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Knight Thinclads Compete In First Meet Of Season

By Staff | Apr 7, 2009

UP, UP?AND?AWAY - Graettinger/Terril junior Tasha Neilson leaps for first place in the long jump at the Clay Central-Everly Relays. She won with a leap of 13 feet, 7 inches— Photo courtesy Dave Swartz, Estherville Daily News

SPENCER — The track and field season got underway last Thursday for the Graettinger/Terril Knights as they competed in the Good Neighbor Track Meet at Spencer, and followed that up with an appearance in the Clay Central-Everly Maverick Relays on Friday. Despite cool conditions, the Knight athletes were ready to get out on the track and compete.

“It was really nice getting these first two meets in this early in the year.” noted G/T?Head Coach Karlton Hector. “It gives us a good idea where everyone is at and what we need to work on. I was very pleased with how the kids competed and the effort they put forth. These meets should give the kids some confidence that they can compete at a high level. We are looking forward to working hard and getting ready for our next meets.”

In the Good Neighbor Meet on Thursday, Graettinger/Terril got a third place finish from the 4×200 Relay, as Lindsay Flaharty, Dakota Hovinga, Jassi Mehrengani and Hailley Nelson turned in a time of 2:05.65. In the Sprint Medley Relay, the quartet of Hailley Nelson, Lindsay Flaharty, Tasha Neilson and Amanda Oleson would finish third with their 2:13.35 clocking.

Rounding out the events for the Knights was the 4X400 Relay, as Lindsay Flaharty, Jassi Mehrengani, Dakota Hovinga and Tasha Neilson ran a 4:58.61 for a fourth place finish.

In action on Friday at the Clay Central-Everly Relays, the Graettinger/Teriil girls would get a spark from Tasha Neilson, who would bring home a first place finish in the long jump, as the junior finished with a leap of 13’9“. Teammate Lindsay Flaharty earned fifth place in the event with a 12’6” effort.

Other finishes included a second place finish in the 800 meter run, as Amanda Oleson turned in a 2:48 clocking.

The 400 meter dash saw Lindsay Flaharty take third place honors with a time of :69.47, while Tasha Neilson finished fourth just three ticks back at :69.67.

The 4×400 relay team, comprised of Lindsay Flaharty, Amanda Oleson, Dakota Hovinga and Tasha Neilson earned a third place finish with a time of 4:50.

Dakota Hovinga also earned a fourth place finish in the 200 meter dash with a time of :31.2 and Jessi Mehrengani finished with a :32.48 time for fifth place.

The girls Sprint Medley Relay, comprised of Hailley Nelson, Lindsay Flaharty, Dakota Hovinga Jessi and Mehrengani finished fourth with a 2:19.8 effort.

G/T had just two entries in the boys’ events on Thursday. In the 200 meter dash, Morton Utoft finished third with a :25.3 clocking, and then turned in a :58.98 in the 400 meter dash, good for fourth place.

Mike Lynch threw in the shot and discus competitions, where he earned fifth place in the discus, but did not place in the shot put.

The Knight thinclads will take a week off and return to action on Monday, April 20, when the Knight girls compete in the Armstrong/Ringsted Girls Relays. The Knight boys will compete in the Armostrong-Ringsted Relays on Friday, April 24.