Track is an individual sport — with exception of course to the relays.
But Hermantown girls track coach was pleased with the team effort to win the Lake Superior Conference title May 15 in Cloquet.
“It was a huge win for us with a total team effort,” Leonard said. Even giving away 15.5 points to runner-up Superior in the pole vault (the Hawks do not compete in that event) the local squad still won by 39.5 points.
Hermantown won the LSC title with 223 team points.
Leonard broke down the numbers in the team win:
• 12 athletes earned all-conference honors.
• The team placed at least one in every event.
• Placed all three athletes in a given event 10 times.
• Went 1-2-3 in the shot put and discus.
• Won three of four relays.
• Seven were all-conference in two events.
“We really asked our girls to compete like champions and they did,” Leonard said. “Our depth made a huge difference.”
Leonard added that it was the athletes who captured the fourth through seventh-place spots that made the difference, giving the team added points.
Natalie Stauber led the way by winning the 800-meter run (2:32.63) and being part of two champion relays of the 3200-meter and 1600-meter.
Rachel Hoium was a double winner in the 100-meter hurdles (16.31) and the triple jump (34-8). Ashley Michaelson won in two events as well, taking the shot put (31-7) and the discus (90-1.5.).
The weight events were where the Hawks really piled up the points as Carmen Bergstedt was runner-up in both events (30-11 in the shot and 87-4 in discus) and Jacey Carlson was third in both (30-3 in shot and 82-3 in discus).
The 3200-meter relay team of Melissa Madison, Jenna Wassenaar, Cassie Dahlin and Stauber won the event with a time of 10:32.1. The 400-meter relay team of Madison, Kyla Kaspszak, Kessiah Mosier and Jessica Wasbotten took first with a time of 53.54 and the 1600-meter relay team finished on top with a time of 4:13.2. Team members were Kaspzak, Wassenaar, Stauber and Lyla Abukhodair.
Nikki Roach was runner-up in the 1600-meter run (5:32.2) and in the 3200-meter run (12:18.1). The 800-meter relay also was second with a time of 1:56.2. Team members were Kate Hnatko, Mosier, Anna VanDeelen and Shania Bolen.
Taking third were Abukhodair (100-meter dash, 13.10), Veronica Witikko (3200, 12:32) and Hoium (high jump, 5-0).
Capturing fourth were Wasbotten (100 hurdles, 17.3), Abukhodair (400-meter dash, 63.1), Hoium (300-meter hurdles, 51.43), Mariah Ruhanen (800, 2:40), Wasbotten (long jump, 14-10) and Madison (triple jump, 14-10).
Taking fifth were Hnatko (200-meter dash, 28.82), Carlson (high jump, 4-8), Madison (long jump, 14-10) and Bolen (triple jump, 31-0.5).
In sixth were Lagergren (1600, 5:49), Britta Savre (400, 65.51), Anna Jensen (300 hurdles, 53.72), Jessica Joyal (800, 2:42.31), and Dahlin (3200, 13:01).
Finishing seventh were Gretchen Sich (100 hurdles, 18.58), Ruhanen (1600, 5:50.4), Bolen (400, 66.36 and long jump, 14-6).
Final team results were Hermantown 223, Superior 183.5, Proctor 84, Cloquet 83, Denfeld 56.5, Ashland 35 and Duluth Marshall 34.