BAXTER - Luke Delaney, Tyler Rose, Thomas Ruttger and Mitch Lorenz were integral members of the successful Brainerd Warriors cross country team last fall.
They helped Brainerd to third place in the Class 2A state meet, the highest finish in program history.
This spring the foursome is thriving again with the Warriors' track and field team. Lately, they have teamed up on the 4x800-meter relay, joining forces to run the fastest time in school history (8:01.6) at the Hamline Elite meet April 25.
"We had a successful cross country year," Lorenz said. "We want to parlay that into state (in track) this year."
Brainerd's Turner Johnson (left) trailed a Fergus Falls runner in the boys' 400-meter dash during Tuesday's track and field meet at Forestview Middle School. Johnson overcame the gap and won the race in 54.74 seconds. Brainerd Dispatch/Clint Wood
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In the cold and wind Tuesday in the Brainerd quadrangular at Forestview Middle School, the foursome ran a time of 8:04.20 to win the event. Delaney led off, followed by Rose and Ruttger with Lorenz the anchor.
"We were pretty sure we were going to win going in so we all just tried to run our fastest times," Lorenz said. "Luke is probably the fastest leg right now so we led him off. We ran a pretty hard workout (Monday) so we were all trying to get a good time, get some practice in for sections."
Warriors distance coach Dave Herath, also head coach of the cross country team, said he wasn't expecting a fast time following Monday's intense workout.
"I gave them a little incentive to run fast and do less afterward if they ran fast," Herath said. "I think 8:04.20 is really nice for the level of competition they had and the workout we had (Monday).
Highlights: Brainerd's Ryan Barnes and Tom Lyscio each won two events
Next: Brainerd in Class 3A state True Team meet 4 p.m. Friday at Stillwater
"They're a pretty aggressive group. We worked on attacking the first lap today, which they all did."
Lorenz said the relay had a breakout run at the True Team section meet May 8 at Willmar.
"We had three guys under 4:30 in the mile for the first time," he said. "We're seeded pretty well for True Team state so we're looking forward to the postseason."
The state True Team meet is Friday at Stillwater.
Three weeks from Friday is the Minnesota State High School League meet. Last year the 4x800 relay was disqualified and didn't make it out of the section. Rose, Delaney and Lorenz were on that team last season,
"We're in training for the individual state meet in June," Lorenz said. "We've got some pretty lofty goals. We're looking to take the state title.
"This year we will definitely be all business. First, we want to make sure we're there, run that (time), focus on the state meet and try to do what we can."
The relay's victory was one of 14 by the Warriors. Ryan Barnes and Tom Lyscio were double winners, Barnes in the 110 hurdles at 16.03 and high jump at 6-0 and Lyscio in the shot put at 54-0 and discus at 148-1.
"Obviously, we have a pretty solid team," Warriors head coach Rod Reuer said. "We were going up against some smaller schools. We were using this meet to get a meet under our belts before we head down to the state True Team.
"I think tonight was our coldest meet of year. It was raw, but our kids performed. I didn't really see any letdowns. Obviously, our times were maybe not as they have been. What's great about our kids is they step up and compete every meet. It doesn't make any difference who the competition is. They still come to win and do their best."
Boys team scores: 1-Brainerd 176.5, 2-Fergus Falls 43, 3-Little Falls 29.5, 4-Rocori 21
110 hurdles: 1-Ryan Barnes, Brd, 16.03; 2-Dakota Swenson, Brd, 16.73; 4-Jacob Westphal, 17.77
100 dash: 1-Joe Ohlin, Brd, 11.44; 2-Colby Ring, Brd, 11.54; 3-Alex Rahn, Brd, 11.78
4x200 relay: 1-Brainerd (Tom Thurstin, Joe Ohlin, Alex Rahn, Dan Lauer) 1:33.80
1600 run: 1-Joel Weller, FF, 4:53.63; 2-Chris Knutson, Brd, 5:00.62; 3-Bruce Praska, Brd, 5:00.84; 4-Aaron Thompson, Brd, 5:02.92
4x100 relay: 1-Brainerd (Colby Ring, Rahn, Chris Swanson, Ohlin) 45.38
400 dash: 1-Turner Johnson, Brd, 54.74; 4-Alek Rudstrom, Brd, 57.48; 5-Andrew Sabir, Brd, 58.14
300 hurdles: 1-Gil Millette, Brd, 43.81; 2-Jacob Westphal, Brd, 43.91; 4-James McLean, Brd, 45.92; 5-Dakota Swenson, 46.52
800 run: 1-Joey Doyscher, Brd, 2:04.13; 2-Jimmy Dean, Brd, 2:04.56; 4-Andrew Thompson, 2:12.04
200 dash: 1-Dan Lauer, Brd, 23.45; 2-Caleb Goodew, Brd, 24.36; 3-Matt Wasland, Brd, 24.58; 4-Tom Thurstin, Brd, 24.66
4x400 relay: 1-Fergus Falls 3:41.60; 2-Brainerd (James McLean, Gil Millette, Turner Johnson, Reggie Walters) 3:41.97
Shot put: 1-Tom Lyscio, Brd, 54-0; 2-Scott Ramey, Brd, 43-5 1/2; 4-Sam Pagel, Brd, 39-7 1/2
Discus: 1-Tom Lyscio, Brd, 148-01; 2-Scott Ramey, Brd, 118-07; 4-Matt Ashburn, Brd, 116-08
Long jump: 1-Simon Erlandson, FF, 19-11; 2-Alex Rahn, Brd, 19-2; 3-Colby Ring, Brd, 18-9; 4-Joe Nelson, Brd, 18-7
Triple jump: 1-Matt Wasland, LF, 37-10; 2-Philip Yeh, Brd, 37-8 3/4; 4-Paul Anhalt, Brd, 37-6 3/4; 5-Wesley Waytashek, LF, 36-5 3/4
High jump: 1-Ryan Barnes, Brd, 6-0; 2-Dan Lauer, Brd, 5-9; 4-Jeremy Smith, Brd, 5-6
Pole vault: 1-Chris Dens, Brd, 11-7; 2-Taylor Comstock, Brd, 11-1; 3-Britton Murrey, Brd, 10-7
4x800 relay: 1-Brainerd (Luke Delaney, Tyler Rose, Thomas Ruttger, Mitch Lorenz) 8:04.20
3200 run: 1-Bruce Praska, Brd, 11:03.00; 3-Pat Mangan, Brd, 11:24.31; 4-Jacob Stunek, Brd, 11:39.33
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