Monday, June 1, 2020
Nell Graham bends over the bar during an attempt in the high jump. The senior would take victories in the high jump, long jump and 800 meter run.


Graham, boys sprinters shine at first meet of the season in Winona

The Triton track and fielteam opened their 2019 season by getting a head start otheir competition as they headed to Winona for the Lewiston-Altura Early Bird Invitational on Mar. 25. The meet featured eight teams from Southeastern Minnesota as well as La Crosse Aquinas and La Crosse Logan and despite the field, the Cobras were able to stand out.

One of the biggest strengths for Triton boys team this season will be its talent othe track. That advantage stood out on the campus of St. Marys University with the Cobras performance in the 400 meter dash. Triton would register a 1-2 finish ithe event with London Dostal finishing first with a time o54.67 seconds and AnthonAvery not far behind at 56.29. In addition Fernando Bugarin and Trace Sackett both had strong opening meets. Bugarin would have a pair of second place finishes in the 55 meter dash (6.96 seconds) and 200 meter dash (24.79) while distance runner Sacket would win the 1600 meter run with a time o5:01.40 and finish second in th800 meter run with a time o2:22.69.

These efforts came together in the sprint medley as the team of Devin Dohrmann, Justin Ness, Noah Thomas, Trace Sackett were able tbeat out La Crosse Aquinaby eight one-hundredths of a second making their time of 3:47.80 good enough for the victory.

While the boys masterethe track, the girls made their mark in the field, especially when it came to the jumping events. Nell Graham started her senior season off othe right foot taking home victories in the high jum(5-00), long jump (15-11.00) and even winning her specialty event the 800 meter ru with a time of 2:35.58 that edged out teammate Brenna Essig (2:45.57).

In addition to Grahams strong performance, Chloe Staub made her mark both on the track and in the field. Staub would finish second to Graham in the high jump (410) while also finishing first in her specialty, the triple jump (32-07.50). She would cap off her afternoon with a strong performance in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 10.16 seconds.

Just like the boys, the girls would also come togetheand put forth a strong performance in the sprint medley as the team of Kendra Petersohn, Cambryn Rubin, Nell Graham, Brenna Essig finished second behind Lanesboro (4:34.05) with a time of 4:46.09.

While there were no team scores recorded, it was a great start to Tritons season as they’ll host their first meet of the season on Tuesday.



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