Wayzata senior Adam Moline could feel his dad in his corner on Friday. That’s part of the reason he was able to handle his emotions and win the Hamline Elite meet’s boys 1600 meter run.
The last time Moline’s father saw him compete was at last year’s Class AA state meet at Hamline University. His father died of kidney cancer in January, but as Moline raced at on Friday in St. Paul he could feel he was running with purpose.
“I was basically running for my family, running for my dad,” Moline said. “This was the last (place) he saw me run in track last year. It was nice to get out and win it for him.”
Moline said he hasn’t had “too many” fast times yet this year, but he was able to hold off a deep field and collect the win on Friday.
“Just praying,” he said. “Knowing he’s with me.”
Trojans send several athletes to Elite meet
Moline’s teammate, Brian Jarvey, also took first place on Friday in the boys 800 meter run. The Trojans’ boys 4x400 meter relay—comprised of James Smith, Ryan D’Kae, Sam Lebewitz and Moline—took second place, while the boys 4x100 meter relay of D’Kae, Jarod Jackson, Mitch Underhill and Eric Roti took third.
Josh Thorson took fourth in the boys 3200 meter run, while D’Kae, Eric Roti and Jackson took sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively, in the boys 100 meter dash.
Alyssa Stolt took seventh overall in the girls shot put competition with a throw of 38 feet, nine inches. Patrick Nelson took eighth in the boys 110 meter hurdles, Brandon Strickland finished ninth in the boys triple jump and the boys 4x800 meter relay—made up of Nathan Heintzeman, Mark Harries, Preston White and Steven Donahue—took 10th.
Orono sends pair of athletes
The Orono boys and girls track teams sent two athletes to the Hamline Elite meet on Friday. Emily Knight took eighth place in the girls 400 meter dash, and Chase Myhran finished tied for seventh with Glencoe-Silver Lake’s Tyler Schiroo and Farmington’s Sam Hanson in the boys high jump.