Not long ago, Moose Lake-Willow River senior Jon Evenson was chasing Mike Erwin’s seemingly unattainable school record in the long jump.

Erwin set his mark of 20 feet, 11 inches, in 1962, and Evenson was hell-bent on eclipsing the 52-year-old record before his time with the Rebels expired. He did so at the mid-May Polar League track and field meet, jumping 21-3¼.

As if owning the record outright wasn’t enough, Evenson widened the gap between himself and Erwin on Thursday at the Section 7A meet at Malosky Stadium, where he leapt 21-5 to claim the first of his two section titles.

“It’s been there for so long that somebody would have broken that record eventually,” Evenson said.

So why not the burly multi-sport standout, who also set a Polar League record in the 100-meter dash at the league meet May 14 when he ran 11.33 seconds. Thursday, he was even faster, posting a time of 11.26.

Incidentally, Evenson said he gets faster as the air gets warmer.

“Today’s warmer - that’s the main thing,” he said. “I do better when it’s warm out. In previous meets, it hasn’t been this warm, and it just feels good today.”

The only event Evenson entered and didn’t medal was the 200, which featured perhaps the most thrilling finish of the afternoon. Eveleth-Gilbert’s Stephen Day held off Proctor’s Frank DeLuca by three-hundredths of a second - 22.85 to 22.88 - to win the 200, which looked like it could have gone about four different ways when a tangled web of runners reached the halfway point.

In the end, DeLuca’s closing kick came up oh-so short.

“I knew I was getting close to him,” DeLuca said. “I didn’t think I’d get him, but I figured I could try anyway. It was a really good race, so I’m OK with second. I had a really good race; he had a really good race.”

Earlier in the day, DeLuca continued his local dominance in the 400, winning in 50.90 seconds. He hopes to get that down to 50.5 at the June 6-7 state meet in St. Paul.

Mesabi East’s Paul Meloche left Malosky with a pair of section crowns after winning the 110 and 300 hurdles in 15.10 and 41.07 seconds, respectively.

Thrower Jacob Lindstrom helped spur Esko to the overall boys team title. Lindstrom, at 50-2½, was almost 4 feet better than Travis Bryce of Wrenshall in the shot put, and his heave of 149-9 in the discus overwhelmed the next-best toss, 134-5 by Bigfork’s Andrew Anderson.

The Eskomos had 79.5 points to 76 for second-place MLWR. Mesabi East was third with 74 points.

GIRLS

Three-time winner Shofner leads Falls To team title

Breanna Shofner’s name was a constant over the Malosky Stadium public-address system as the speedy senior won at 100 meters (12.72 seconds) and 200 meters (26.30), and was part of the Broncos’ triumphant 400 relay (51.59).

Shofner had quite a duel with Moose Lake-Willow River’s Karina Cisar, who was second in the 100 and 200. Cisar ran her 100 in 12.86, while her time of 26.68 in the 200 was similarly close to Shofner, who helped International Falls score 139 points to run away with the team title for the second straight year; Proctor (90.5) was second and Esko (79.5) finished third.

Esko’s Kailee Kiminski said running in warmer temperatures the past week helped her battle the elements Thursday - and it showed. The junior, also a standout cross country runner and soccer player in the fall, left the Minnesota Duluth campus with section championships in the 800 and 1,600, and neither races were particularly close.

Kiminski ran 2:21.01 in the 800 to beat Cromwell’s Andrea Hakamaki (2:26.93), and her 1,600 time of 5:22.80 bested Proctor’s Hannah Bettendorf by 5.75 seconds.

“The heat definitely is a big factor if you’re not used to it, being up north,” said Kiminski, who also was part of the Eskomos’ second-place 1,600 relay. “It sure can drain you, but we’ve been lucky to have at least this last week to practice in. We used that to our advantage - running in practice during the hottest part of the day.”

Elsewhere, Proctor’s Megan Sundstrom won the 300 hurdles (47.48) and the triple jump (33-9).

Section 7A Meet

At Malosky Stadium

Boys

Teams

1. Esko, 79.5; 2. Moose Lake-Willow River 76; 3. Mesabi East, 74; 4. Crosby-Ironton, 67.5; 5. Eveleth-Gilbert, 58; 6. Proctor, 53; 7. (tie) Ely and Two Harbors, 43; 9. South Ridge/Cherry/North Woods/Northeast Range, 40; 10. International Falls, 26; 11. (tie) Virginia and Duluth Marshall, 24; 13. (tie) Barnum and Wrenshall, 16; 15. Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin, 15; 16. Chisholm, 13; 17. Bigfork, 12; 18. Carlton, 8; 19. Deer River-Northland, 6; 20. Silver Bay, 5; 21. Lakeview Christian Academy, 2; 22. Aitkin, 1.

