Warrior distance runners Marissa Kuik and Andrew Murley showed they’re in fantastic form, as did many other Waldorf thinclads, as the indoor track and field season got underway Saturday.
Kuik was second in the women’s 3,000 meters, while Murley was fourth in the men’s version of the same event, performances that gave each Warrior runner the fastest time in that event in the North Star Athletic Association so far this season.
That set the tone for a good day of competition for Waldorf at the Sol Butler Classic.
“Today was a tough day against some good competition to show us where we are coming in at right off of break,” Waldorf head coach Kayla Kregel said.
“We have a lot of work to do across the board, but saw some lifetime personal records, also.”
Kuik’s time of 11 minutes, 12.14 seconds, was one of those PRs, while Isaiah Craig added another with a third-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 44 feet, 0 inches. That distance puts him No. 2 currently in the NSAA.
Murley was fourth in the men’s 3,000 in 9:38.59.
Coach Kregel also was proud of the effort of sprinter Taylor Navratil in the women’s 55-meter dash and Justin Jacobi in men’s 55-meter hurdles, as well as the performance of thrower Auburn Miller in the women’s shot put, to note just a few.
Jacobi was seventh in the hurdles in 8.25, a mere .01 of a second off his personal best, while Navratil and Miller were each eighth in their events in 7.69 seconds and 37 feet, 4 inches, respectively.
Jacobi also was also 11th with a leap of 20-1.75 in the long jump, the second-best mark this winter in the NSAA.
Of course, the day was just the first taste of competition this winter for the Warriors, who are racing toward the NSAA Indoor Championships on Feb. 17.
And several other Waldorf student-athletes looked to be in great position early on to make an impact at the championships after Saturday’s efforts.
Joining Kuik and Murley atop the NSAA standings is men’s high jumper – and two-way football player – Cameron Newsome, who was eighth in the high jump Saturday clearing 6-3.25, the best mark in the NSAA this winter.
The Waldorf men’s 4×400 relay team of Jonah Remker, Jacobi, Mark Ahlers and Craig also are No. 2 in the NSAA after placing second Saturday in 3:40.15, while Navratil is third in the NSAA in the 400 (5th on Saturday in 1:05.26), and Nic Ganzeveld is third in the men’s mile (9th on Saturday in 4:40.10).
“This is the first step towards our conference meet in a little over a month and was a great opportunity to show us all where we need to work,” said Kregel, whose team is back in action next Saturday at the Chelsey M. Henkenius meet in Waverly, Iowa.
Waldorf results at Sol Butler Classic at Dubuque, Iowa on Jan. 13
Men’s 55-meter dash
26. Remker, Jonah, 6.98
38. Newsome, Cameron, 7.16
49. Wu, Kevin, 7.40
18. Remker, Jonah, 57.30
8. Ganzeveld, Nicholas, 2:45.27
19. Zeller, Alden, 3:20.23
9. Ganzeveld, Nicholas, 4:40.10
33. Vega, Jesse, 5:15.62
4. Murley, Andrew, 9:38.59
7. Jacobi, Justin, 8.25
13. Craig, Isaiah, 8.94
8. Waldorf (Jonah Remker, Justin Jacobi, Mark Ahlers, Isaiah Craig) 3:40.15
8. Newsome, Cameron, 6-3.25
9. Craig, Isaiah, 6-0.75
14. Jacobi, Justin, 5-8.75
11. Jacobi, Justin, 20-1.75
3. Craig, Isaiah, 44-0
12. Antonio, Gabriel, 40-7.75
19. Lumley, Nathan, 38-5
20. Lumley, Christopher, 37-1.25
Women’s 55-meter dash
8. Navratil, Taylor, 7.69
10. Jackson, Kaila, 7.73
34. Russell, Peyton, 8.95
8. Jackson, Kaila, 28.29
11. Navratil, Taylor, 28.55
5. Navratil, Taylor, 1:05.26
10. Ramirez, Katelynn, 4:10.38
11. Roderick, Clara, 4:11.81
13. Matthaides, Bailey, 6:23.69
20. Roderick, Clara, 7:18.31
2. Kuik, Marissa, 11:12.14
8. Miller, Auburn, 37-4
22. Thill, Mackenzie, 31-3.25
28. Plancarte, Jennifer, 25-0.5
21. Thill, Mackenzie, 38-11
25. Wallace, Kelli, 36-4.25
28. Plancarte, Jennifer, 36-0.25