Steele captures first in two events
The North Branch track team faced tough competition at the Lakeville North Mega Meet on Saturday. The Viking girls placed ninth of 16 teams on the day, while the boys took 12th of 16.
Sophomore Rhianna Rinke earned second place in a field of 23 with a time of 11:21 in the 3200-meter run. The distance runner took runner up only to Forest Lake rival Emma Benner, who set a meet record in 11:13.
Sophomore Cassie Kunshier started the season strong in the 200-meter dash. She placed fourth in a field of 34 with a time of 27.17.
Junior Jessica Stendhl had strong showing in the hurdles, placing fourth place in the 100-meter hurdles and seventh in the 300-meter hurdles.
Tallying the top finish in the track events was the 4×-200-meter relay team, which placed fourth in 1:53.07.
Sophomore Mikayla Johnson showed her pole vaulting skills. She took third place in a field of 37 competitors by clearing 10-0, while ninth-grader Katie Burnside placed fifth at 9-0.
Senior Hope Bauer rounded out the field events by earning seventh place out of 37 in the long jump with a distance of 14-4.
On the boys side, the Vikings were led by junior Arik Steele. The multi-weapon athlete took first place in both the 110-and-300-meter hurdles with times of 15.23 and 41.17, respectively. Steele recorded another top-10 finish in the high jump by clearing 5-6.
Sophomore Matthew Marrin earned 11th of 37 in the 100-meter dash in 11.88, then placed seventh in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.21.
In the field events, senior Hector Rosales was the top finisher for the Vikings in the high jump by clearing 5-6 on an earlier attempt, then earned 10th place in the discus throw with a distance of 117-5.
North Branch showed strength in the pole vault, with two Vikings placing in the top 10. Junior Kyle Crandell took fourth by clearing 11-6, while senior Conner Utchinski took eighth place at 11 feet.