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Preparation boys track: Ierino jumps into the history books for the East in the 7AA meet

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“It’s the jump we were expecting, but you are currently third,” said Peller. “All you need to get to second is a few more inches. Do you think you can do that? ”

Ierino replied: “Why not go first?”

Ierino didn’t just get the first on his fourth and final jump, he broke Jack Thompson’s school record with a mark of 43 feet, 5 inches, to edge Forest Lake’s Nicholas Bartlett by one inch, triggering a tidal wave. – tidal wave of emotion and hugs, tears of joy, all around.

The top two individuals and relays qualify for next week’s state meet in St. Michael-Albertville.


D. Matthew Ierino of Duluth East celebrates with Coach Shonda Peller after breaking the school's triple jump record at the 7AA Section Track Championships on Saturday June 12, 2021 at Cloquet High School.  (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

D. Matthew Ierino of Duluth East celebrates with coach Shonda Peller after breaking the school’s triple jump record at the 7AA Section Track Championships on Saturday June 12, 2021 at Cloquet High School. (Clint Austin / [email protected])

“I broke down (crying) before they even finished measuring,” Ierino said. “I knew… I just knew I had done it.” I turned around and the tears started to flow and I said, ‘Peller, this is a school record. I beat him, I finally beat him.

Peller, who now lives in Florida, was quick to thank Eastern vault coach Tim Visina. Peller said she had to return for the occasion, to give the colorful Ierino a little extra encouragement.

“I couldn’t let it hang,” Peller said with a laugh. “It’s a group effort with Ierino.

Ierino’s best jump two years ago was 42-10, but COVID-19 put it all on hold last spring. Ierino said he had struggled to enter “the zone” this spring. Even on his record-breaking jump, he started just over a foot behind the board. If – or when – he sticks it, however, be careful.

“It went on for two years,” Ierino said. “I went to the gym four to five days a week with my trainer, Paige Stratioti, and that’s a goal we had. I knew I had the record. I have felt it.”

Grand Rapids junior Jackson Weston swept the throwing events with two personal bests, 51-9.5 in shot put and 142-2 in discus.

Weston would love to beat the Thunderhawks’ school record of 57-5 in the shooting pot, set by Wayne Jacobson in 1968. While five feet may seem like a lot to overcome, Weston is confident he will beat it, if not this year, The next year.

“I pitched so much better in the warm-ups,” said Weston.

Weston uses the spinning technique to throw the shot put, something he’s just started this season, rather than the slide. He wanted to implement the spin technique last year, but the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the season.

“Technique is very important,” he said.


Jackson Weston (News Tribune)

Jackson Weston (News Tribune)

At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Weston is well put together but not as bulky as some of the athletes you see in throwing events. He also plays on the offensive and defensive lines of the Grand Rapids football team.

Weston is certainly not afraid to mingle with the big guys.

“It’s fun hitting people – when they allow you to,” Weston said with a smile.


Issac Fink from Denfeld competes in the 3,200-meter race at the 7AA Section Track Championships on Saturday June 12, 2021 at Cloquet High School.  (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

Issac Fink from Denfeld competes in the 3,200-meter race at the 7AA Section Track Championships on Saturday June 12, 2021 at Cloquet High School. (Clint Austin / [email protected])

Duluth Denfeld senior Isaac Fink finished second in the 3,200 to qualify for his first state track and field competition.

Fink’s time of 9: 53.21 took 19 seconds off his PR of two years ago. His best mark this spring was 10:15 am before Saturday. The rookie from the University of Augustana (SD) is three times state qualified in cross-country skiing and once qualified in Nordic skiing.

“I’m really excited,” Fink said. “I am so happy that this is happening.”

Fink burst out laughing when asked what his goal for the state was.

“My goal was just to get there,” he said.

Eaton has worked hard to improve from where he was two years ago.

Eaton was born with a rare defect, medial aplastic anemia, and has no use of his legs. When he was about two years old, he could at least stand up, but the doctors then fused his back. He has all of the following as evidenced by the people cheering him on as he made his way down the trail.

“It’s a lot of work, but I’m growing and getting stronger,” Eaton said. “I didn’t think I would do as well in the state as I did two years ago (including a Class AA record in the 200 wheelchair), so I hope I do as well this year.”


Denfeld's Blake Eaton competes in the 100-meter wheelchair at the 7AA Section Track and Field Championships on Saturday June 12, 2021 at Cloquet High School.  (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

Denfeld’s Blake Eaton competes in the 100-meter wheelchair during the 7AA Section Track and Field Championships on Saturday June 12, 2021 at Cloquet High School. (Clint Austin / [email protected])

The 800, in particular, looked absolutely grueling on a 75 degree sunny day with a teenage breeze in.

“It was tough,” Eaton said. “I tried to come out harder than usual in the first round. I kind of hit the wall in the second round, but I was going.

  • Duluth East Mattie Thompson has shown he is more than just a basketball player, finishing second in the high jump with a 6-4 score. The 6-foot-7 Thompson has a top rating of 6-6 and also ran on the Greyhounds 1,600 relay. Minnesota basketball rookie Duluth has the ability to run the 400 in under 54 seconds, so the Bulldogs are becoming quite the athlete.

