For John VanLandschoot it was time for a change.
For the Brainerd Warriors boys' track and field team change is good.
VanLandschoot, who played baseball last year, decided track was where it's at. Tuesday he helped his team to its third straight victory in the Warrior triangular at Don Adamson Field.
The senior won the 400-meter dash in 53.0. He helped Brainerd's 4x200 relay to victory and onto the Brainerd honor roll and helped the 4x400 relay to second place.
"He just came up to me in the hallway one day," said Warriors head coach Rod Reuer, "and asked, "Coach, can I come out for track?' I said, 'Sure.'
"I've known he's always been a pretty decent athlete and to have him on the track team, he's a nice addition."
Brainerd 88, Sauk Rapids 68, Apollo 30
The key: John VanLanschoot, a new member of the team this season won the 400 and helped the relay teams.
Next: at Alexandria triangular,
4 p.m. Tuesday
The 400 win was VanLandschoot's second straight. Tuesday's was more difficult as Andrew Gunderson of Sauk Rapids gave the Warrior a close call.
"I saw (James) Mix on the outside and I was just running with him," said VanLandschoot. "I didn't even see (Gunderson) coming on the inside. I took it pretty easy until the last 100 meters. Then I had to push."
In Brainerd's last three events, VanLandschoot has won an open event as well as helped a Brainerd relay to the top. He's excited about his early success and hopes for more.
"I came out and ran a 56 my first time running a 400 and I was told it was a good time. I had no idea," said VanLandschoot. "Reuer, he really let me know I could do something if I wanted to.
"Right now coach is talking maybe running sections. That would definitely be a goal."
VanLandschoot misses baseball, but he's not second-guessing his decision.
"It just didn't feel right playing baseball," said VanLandschoot. "I miss it. I mean I wish I was out there playing with those guys, but my dad ran a lot of track. I figured I could come out and give it a shot. Senior year might as well."
Once again Justin Grunewald was a double winner for Brainerd, capturing the 1600 and 3200 runs. Chris Woodard was second in both events.
Will Kassulker was also a double winner, throwing his way to first in shot put and discus. Brainerd captured the first five spots in discus to finally win the meet.
The Warriors also grabbed wins in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x800 relays.
"I was real pleased," said Reuer. "I think the kids stepped it up another level again coming off the rain meet. We picked it up a notch and we need to. We're at the point in the season now where we have to start gearing ourselves for the big meets. True Team is coming up in a couple of weeks."
Brainerd's Nick Lesmeister finished second in pole vault but moved to fourth on Brainerd's all-time list with a 12-0 effort. It was the second straight personal best for the junior.
"He's been with it long enough where he's starting to work at refining his technique," said Reuer. "He's beyond the point of being afraid of not making the pit. He's up there. He's bending the pole and now he's starting to work on the technique at the top. When you finish out your vault at the top it adds that extra foot."
Boys' team scores -- 1-Brainerd 88, 2-Sauk Rapids 68, 3-St. Cloud Apollo 30
100 Dash: 1. Jacob Staneart (SR) 12.1; 2. James Strand (B) 12.1; 6. Riley Cullinane (B); 8. David Beilke (B) 12.5; 9. Jake
200 Dash: 1. Andrew Gunderson (SR) 23.4; 3. Cullinane (B) 24.4; 4. Beilke
(B) 24.9; 6. Joe Anhalt (B) 25.3
400 Run: 1. John VanLandschoot (B) 53.0; 4. Matt Posch (B) 56.0; 5. Gabe Solseth (B) 57.4
800 Run: 1. Michael McConnell (SR) 2:07.2; 4. Jeff Sands (B) 2:13.7; 5. Nick Mangan (B) 2:15.4; 6. Derek Walters (B) 2:18.3;
1600 Run: 1. Justin Grunewald (B) 4:32.7; 2. Chris Woodard (B) 4:39.1; 3; 7. Ty Hunt (B) 5:09.3
3200 Run: 1. Justin Grunewald (B) 9:40.3; 2. Chris Woodard (B) 10:10.1; 3.
Travis Rose (B) 10:39.7; 6. Blake Alguire (B) x10:59.2
110 Hurdles: 1. Jason Timmer (SR) 16.3; 4. Mike Elder (B) 17.6; 5. Dylan Roff (B) 19.5; 7. Michael Henschke (B) 21.5
300 Hurdles: 1. Timmer (SR) 42.7; 3. Mike Elder (B) 45.5; 5. Dylan Roff (B) 49.5; 7. Michael Henschke (B) 50.1
4x100 Relay: 1. Brainerd (Anhalt, Lesmeister, Beilke, Gervais) 46.0; 3. Brainerd
4x200 Relay: 1. Brainerd (Cullinane, Strand, VanLandschoot, Gervais) 1:34.4; 4. Brainerd
4x400 Relay: 1. St. Cloud Apollo 3:37.2; 2. Brainerd (Strand, Anhalt, Posch, VanLandschoot) 3:38.3;
4x800 Relay: 1. Brainerd (Derek Mattson, Jeff Sands, Ty Hunt, Travis Rose) 9:07.0
High Jump: 1. Mike Lutz (SCA) 5-09; 3. Sam Gervais (B); 4. Jake Smith (B)
Pole Vault: 1. Nicholas Keller (SR) 12-06; 2. Nick Lesmeister (B) 12-00; 4. Nick Edwards (B); 5. Jordon Herwig (B)
Long Jump: 1. Andrew Gunderson (SR) 22-00.75; 2. Jake Smith (B) 19-05.75; 3. Tom Zelinske (B); 4. Nick Lesmeister (B)
Triple Jump: 1. Greg Imholte (SCA) 39-06; 2. Tim Yeh (B); 3. Korey Horn (B); 5. Posch (B)
Shot Put: 1. Will Kassulker (B) 44-08.50; 3. Nate Welliver (B); 4. Nate Tyner (B)
Discus: 1. Will Kassulker (B) 125-11; 2. Nate Tyner (B); 3. Pete Hiltner (B)
Next meet -- Brainerd at Alexandria triangular 4 p.m. Tuesday.
JEREMY MILLSOP can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5856.
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