Individuals

(Top 2 advance to state)

100 meters - 1. Jon Evenson, MLWR, 11.26; 2. Jonathan Burt, DM, 11.49; 200 - 1. Stephen Day, EG, 22.85; 2. Frank DeLuca, Proc, 22.88; 400 - 1. DeLuca, Proc, 50.90; 2. Riley Jacobs, CI, 51.73; 800 - 1. Daniel Radtke, ME, 2:01.37; 2. Will Goodwin, CI, 2:01.92; 1,600 - 1. Reed Melicher, EG, 4:31.67; 2. Sam Johnson, ME, 4:36.51; 3,200 - 1. Jude Severson, CI, 10:16.60; 2. Zach Smith, Proc, 10:18.86; 110 hurdles - 1. Paul Meloche, ME, 15.10; 2. Jacob Tucker, Esko, 15.66; 300 hurdles - 1. Meloche, ME, 41.07; 2. Bill Redding, SR/C/NW/NER, 42.63; 400 relay - 1. Esko (Brandt Hintsala, Rick Johnson, Cal Beaudot, Alex DeRocher), 45.05; 2. Virginia (Justice Chaffee, Parker Davis, Jacob McElhannon, Neil Strong), 45.87; 800 relay - 1. Esko (Hintsala, Johnson, Seth Shingledecker, DeRocher), 1:33.55; 2. Moose Lake-Willow River (David Moonen, Josh Pettersen, Milan Dragicevich, Evenson), 1:34.02; 1,600 relay - 1. Crosby-Ironton (Jacobs, John Stokman, Dan Hudrlik, Goodwin), 3:33.23; 2. Mesabi East (Johnson, Radtke, Evan Kalb, Levi Schultz), 3:38.70; 3,200 relay - 1. Crosby-Ironton (Stokman, Goodwin, Isaac Carlton, Severson), 8:21.73; 2. Mesabi East (Johnson, Radtke, August Moehrke, Kalb), 8:23.40; high jump - 1. Jaustin Culbert, Chis, 6-7; 2. Beaudot, Esko, 6-0; pole vault - 1. Jacob German, GNK, 12-1; 2. Melicher, EG, 11-0; long jump - 1. Evenson, MLWR, 21-5; 2. Colton Peterson, SR/C/NW/NER, 20-9½; triple jump - 1. Peterson, SR/C/NW/NER, 43.9; 2. Mark Heiman, Ely, 42-7; shot put - 1. Jacob Lindstrom, Esko, 50-2½; 2. Travis Bryce, Wren, 46-4; discus - 1. Lindstrom, Esko, 149-9; 2. Andrew Anderson, Bigfork, 134-5.

Girls

Teams

1. International Falls, 139; 2. Proctor, 90.5; 3. Esko, 79.5; 4. Mesabi East, 70; 5. Cromwell, 43; 6. (tie) Two Harbors and Eveleth-Gilbert, 39; 8. Virginia, 32; 9. Moose Lake-Willow River, 30; 10. Duluth Marshall, 19; 11. Deer River-Northland, 18; 12. Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin, 16; 13. Mountain Iron-Buhl, 11; 14. Chisholm, 10; 15. (tie) Crosby-Ironton, Floodwood and South Ridge/Cherry/North Woods/Northeast Range, 9; 18. Aitkin, 8; 19. (tie) Cook County and McGregor, 7; 21. Ely, 6; 22. (tie) Bigfork and Northern Lights Community School, 4; 24. Carlton, 2.

Individuals

(Top 2 advance to state)

100 meters - 1. Breanna Shofner, IF, 12.72; 2. Karina Cisar, MLWR, 12.86; 200 - 1. Shofner, IF, 26.30; 2. Cisar, MLWR, 26.68; 400 - 1. Leann Fynboh, TH, 1:02.00; 2. Hope Schjenken, Deer, 1:02.10; 800 - 1. Kailee Kiminski, Esko, 2:21.01; 2. Andrea Hakamaki, Crom, 2:26.93; 1,600 - 1. Kiminski, Esko, 5:22.80; 2. Hannah Bettendorf, Proc, 5:28.55; 3,200 - 1. Bettendorf, Proc, 12:11.68; 2. Lexi Erickson, IF, 12:17.17; 100 hurdles - 1. Hailey Fentem, IF, 15.46; 2. Sophie Stokes-Cerkvenik, V, 16.17; 300 hurdles - 1. Megan Sundstrom, Proc, 47.48; 2. Stokes-Cerkvenik, V, 47.72; 400 relay - 1. International Falls (Emma Gilbert, Valandre Butler, Lexi Owen, Shofner), 51.59; 2. Esko (Alexis Smalley, Erika Shady, Olivia Rengo, Kaylee Monahan), 51.79; 800 relay - 1. Esko (Smalley, Shady, Ava Gonsorowski, Rengo), 1:48.71; 2. Proctor (Lexie DeWall, Kelly Kruger, Raija Johnson, Sundstrom), 1:48.86; 1,600 relay - 1. Mesabi East (Emma Erie, Aimee Allen, Anna Ribich, Abbey Whiting), 4:09.77; 2. Esko (Smalley, Gonsorowski, Kiminski, Rengo), 4:11.13; 3,200 relay - 1. Mesabi East (Whiting, Abigail Sickel, Anna Johnson, Emma Greenlee), 10:02.40; 2. Cromwell (Hakamaki, Bailey Gronner, Rachel Hutar, Allie Cahoon), 10:07.18; high jump - 1 Ribich, ME, 5-2; 2. Sofie Rajala, 5-0; pole vault - 1. Amy Auran, IF, 8-6; 2. Claire Herzig, IF, 8-6; long jump - 1. Allen, ME, 17-1; 2. Kennedy Bryant, MLWR, 15-2½; triple jump - 1. Sundstrom, Proc, 33-9; 2. DeWall, Proc, 33-5½; shot put - 1. Gilbert, IF, 39-0; 2. Savanah Olson, IF, 38-10; discus - 1. Jade Chastan, GNK, 104-1; 2. Samantha Suhonen, Crom, 103-0.

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