“Obviously basketball is really more important to me, but the track became pretty important to me as I progressed,” said Thompson. “In terms of endurance, explosiveness, jumping, it’s all incorporated here.”

Thompson missed out on qualifying for the one-place state competition in the high jump in his sophomore year.

“My junior year, I thought it was going to be the year, but obviously that didn’t happen,” said Thompson. “Last year has been a bit disappointing, but I’m really excited to be able to make it through my final year.”

  • Cloquet secured a victory over Nathan Genereau in the 300 hurdles and two-thirds of his senior compatriot Dylan Heehn in the 100 and 200 to finish fourth in the team standings with 71 points, followed by East and Grand Rapids with 55 points each. Forest Lake won the boys’ team title with 114 points. Next year, Minnesota moves up to three classes in track and field.


Cloquet's Dylan Heehn (center) faces Cole Brisbois of Forest Lake and Matthew Beaudry of Elk River in the 100 meters during the 7AA Section Track Championships on Saturday June 12, 2021 at Cloquet High School.  (Clint Austin / caustin @ duluthnews. Com)

Cloquet’s Dylan Heehn (center) faces Cole Brisbois of Forest Lake and Matthew Beaudry of Elk River in the 100 meters during the 7AA Section Track Championships on Saturday June 12, 2021 at Cloquet High School. (Clint Austin / caustin @ duluthnews. Com)

Athletics

Article 7AA

Boys Championships

At the Cloquet

Saturday’s results

Teams

1. Lac Forest, 114; 2. Andover, 106; 3. Cambridge-Isanti, 82; 4. Cloquet, 71 years old; 5. (tie) Duluth East and Grand Rapids 55; 7. Large lake, 40; 8. Chisago Lakes, 34; 9. Saint Francis, 31 years old; 10. Elk River, 30 years old; 11. North branch, 19; 12. Princeton, 17 years old; 13. Duluth Denfeld, 16; 14. Hermantown, 13 years old; 15. Hibbing, 12; 16. Zimmerman, 10.

Individuals (state qualifications)

100 – 1. Cole Brisbois, Fla., 11.10 seconds; 2. Matthew Beaudry, ER, 11.21; 100 wheelchair – 1. Blake Eaton, DD, 19.71 (Section 7AA competition record); 200 – 1. Caden Wheeler, And., 22.70; 2. Cole Brisbois, Florida, 22.72; 200 wheelchair – 1. Eaton, DD, 38.83 (Section 7AA competition record); 400 – 1. Alexander Croston, SF, 50.34; 2. Zachary Johnson, Et., 51.04; 800 – 1. Cameron Heppner, Et., 2: 00.27; 2. Christian Noble, BL, 2: 01.92; 800 wheelchair – 1. Eaton, DD, 2: 43.57 (Section 7AA competition record); 1,600 – 1. Gabriel Birkmeier, Et., 4: 30.32; 2. Daniel Vanacker, Fla, 4:32.05; 3,200 – 1. Vanacker, Fla. 9: 52.24; 2. Isaac Fink, DD, 9: 53.21; 110 hurdles – 1. Harrison Toussaint, NB, 3:40 p.m.; 2. Augustus Giddings, Et., 15,41; 300 hurdles – 1. Nathan Genereau, Cloq., 40.94; 2. Giddings, Et., 41.16; 400 relays – 1. FL (Riley Larson, Cole Brisbois, Jake Deeb, Gavin Rustad), 44.04; 2. Et. (Weston Knox, Wheeler, Oberhiri Eyafe, Aghogho Eyafe), 44.12; 800 relays – 1. Et. (Johnson, Wheeler, Benjamin Audette, Knox), 1: 31.37; 2. CI (Samuel Mechah, Andre Hall, Alex Thompson, Gaven Ziebarth), 1: 33.49; 1,600 relays – 1. Et. (Knox, Heppner, Gabriel Birkmeier, Johnson), 3: 27,29; 2. FL (Reid Olson, Augustus Herman, Keagan Zeidler, Drew Sampson), 3: 31.77; 3,200 relays – 1. Et. (Logan Meinert, Calvin Fiala, Heppner, Birkmeier), 8: 06.31; 2. Grand Rapids (Sam Stertz, Ian Andersen, Derek Erdman, Hanson), 8: 13.86; big jump – 1. Jacob Ziebarth, CI, 6 feet, 8 inches; 2. Mattie Thompson, DE, 6-4; Pole vault – 1. Ethan Hintermeister, IC, 14-0; 2. Blake Johnson, Fla., 13-8; long jump – 1. Jack Iverson, BL, 20-11.75; 2. Everett Appleby, CL, 20-0.75; triple jump – 1. David Ierino, DE, 43-5; 2. Nicholas Bartlett, Florida, 43-4; shot put – 1. Jackson Weston, GR, 51-9.5; 2. Andrew Koehler, CL, 51-6; disk – 1. Weston, GR, 142-2; 2. Koehler, CL, 130-7.


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