet Relays track meet Friday, May 3, at Bromberg Field. (Dave Harwig/Pine Journal)2 / 5
CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE: Barnum's Sam Goodwin throws the discus during the Cloquet Relays on Friday, May 3. (Dave Harwig/Pine Journal)3 / 5
CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE: Cloquet's Kelly Lorenz competes in a 4x100-meter relay event during the unconventional Cloquet Relays. (Dave Harwig/Pine Journal)4 / 5
CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE: Barnum's Kendal Miletich throws the shotput during Friday's Cloquet Relays track meet. Dave Harwig / Pine Journal5 / 5

Hurdler relays? Thrower relays?

The annual "Cloquet Relays" track meet doesn't follow traditional track events, but it gives athletes a chance to step outside their customary events and test their skills in sprinting.

While the events won't qualify anyone for the state meet, it gives athletes a chance to try their skills in a variety of events and enjoy a meet with fewer stakes.

Hurdlers can compete in a 4x100-meter hurdle relay and shot put and discus throwers have a relay of their own. The throwers make their toss, then head over to the starting blocks for their own 4x100-meter race.

The event, now in its 10th year, includes co-ed relays, medley relays of various distances and even a relay for pole vaulters. The event also includes a steeple chase with hay bales spread across the track.

Even more exciting for students, two coaches from each team joined a pair of students for a 4x100-meter relay to close out the day.

Cloquet Coach Tim Prosen was one of the representatives for the Lumberjacks, but as host of the meet, he didn't really have time to prepare.

"I basically handed my stopwatch to a student and went to go run," he said. "I zipped up my pockets, grabbed a baton and went to the start line."

Prosen said he "runs, but not very fast," so the coaching staff from Moose Lake-Willow River took the event.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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