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North Woods runners place at Mesabi East

David Colburn
Posted 5/6/21

AURORA- Three North Woods athletes competing in the colors of the South Ridge Panthers took part in a quadrangular track meet on Thursday, April 29 at the Mesabi East sports complex.Senior sprinter …

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North Woods runners place at Mesabi East

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AURORA- Three North Woods athletes competing in the colors of the South Ridge Panthers took part in a quadrangular track meet on Thursday, April 29 at the Mesabi East sports complex.
Senior sprinter Joey Lakoskey had a hand in eight of the 56 points scored by the combined South Ridge/North Woods/Cherry girls squad. Lakoskey’s raced to a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 14.23 seconds, edged out of third by barely a tenth of a second by Hibbing’s Brynn Babich.
Lakoskey ran a strong third leg for the Panthers’ second-place 4x100 relay team, which clocked a time of 55.13 seconds. Other relay members included Kenna Ridge, Sophie Johnson, and Jaden Ellefson.
Fellow Grizzlies senior Zuly Roach competed in two individual events. Her time of 34.18 seconds in the 200-meter dash landed her in 15th place, and she finished eighth in the 800 meters with a time of 3:33.10.
Mesabi East edged Hibbing 113-105 to claim the team title. South Ridge’s 56 points were enough to outpace Two Harbors for third.
North Woods eighth-grader Alex Burckhardt fared well against older competition last fall during cross country, and he proved those performances were no fluke by racing to a fourth-place finish in the 1500 meters last Thursday. Senior Isaac Swanson of Two Harbors easily outdistanced the field with his winning time of 4:48, but Burkhardt’s time of 5:30.88 put him squarely in the lead pack.
Burckhardt’s two points helped South Ridge to a third-place finish for the boys, trailing Hibbing, 105.5, and Mesabi East, 85.5. Two Harbors scored 51.
The Panthers were scheduled to be back on the track on Tuesday at Moose Lake, followed by a Thursday meet at Chisholm.

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