In the fast lane

The CFHS track team kicks off its new season in style

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In the fast lane

Nick Engebretsen gets a head start out of the blocks

Nick Engebretsen gets a head start out of the blocks

Bryson Felton

Nick Engebretsen gets a head start out of the blocks

Bryson Felton

Bryson Felton

Nick Engebretsen gets a head start out of the blocks

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The Bomber Boys and Girls track and field season is off and running, literally. After many impactful athletes graduated, both teams are looking to bounce back into the new season. The boys 2017 team grew in numbers compared to the 2016 teams, which was crucial as they only had a few individuals score points in the Conference meet in 2016, many of whom graduated. People joined for a variety of reasons, but Gabe Eppolite who is out for the first time joined because “It’s just a good time, you know, I don’t think there’s any other activity that provides both an avenue for healthy living and a way to meme it up 24/7.”

The Girls team also had an increase in participation in track and field this season, which was aided by the younger grades. As the balanced team that they are, they still have many of the impactful, point scoring athletes returning for another season. When discussing the season, senior captain Annika Thomley said, “The first couple of weeks have been full of hard work and determination, I think it will be a very fun season.”

The first couple of weeks have been full of hard work and determination”

— Anika Thomley

Both teams traveled to Rochester, Minnesota to participate in the annual indoor competition. This year, the competition was put on by Byron at the Rochester Community and Technical College indoor track facility. Out of 4 teams participating, the Girls team took 2nd place. The most notable events for them was high jump and the 1600 meter run. In high jump, Cannon Falls placed 1st (Kaly Banks), 2nd (Sammy Anderson), 3rd (Grace Hall), and 4th (Luissa Pohlmann) and in the 1600 meter run, where Sophie Epps took 2nd place and Kristina Allen took 3rd. The Boys team also took 2nd out of 4 teams, only losing to Byron. The most notable events were the 4X800 meter relay and the 800 meter run. The 4X800 meter relay team of Dylan Rohr, Cobie Vagts, Mason Grimes, and James Watson won the event with a time of 9:22:05. Cannon Falls placed 1st (Nathan VanZuilen), 2nd (Chris Baszuro), and 3rd (Cobie Vagts) in the 800 meter run. These results show a promising start to what could be a very successful season.